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Latest News
» 25 November: International Day against Violence against Women
» Podcast „Anhaltspunkte“ speaks with people of Saxony-Anhalt
» Exchange on educational research
» Offers for teaching development
» Weitere Themen
Grants and Prizes
» Online information events "Horizon Europe - New funding opportunities for the social sciences and humanities“
» Funding of projects in the thematic priority area "Women in science, research and innovation: Making achievements and potential visible, structurally anchoring visibility“
» Call for Lectures informatica feminale Baden-Württemberg 2021
» Ralf Dahrendorf Prize for the European Research Area
» Weitere Themen
» More protection, more rights, more equality? European perspectives for rainbow families | Webtalk on November 26
» Jour fixe digital: Real Men are Feminists? On the contradictions and necessities of profeminist men's politics
» Lead & Inspire - Across Generations: Panel Discussion and Networking Event for Women Scientists on December 4, 2020
» Weitere Themen
University and Politics
» Documentation of the theme week: #MeToo in science?! Sexualized discrimination and violence at scientific institutions
» "Visible and active: Show attitude!" - Argumentation aids against antifeminist statements
» "x + y" - a mathematical manifesto on gender equality by Eugenia Cheng
» New study examines where East and West Germany stand in terms of equality
» Weitere Themen

Latest News

International Day against Violence against Women in Magdeburg 25 November: International Day against Violence against Women

At the 83rd plenary session on 17 December 1999, the UN General Assembly adopted without a vote a resolution designating 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as the "International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women".  At that time, the General Assembly expressed "concern that women do not fully enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the continuing failure to protect and promote these rights and freedoms in the case of violence against women". Gender-based violence against women and girls has continued to increase, particularly in Corona times. Every year, the international day of remembrance aims to draw public attention to violence against women and to focus on strategies to combat it. Despite the fact that there are no planned actions during the day due to the corona, there are still many urgent actions to draw attention to this important topic of domestic violence. In Magdeburg, on the occasion of the action "Gewalt kommt nicht in Tüte" (Violence does not come in bags), a total of 25,000 baker's bags with the addresses of aid projects will be distributed from 25.11. onwards. Also the federal action is to be seen in the city on various posters. The Orange The World campaign is again supported by various women's groups (e.g. the Soroptimists MD) and buildings are illuminated in the color orange. Also the flag of terre des femmes "frei leben" will be shown at different projects like Wildwasser and the Courage women's center in Buckau / Vera.

Podcast Podcast „Anhaltspunkte“ speaks with people of Saxony-Anhalt

The new Podcast "Anhaltspunkte" shows, why humans straight in Saxonia-Anhalt realize their projects and ideas. A new episode appears every second Thursday. In a 12-part interview series, the most diverse success stories of well-known and less well-known personalities from Saxony-Anhalt are presented. The podcast presents various people who have made a conscious decision to live in Saxony-Anhalt and who are tackling things. Visited are founders, scientists, committed people and people who are changing this federal state with their ideas. Meanwhile you can find various podcasts on the site. Shownotes, sketch notes and further links can be called up while listening to them. Here you can access the podcast

Prasad, Mrudula (c) Jana Dünnhaupt Master student Mrudula Prasad is the best

This year's DAAD prize for outstanding achievements of foreign students goes to the master student Mrudula Prasad from India. The prizewinner has been living in Magdeburg since 2018 and is one of the best students of the last ten years studying for a Master's degree in "Chemical and Energy Engineering" with a current grade point average of 1.4. She is currently working on her Master's thesis with great independence and commitment, achieving outstanding research results even in times of Corona. She is also active in social initiatives such as Rotaract Magdeburg or Engineers Without Borders. Mrudula Prasad is also available to international students at the Faculty of Process and Systems Engineering as a course spokesperson. Mrudula Prasad is therefore a role model not only because of her outstanding student achievements, but also because of her voluntary commitment, for which she has been awarded the 1,000 Euro prize. Read the laudation.

Porsch, Raphaela_Prof. Dr. (c) Michael C. Möller New face at the Center for Teacher Training

Prof. Dr. Raphaela Porsch has been scientific director of the Center for Teacher Education (ZLB) at the OVGU since October 1, 2020. She will support the ZLB team in the task of quality assurance and development of teacher training at the university. A new focus of the ZLB will be the systematic promotion of media-didactic competencies in teacher training. To this end, offers for student teachers and teacher trainers will be developed both at the OVGU and in cooperation with other teacher training institutions. Raphaela Porsch has herself completed teacher training for primary and secondary level I. In 2009, she received her doctorate in educational science from the Humboldt University of Berlin, and in 2018 she completed her habilitation at the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster. In 2019 she took over the professorship for Educational Science with the focus on General Didactics at the OVGU.

Exchange on educational research

Educational researchers at the university have the opportunity to present and discuss their latest findings in general didactics, subject didactics, psychology and related disciplines at a public colloquium. This format creates a cross-faculty, interdisciplinary exchange forum for interested parties. In addition, cooperation can be initiated and qualification work can be supported. The colloquium takes place digitally via zoom on Wednesday afternoons from 15 to 17 o'clock. The next event is on November 25, 2020. Junior professor Dr. Dan Verständig, Chair of Educational Science/Education in the Digital World, will give an introduction to the topic "Professional Reflection of Teachers using the Example of Twitter". You will receive an invitation link by subscribing to the newsletter. More dates and information about the organization.

Offers for teaching development

The project focus:LEHRE offers of 23. until 30 November 2020 the winter academy of this year. As in the previous academies of the year, most of the workshops will be offered in blended or distance learning formats and thus online / web-based. An overview of the planned workshops as well as all further information on registration can be found here

Grants and Prizes

Online information events "Horizon Europe - New funding opportunities for the social sciences and humanities“

On 01.01.2021 the 9th European Research Framework Programme "Horizon Europe" starts. In its four-part information series, the National Contact Point Society informs about the new Framework Programme in general and the calls for proposals of the three thematic areas in Cluster 2 "Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society". The events are aimed at EU speakers, social scientists and humanities scholars, representatives of the cultural and creative industries and public administrations, civil society actors and other interested applicants. Please note the dates:

  • 10.12.2020 - Horizon Europe: Political background, structure, innovations and topics of the work program in Cluster 2.
  • On January 18, 19 and 20, 2021, the NCP Society will provide detailed information on the calls and topics of the destinations Democracy and Governance, Cultural Heritage and Social and Economic Transformations.

Further information and links for registration will follow.

Funding of projects in the thematic priority area "Women in science, research and innovation: Making achievements and potential visible, structurally anchoring visibility“

The federal government promotes the opportunities and possibilities for women to participate in science, research and innovation in order to achieve gender equality, because real equality has not yet been achieved in relation to formal equality enshrined in the constitution. However, real equal participation is a prerequisite for the sustainable and future-oriented development of our society. To this end, structural conditions must be created for greater visibility of the innovative achievements of women in particular, in order to identify corresponding future-oriented potential and increase the representation of women. Gender research in particular provides groundbreaking scientific impetus for this. Women are still underrepresented in central and public functions, e.g. in management positions, as top performers or with professional expertise. In order to better understand and tap the potential of excellent women for Germany's culture of innovation, women must be more visible and present with their scientific achievements, innovative ideas and achievements and be perceived by all parts of society as high performers and high potentials. Only if women are visible as pioneers of relevant developments they can act as role models and provide impetus. In order to improve the visibility of women, it is therefore necessary to sensitize science and research, but also the general public, to the achievements of women as researchers, inventors or discoverers. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) contributes to the above-mentioned goals of the federal government with its funding guideline "Innovative Women in Focus" in the funding area "Strategies for the Implementation of Equal Opportunity for Women in Education and Research". The funding guideline's guiding goals are to increase the representation and visibility of women, their achievements and their potential for innovation culture in Germany. This will promote the gender-equitable participation of women in all fields of science and research, in science communication and in knowledge-driven social discourses. This visibility must also be structurally anchored by innovative approaches and strategies so that it can develop its full and lasting impact. Funding will be provided to support research projects or implementation measures that contribute to increasing the visibility and representation of women working in science, research and innovation. The aim is the sustainable and long-term application of innovative approaches and strategies for structurally anchoring the visibility of women in these fields, including their committees, professional societies and academies and other institutions/organizations, including those from the cultural and educational sectors, in the respective funded institutions. Projects are particularly eligible for funding if they promote and implement the generation of knowledge, development and testing or further development and anchoring of these approaches and strategies, for example, by means of recommendations for action, examples of good practice or corresponding concepts and measures. To the complete announcement of funding

Call for Papers: Conference "Covid, Crisis, Care and Change?" at TU Dresden

Due to the intensification of contradictions during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis social inequalities in the social spheres of production, reproduction and state regulation that had been inherent to the pre-pandemic world became more visible than ever before. The conference „Covid, Crisis, Care and Change?“ will examine how fundamental and sustainable the social changes over the course of the pandemic are at the social levels of labour, care work and state regulation in their gender dimensions. In Germany, these contradictory developments are clearly reflected in the political discussions about so-called system-relevant professions. The contradictory organisation of labour and life under capitalist conditions and their gender relations is particularly visible in the service sector as well as in the sectors of health, care and childcare. The areas of labour that are ensuring the most fundamental provision of life are at the same time characterised by low social recognition and wages while a majority of the staff is female and works under precarious working conditions. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the social appreciation of these previously devalued activities has risen to new heights. Also new tasks such as pandemic-related controlling customers and clients added the workload. However, gestures of symbolic acknowledgements do not meet with comprehensive material recognition. So how (strongly) do processes of recognition and appropriation in system-relevant professions actually change in times of social crisis and what role do gender relations play? In addition to the gender ratio of system-relevant professions und the unequal distribution of risks in the social sphere of labour and production, the pandemic has brought the unequal distribution of reproductive work along the gender lines into sharper focus. The organisation of care during the crisis is characterised by the invocation of family as the primary and determinant place of care and reproduction. As a result, processes of retraditionalisation, the strengthening of family structures and the manifestation of gender hierarchies in the family are emerging. The critical illumination of social problems - precarious wage labour relations, unequal distribution of care work, violence against women and the exclusion of lifestyles beyond the heterosexual family norm - also offers the opportunity to reflect on the fundamental structuring of society, on work, reproduction and care responsibility as well as the relationship between state and individual, and brings progressive strategies, new orders and utopias into the discussion. The conference „Covid, Crisis, Care and Change?“ would like to open the space to reflect on possibilities of (transnational) solidarity and social change in the current situation, while also following speculative or utopian ways of thinking. Scientists from the social sciences and related disciplines such as philosophy are invited to submit an abstract. The complete call with possible questions can be found here.
The conference is planned in a hybrid format as a face-to-face event with the possibility to attend online. If the conditions do not allow for an event with presence at the TU Dresden next March, the conference will be held only digitally. Unfortunately, it is not possible to cover travel and accommodation costs. Please send your abstract of no more than 500 words by 15.12.2020 to: and

Call for Lectures informatica feminale Baden-Württemberg 2021

The summer university informatica feminale Baden-Württemberg (#ifbw21) for students and professionals in computer science and related fields will take place from 27 - 31.07.2021 at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Faculty of Technology (subject to corona development). Lecturers and working female computer scientists are invited to submit offers for courses, workshops or lectures until 11.01.2021. The main topic of informatica feminale 2021 will be "Data Science". You are cordially invited to participate as a lecturer, professor, or professional in IT and submit your offers for half-week or one-day courses, workshops, or lectures. In order to be able to offer a challenging and diversified course program again, we also ask for course offers on a variety of topics, which you can find in the complete call. Other suitable topic suggestions are also welcome. Further information about the call can be found here

Call for Papers Issue " Psychologie & Gesellschaftskritik": Perspectives of Worry

In view of the Corona crisis, the issue of concern has taken on a whole new dimension for many, especially in the countries of the global North. With the precariousness of seemingly self-evident things, but also in view of various (in)vulnerability experiences and fantasies, many people are asking themselves with new immediacy what it means to worry about themselves and about each other. However, the short-term hope of many people involved in the care sector that the crisis will spark a long-needed debate throughout society about the reorganization of care has now been dispelled. In the scientific discourse of the last 20 years, care relationships have been addressed from different sides. One example is the care debate, driven primarily by feminist and postcolonial social scientists and economists, which has raised awareness of the unequal distribution of care activities along the axes of gender (women continue to perform the majority of care work) and race (migrant women in particular perform care, household and personal services). In this context, there has long been talk of a "care crisis" (Winker) that requires a social redefinition of care relationships. Feminist economists in particular emphasize the potential of the concept of care as the starting point and pivot of alternative economies that are based on care for oneself, others and the environment. Socio-psychologically oriented feminist economies, especially in German-speaking countries (e.g. by Regina Becker-Schmidt, Gudrun Axeli Knapp, Frigga Haug) are interested in the interaction of psychological processes with gendered division of labor on a structural level. A similar interlocking of "inner" psychic and socio-structural processes is also discussed for contemporary forms of self-care in the sense of an entrepreneurial arrangement of the self in accordance with neoliberal optimization regimes. Also here (for example in Bröckling, Moldaschl, Lohr/Neckel, or Voß/Pongratz), concern is identified as a focal point and venue for psychopolitical struggles. These different facets of worry will be approached from a socio-psychological perspective in a special issue. It will invite readers to reflect on the meaning of worry, its various enabling conditions and limitations based on the manifold experiences of worry. The following considerations and questions can be starting points for contributions:

  • How can current worry orientations and perspectives be considered from a social psychological research attitude oriented towards the perspective of those who are worried or cared for?
  • Which theoretical, methodological and methodological concepts and approaches can contribute to the (further) development of such a social psychological view of concern? But how must existing approaches and perspectives be reassessed and adjusted in light of current challenges and experiences?
  • How does such a social-psychological approach relate to common perspectives on care arrangements that focus on the meso- and macro-structural level?
  • Conversely, how can psychological research on care arrangements (e.g., research on so-called prosocial behavior) benefit from a decidedly social-scientific contextualization - for example, in dealing with the above-mentioned, but also other traditions)?
  • How can social-psychological concepts and perspectives on sores be applied and productively used in concrete, empirical fields of research? Which difficulties, obstacles and blind spots need to be addressed and critically reflected upon?

Psychologie & Gesellschaftskritik invites you to submit articles for the thematic issue. Contributions can be submitted by practicing psychologists, students, researchers, and other people interested in social psychology. They can approach the topic of social psychological perspectives of worry theoretically, in the form of discussion papers, or in the form of empirical research. Please send your contribution (max. 42,000 characters and adhere to the manuscript guidelines of Psychologie und Gesellschaftskritik) until April 31, 2021 and Abstracts can also be sent in advance (until the end of January 2021).

Ralf Dahrendorf Prize for the European Research Area

Overcome the limited national thinking in the development of science and create a truly unified European area of knowledge, where cooperation and competition complement each other in a rational way: With this idea, the former German EU Research Commissioner Ralf Dahrendorf laid the foundation for the later European Research Area in the 1970s. Only if the best minds work together across borders can they find answers to social challenges such as climate change and remain internationally competitive. The European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation is an important instrument for this cooperation. It promotes the free exchange of scientific findings and technologies among researchers in Europe. The Ralf Dahrendorf Prize for the European Research Area takes up this basic attitude: Since 2019, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research has been awarding this prize to honor the outstanding performance of scientists in European research projects. Award winners can receive a sponsorship award of up to 50,000 euros. The prize is linked to the task of sharing the knowledge gained in research with society. In this way, more people should be able to learn about and discuss the results of their projects. In 2020, the focus of the award is on projects that demonstrate in a special way the added value of European research cooperation for a sovereign, resilient and sustainable Europe. These include projects in the fields of global health care, climate-neutral innovations and green technologies, digitization of the economy and society, technological sovereignty, data infrastructures and artificial intelligence. A broad spectrum of creative formats of digital or analog science communication can be supported with the award. Researchers can use the results of their EU-funded projects to make contact with citizens, for example in exhibitions, dialog events, "Citizen Science" campaigns, festivals, learning units at schools or through knowledge transfer via social media channels. The complete call for proposals can be found here


rainbow families More protection, more rights, more equality? European perspectives for rainbow families | Webtalk on November 26

Europe has done much to improve the lives of non-heterosexuals in recent decades. Nevertheless, rainbow families often have to struggle with legal and social obstacles, prejudices or tangible disadvantages in everyday life. Quite a few cases end up before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg or the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. What impulses can be expected here from European politics in the near future? What legal systems actually exist in Europe to protect against discrimination? What influence does Europe have on the regulations in the member states? How are adoption, multiple parenthood, surrogate motherhood or trans parenthood regulated in other European countries? The Webtalk will provide insights and overviews from everyday life, law and politics and report on examples of best practice. In addition, there will be a discussion on how to proceed for rainbow families in Europe. The event takes place in cooperation with the Lesbian and Gay Association in Germany and thanks to the kind support of the German Foreign Office. The program of the event as well as information on how to register can be found here

Jour fixe digital: Real Men are Feminists?! On the contradictions and necessities of profeminist men's politics Jour fixe digital: Real Men are Feminists? On the contradictions and necessities of profeminist men's politics

The project for equality FEM-Power presents a lecture on the contradictions and necessities of profeminist men's politics in cooperation with the speaker Kim Posster. In 1995, an activist of the autonomous, pro-feminist men's movement summarized his six years of experience in organized attempts by cis men to relate to feminism and actively criticize patriarchy. Despite all the contradictions and doubts, his remarks conclude with the final thesis:

Profeminist-oriented male organization of groups and individuals is not a panacea, but remains an indispensable stage on the way to a society free of domination!

Today almost nobody remembers this movement, its struggles and its failure. Nevertheless, masculinity and feminism are once again increasingly being discussed: How do men become feminists? In recent years, this question has not only been addressed in a number of publications, but also increasingly by (cis) men themselves, for example in workshops on 'critical masculinity'. But is this question even asked correctly? Or does it not rather serve a need for a positive, male identity, which rather stands in the way of the development of an anti-patriarchal solidarity and practice of (cis) men? The lecture attempts to pursue these questions and to find answers in the (own) history of (pro-)feminist movements, current discussions and feminist analyses. The speaker, Kim Posster, lives in Leipzig and publishes on feminist materialism and pro-feminist men's politics. The event will take place digitally on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 6 pm. Participation is free of charge, registration is not required. You can find current information at

Logo dbb-akademie Microlearning: 90-minütige Lernimpulse zum Thema „Zeit- und Stressmanagement“ am 18.12.2020

In this 90-minute seminar at the dbb akademie you will learn to recognize your stress factors and develop individual stress management strategies. You will receive information about the cause and effect of stress and ways to strengthen your own resistance. You will learn how to integrate health-promoting measures into your daily work routine and recognize ways to treat yourself and your fellow human beings in an accepting and appreciative manner, even under heavy workloads. To registration

Lead & Inspire – Across Generation Lead & Inspire - Across Generations: Panel Discussion and Networking Event for Women Scientists on December 4, 2020

This year, the Nobel Prize for Chemistry went to two female scientists. Nevertheless, women in natural sciences and medicine are still underrepresented - in award ceremonies as well as in management positions. Novartis in Germany would like to pay more attention to this topic. In order to support women in realizing their dream of a career in science and to introduce them to successful role models, last year the Lead & Inspire" event series launched. With "Lead & Inspire - Across Generations" the second edition of the Networking series will follow on December 4, 2020. It is intended to create a platform that enables the exchange of ideas between female scientists and entrepreneurs at all career levels and motivates young female scientists to help shape this area in the future. Interested female students and scientists can register until 2 December 2020 via the following link:
You will receive an e-mail in good time before the event with a link to the virtual event room where you can find information about the speakers and the event. Further information about the program can be found in the invitation.

Deutsches Hygienemuseum Dresden Conference: Collecting sexualities. Of Body Pratcics, Relationships and Cross-Border Objects on 24 and 25 February 2021 in Dresden

The conference "Collecting Sexualities. Of Body Practices, Relationships and Transnational Objects" deals with various sexuality issues. With contraceptive, protective and auxiliary means as well as with sex toys and drugs that "regulate" sexuality and/or gender, as well as with immaterial things, for example cycle apps. Of particular interest are sexuality things in collections. What can be found in these material memories of cultural memory (Thomas Thiemeyer) on the subject of sexualities? According to which, historically specific criteria were and are sexuality things selected for collections? Which hegemonies and ideas of sexuality are reflected? Whose sexuality is documented? What gaps result from the practice of collecting? How can these objects be found and accessed? And: What makes a thing a sexuality thing at all? The conference will take place on February 24 and 25, 2021 at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden as part of the BMBF-funded research project "Things and Sexuality. Production and Consumption in the 20th and 21st Century", which is funded by the BMBF, in cooperation with the Chair of Sociological Theories and Cultural Sociology at the Institute of Sociology at the Technical University of Dresden, the Institute for History, Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine at the Medical University of Hannover and the Gay Museum Berlin. The Deutsches Hygiene-Museum has a large collection of body-historical objects, which were further developed, expanded and researched in the course of the sub-project "Relational Objects" with a view to the topic of sexualities. The conference will discuss the results of the research project with other research contributions and collection practices. The conference will take place in the conference center of the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum. Further information on how to participate in the conference can be found at

University and Politics

#MeToo in science?! Documentation of the theme week: #MeToo in science?! Sexualized discrimination and violence at scientific institutions

From September 28 - October 6, 2020, the cooperation event on sexualized discrimination and violence took place online and partly locally at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Detailed information and a documentation of the successful theme week can be found on the theme week blog.

Argumentation aids against antifeminist statements "Visible and active: Show attitude!" - Argumentation aids against antifeminist statements

Together with the Heinrich Böll Foundation's Donors' Association, the Counterargument Network has organized the workshop series "Showing Attitude! Arguing against antifeminist statements". On the basis of these further training courses, a method manual has been developed which enables interested parties to work on the topic themselves. The handbook for trainers shows possibilities of how the topic "Dealing with antifeminism" can be methodically processed. The main aim is to enable people to develop their own attitudes in dealing with antifeminist statements and to present them to the outside world. The manual can be downloaded from the homepage of the Gunda Werner Institute.

„x + y“ by Eugenia Cheng "x + y" - a mathematical manifesto on gender equality by Eugenia Cheng

Dietmar Barth writes about the new publication of Eugenia Cheng's book: "'x + y' with the subtitle 'A Mathematician's Manifesto for Rethinking Gender' is a treatise on gender equality that takes a general approach to the concerns in the field of MINT (math, computer science, natural sciences, technology). It not only straightens the perspective of people who are satisfied with the status quo, but also examines one or the other approach of emancipatory well-meaning people [...]". Dietmar Barth's commentary appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and can be read here.

New study examines where East and West Germany stand in terms of equality

Women in both West and East Germany have been able to catch up with men in terms of education, employment and social security in recent years. Nevertheless, there are still considerable differences between East and West when it comes to the issue of equality. The gap between men and women in the East is noticeably smaller for key labor market variables such as labor force participation, working hours and income - although the overall income level is lower than in the West. And even though equality has progressed in both East and West Germany, the average professional, economic and social situation of women in both parts of the country is still often worse than that of men. A new report presented today by the Hans Böckler Foundation's Institute of Economic and Social Sciences (WSI) highlights where progress has been made and where less progress has been made, using 27 indicators and the latest available data. The complete study can be found at:

Federal Minister of Family Affairs Doctor Franziska Giffey presents dossier on equal opportunities policy in partnership

"Partnership-based equality policy focuses equally on women and men and provides support where there are disadvantages. The dossier 'Equal Opportunity Policy for Boys and Men in Germany' describes how boys and men are already reached and mobilized today as addressees and beneficiaries of this equal opportunity policy. In addition, it provides an overview of the current state of research and developments in the topic area. It also illustrates current and future challenges and opens up new perspectives and horizons - for a modern society in which partnership is actively lived." The dossier is available at the coordination office and is also available online as a long and short version and in English.

Distorted Emancipation - East-West Inequalities in Western European Care Regimes

The first wave of the corona pandemic and the restriction measures introduced made inequalities visible and reinforced them in Europe: inequalities between men and women, between people with and without care responsibilities and between East and West. It is also clear that the emancipation of women in the West is a "distorted emancipation" (Uhde 2016), because it is based on global imbalances. Read more

No place for Jewish women? - Anti-Semitism and intersectionality

In recent decades feminist movements and theories have also become aware of the differences between women. Feminism should no longer fight "only" for women's rights, it should recognize that women have very different experiences and take the intersections of different forms of discrimination seriously. Intersectionality has become a buzzword of feminist struggles as well as theoretical considerations and takes into account the fact that the white, bourgeois women's movement has long ignored the interests and problems of black women, workers, trans-women and many more, and in part has itself contributed to their oppression. Parallel to this perception and seriousness of the differences, the thematization of racism and classism, the feminist support of anti-Semitic campaigns and events becomes more and more apparent. Despite the intersectionality paradigm, not all forms of discrimination seem to be taken into account - the perspectives of Jewish women are often left out. Read more

Corona, postcolonial feminism and necropolitics in India

Malnutrition, hunger and serious income losses due to the Indian government's corona pandemic measures affect poor women in particular, who are disadvantaged by intersectional gender, class and caste relations. On March 23, 2020, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only ordered the closure of all businesses, schools and universities to combat the corona pandemic, but also imposed a 21-day strict curfew on the 1.3 billion Indian women. As early as March 26, 2020, feminist development researcher Nitya Rao predicted that women and migrant workers would bear the brunt of the pandemic's impact. Firstly, women in particular would have to shoulder the majority of the responsibilities for purchasing and preparing food - they are the ones who queue up at stores to buy rationed staple foods such as rice, dal, oil and sugar. Second, the lack of income due to closed markets, disrupted supply chains, delayed sowing and harvesting, and the collapse of agricultural employment has a mainly negative impact on the food sovereignty of rural populations, and again, to a large extent, on women. Read more

Flexible and self-determined? How young people become gendered subjects

Anything goes - this motto seems to apply to many young people at present in terms of gender. At least this is one of the findings of an empirical study by Judith Conrads (2020), in which gendered subject formations of young people are examined (Conrads 2020). But a closer look at the results shows that it is not quite as simple as that. Rather, they reflect social ambivalences that stem from paradoxical "unequal/simultaneousness in gender relations" (Rendtorff/Riegraf/Mahs 2019). On the one hand, there is a largely enforced norm of equality and a widespread recognition of gender and sexual diversity. On the other hand, there are persistent gender-based inequalities and discrimination as well as stereotypical and heteronormative gender images. How can these dynamics be empirically recorded and theoretically classified? Read more

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