Cornelia Goethe Centrum



09:30 to 12:00
Campus Westend PEG-Building

Das Cornelia Goethe Centrum begrüßt herzlich alle Erstsemester-Studierenden an der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität im Bachelor-Nebenfach-Studiengang Gender Studies!

Die Orientierungsveranstaltung für das B.A. Nebenfach Gender Studies findet statt am

 Montag, den 7. Oktober 2019, von 9:30 bis 12:00 Uhr im Raum PEG 3.G 170

(PEG-Gebäude, Campus Westend, Lageplan:

Neben der Begrüßung durch das Team des Cornelia Goethe Centrums wird es ein gegenseitiges Kennenlernen sowie Tipps zum Einstieg in das Studium (Studienorganisation, Ansprechpartner*innen etc.) des B.A. Nebenfachs Gender Studies geben. Gerne beantworten wir Ihre Fragen.
Anschließend machen wir einen kleinen Rundgang zu wichtigen Anlaufpunkten und enden bei einem get togehter mit Tee/Kaffee im feministischen Salon.
Wir freuen uns über eine kurze Nachricht, ob Sie teilnehmen können.

Allgemeine Informationen zum B.A. Nebenfach Gender Studies finden Sie unter:, Informationen zur Veranstaltungsanmeldung sind hier zu finden. Bitte beachten Sie insbesondere auch das FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) des Studiengangs:

Das komplette Programm der Orientierungswoche des Studiengangs B.A. Nebenfach Gender Studies finden Sie auf der Homepage des Fachbereichs für Gesellschaftswissenschaften (03) verlinkt:

Über den aktuellen Stand der Zulassungsverfahren können Sie sich auf der Homepage der Universität informieren.

Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6,
Frankfurt am Main,
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14:00 to 18:00
from 11.10.19 to 12.10.19

Diffracting AI and Robotics: Decolonial and Feminist Perspectives

12 October 2019 | 10am – 2pm

Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main


In December 2018, the EU Commission published a draft report entitled Ethics guidelines for a trustworthy AI with the aim to address a technology that according to the commission will thoroughly “alter the fabric of society” in the near future. In a striking way, at the very moment intelligent machines are supposed to become a reality, the question what it means to be human and what sociality entails seems to become the focal point in the call for a “human centered” robotics and AI. While recent research more and more demonstrates that robots, algorithms, and AI often perpetuate gender and racial biases along with social power relations (see, for example, Atanasoski/Vora 2019 and Noble 2018), the question arises how social power relations, bias, and interests built into ‘intelligent’ machines and programmed into AI—both intentionally and unconsciously—could be identified and deprogrammed, in order to get to more just and inclusive futures.


This workshops shall spark a dialog between early carrier scholars from different disciplines critically exploring questions of de/coloniality, social justice, response-ability, dis/ability, and techno-biopower, to name but a few, as well as potential challenges for decolonializing, feminist, queer, crip, and other critical scholars in engaging with ‘intelligent’ machines, code, and algorithms.


We welcome contributions from early career scholars (predocs and postdocs) of all academic fields. In order to register for the workshop, please send a short statement of interest and a description of your research project or the questions you would like to discuss, if you are currently not working on a specific research project, (max. 500 words) to by 15 August 2019. Notifications will be sent out by the end of August.


The workshop is part of the symposium “Diffracting AI and Robotics” taking place at Goethe University on 11 October 2019. The keynote address will be given by Mitali Thakor, Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University.


The symposium and the workshop are jointly organized by Josef Barla (Goethe University Frankfurt), Pat Treusch (TU Berlin), and Christoph Hubatschke (University of Vienna). For more information, please contact Josef Barla (

All day long
Campus Westend Seminar building


Wildness is a great category with which to think. It references all at once the opposite of civilization; the idea of unsorted relations to knowledge and being; nature after nature; queerness after and before nature, and life as an encounter with both the bio-political forces of being and the necro-political forces of unbecoming. We will start by locating wildness as a disorderly and disordering discursive frame and then move to the topics of decolonial bewilderment, race and sexuality, anarchy and destitution, animal politics.


  • Chisholm, Dianne (2010): Biophilia, Creative Involution, and the Ecological Future of Queer Desire. In: Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands & Erickson, Bruce (eds.): Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire. 359-382.
  • Halberstam, Jack (2019 upcoming): Becoming Feral: Sex, Death and Falconry. In: Halberstam, Jack: Wild Thing: Queer Theory After Nature. Chapter 3.
  • Hartmann, Saidiya (2018): The Anarchy of Colored Girls. Assembled in a Riotous Manner. In: The South Atlantic Quarterly, 117:3. 465-490.
  • Sandilands, Catriona (2001): From Unnatural Passions to Queer Nature. In: Alternatives Journal, 27:3. 30-35.


Jack Halberstam is Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of six books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and, most recently, a short book titled Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variance (University of California Press).  Places Journal awarded Halberstam its Arcus/Places Prize in 2018 for innovative public scholarship on the relationship between gender, sexuality and the built environment. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled WILD THING: QUEER THEORY AFTER NATURE on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture the intersections between animality, the human and the environment.

We will also provide the space to present and discuss your own qualification thesis in connected areas of research with Jack Halberstam and the group. If you want to use this opportunity please send us a current abstract of your work beforehand.

Registrations until 05.01.2020 to

Language: English.
Target Groups: M, E, A, P, HS.
Time: Thursday,  January 16, 2020
Location: Campus Westend, Seminar Building, Room 3.105

Max-Horkheimer-Straße ,
Frankfurt am Main,
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18:00 to 20:00

12.02.2020, 18-20h.

Helma Lutz & Marianne Schmidbaur (Goethe University)

GRADE Gender Semester Closing Ceremony with Poster Presentation.

Languages: German & English. Target Groups: M, E, A, P, HS. Campus Westend, PEG, Room 1G191.



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