Equality and Social Justice Research Group launched at CEU

June 6, 2011

The Center for Policy Studies in cooperation with research fellows and faculty across CEU departments has created a new Research Group focused on Equality and Social Justice.

Research on inequalities is largely compartmentalized along the lines of different inequalities. Important work on inequality is done on gender, on ethnicity, class, or sexuality to mention only a few. Yet they rarely communicate. The Research Group held a workshop “Intersecting Inequalities – Cutting across Disciplines?” on May 25, 2011 at CEU. The focus of this workshop was one evident point where these different areas of equality work have ideas that may be mutually beneficial: the topic of intersecting inequalities. Presenters came from a variety of CEU research centers and departments: the Center for Policy Studies, Departments of Economics, Gender Studies, Legal Studies, and Philosophy. The presentations and follow-up discussion addressed intersecting inequalities coming from different disciplinary backgrounds: sociology, law, economics and political science, with commentators from political theory and history.

During the 2011-2012 Academic Year the Equality and Social Justice Research Group will be led by Andrea Krizsan, Research Fellow at the Center for Policy Studies and Joanna Kostka, doctoral student at the Department of Public Policy. The Research Group is an interdisciplinary research platform that aims to discuss equality understood as a political, legal and social concept, particularly as these aspects gain relevance in the making of policies addressing inequalities and social injustice. The group plans to organize monthly meetings discussing relevant work done in the topic within the CEU community.