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Panel discussion “How to do intersectionality?”


A panel discussion that took place on September 19 2019 explored the topic of “How to do Intersectionality” together with renowned expert Prof. Sumi Cho. The debate focused on the methodology and ethics of doing intersectionality analyses, and explored intersectionality as a concept, a theoretical framework and a methodology, but also its implications on the process of policy making and activism.

Intersectionality, as one of the latest approaches in Postcolonial Studies, Feminist and Queer Studies, has been challenging the analysis of power structures and systems of discriminations. Prof. Sumi Cho, one of the leading voices of Intersectionality Studies and a visiting scholar of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, introduced the audience to the political backdrop of intersectionality and set the theoretical bases for its discussion. The discussion was open for an interactive engagement of the participants with the objective of exploring the practices of intersectionality in their field of studies.

This workshop was organized by Prof. Susan Arndt, Shirin Assa, and Xin Li together with a lecture series on intersectionality for the winter semester 2019/2020. The lecture series is to be concluded with a two-day symposium on February 7. and 8., 2020. Prof. Cho is one of the keynote speakers of the event. (Shirin Assa)

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