In 2006, a joint Linköping-Örebro research collaboration was granted funding by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) for the period 2007-2011 to establish the GEXcel Centre of Gender Excellence. This collaboration was hosted by the Institute of Thematic Gender Studies, bringing together Tema Genus and the Division of Gender and Medicine at Linköping University, and Gender Studies and the Centre for Feminist Social Studies at Örebro University.
Since its inception, the GEXcel research centre has attracted excellent senior and junior researchers from a diversity of disciplines from around the world. The visiting scholars have joined the the research environments at Linköping and Örebro for a couple of weeks up to several months. Two international peer evaluations, organized by the Swedish Research Council, praised its research, publications and ability to attract excellent national and international scholars within the framework of a number of cutting edge research themes.
A GEXcel Work-in-Progress series has been published, and a major international book series published at Routledge is led from GEXcel: Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality.
Against this background, the GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies was established on a more permanent basis in 2012. In 2012, the Institute of Thematic Gender Studies included the Centre for Gender Studies (CGF) from a third university, Karlstad University, and the GEXcel International Collegium is now a three-university research collaboration.
To become a hub for Nordic, European and international research on transdisciplinary Gender Studies;
To develop transnational, intersectional and transformative gender research;
To provide a research infrastructure for both self-funded and funded visiting scholars of excellence;
To become a meeting place for different generations of excellent gender scholars, and to support promising junior scholars committed to a career in Gender Studies;
To secure close collaboration between the Collegium and international research training initiatives within the field of Gender Studies;
To secure closer collaboration between The Collegium and similar Centres internationally;
To develop a global association of such kindred centres of advanced Gender Studies, provisionally known as RINGS (Research International Network of Centres of Advanced Gender Studies);
To provide a long-term base for the book series Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality.