Irma Erlingsdóttir, Head of the Center for Gender Research (RIKK) and Director of EDDA – Center of Excellence as well as GEST, a UN gender equality studies programme for students from developing and post-conflict countries; and Associate Professor of French Contemporary Literature at the University of Iceland.
Irma Erlingsdóttir is an Associate Professor of French Contemporary Literature at the University of Iceland. She also heads the following university programs: The Center for Gender Research (RIKK), EDDA – Center of Excellence in Critical Contemporary Research and GEST, a UN gender equality studies programme for students from developing and post-conflict countries. She has led several large-scale academic projects in the fields of gender studies, globalization, contemporary politics and critical theory. She studied at Sorbonne University, Vincennes University and Paul Valéry University in France. She has a Ph.D. from Sorbonne University. As a specialist in contemporary French literature, gender, and philosophy, she has published articles and book chapters in these fields. She is currently completing a monograph on the work of French writer Hélène Cixous with a special reference to the emancipatory aspects of art and transformative politics. She is also working on a cultural critique project on the implications of the 2008 economic and political crisis in Iceland.