Central European University (CEU)

ESR 8 is researching ‘European boundaries and the production of cultures of equality’
ESR 10 is researching ‘Theorising the gendered body as a site of contest of cultures of equality’


Founded in 1991, Central European University is a privately funded and endowed postgraduate training institution of higher education with accreditation both by the Middle-States Network of American Universities and (since 2005) the Hungarian government. It has developed an exceptional reputation for interdisciplinary research in the social sciences, the humanities, law and management. Located in the heart of Central Europe – Budapest, Hungary – CEU has developed a distinct academic and intellectual focus, combining the comparative study of the region’s historical, cultural, and social diversity with global perspectives on social transformation.

CEU is a research-intensive university with more than 400 out of its 1,600 students pursuing doctoral degrees. Accredited both in the United States and in Hungary, CEU embraces the Bologna Process, actively partaking in the modernization of higher education across Europe, while also cultivating its ties to leading universities in the US. Today, around half of the applicants to CEU come from almost 100 countries of all five continents beyond its historic focus region.
CEU works with the Open Society Institute (OSI), providing academic and professional backing for OSI’s global agenda of democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal and social reform. The university has also been an active academic partner of initiatives across Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. In addition to its academic excellence, CEU also has an extensive and successful record of participation in and coordination of European Framework projects (27 FP6 projects and 16 FP7 projects); as well as Erasmus Mundus Programs (3 programs, of which 2 are coordinated at CEU). CEU is a founding member of the European University Association (EUA). With its dual accreditation, both in the USA and Europe (Hungary), CEU brings together the best in two educational traditions, including collaboration and formation of European and international scholarly networks, which only enrich the scholarly and practical value of research conducted at CEU.

The Department of Gender Studies at CEU seeks to interrelate and to bring together Women’s and Gender Studies from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives in the social sciences and humanities. Teaching and scholarship is aimed at the production of knowledge that is regionally and globally relevant through the development of integrative perspectives on gender and social identities. It offers a wide range of degree programs: one-year and two-year MA degrees in Gender Studies, and a PhD in Comparative Gender Studies. It is also a part of an Erasmus Mundus MA in Women’s Studies and Gender studies (GEMMA), and a European MA in Women’s History (MATILDA).