Athena 2: Postcolonial Europe
Postcolonial Europe is one of the projects of Athena, an Advanced Thematic Network in Activities in Women's Studies in Europe which brings together over 120 institutes from 27 countries in the interdisciplinary field of Women's Studies and gender research. ATHENA was created in 1996 by the Association of Institutions for Feminist Education and Research in Europe (AOIFE) and was selected as a Socrates Thematic Network Project in September 1998. The ATHENA central coordination is located at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. In 2003 it started a new cycle of three years of activities and meetings, called Athena 2. Athena 2 aimed at consolidating and expanding the European dimension in women's and gender studies in teaching, learning and research. In 2006 Athena 3 was approved by the European Commission for its third cycle of activities (2006-2009).
Introduction to Postcolonial Europe
The following outline of a Master course on Postcolonial Europe: Gender, Ethnicity and Migration is the output of the activities of the postcolonial Europe working group 1B1 during Athena 2 (2003-2006). The Master is meant to be used as a basic source for bibliography, websites and critical references that address Europe from a postcolonial perspective in which national inflections and the specificities of gender and ethnicity are addressed. The course is meant to be integrated with further local sources and resources according to the institution in which it is going to be activated, the kind of curriculum it needs to fit, and the disciplinary contexts in which it is going to be housed. We have tried to provide as open a space as possible in order to solicit further integrations, adjustments and inspiration.
The group will continue to work under the name of Postcolonial Europe in Athena 3 by focusing more specifically on migrant aesthetics within Europe.