University of Bayreuth, Press Release 45/2022, 04 April 2022

The University of Bayreuth is searching for clues to closing the gender gap and aims to contribute to the integration of everyone

The University of Bayreuth has successfully applied for the tender "Eine Uni – Ein Buch” (One University - One Book) of Stifterverband and the Klaus Tschira Foundation, in cooperation with ZEIT Verlag, upon submitting Rebekka Endler's "The Patriarchy of Things, Why the World Doesn't Suit Women" (2021). The package of measures proposed by the University of Bayreuth will be funded to the tune of € 10,000 for a period of one year.  Under the title of "Never mind the gap?! Tracking the Gender Gap at the University of Bayreuth, the City of Bayreuth and its Surroundings", all interested parties will be sensitised to the one-sided patterns of thought and action that exclude or disadvantage several parts of the population - often unconsciously - within the framework of events related to book reading.

Men have always shaped and moulded this world according to their needs and laws, which has manifested itself in a patriarchal form of self-evidence. This can be understood as the central statement of Rebekka Endler's "The Patriarchy of Things, Why the World Doesn't Suit Women". The contents of this book will be addressed in various forms in the project "Eine Uni - ein Buch" at the University of Bayreuth from the summer semester onwards.

With this book, the University of Bayreuth is taking up a topic that is currently quite popular and attracting a lot of attention, but at the same time is also being received controversially. These ambivalent reactions are not only noticeable on campus in Bayreuth and the external premises of the University of Bayreuth, but also in the City of Bayreuth and the Region.

In the project "Eine Uni - ein Buch", several events are planned for the 2022/23 winter semester. The centrepiece of the series of events is the lecture series offered on "The Patriarchy of Things". The author herself, Rebekka Endler, will be a guest at the kick-off event and, in addition to a reading, will also actively participate in a panel discussion.

Parallel to the lecture series, there will be a reading and exhibition course held by academics from the University of Bayreuth.

In order to reach out to younger Bayreuthers, reading afternoons for schoolchildren are planned at the RW21 public library.

Participation in the inclusive reading festival "Bayreuth blättert. The reading festival for everyone” is part of the funded package of measures.

The aim of the project is to read "The Patriarchy of Things", to discuss it, and to further develop Rebekka Endler's collection in the context of the University of Bayreuth, the City of Bayreuth, and the Region.

Together, deficiencies are to be identified and approaches to solutions for the integration of everyone in the community are to be worked on.

The discussion of the book and its subject matter is aimed at students, academics, employees of the University of Bayreuth, and the interested public from the City and Region.

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What is "Eine Uni - ein Buch"?

Stifterverband and the Klaus Tschira Foundation, in cooperation with ZEIT Verlag, are promoting campaigns at universities in Germany. To this end, the universities apply with a book to be discussed and debated community-wide. Ten universities are then selected and their project is funded to the tune of € 10,000.  The way in which the book is discussed is to be determined by the university itself: You can organise reading circles or debating clubs, slams, or hosted discussion groups, you can invite participants to a lecture series, to a discussion with the author, you can integrate the book into seminars, stage theatre performances together, make a film, or build something. Basically, the more original the formats and the more extensive the participation of as many different people and groups as possible inside and outside the university, the better. Face-to-face and online events as well as hybrid forms of interchange may be proposed.

Dr. Elena Köstner

Dr. Elena Köstner

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