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'Who Needs Feminism? Who Needs Intersectionality?' by Prof. Dr. Maisha Auma (University for Applied Sciences, Magdeburg- Stendal)

2021-02-18 18:00 to 20:00
Online via Zoom

Professor Auma will deliver the lecture on the topic of “Who Needs Feminism? Who Needs Intersectionality?” on 18th February 2021 at 18:00h CET, as part of the Intersectionality Studies Lecture Series convened by the Intersectionality Research Group with the “Cultural Encounters & Transcultural Processes” focus area at the University of Bayreuth.

In her lecture, Professor Auma will discuss the politics and ethics of doing intersectional work in academia and society, examining its tools, theoretical pillars as well as its visions. In doing so, she will demonstrate that intersectional interventions are not only needed but pertinent, not least in view of the growing wave of sexist and racist hatespeech as channeled by the New Right and its sympathizers.

A dedicated educator, gender studies scholar, and activist, Professor Auma has been holding the professorship for Childhood and Difference (Diversity Studies) at the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, Magdeburg-Stendal since April 2008. Between 2014 and 2019, she was a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies and the Professional School of Education at Humboldt University Berlin. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies of the Technical University Berlin.

Professor Auma has been active in the feminist Black women collective “Generation Adefra” since 1993. Her research addresses diversity, inequality, and plurality in textbooks and didactical materials in East and West Germany, intersectional sexual education as empowerment for Black communities and communities of color, critical whiteness, intersectionality, decoloniality, and critical race theory. Together with Peggy Piesche and Katja Kinder she carried out a consultation project in cooperation with the LADS, the State Agency for Equal Treatment and Against Discrimination for the City of Berlin in 2018. Entitled “Making Visible the Discrimination and Social Resilience of People of African Heritage in Berlin”, the project was part of the activities conducted in the framework of BLACK BERLIN, the UN-Decade for People of African Heritage 2015–
2024.

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