Gender in University and Society (GENiUS)


GENiUS (Gender in University and Society) is an informal Swiss-Arab Network of academics specialized in the field of Gender Studies in and on the Arab region, established in 2017. The network aims at fostering scientific exchange on the levels of research, teaching and institution building. In order to create a forum of exchange and dialogue in knowledge production across disciplinary, linguistic and regional boundaries, the network organizes a series of workshops on varying relevant topics.

The first international GENiUS-workshop took place in April 2017 at the University of Zurich (Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies – Gender Studies). It was devoted to the topic of “Concepts that matter! Terminologies of Women and Gender in Transnational Perspective”. This resulted from discussions that were taken up during an exploratory workshop that was held in Zurich in March 2016 under the title of “Feminism and Theory in the Arab World”.


Current Members

Lina Abirafeh (Lebanese American University)

Nadia Al-Bagdadi (Central European University)

Yasmine Berriane (University of Zurich)

Bettina Dennerlein (University of Zurich)

Hoda Elsadda (Cairo University)

Moha Ennaji (University of Fez)

Sarah Farag (University of Zurich)

Amel Grami (Manouba University)

Doris Gray (Al-Akhawayn University)

Aymon Kreil (University of Zurich)

Marnia Lazreg (City University of New York)

Raja Rhouni (University of El Jadida)

Fatima Sadiqi (University of Fez)

Zeina Zaatari (Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Middle East and Africa)


* coming soon *