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Pilwha Chang Is International Network Professor of Gender Studies at Freie Universität

Eminent Korean Social Scientist Does Research and Teaches in Berlin-Dahlem during Winter Semester

№ 358/2016 from Oct 24, 2016

Prof. Dr. Pilwha Chang, a pioneer of research on women and gender in East Asia, is the Dahlem International Network Professor for Gender Studies at Freie Universität during the 2016/17 winter semester. Dr. Chang was appointed to the Chair of Gender Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, in 1984, which at the time was the first such chair in East Asia. She has played a definitive role in the establishment and development of gender and women’s studies in Asia, and as the founder of the Asian Association of Women’s Studies, she supported networking among women researchers throughout Asia. At Freie Universität Berlin she is addressing sustainability from the gender perspective, and she is also involved in developing the international networks of the Margherita von Brentano Center for Gender Research, which was founded this year.

During her time at Freie Universität, Chang will work closely with the Institute of Korean Studies and the Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS). She will teach a seminar on gender studies in East Asia, and at the beginning of 2017, she will give a public lecture.

Gender equality and the promotion of gender studies have been firmly rooted in the ethos of Freie Universität Berlin for more than three decades. They are central features of the university’s institutional development strategy, which won Freie Universität Berlin excellence status in the German government’s Excellence Initiative funding program for universities in 2007 and 2012.

The Dahlem International Network Professorship for Gender Studies has been awarded annually since 2013 as part of the university's development strategy. Each year it goes to an international scholar who has achieved outstanding academic achievements in the field of gender studies. The professorship aims to strengthen the international orientation of gender studies at Freie Universität.

The professorship was awarded for the first time in the 2013/14 winter semester to the Canadian political scientist and Latin America expert Prof. Dr. Verónica Schild from Western University London, Ontario. The following two years it was awarded to the Iranian archaeologist Leila Papoli Yazdi and the Romanian health expert Irina Catrinel Crăciun respectively.

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Dr. Nina Diezemann, Office of News and Public Affairs, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-73190, Email: nina.diezemann@fu-berlin.de