About us

The Competence Center for Gender & Diversity (KomGeDi) was founded as an interdisciplinary unit in autumn 2011. The aim of the Competence Center is pooling, generating, and transferring gender and diversity competences within and outside of the university.

Read more on this in our flyer.

German flyer.

English flyer.




Competence Center for Gender and Diversity

Keßlerplatz 12
90489 Nürnberg

Phone: +49 911 / 5880 - 1865
Email: hs-genderdiversity(at)th-nuernberg.de


Academic direction
Prof. Renate Bitzan

Prof. Laila Maija Hofmann

Advisory Committee
Prof. Renate Bitzan (AMP)

Prof. Hans-Dieter Gerner (BW)

Prof. Laila Maija Hofmann (BW)

Prof. Christine Morgenstern (SW)

Prof. Christine Rademacher (AMP)

Prof. Steffen Brockmann (SW)

Active membersTasksEmail
Hanna StraubHomepage administration,
Bachelor’s student in Social Work


Hannah LorenzEvent coordination, master’s student in Social Worklorenzha74198atth-nuernbergPunktde
Anja BrüllsHonorary member
Katrin Degen“Co-thinker”

What is gender?

Simply put, this is about gender relations in our society: What are the situations of men and women? What has been done in the areas of role models and equality and what is still to be done? Also: how is ‘gender’ actually ‘done’ in the sense of ‘doing gender’ through socialization, attributions, and everyday practices? And: Actually how irrevocable is the two-gender order with which we are so familiar?

What is diversity?

This is about diversity in our society and how we deal with it: Do we view differences in age, origin, gender, physical abilities, religion etc. as positive potential or a problem? Where are there privileges or disadvantages along these lines of difference? And: How do these categories combine – both in individuals and in social structures?

What is the purpose of the spelling with an underscore or asterisk (in German)?

Comments on the spelling with an underscore or asterisk

The use of an underscore or asterisk are new variants of gender-sensitive spelling that are beginning to become increasingly accepted. These variants are not just about (linguistic) ‘equality of women and men’. They also challenge the self-evidence of a two-gender order and heterosexual orientation as the norm and want to give a linguistic place to those people who to date have predominantly not been perceived or only perceived as a “deviation” (intersex, transidentity, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender people, cross-dressers, people who dress in drag, etc.). The underscore or asterisk therefore symbolize not only the occasionally very fluid boundaries between ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’, but also a place where overlaps and shifts between gender identities and sexual orientations can manifest.

As a Competence Center for Gender & Diversity, we welcome this gender-studies development in the linguistic debate and will for the moment use these or ‘neutral’ formulations where possible.

Read more here (in German).

Rules of operation

The rules of operation of the KomGeDi are available here in German as a download.