Centre for Women's and Gender Research
Research project

FEMSAG - Feminist Theory After Sex and Gender

A research project on the nature vs. nurture issue in feminist thought, funded by an individual fellowship from the H2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions.

FEMSAG was a research action aiming to philosophically clarify the concepts of “nature” and “nurture” and the role they play or might play in gender studies as well as in the public domain of gender and sexuality related law and policy-making.
Anne Gjertrud Halberg

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This project, which ran from 2017 to 2021, sought to develop conceptual tools with which to address nature-nurture issues pivotal to the current philosophy, science and politics of sex and gender. This overall research objective was implemented in and through three individual work packages (WP).

In WP1, the project engaged with current efforts in feminist science studies to address biases of sex and gender in contemporary brain research. WP2 contributed to the philosophical debate within so-called 'material feminisms' regarding the more foundational issue of what a feminist construal of the very terms 'nature' and 'nurture' (or 'culture') might look like. Lastly, in WP3, the project aimed to add to ongoing conversations on how to open up the phenomenological tradition in European philosophy to the lives and experiences of transgendered people.

Read more about the project on the official web page.


The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) provide grants for all stages of researchers' careers - be they doctoral candidates or highly experienced researchers - and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility.