Centre for Women's and Gender Research (SKOK) is a multidisciplinary research center that aims to strengthen the critical diversity, sexuality and gender research at the University of Bergen.
One of the main goals of SKOK is to guarantee long-term competence building in the fields of critical diversity, sexuality and gender research across disciplinary boundaries. SKOK shall also act as a nexus between other research environments, both nationally and internationally.
Research, dissemination and education
SKOK is an international, multidisciplinary research centre. Our core activites are research, dissemination and education. In addition to the research that is taking place at SKOK, one of the centre's goals is to coordinate and strengthen research within the aforementioned fields that is already taking place at the University of Bergen, in addition to stimulating and initiating new activity. The research at SKOK is mainly directed towards theory development and fundamental research, but the centre also considers stimulating empirical and applied scientific research among its tasks.
SKOK offers a bachelor's degree in gender studies, a one-year program in gender and sexuality, as well as a variety of courses with a focus on gender-related issues. SKOK also organizes guest lectures, seminars and debates that are open to the public, where current topics related to diversity, sexuality and gender are discussed. In addition, SKOK also offers doctoral education and currently employs several PhD candidates working on independent projects.
Our research staff and associated researchers have backgrounds from different areas and disciplines, first and foremost from the humanities and social sciences. SKOK's employees take part in research collaborations across disciplines and faculties, for instance through the centre's research groups. These groups facilitate collaborations between researchers at the University of Bergen who focus on topics related to diversity, sexuality and gender.
SKOK's goal is to distinguish itself in an international research context. Its research is anchored in foundational questions, multidisciplinary gender theory and critical thinking, and has a global and historical perspective. SKOK's mission is to make the societal relevance of gender research visible, both within and outside of the University of Bergen.
You can download SKOK's current strategy below.