Teaching Gender. Theory and Society in the Classroom

Public Panel Discussion as part of the International GENiUS-Workshop: Concepts that Matter! Terminologies of Women and Gender in Transnational Perspective

Date and Time

April 07, 2017, 5:15 pm - 7 pm


University of Zurich, Raum RAA G01 (Aula), Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich


Now more than ever, gender as an analytical concept is being heavily contested from diverse quarters inside as well as outside academia. The panel discussion addresses key questions of how to teach gender as critical theory in the light of current societal and political tensions on the one hand and institutional constraints inside the university on the other hand. How can we teach “critique”? What does teaching gender mean in terms of methods and topics? And how can we engage in critical research and teaching while responding to societal expectations as to relevant output and knowledge transfer?


Lina Abirafeh (Lebanese American University)

Moha Ennaji (University of Fez)

Marnia Lazreg (City University of New York)

Marylène Lieber (University of Geneva)


Bettina Dennerlein (University of Zurich)


Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies - Gender Studies