Gender Studies developed alongside and emerged out of feminist movements and critical theorizing of the 20th century. Today they are both recognized as a discrete teaching and research area and an integral part of various disciplines. Gender Studies analyze how gender constitutes social order and power relations past and present. It is in this respect that gender is not understood as a biological or natural constant but as a historically and culturally specific, life-long process of differentiation and becoming and as a way of existence. Gender is thus always also an effect of social and individual processes.
The book series "Gender Issues" was founded by Prof. Lorena Parini in 2005 and directed by the Institut des Etudes genre of the University of Geneva before being taken over by SSEG in 2019. The book series "Gender Issues" is open to different disciplines and languages. It may thus be understood as bridging the gap between different research sensibilities and language cultures. The series is peer-reviewed and open-access.
- Janine Dahinden, transnational studies, Laboratory for the Study of Social Processes, University of Neuchâtel
- Julien Debonneville, sociologist and anthropologist, Institute of Gender studies, University of Geneva
- Francesca Falk, historian, Historical Institute, University of Bern
- Dominique Grisard, historian, Center for Gender Studies, University of Basel
- Eléonore Lépinard, sociologist, Center for Gender Studies, University of Lausanne
- Marylène Lieber, sociologist, Institute of Gender Studies, University of Geneva
- Brigitte Liebig, sociologist of gender and applied psychologist, Institute for Sociology University of Basel / School of Applied Psychology, University of Applied Sciences and the Arts Northwestern Switzerland
- Katrin Meyer, gender studies / philosophy, Department of Gender Studies at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich