The Cornelia Goethe Center for Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary research institute
at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main which promotes cooperation among researchers from
a variety of disciplines. The CGC considers an epistemological and theoretical
critique of gender to be the foundation of its analytical work; it focuses on the historical, social, and
cultural construction of the category. By addressing ambivalences, paradoxes, as well as ruptures and nonsynchronicities of social reality, our approach to feminist analysis continues and expands the tradition of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. Here, the question of gender relations in the context of social, ethnic, national and cultural differences is of increasing importance.
Cornelia Goethe Center’s research profile varies with the projects and investigations undertaken
by its affiliated scholars. Core themes in research and teaching are
- Transnational Migration and Social Movements
- Social Inequality, Gender Justice and Diversity
- Biopolitics, the Body and Gender
- Feminist Theory and Queer Theory
- Transdisciplinary Methodologies and Feminist Critiques
The Cornelia Goethe Center was named after Cornelia Goethe, the younger sister of Johann Wolfgang Goethe who was the eponym of Frankfurt University. The Center places great value on a dialogue between urban society and university. Its conferences, colloquia and workshops provide a space for interdisciplinary academic exchange as well as international cooperation and networking. To stimulate interest outside the university in Women’s and Gender Studies topics, the Center hosts a series of colloquia which have become a regular feature of the “Frankfurter Bürger-Universität”. Another important connection between the university and civil society is the CGC Friends´ Association.