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Academic events are central to the research activities of the ZtG and a chance to make Gender research accessible to the broader public.

At ZtG events—such as conferences, colloquiums, workshops, working groups and guest-lecture series—scholars and students have the chance to exchange ideas with their HU-peers and our visitors.

Events scheduled for the Winter Semester 2016/17


27th-28th October 2016

Humboldt-Universität, Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6, Raum 2249a

Conference of the Institut für Klassische Philologie; Organisation: Giulia Maria Chesi und Francesca Spiegel:

Man, Machine, Animal and Monster: the Post-human in Ancient Greek Literature?

Speakers include Virginia Burrus (Syracuse University), Marianne Hopman (Northwestern University), Jenny Strauss Clay (University of Virginia), Dunstan Lowe (Kent University), Nancy Worman (Barnard College), Robin Mitchell-Boyask (Temple University).

To register, please contact the organizers Giulia Maria Chesi (gmc41 [at] cam.ac.uk) and Francesca Spiegel (francesca.spiegel [at] hu-berlin.de). There is no registration fee. Weitere Informationen unter: https://www.klassphil.hu-berlin.de/de/aktuelles/man-machine-animal-monster-programme


28th October 2016, 6 - 8 pm

Humboldt-Universität, Hauptgebäude/Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, Senatssaal

Event organised by Prof. Rahel Jaeggi:

Critical Theory Roundtable with Nancy Fraser (New School, New York City):

Contradictions of Capital and Care

Please note that the event is not a lecture. The discussion and comments are based on the previous sent texts. These will be sent upon registration.

Registration open until October 25th via: workshops.sozialphilosophie [at] hu-berlin.de

Further information here.


17th-18th November 2016

Humboldt-Universität, Interdisziplinäres Labor Bild Wissen Gestaltung, Sophienstraße 22a

Conference of the Exzellenzclusters Bild – Wissen – Gestaltung (Organisation: PD Dr. Bettina Bock von Wülfingen):

On the Epistemic Dimension of Colors in the Sciences

In particular, the Keynote on 17. November, Martin Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstr. 7:

Ulrike Boskamp (Institute for Art History, Free University Berlin)
Coding and Gendering Color: Scientific, Epistemological and Aesthetic Discourses in 18th Century France

Registration until 25th of October via email to julia.weitzel.1 [at] hu-berlin.de
For any further question please approach the organiser PD Dr. Bettina Bock von Wülfingen bettina.bock.v.wuelfingen [at] hu-berlin.de


30th-2nd December 2016

Humboldt-Universität, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Friedrichstraße 191-193

Conference, organised by Prof. Dr. Xenia von Tippelskirch / Elisabeth Fischer, HU in cooperation with the research network EMoDiR - Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism:

Entblößt, verhüllt - geschmäht, verehrt: Körper im religiösen Dissens der Frühen Neuzeit / Bodies in early modern religious dissent: naked, veiled - vilified, worshiped

Conference will be held in German and English.

Programm and more information.


5th December 2016, 6 - 8 pm

Humboldt-Universität, Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6, room 2070 a

Guestlecture of the ZtG (in English):

Chia Longman und Sofia Varino:
Vulnerable Bodies

Harming the Body: Interrogating the Concept of ‘Harmful Cultural Practices’
by Chia Longman

Harmful cultural practices are often referred to in policy and feminist activist circles as forms of ‘bodily violence or harm’, such as female genital cutting/mutilation, honour related violence, forced marriages, etc. I question whether the notion of HCP is a viable and useful category of comparative analysis and theorisation of gender discriminatory and violent practices across cultural contexts. Or should the term be discarded as epistemically violent due to its genealogy of being embedded in unequal global power relations and colonial and gendered conceptions of ‘tradition’ and the ‘Other’?

Immunological Practices of Toxicity in Chronic Environmental Intolerance
by Sofia Varino

Environmental intolerance is a much debated chronic immune condition in which the body responds to toxic chemicals in the environment with a variety of mild to severely debilitating symptoms. I examine the concept of toxicity as an immunological practice operating in a variety of Environmental Intolerance narratives according to which the body at risk must avoid, manage and process a multiplicity of toxic chemicals that appear to compromise its stability from the outside. I contest this model of a body separate from its surroundings by showing that toxicity is a necessary component of cellular metabolism, and proposing instead a participatory model of immunity where organic and inorganic matter interact in lively and unpredictable ways, thus producing corporeal variability and vulnerability.


19th - 21st January 2017


Hartgesotten hegemoniekritisch

in honor of Gabriele Dietze and Dorothea Dornhof

More informationen and program.


2nd-4th February 2017


International Conference of the Doctoral Program Religion – Knowledge – Discourse at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin:

Religion: Bridging Gaps and Breaking Paths
Contemporary approaches towards discourses of religion and knowledge production in transdisciplinary perspective

For any queries do not hesitate to contact us: rkd-conference2017 [at] hu-berlin.de

For further information about the conference and the organisers, please visit https://www.rwd.hu-berlin.de/de


2nd - 3rd March 2017


Prekarisierung Unbound? Zum gegenwärtigen Stand der Prekarisierungsforschung aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive

More information and Call for Paper here.



… And much more in our Events Calendar!

You’ll find information about more events that have been planned by the ZtG and other Humboldt University-affiliated institutes in our Events Calendar. If you are a member of the HU community and would like us to publish your event’s information on the calendar, you can do that here.

If you are not a member of the HU community you are welcome to publish information about your upcoming event in our Blog.