University of Bayreuth, Press Release No 010 - 25 January 2022

Europe's first doctoral college for intersectionality studies

Social inequality has many faces. Very different forms of discrimination overlap, such as sexism, racism or discrimination based on class or age at the same time. This also preoccupies research. That is why the Hans Böckler Foundation is funding a doctoral programme on this topic at the University of Bayreuth from 1 December 2022. It is the first of its kind in Europe.

The college is a cross-faculty development of existing teaching and research structures at the University of Bayreuth. It is based, among other things, on the profile line Intersectionality Studies of the Emerging Field of "Cultural Encounters & Transcultural Processes", as well as on the GeQuInDi university-wide network and the additional study programme "Intersectionality Studies & Diversity Competencies".

Supported by the six funding applicants from Faculties II, III, IV, and V of the University of Bayreuth (Prof. Susan Arndt, Prof. Andrea Behrends, Dr. Serawit Debele, Prof. Matthew Hannah, Prof. Thoko Kaime, and Prof. Kristin Skottki), as well as Prof. Ingrid Artus (Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen) and Prof. Annette Henninger (Philipps University of Marburg), the doctoral college will initially host twelve doctoral candidates and one postdoc, but plans to build on this. Thematically, the focus is on transdisciplinary and power-critical research on social inequality and intersectional solidarity. A kick-off workshop for the doctoral programme will take place at the University of Bayreuth in February, giving all interested in completing a doctorate and the professional public the opportunity to meet the applicants and learn about the programme of the doctoral programme.  

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