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10th GenderForum 2022

On 24 October 2022, the Prorector for Academic Careers and Equal Opportunities, the Central Equal Opportunities Officer and the Gender & Diversity Management Department invite you to the 10th GenderForum of the University of Cologne. This year's forum will focus on the topic of "Academic Freedom and Equal Opportunities" with a keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Andrea Geier (University of Trier). In the context of the GenderForum, the Jenny Gusyk Equality Awards will also be presented.

The GenderForum will take place as an attendance event from 1 - 4 p.m. in the conference room of the New Seminar Building.

 

Keynote "Controversy over academic freedom. Debate Dynamics, Topic Clusters, Understanding of Freedom"

Scientific freedom is a valuable asset. It is therefore important that warnings of threats attract the attention of science, science policy and the public. However, this description applies only to a very limited extent to the intensive discussions that have taken place in recent years. Freedom of science has become a fighting term to an alarming extent. This is a problem for the public perception of science, it has consequences for the culture of debate within academia, and above all it distorts the view of important sociopolitical problem areas. For one of the characteristic features of this discourse is that concerns such as gender-equitable language, anti-discrimination measures, equal opportunities as well as entire disciplines and fields of research - especially gender studies and postcolonial studies - are marked as problems.
How can this dynamic be explained? What notions of rights and duties in the academic sphere and of the relationship between university and society become visible? And above all: What can we do about it? These are the questions the lecture will address.

The lecture is held in german.

Prof.' Dr. Andrea Geier is professor for German Literature and Gender Studies. Her research interests focus on cultural and literary gender studies, German contemporary literature and discourses of anti-Semitism, gender and alterity in contemporary German drama. In her doctoral thesis, she studied discourses of gender and violence in German prose from the 1980s and 1990s.

Since 2010, Andrea Geier is Director of the Center for Postcolonial and Gender Studies (CePoG) at the University of Trier which provides a platform for scholarly approaches that critically analyse constructs of national, ethnic and gender identity. The Center initiates and coordinates projects and activities that transgress the constraints of singular disciplines and enables (international) networking and exchange between researchers and institutions in the area of postcolonial and gender studies.

 


 

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