The VELUX foundation have awarded the Women’s museum in Aarhus and researchers from Aarhus University a grant of 4.9 million DKK for a collaborative research project on gender.
The aim of the project “Gender Blender” is to explore different forms of everyday resistance, invite new voices into the gender debate and use cultural history to critically assess the present, as well as explore how gender in interaction with other identity markers such as age, class, ethnicity, religion and sexuality play a decisive role in terms of equality, power and diversity. The project will explore the types of activism that take place in everyday life and everyday spaces, and investigate whether research and museum communication in interaction can contribute to social change.
Participants in the project:
- Project leader: PhD and Associate Professor Louise Fabian, Department of Culture and Society - History of Ideas
- Project leader: PhD and Associate Professor Camilla Skovbjerg Paldam, Department of Communication and Culture - Art History
- PhD fellow: Louise Rognlien, Department of Culture and Society - History of Ideas
- Postdoc: PhD Jakob Rosendal, Women's Museum and Aarhus University
- Project manager: MA and Curator Julie Rokkjær Birch, Women's Museum
About the Project
The research project will explore different sorts of everyday activism and gender identity. This will be done by examining a number of new activist forms, spaces (museums, digital and public spaces) and voices (gender activists, ethnic and sexual minorities, and children). In the meeting between the Women's Museum and researchers in gender, sexuality and social movements from Aarhus University, the project will create new gender research and develop and test new communication and protest strategies.
This will strengthen the Women's Museum's research in gender culture as a new area of responsibility and qualify the museum's communication and engagement with different audiences. Workshops and exhibitions in and outside the museum will give museum users and, not least, non-users the opportunity to experience, test and contribute at the same time, while the project's research publications and conferences will feed into the museum's exhibition formats and dissemination material.
The collaboration between Women's Museum and Aarhus University is driven by an activist ambition. How can we qualify the gender debate, challenge stereotypes and repressive structures, and use cultural history critically to look more nuanced at the present and in order to influence the future? How can we give room to new voices? How can we understand the forms of activism that take place in everyday life and everyday spaces? Can research and museum communication in interaction create social change?