Sophia’s primary aim is to foster research and teaching in field of gender studies in Belgium. It also wants to stimulate collaboration in this field: across disciplines and between different universities, between the Dutch- and French-speaking communities in Belgium, and between the women's movement, policy makers and the academic community.
- In 1989, the idea of setting up a network to coordinate feminist studies in Belgium was born at the international symposium on "Concepts et réalités des études féministes" (Concepts and reality of feminist studies), organised by GRIF. A group of French- and Dutch-speaking scholars and feminist activists joined forces and created the bilingual Sophia network.
- promoting, developing and fostering gender research and education in Belgium
- institutionalizing gender studies within research and educational programmes in Belgian universities
- bringing the value of gender studies to the attention of all scientific disciplines
- demonstrating the importance of gender studies for developing effective equality policies
- individuals working in academia: researchers, lecturers, PhD students... who are interested in gender studies, feminism, equality and/or diversity
- individuals engaged in political, social or cultural organisations who are interested in gender studies, feminism, equality and/or diversity
- present the state of the art of gender studies in Belgium by offering researchers
- from a variety of disciplines, institutions and traditions to present and discuss their work
- aim to raise the visibility of research in gender studies with the academic community and society at large
- focus on 'new' or controversial themes and debates in Belgian gender research
- offer a space where researchers, students, activists, etc. can meet
- Collaborations with the art world, feminist organisations, civil society and universities
- Feasibility study for a Master in Gender Studies
- provides subscribers the latest information on gender studies in Belgium and abroad: publications, call for papers, training seminars, job offers, summer schools, conferences...
- provides information on the past, present and future of gender studies in Belgium on the bulletin board and in the agenda
- offers an online library with publications, podcasts, videos and more
- features a gender studies guide which you can you use to find researchers, courses and/or research centres specialised in gender studies in Belgium
- a bilingual non-profit organization
- sponsored by the Institute for Equality of Women and Men
- among others, a member of the AtGender network, the Dutch speaking Women's Council and the French speaking Women's Council
Sophia is made by
- The Presidents: Sarah Bracke and Sarah Sepulchre
- Two Coordinators: Lith Lefranc and Catherine Wallemacq
- An Executive Board: Annalis a Casini, Katrien De Graeve, Elke D'hoker, Els Flour, Nathalie Grandjean, Maryam Kolly, Stéphanie Loriaux, Petra Meier, Charlotte Pezeril, Anna Safuta, Kaat Wils and Lisa Wouters
- A General Assembly: the Board + Jean-Didier Bergilez, Diane Bernard, Karen Celis, Sandrine Debunne, Ada Garcia, Anke Gilleir, Catherine Jacques, Chia Longman, Claudine Marissal, Bérengère Marques-Pereira, Laurence Mundschau, Nadine Plateau, David Paternotte, Sarah Scheepers, Anya Topolski and Elisa Veronesi
- The Honorary Members: Laurence Broze, Annemie Pernot, Micheline Scheys and Mieke Van Nuland
- The Supporting Members: Laurence Broze, Lydia Deveen, Nicole Dewandre, Els Flour, Petra Foubert, Maryam Kolly, Sarah Scheepers, Jolien Voorspoels and Alison Woodward
Become a Sophia member and support gender studies in Belgium! Wire the membership fee of 20 euros (10 euros for students, job seekers and lower incomes) to BE81-0682-1051-8824 - BIC: GKCCBEBB. Don't forget to mention 'membership fee for year' + e-mail address in your communication.
Questions? Suggestions? Remarks? Please feel free to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org - 02 229 38 69 - Amazone, Middaglijnstraat 10 rue du Méridien, 1210 Brussels