Research Focus "Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Violence in Higher Education Contexts"

The transnational research project "Perspectives and Discourses on Sexual Harassment in International Higher Education Contexts" investigates the prevalence, forms and effects of sexualized discrimination, harassment and violence in the context of higher education as well as structural implications. To this end, the MvBZ cooperates with partner universities from Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Japan, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and South Korea. In addition to the respective national contexts, the research cooperation aims to include sexualized harassment, discrimination and violence at universities, in particular as a global phenomenon.

Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Violence occurs in all areas of society. Even and especially universities as places of study and work with a hierarchical, dependency-shaped structure are not free from such assaults. At universities, however, such occurrences are often negated. They see themselves as largely non-discriminatory places of research, teaching and critical reflection. That is why it is often difficult to thematize and visualize the problem in a university context. In order to better understand and combat the phenomenon of sexualized violence at the university, it is therefore necessary to examine the specific context of the organization of higher education and its modes of functioning. Surveys on the subject are conducted at all partner universities and the results are discussed in regular project meetings. The concern of the project is also to raise the visibility of the topic at the university.

Participants in the project: Nina Lawrenz (on parental leave), Tanja Wälty, Hannah-Sophie Schüz, Heike Pantelmann

Publications

Lipinsky, Anke/Farneti, Alice/Pantelmann, Heike (2019): Schwerpunktthema: Gender-based violence in academia - from practical interventions to research and back. In: CEWSjournal Nr. 120 vom 29.10.2019: 31-36.

Previous activities

  • International Conference (funded by German Research Foundation): "Perspectives and Discourses on Sexual Harassment in International Higher Education Contexts", June 13-15, 2018

    • International project meetings:

      • 2019, June: Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, Heredia, Costa Rica

      • 2018, October: Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, Heredia, Costa Rica

      • 2018, June: Freie Universität Berlin (in the context of the International Conference "Perspectives and Discourses on Sexual Harassment in International Higher Education Contexts")

      • 2018, March: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

      • 2017, November: Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, Heredia, Costa Rica

    • Workshops/Lectures/Course lectures: 

      • Course lecture „#metoo und die Universität: Sexualisierte Diskriminerung und Gewalt an der Hochschule“, WiSe 2019/20, Freie Universität Berlin (Heike Pantelmann, Hannah-Sophie Schüz, Tanja Wälty)

      • Lecture “#metoo at University? Discourses and Practices of Sexual Harassment in Higher Education Context”, Conference of the Swiss Association for Gender Studies “Violent Times, Rising Protests. Structures, Experiences and Feelings. Universität Bern, 12./13.09.2019 (Hanna-Sophie Schüz und Tanja Wälty)

      • Lecture „Violencia de género en Alemania: Indiferencia, devaluación y normalización”, in the context of the conference „Encuentro Internacional e interuniversitario: sobre resultados de investigaciones en materia de violencia de género en universidades latinoamericanas y de Europa“, June 17/18, 2019, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, Heredia, Costa Rica (Tanja Wälty)

      • Lecture „Sexual Harassment and Violence in University Contexts“, May 22, 2019, in the context of the lecture series „Everyday Conflict“, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (Hannah-Sophie Schüz)

      • Workshop „Sexualisierte Belästigung, Diskriminierung und Gewalt an der Hochschule“, May 16, 2019, Otto Suhr Institute, Freie Universität Berlin (Heike Pantelmann)

      • Lecture „Perspectives and Discourses on Sexual Harassment in Higher Education Contexts”, in the context of the conference „International Symposium: Comparative Perspectives on #MeToo” April 8/9, 2019, University of Kentucky (Heike Pantelmann)

      • Panelist on „Sexualisierte Gewalt und Diskriminierung im Kontext der Hochschule“, Panel of AK Politik und Geschlecht in the context of the DVPW Congress 2018, September 27, 2018, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (Heike Pantelmann)

      • Lecture „Perspectives and Discourses on Sexual Harassment in International Higher Education Contexts“, in the context of the international conference #wetooinscience, September 21/22, 2018, Pisa (Heike Pantelmann with Inga Nüthen, Philipps-Universität Marburg)

      • Course lecture „#metoo an der Uni? Diskurse und Praktiken sexualisierter Diskriminierung und Gewalt an lateinamerikanischen und deutschen Hochschulen“, summer term 2018 at Freien Universität Berlin (Nina Lawrenz)

      • Lecture „Sexual Harassment at Universities – the German Context“, in the context of the international conference „Perspectives and Discourses on Sexual Harassment in International Higher Education Contexts“, June, 13-15, 2018 at Freie Universität Berlin (Nina Lawrenz, Heike Pantelmann, Wendy Stollberg, Freie Universität Berlin, as well as Inga Nüthen, Philipps-Universität Marburg)

    • Pre-test/survey at the department of Political and Social Sciences as well as at the department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Freien Universität Berlin, 2018, January, February.