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Feminist Perspectives on Natural Catastrophes and Sustainability

Public Lecture by International Visiting Professor of Gender Studies Pilwha Chang on January 24, 2017

№ 005/2017 from Jan 10, 2017

Are natural disasters really natural, or do they have anthropogenic causes? Do men and women experience disasters in different ways? How does unequal access to natural resources such as water and energy impact women? Prof. Dr. Pilwha Chang, who is currently the Dahlem International Network Professor of Gender Studies, is addressing these issues in a research project at Freie Universität. A highly regarded Korean scholar and pioneer of East Asian women's research, Chang will present her current project in a public lecture on January 24, 2017. The presentation will be in English. Admission is free, RSVP by January 16, 2017, to pinu@fu-berlin.de.

In a lecture entitled "(Eco)feminists and the search for sustainable communities," Professor Chang will also present ideas for sustainable communities based on examples from Asia and other regions worldwide. 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 she made great progress in promoting networking among women researchers throughout Asia by founding the Asian Association of Women’s Studies. At Freie Universität Berlin she is involved in developing the international networks of the Margherita von Brentano Center for Gender Research, which was founded in 2016. During her time at Freie Universität in the 2016/17 winter semester, Chang is working closely with colleagues at the Institute of Korean Studies and the Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS). She is also teaching a seminar on gender studies in East Asia.

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.

Further Information

Time and Location

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 6 p.m.
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Fabeckstraße 23/25, Room -1.2009, 14195 Berlin. subway station: Dahlem Dorf or Freie Universität (Thielplatz) (U3), Bus 110, M11, and X83.


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