I would be really grateful if you could sign this petition and send the following email to the vice-chancellor's address: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Dear Giovanni Latorre,
The course of Gender Studies at the University of Calabria, taught in Rende at the Department of Sociology by Laura Corradi won’t exist anymore because they have decided to close it down.The success of the last ten years notwithstanding, the course, attended by hundreds of students, has been made smaller and smaller despite the students’ determination to attend it and the professor’s determination to teach it for free. Students denounce that the course has been placed at the same time of other important and compulsory activities. Made difficult to be attended, the course has been reduced this year to 15 students. This way, it became very easy to frame it as superfluous teaching and to close it down. The course has been an important site of empowerment for many girls, young feminist doctoral students, migrant researchers, precarious subjects engaged in feminist thought and practice, many people who in fact refuse to passively accept this decision. Moreover, the course constitutes in the context of the region Calabria a great opportunity for women and men who want to acquire the critical skills to interpret their own reality. This course should remain an opportunity for those who chose it or better, we even think that gender studies must be valorized and that the University could establish them as basic courses in the first year, as example of interdisciplinary theoretical and practical knowledge, as a critical vision so needed in the face of a culture that fixes gender roles, pathologizes and inferiorizes differences, imposes hetero-normativity. Therefore, we demand the course of Gender Studies to be reintegrated, with adequate economic resources, in the curriculum offered by the University of Calabria.
Thanks a lot!