Contributors and Associates

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 members Areas of responsibility Email
Jasmin Young Event coordination, Social Work student
Chiara Sarkiss Event coordination, Social Work student
Prof. Carola Gröhlich “Co-thinker”  
Katrin Degen “Co-thinker”  
Dr Carolin Lano “Co-thinker”  
Hanna Straub “Co-thinker”  

What is gender?

Simply put, this is about gender relations in our society: How are the lives of people of different genders? 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 socialisation, 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?

Why spell with an underscore or asterisk (in German)?

Comments on spelling with an underscore or asterisk in German

The use of an asterisk or underscore 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 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, or non-binary individuals). The asterisk or underscore therefore symbolise not only the occasionally very fluid boundaries between ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’, but also a place where overlaps and shifts between gender identities can manifest.

A more in-depth commentary - including a discussion of the use of a colon, which has also become often-used - is available in this pdf (in German).

In addition, the Ohm’s guideline for “ Verwendung gendersensibler Sprache” is available online.

Materials - Information about changing names (in German)

If you would like to change the name you use at the university, information about this process is available in the following pdf.

Below are references to various institutions in alphabetical order. Links providing further reading have been included in particular.

Arbeitsgruppe Gender-Forschung [Gender Research Working Group], Rostock University

Cornelia Goethe Center, Goethe University, Frankfurt a.M.

Diversity Management, Vienna University

Essen College of Gender Research, University of Duisburg Essen

Forschungsnetzwerk Frauen und Rechtsextremismus [Women and Right-wing Extremism Research Network], Frankfurt a.M. University of Applied Sciences

Gender Research Group, Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel

Gender und Frauenforschungszentrum der Hessischen Hochschulen [Gender and Women’s Studies Centre of the Hesse Universities], GFFZ

Gender Research, Salzburg University

Gender Research and Interdisciplinarity, Darmstadt Technical University (in german), Gender Studies / Women’s Studies and Gender Research

Harriet Taylor Mill Institute, Berlin School of Economics and Law (in german)

IAG Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung [Interdisciplinary Working Group on Women’s Studies and Gender Research], Kassel University (in german)

Inclusion as a human right, Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte e.V. (in german)

Institute for Gender Research in Medicine, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Interdisciplinary Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, Bielefeld University (in german)

Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Research, Bern University

Interfaculty Research Platform for Gender Research, Innsbruck University

Koordinationsstelle für Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung in Sachsen-Anhalt [Coordinating Body for Women’s Studies and Gender Research in Saxony-Anhalt], KFFG

Koordinationsstelle für Geschlechterstudien, Frauenforschung und Frauenförderung [Coordinating Body for Gender Studies, Women’s Studies and the Promotion of Women, Karl-Franzen University of Graz

Margherita von Brentano Center, Free University of Berlin

Network for Interdisciplinary Gender Research, Potsdam University

Zentrum für Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung [Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research], Leipzig University (in german)

Zentrum für Frauen- und Geschlechterstudien [Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies], Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt

Zentrum für Geschlechterstudien / Gender Studies (ZG) [Centre for Gender Studies], Paderborn University

Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung [Centre for Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies and Gender Research], Technical University of Berlin (in german)

Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien, Genderbibliothek [Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Gender Library], Humboldt University of Berlin

Zentrum Gender Studies [Centre for Gender Studies], Basel University (in german)