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Thursday, 4 November 2021 - Thursday, 10 February 2022

Diversity, Racism and the Broken Promise of Inclusion in German Higher Education

Date and time

Thursday, 4 November 2021 – Thursday, 10 February 2022, 4-6 p.m.




Margherita von Brentano Center for Gender Studies, the Master Gender, Intersektionalität und Politik and the Toolbox Gender und Diversity in der Lehre


English and German


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In recent years diversity politics has become one of the core elements of organisational development in German higher education. However, the German higher education context comes with particularities that shape its diversity strategies and politics. Furthermore, even though the adoption of diversity policies inherently contains the promise for inclusion, this promise is continuously broken as issues of (intersecting) discrimination not only prevail but are ignored and covered with happy diversity policies that do not aim to fundamentally transform the exclusionary structures and processes of the institutions.

This series of events aims at contributing to the debates around racism and diversity in German Higher Education from a variety of perspectives that include the possibilities and limits of intersectional data collection for making exclusion mechanisms visible; the relationship between the non-inclusive vision of excellence and diversity; the saliency of selected elements of internationalisation in relation to diversity and the possibilities that the classroom might be a learning space as well as a safe space and a space of resistance. 

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Photo: Nikoline Arns


4 November 2021, 4-6 pm

Keynote: Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmiths, University of London): Space Invaders: Race, Gender and Bodies Out of Place (ENG)

9 December 2021, 4-6 pm

“Ene, mene, muh und raus bist Du”?: Rassismus statistisch und juristisch erfassen (DE)

13 January 2022, 4-6 pm

Internationalization and  Excellence: The Selectivity of Inclusion (ENG/DE)

10 February 2022, 4-6 pm

Roundtable: “Decolonizing the Classroom: A Space of Resistance?” (ENG/DE)

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