Academy of Finland
Funding decision
 
Applicant / Contact person Oinas, Elina
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title EDIT: Equality as Democracy in Transformation
Decision No. 320863
Decision date 23.10.2018
Funding period 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022
Funding 599 942
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Project description
This proposed research project EDIT - Equality as Democracy in Transformation will strengthen societal capacity to enhance gender equality and thereby democracy and human rights. It does so by examining and supporting scholarship and teaching on gender in selected universities - Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and University of Witwatersrand in South Africa - to develop academic research and teaching towards a more societally relevant and contextually attuned practice. Universities and their societal engagements are analyzed to better understand the overall principles and concrete processes for promotion of equality and democracy. These processes and the negotiations in/by feminist epistemic communities can teach lessons on how transformation processes towards equality can be enabled and strengthened, what their dimensions are and what obstacles must be attended to. Universities can be key drivers of societal change but this promise is here under investigation, rather than assumed.