Gabriele Griffin is professor in the Centre for Gender Research. Her current research focuses on women's cultural production, non-normative identities, higher education and disciplinization, and diasporic cultures.
Keywords: professor of gender studies with research interests in feminist research methodologies migration and diaspora studies divergent identities higher education and disciplinization women and cultural production
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Gabriele Griffin completed her BA in English, German and Psychology in 1979 at the University of Leicester, UK. Subsequently, she took an MA in Tradition and Innovation in 20th Century Literature at University College London (1983), a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Curriculum Development in Higher Education at the Institute of Education, London (1986), and a PhD on the work of Simone Weil and Iris Murdoch at the University of Leicester (1990).
Through her interest in contemporary women’s writing she moved into Women’s and Gender Studies, and she has held a number of posts in British universities, either in English or in Women’s/Gender Studies, most recently the Anniversary Chair in Women's Studies at the University of York. Moving between the two intellectual locations of English Literature and Women's/Gender Studies has shaped her research which has partly focussed on contemporary women’s writing; women’s cultural production; feminist theatre; and writing diaspora, and partly on Women’s/Gender Studies as a discipline and more sociological topics such as women’s employment and violence against women.
From 2017 she is Coordinator of the Nordforsk-funded Nordic Centre of Excellence NORDWIT in which she also researches on gender and the digital humanities. She also coordinates the SIDA-funded capacity-building project on gender, with the partners Eduardo Montelane University, Mozambique and Free State University, South Africa. In 2016 she completed a reference work on Gender Studies for Oxford University Press.
Gabriele Griffin is delighted to announce that together with Dr Minna Salminen Karlsson, a team from Tampere University and a team from the Western Norway Research Institute, she has been awarded 20 Million NKR by Nordforsk for a new Nordic Centre for Excellence, entitled: ‘Beyond the Gender Paradox – Women’s Careers in Technology-Driven Research and Innovation In and Outside of Academe’. This new Centre, located within the Centre for Gender research at Uppsala University, has funding for a 5-year period to explore how changes in the labour market affected by its technologization impact on women’s careers. We are concerned to understand how regional and research-intensive science and innovation contexts shape women’s career opportunities in new labour environments such as e-health and Digital Humanities. We know very little about this to date, yet the Nordic countries are at the forefront of the development of work places such as e-health and the gaming industry. This is what we shall investigate, in collaboration with a range of partners, both inside and outside of academe. It is an extremely exciting project, and we look forward to reporting on our findings in due course.
She is also very happy to announce that mentoring Dr Doris Leibetseder has resulted in a 2-year Marie Curie Fellowship for Dr Leibetseder, to be held at the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, from August 2017.
Finally, she is delighted to announce that SIDA has accepted her application, together with Eduardo Montelane University, Mozambique, and Free State University, SA, to build gender capacity over a 5-year period through funded PhDs and MA students, as well as gender equality training. This will be supported with 8 million SEK.
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