Conference on Negotiating Difference and Embracing Diversity

Negotiating Difference, Embracing Diversity: Perspectives for EFL Education

Student and young researchers conference

Conference Poster available here.

Questions of difference and diversity have emerged as central concerns in EFL education, both in research and in teaching practice. This conference invites students and young researchers to explore issues of difference and diversity during talks, joint discussions, and networking activities.

The EFL Education department is pleased to welcome Dr. Manuel López-Pereyra, who will deliver a keynote talk to frame this conference. Dr. López-Pereyra is affiliated with the Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México and will spend an exchange week at the UDE for joint research and teaching activities. His stay is funded through the Internationales Gastdozierendenprogramm of the UDE.

Conference programme: Thursday, 30 June, 16:00-19:00

Keynote talk
Dr. Manuel López-Pereyra, Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México:

“Negotiating Difference, Embracing Diversity: Pedagogical Frameworks and Inclusive Practices”

Abstract: This talk will focus on pedagogical frameworks that challenge sexualities discourses in educational settings from critical, feminist, and queer perspectives. During the conversation, we will highlight the importance of inclusive education as a pedagogical practice that promotes values of justice and equity. Thus, it will become clear how inclusive teaching practices are essential learning frameworks that intersect with diverse individual identities, such as religion, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, in everyday activities in the classroom.

Yasamin Habib, Albrecht-Brinkmann-Grundschule Dortmund / University of Duisburg-Essen:

“Teaching about diversity through children’s literature in the primary EFL Classroom - Challenges and potentials”

Lena Hertzel, University of Duisburg-Essen:

“Decolonizing the African ‘Other’ in Teaching Materials on Nigeria”

Wine reception and networking
“Meet and talk – Research exchange”


Venue: University of Duisburg-Essen, Room: R12 R04 B81 (EFL Lab), Universitätsstraße 12, Campus Essen

Format: Face-to-face conference

Conference organization: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Merse,

Registration (by 28th of June): The conference is free of charge and is open to students and young researchers in particular, and also to teachers and advanced researchers. Please send your details (name, university/affiliation, and role, e.g. student, teacher, researcher) via e-mail to by June, 28th.