Feminist theory has a long history within the research profile of the CFS. Critical theory development cuts across all other areas in the research profile and also constitutes a research area in its own right.
This area includes work on different levels of theory, both meta-theory and more specific theory and concept formation in various areas of study. One example is analyses of gender, power relations, and violence and the intersecting inequalities in contemporary western societies.
Another example is inquiries into the meta-theoretical assumptions underpinning different modes of feminist theorizing and critique, including both ontological and epistemological questions. Here, conflicts and synergies between, for instance, materialism and poststructuralism, as well as between poststructuralism and realism, are in focus. Dialogues between different meta-theoretical and theoretical perspectives are of specific interest.