Events archive

“Beyond Gender Boundaries”; Lecture Series ; with Queering Academia.

. 26.05.2021 – 07.07.2021; 06.10.2021 – 15.12.2021; 20.04.2022 – 13.07.2022
Active for more than three years, the “Beyond Gender Borders” event series is an ongoing institution in Hamburg’s queer scene. Today it is organized by the action alliance Queering Academia with financial support from the ZGD and the UHH AStA. The intersectional proposal aims to promote critical thinking in the fields of gender studies, queer studies, migration studies, and decoloniality, among others. The series offers a new perspective on scholarship and an a free and accessible opportunity, as well as intersectional political education.
“CUIR”; Seminar series; with Queering Academia and Terceiro Andar 12-15.12.2022; 10-13.05.2022
The subversive potential of queer and postcolonial thinking allows us to challenge ourselves to think about new political possibilities and innovative ways of organizing the world. Queer concepts, however, have a strong (and restrictive) connection to countries with advanced capitalism and to European science. For this reason, professors from all over Latin America are challenging this hegemony with the „Cuir theory“, whose proposal is to reconfigure the analytical perspectives of decolonial thought. This course is aimed at students who are interested in decolonialism, gender studies and queer theory, and intersectionality, especially in Latin American perspectives.
„Approaching Affective Masculinities“ Research Colloquium & Public Lecture; with Todd W. Reeser 10.05.2022
Feminist and queer studies have been closely connected to affect studies since it became an important critical approach in the Humanities. But how can masculinity studies be placed into productive dialogue with affect? What tools does affect studies offer for thinking critically about masculinity? This research colloquium and lecture will extend these theoretical approaches, considering how masculinity can put the queerness of affect into motion and help produce new gendered subjectivities in other types of non-normative bodies. In such a model, however, it is crucial to not hide or forget masculinity’s potential hegemony or violence, and the productive capacity of affective masculinity must be kept in dialogue with its potential problems.
„Critical Whiteness im Gespräch: Kanonrevision & Theaterpraxis“; Dialogreihe; with UHH 28. 04.2022 -07. 07.2022

The event series “Critical Whiteness in Conversation: Science meets Art & Culture” aims to address and problematize structures that enable and sustain majority-white dominated social spaces. The focus will be on the four spaces of theater, museum, independent cultural scene, and university in order to reflect on how different institutions negotiate these structures, create a critical consciousness, and assume their responsibility. How does the marginalization of BIPoC manifest itself in the respective social spaces? What is being done to open up spaces, to make them more participatory and inclusive? Thus, the series “Critical Whiteness in Conversation” seeks to stimulate exchange in and between four different knowledge spaces. Both the employees and students of the University of Hamburg and the broad urban public are to be involved in this dialogue.

„Multidisciplinary Introduction to Sexology“; Workshop Series; with Laura Gimmel and Lorenzo Scarpitti.

27. 04.2022 -18. 05.2022

The Workshop series „Multidisciplinary Introduction to Sexology“ aims to give students of all faculties and universities an introductory overview of the Sexual Sciences. Most of us did not really get a sexual education during our studies, so this workshop first presents itself as a sexual education course. In coherence with our study background, we built this workshop from a „psychological“ angle. However, various areas, from psychology to biology to education, are addressed to cover basic information about sexual health and sexual rights. We will do this by presenting sexology as a science. But no worries, it won’t be too technical, too theoretical, or too medical; everyone is welcome. The more diverse study backgrounds we count, the more interdisciplinary the course!

“Rape and Revenge: Revenge Cultures and Sexualized Violence in Intermedial Perspective”; workshop; with UHH & UHH AStA.


The transdisciplinary workshop “Rape and Revenge. Revenge-Cultures and sexualized violence in intermedial perspectives” will be held in German and English. Its aim is to make the phenomenon of “Rape and Revenge” both empirically and artistically tangible and analyzable, thereby mapping the field of research from different perspectives. Thus, we ask about the social and cultural conditions, the diversity of forms of expression, and the aesthetic principles. Furthermore, we are interested in the question of which theories and methods can be used to investigate and deconstruct the phenomenon and which revenge knowledge is negotiated around “Rape Culture”


“How do I actually become a professor*?” / “The path to professorship”; Q&A; with HRA, the Staff Office for Equality of the UHH.

11.02.2021; 11.02.2022

In 2018, just 25% of all professorships in Germany were held by women* – that is, 75% correspondingly by men*.

In this context, the HRA, the Equality Office of the UHH and the ZGD offer a Question and Answer format, where you can ask everything you ever wanted to know about a career in science. Six renowned female scientists* from different backgrounds will be on hand as experts* to talk about their experiences, e.g. in obtaining ERC funding or paths to professorships, and look forward to answering all your questions. Take advantage of this opportunity for informal exchange for your further career!

“#transracial?! Identity Politics and Cultural Appropriation in Mithu Sanyal’s Novel Identitti”; Reading and workshop; with Mithu Sanyals.

Jan. 18-19,2022

The cultural scientist, author, and journalist Dr. Mithu M. Sanyal’s Identitti (2021) is her debut novel and was shortlisted for the German Book Prize. Inspired by true events and current debates, she explores questions of ‘real’ belonging and cultural self-location and appropriation. A scandal is dealt with in a humorous and controversial way, in a combination of university and media discourse: Saraswati, a professor of postcolonial studies, is an icon of her field – until she is exposed as white. Her claim that she is a person of color is a racist masquerade for some, but for herself it is an expression of her transracial identity. While her dismissal is demanded at the university and the Twitter bubble is inflamed, Saraswati’s student Nivedita cannot give up her role model so easily. In personal conversations – often commented by the Indian goddess Kali, who stands by Nivedita’s side – the two deal with issues of both private and political dimensions.

“Trans* and Inter* in the “Theatre of Memory” – What role do trans* and inter* people play in our culture of memory?” Lecture; with Joy Reißne


In a short, introductory lecture, the legal and social situation of queer (especially trans* and inter*gender) persons at the beginning of the 20th century will be outlined. Subsequently, we will work out on the basis of different biographies how the reality of life of trans* and inter* persons looked like during National Socialism in Germany, how the subsequent reappraisal took place and which (non-)role (according to Y. Michal Bodemann) trans* and inter* persons play in the German culture of remembrance until today. Based on these results, we will finally address the question of why an intersectional and gender-sensitive culture of remembrance is so important and how it can be implemented.

“Sexualized & gender-based violence in an international context”; Lecture and discussion; with Susanne Jörg.


Worldwide, millions of people are affected by sexualized & gender-based violence (SGBV). In the lecture, an insight into the problem in an international context will be given using the example of three projects abroad.


“Workshop: Who am I – (n)one gender or many? On gender(s), sexuality(ies) and identity constructions”; Workshop; with Erik Meyerhof,

12. 11. 2021 -14. 11. 2021

In the workshop, with a view to the social relations of sexism and heteronormativity and their intersectional entanglements, we will deal with our personal ideas in relation to gender, sexuality and our own identity and develop these ideas further, and in the best case derive possibilities for solidary action from them.

“Racism and right-wing extremism in the institutional center of society: inquiries into the political education mission of the armed forces/university”; lecture series; with HSU

12.10.2021 – 23.11.2021

In lecture and discussion events, the lecture series/ring lecture illuminates embeddings of racist and right-wing extremist tendencies in social discourses and state institutions – also in their international references. With reference to the character of Helmut Schmidt University as a university of the German Armed Forces, a spotlight will also be cast on racism and right-wing extremism within the German Armed Forces, including approaches and measures to prevent such tendencies. In the critical commentaries on the lectures as well as in the moderated discussions, the educational mission of universities in general as well as specifically as a university of the Bundeswehr and in the urban society of Hamburg will be discussed in particular.

“Will you walk with me?”; networking meeting for science, art, activism, and life

September 06, 2021 – September 08, 2021

The common walking, shuffling and rolling creates links: In my self-exploration, in the exchange with fellow runners, in the view over the horizon and in the development of a togetherness. References and commonality, joyful relationship and enriching solidarities emerge as well as separation and confrontation, exhausting tension and productive dispute. With Will you go with me? we take up conflicts and kinships that arise from inter*, trans*, non-binary and queer perspectives. Our goal is to create a space that brings together exchange and negotiation, concord and conflict, killjoys and jinxters.

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“Solidarity against classism”; Reading and discussion; with Francis Seeck and Brigitte Theißl


Francis Seeck and Brigitte Theißl co-edited the German-language anthology Solidarisch gegen Klassismus – organisieren, intervenieren, umverteilen (Unrast Verlag) in late 2020. We talk with the two about the topic of social origin (in the university context, among others), want to discuss strategies to effectively counter classism, i.e. discrimination based on class origin or class membership, and present excerpts of some of the contributions from the volume.