European Master in Women’s and Gender History

  • MATILDA is the first European Master Degree in Women’s and Gender History. MATILDA is designed for students wishing to develop expertise in women’s and gender history, as well as in European history, and who are interested in intercultural exchange.
  • The programme of study is spread over three semesters (1.5 years), includes 120 ECTS points and links five leading European universities in an exciting, innovative and unique venture. The partner institutions are the University of Glasgow, UK; University of Lyon-2, France; Vienna University, Austria; CEU-Budapest, Hungary; St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia.
  • In addition to studying in at least two different countries there is a Summer Intensive Programme during which all students on the course come together with faculty in order to learn and to strengthen cooperation.
    •  The MATILDA curriculum includes courses in core subjects in Women´s and Gender History (theory, methodology, and practice) and specialist options covering medieval to modern historical epochs.

      MATILDA supports integrative perspectives, which go beyond local, regional, and national histories in order to situate these histories, as well as European history as a whole, in broader contexts. With its focus on comparative, entangled and transnational history, MATILDA aims to:

      • Explore the history of gender differences and similarities in European cultures and societies;
      • Investigate the role of gender in shaping European history;
      • Challenge gender inequalities;
      • Cognition of the historicity of gender norms, roles and relations;
      • Capacities for analyzing past and ongoing socio-cultural processes in local and supranational contexts;
      • The mastering of adequate methodological skills; awareness of the variety of the historic tools, critical approaches towards documents and an awareness how historical interests, categories and problems change over time and in diverse political, social, and geographical contexts;
      • Ability to participate in international scientific discussions, in mainstream history, in the fields of women’s and gender history and of equal opportunity policies;
      • Awareness for the European dimension of history, awareness for a concept of history beyond the local, regional, and the national dimension;
      •  Understanding of cultural differences and similarities and their historical and social preconditions and contexts (comparative perspective);
      • Practice in comparative production of historical knowledge;

      The joint MA-programme will prepare participants for mediating discussions and findings of women’s and gender history in various fields like school, adult education, university; PR, policy advice; journalism; museums, memory sites, archives and exhibitions.