2013-14 Global Scholars
The IRW hosts feminist researchers from around the world as Global Scholars, enabling them to pursue their own research and writing in a supportive environment while accessing Rutgers’ unique feminist resources. Global Scholars participate in the IRW seminar, present public lectures and speak in classes throughout the university.
This project will explore the queer and transgender issues in the light of the gender equality framework and the feminist movement in Iceland, comparing and contrasting Iceland with the US. The project is a part of a larger collaboration with Professor Jyl Josephson (Rutgers-Newark) on Icelandic and US relations, covering research and teaching. The research project addresses queer and transgender issues that will be explored theoretically and empirically, with the empirical part located in the Icelandic context. This will be related to concepts such as gender equality, sexuality, gender identity and the complex interrelationship between these concepts. Also feminism, queer feminism and transgender feminism will be explored. The main question of the project is to what extent there is a tension between the struggle of queer and transgender people and the feminist movement, and to what extent there is a ground for strategic alliances and cooperation. The Icelandic context is a good starting point for exploring these issues as Iceland has a very progressive legal framework, and a vital, although small, queer and transgender community.