Marianne-Schminder-Guest Professorship with partial denomination gender research
On 29 April 2019, the Marianne Schminder Guest Professorship was solemnly named as part of the inaugural lecture by guest professor Dr. Andrea Wolffram on the topic "Hit by gender lightning - on the significance of the social category of gender in sociotechnical dynamics". Prof. Wolffram is the first holder of the Marianne Schminder Guest Professorship with partial denomination in Gender Studies at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, located at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. To celebrate the appointment of the professorship, historian Dr. Steffi Kaltenborn gave a short lecture on the life and work of Marianne Schminder, Professor of Non-Metallic Materials in Engineering at the Technical University of Magdeburg (from 1961).
On December 1, 2018, the sociologist, guest professor Dr. Andrea Wolffram, was appointed guest professor at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg for the first time with partial denomination of gender.
Guest Prof. Dr. Andrea Wolffram studied at the Universities of Regensburg and Hanover and received her doctorate at the TU Braunschweig in 2002. From 2003 to 2008 she worked as a postdoc at the TU Hamburg-Harburg. Since 2009 she has been researching gender and diversity issues at RWTH Aachen University and has led numerous projects in this field.
Her work focuses on the analysis of scientific careers and gender in technical disciplines in the German higher education and research system and its organisational change. A further focus is on gender-relevant dimensions and effects of technology design, which she will investigate at the OVGU over the next 2.5 years.
The aim of the visiting professorship is to establish gender studies in various contexts at the OVGU. For a period of 2 years, the opportunity is offered to develop a research profile of one's own which is compatible with the OVGU's main research areas and also includes the category "Gender". The exact orientation is deliberately kept open so that cultural and social science research can be addressed from a gender perspective as well as the inclusion of gender aspects in research projects in the MINT subjects or medicine. Generating and making visible subject-specific gender-related knowledge. A contribution should be made to ensuring that aspects of gender studies are more structurally established at the OVGU and that a greater variety of research perspectives is guaranteed.
The professorship will be awarded by the university for a period of 2 years. In particularly well-founded cases, it is also possible to fill the professorship for only one year. The professorship is linked to the OVGU according to the specific subject. The Otto-von-Guericke-University understands the guest professorship as a career step towards the assumption of a lifetime professorship. In this way, the scientists will be accompanied by individually designed development offers.