Diversity Research Initiative at the UDE
The Future Field of Diversity Research The Diversity Research Initiative at the UDE
Diversity, heterogeneity, inequality – plurality in different social, cultural, geographical and historical contexts and the associated challenges and approaches to change constitute societal issues of unabated interest to which research at the UDE significantly contributes.
The diversity research initiative was founded as a cooperative project by the Essen College of Gender Research, the Chair of Postcolonial Studies and the Vice-Rectorate for Diversity Management. The initiative aims at identifying research priorities and laying the foundation for potential joint projects.
Projects Research and Documentation of Diversity Research at the UDE
The Project “Research and Documentation of Diversity Research” provided the basis for the further activities of the diversity research initiative. It included, i.a., extensive research on the term diversity and its synonyms by gathering literature from different disciplines. This laid the foundation for an extensive systematic bibliography of relevant literature available at the university library (2012). An evaluation of multiple websites presenting the research activities of different disciplines at the UDE helped to identify possible research priorities for future projects of the initiative.
The interdisciplinary lecture series “Diversity Research at the UDE” has been initiated in 2012 as part of the project and returns with changing focal points surrounding the broad field of diversity studies every summer semester.
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer (Anglophone Studies/ Postcolonial Studies)
Research Assistant: Stefan Nölle
Further information: Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer, patricia.plummer(at)uni-due.de
Project term: 10/01/2011-10/31/2012
Projects Survey on Diversity Research
The survey was implemented at the Essen College of Gender Research as a component of the diversity research initiative. It focused on researchers of the UDE who are engaging in relevant projects and publications on the following subjects: social and socio-economical descent, migrant background/ nationality/ ethnicity, age/ generation, Religion and ideology, education and upbringing, health impairment/ disability, sexual orientation/ lifestyle.
The project results (2012) provided the basis for a list of researchers, showing the broad range of diversity research at the UDE.
Supervisor: Dr. Maren. A. Jochimsen (Managing Director, Essen College of Gender Research)
Project Staff: Neriman Soğukpınar B.A.
coordinated by Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer (Chair Postcolonial Studies) and Prof. Dr. Ute Klammer (former Vice-Rector for Diversity Management).
Further information: Dr. Maren A. Jochimsen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Project term: summer semester 2012
Events Interdisciplinary Lecture Series
Every Summer Semester
Campus Essen, Bibliothekssaal (library hall: R09 T00 K18)
Thursdays, 16.00 s.t. – 17.30h
The interdisciplinary lecture on diversity research is an annual series initiated and organised by Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer (Postcolonial Studies) in cooperation with the Essen College of Gender Research and the Vice-Rectorate for Diversity Management since 2012.
Further information: Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer, Tel: 0201/183-4004, patricia.plummer(at)uni-due.de
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series Summer Semester 2015
“Transgression and Excess”
Ever since the Enlightenment, acts of transgression and excess mark the empowerment of the modern western subject and today form a guiding principle in modern arts, literature and popular culture. The lecture series approaches the phenomenon of transgression from a transdisciplinary and transcultural perspective. It is organised by Prof. Dr. Gabriele Genge (Art and Art History) and Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer (Postcolonial Studies) in cooperation with the Vice-Rectorate for Diversity Management and the Essen College of Gender Research.
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Genge, Tel: 0201/183-3305, gabriele.genge(at)uni-due.de;
Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer, Tel: 0201/183-4004, patricia.plummer(at)uni-due.de
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series Summer Semester 2014
“Negotiations of Religion in Culture and Society”
The lecture series focuses on questions of religious identity that have provided the grounds for the negotiation of differences, not only since 9/11. The complexity of the topic demands interdisciplinary scrutiny. Accordingly, the lecture series hosts researchers from various disciplines of the UDE as well as national and international guests, including Anglophone Studies, Ethnology, History, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Aesthetics and Political Science. In the last session, Berlin-based author Yadé Kara read from her novels Selam Berlin and Café Cyprus (Diogenes).
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series Summer Semester 2013
“Diversity in Social and Cultural Worlds”
Contemporary research focuses on differences prominent in a world shaped by migration, globalisation and virtual networking, such as ethnicity, religion, gender, social background, education, sexual orientation, age and health. The interdisciplinary lecture series "Diversity in Cultural and Social Worlds" continues the series of the previous summer semester.
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series Summer Semester 2012
“Diversity Research at UDE”
The negotiation and acknowledgement of heterogeneity creates opportunities for societal change. Diversity research at the UDE is the first interdisciplinary lecture series which scrutinises diversity in social, cultural, geographical and historical contexts. Professors from different faculties including educational science, humanities, social science and economics present results of their latest research.
Events Kick-off Workshop
The Kick-off workshop on 4th February 2013 was the first in a series of planned networking activities of the diversity research initiative. The researchers from multiple disciplines of the UDE followed an invitation of the Essen College of Gender Research, the Chair of Postcolonial Studies and the Vice-Rectorate for Diversity Management. The participating researchers are all engaged in diversity research and relevant projects. The kick-off workshop gave an opportunity for professional exchange and laid the foundation for possible further cooperations. It was complemented by art scholar Dr. Ulrike Brunotte (Centre for Gender and Diversity, Universität Maastricht) who emphasised the complexity of the discourses surrounding gender, orientalism and anti-semitismin in a transcultural context in her talk “Gender, Religion and Orientalism”.
Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer (email@example.com); Tel.: 0201-183 4004
Dr. Maren A. Jochimsen (firstname.lastname@example.org); Tel.: 0201-183 4552
The initiative plans to present outstanding theses and relevant research projects by young researchers under this heading soon.
Forthcoming publications by the initiative or associated researchers will be announced under this heading.