Diversity and Internationalisation in German Academia: Connecting the dots?

METIS lecture with Professor Kathrin Zippel

November 9, 2023 | 2-4 pm | Online via Zoom

The annual METIS Lecture showcases research and researchers relevant to the topic of equal opportunities in academia. The 2023 lecture “Diversity and Internationalisation in German Academia: Connecting the dots?” is given by Kathrin Zippel.

The lecture:

In 2007, The German Research Association (DFG) introduced the German Excellence Initiative with the goal of transforming German research institutions and universities into a more excellent, innovative, and internationally visible and competitive academic system. For the past decades, German universities and research institutions have been more successful in recruiting international talent both at the student and researcher levels. However, does a more internationally open academia create greater equity, and if it does, for whom?

Zippel argues that a focus on internationalization might recreate inequities rather than ameliorate them. The recent DFG vote for Research-Oriented Equity and Diversity Standards in 2022 has reignited discussions about diversifying academia. Zippel discusses what “excellence,” “diversity,” and “internationalisation” mean in the particular German context and what this means for evaluation processes and selection criteria. She draws on current research and lessons learned, including experiences in the United States, to explore the relationship between internationalization and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia, and concludes with ideas for creating a more inclusive notion of excellence.

Additionally, for our female METIS-Partners, we will host a special event: A Career Chat with Kathrin Zippel on 10 November 2023 from 11 to 12 a.m., more info to follow soon!

The speaker:

Prof Kathrin Susanne Zippel is Einstein Professor of Sociology with a focus on Gender Studies at the Institute of Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin and a member of the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS since July 2022. She earned her Vordiplom in Mathematics and Political Science at the University of Hamburg, a Master’s degree in Sociology from The Ohio State University, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Sociology with a certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She held a Postdoctoral Fellow at the European Union Center of New York at Columbia University. From 2001 until 2022, Kathrin Zippel was professor at Northeastern University. In addition, she taught in the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also served as co-chair of the Seminar on Social Exclusion and Inclusion at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University and was a residential fellow in the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School.


Deadline: Monday, 6 November, 10 a.m.
Please register with metis-online@hu-berlin.de

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