The goal of the Gender Institute (IdG) is to assemble the forces of the different research initiatives in the field, to facilitate their diffusion and encourage productive articulations between the works carried out on these issues in France and in the French-speaking countries.
Gender studies do not constitute a discipline, but instead represent a vast field of research. The question of “gendered” constructions and gender relations concerns all types of social and symbolic practices and penetrates all fields of knowledge and thought. Its study therefore requires collaboration between different knowledges and methodologies, as well as implementing a vast and concerted interdisciplinary initiative. One of the goals of the Gender Institute is to promote and highlight interdisciplinary work across multiple domains and encourage such projects between the so-called humanities and natural sciences.
Supporting research in this area, at the crossroads of disciplines, will eventually helps us measure its impact and effects in the different disciplinary fields. This interaction between various disciplines, especially between the field of humanities and social sciences and those of the different CNRS sectors, will drive research forward, both conceptually and concretely, towards a better understanding of the objects and issues in this area of research, and help catalyse novel thinking.
In gender studies, interdisciplinary is already present in many forms: collaborations between history, economy and ethics, which together try to understand the issues of inequality faced by women; between history and political science, in order to study the forms and mechanisms of exclusion from the public sphere and the field of politics; between anthropology, sociology and philosophy, in understanding the modes of production of the sexual order by an androcentric cultural order or orders; between sociology, anthropology, history and geography to study the gendered division between the public and the private spheres or the models of territorial organization and the struggle for the rights of sexual minorities; between moral philosophy, sociology, economy and psychology in the research on what we today call “care”; or between literature, philosophy and aesthetics, which together analyse the role of language, but also of other semiotic systems, in the production of the androcentric and hetero-centric orders or, conversely, their destabilization.