Research groups & networks


The Centre for Research on Culture and Gender (CRCG) was founded in 2013 at the Department of Languages and Cultures at Ghent University. CRCG supports research and scholarly exchange on questions of identity, difference and diversity in a globalized world from the perspective of critical inquiry and qualitative research methodology. The Centre brings together scholars and students from various disciplinary backgrounds in the arts, humanities and social sciences interested in the study of culture in intersection with gender and/or other identity markers such as sexuality, ethnicity, class, nation and religion. More information on our activities, including research, conferences, lectures, seminars and a newsletter can be found on the center’s website.


ECSO (Ethics, Culture & Society): is an alliance research group in which both RHEA (VUB) and the Centre for Research on Culture and Gender (UGent) cooperate, exchange, organize and stimulate research. Both research groups share an interest in the study of difference, diversity, identity and inequality – particularly in intersections of gender, ethnicity, religion and sexuality. ECSO brings together researchers with a background in feminist theory, anthropology, migration studies, ethics and sexuality studies, and stimulates research on topics such: as harmful cultural practices; gender, sexuality and embodiment; normative frameworks in healthcare; secular spiritualities; gender and Islam and sexual rights and health. It continues a longstanding cooperation between the centres, that has already resulted in common publications and research projects.

IARG (The International Association for the Study of Religion and Gender) was founded in 2015. IARG operates as a network and a platform of exchange and collaboration in research, and organizes support, training and coaching in particular for young scholars in the interdisciplinary field of religion and gender. Among its activities are: a biannual conference; publication of the open access journal Religion and Gender; summer schools for PhD students; Routledge book series. See more info at the IARG website.

CRCG is member and co-founder of the working group in gender studies within U4, the European University Network of Ghent University (BE), University of Göttingen (DE), University of Groningen (NL), University of Tartu (EE), and Uppsala University (SE). The working group organizes summer schools for PhD students in gender studies and analysis.

CRCG is institutional member of AtGender, The European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation. AtGender is a broad association for academics, practitioners, activists and institutions in the field of Women’s, Gender, Transgender, Sexuality, and Queer studies, feminist research, women’s, sexual and LGBTQI rights, equality, and diversity. The association constitutes a permanent structure for the growing field of knowledge and practice in Europe.

CRCG is institutional member of RINGS (The International Association of Institutes in Advanced Gender Studies). RINGS is an international association with the aim of bringing together research institutions engaged in gender and feminist research on a global basis. The principal purpose of the association is to promote advanced and transformative research in transnational cooperation between member institutions. 

CRCG is member of FAC (Feminist Autonomous Centre of Research). FAC is a community-based research centre located in Athens.

Individual membership of scientific associations (selection)

IUAES (International Association for Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences)

COTAW (Commission on the Anthropology of Women, IUAES)

AAR (American Academy of Religion)

AAA (American Anthropological Association)

EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists)

LOVA (Netherlands Association of Gender and Anthropology)

SOPHIA (Belgian Network for Gender Studies)

BABEL (Belgian Association for the Study of Religions)

Networks & collaborations (selection)

2017-    Founder and Co-director Research Alliance ‘Ethics, Culture and Society’ ECSO with Rhea, VUB

2012-2015    Partner ‘Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives’Internationalization Research & Networking Project 

Since 2013    Co-founder and partner strategic partnership U4 gender studies working group

2007-2019    Academic team member project ‘Gender, Health and Family Issues’, Multidisciplinary Programme on Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS, University Development Co-operation, Institutional University Cooperation Partner Programme, Ghent University with University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

2005-2009    Partner International Research Project ‘Gender Equality, Cultural Diversity: European Comparisons and Lessons’ (Nuffield Foundation, Free University of Amsterdam & London School of Economics), 2005-2006.