Cornelia Goethe Centrum

Project started: “Practicing Gender Reflexivity in Research”

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When gender-related aspects are to be systematically included in research, researchers face very different questions. With the call for proposals “Gender Aspects in View”, the BMBF wants to support this reflection on the relevance of gender in the entire research process. For this purpose, the Equal Opportunities Office, together with the Cornelia Goethe Center, has received funding for the project “Practicing Gender Reflexivity in Research” to implement an initial conceptual phase. During the period from July 2022 to February 2023, the project will explore how the relevance of gender-related aspects in research can be reflected more systematically in all departments at Goethe University.

The scientific and equality policy expertise of the Equal Opportunities Office and the Cornelia Goethe Center will converge over the next seven months to develop a concept that will sustainably integrate the consideration of the reflection of the relevance of gender into the research structures of Goethe University. The project is led by Katharina Meyer from the Equal Opportunities Office in cooperation with the CGC’s scientific director Johanna Leinius. Project member Paula Blömers joined the project on July 15th, 2022, and will be centrally involved in the conceptual phase.

The kick-off workshop on August 3rd, 2022, which brought together representatives of the Presidential Board, the CGC and the Equal Opportunity Office, Research Support and GRADE, already provided important impulses and impressively demonstrated the importance of the project for ensuring excellent research at Goethe University.

At a symposium on December 1st, 2022, the relevance and challenges of gender-reflective research will be discussed with Goethe University scientists and external experts in workshop discussions and a lecture.

After completion of the concept phase, the developed concept will be handed in to the BMBF for review, which will then decide on funding for the implementation of the proposed concept. If approved, funds will be made available for five years to implement gender-reflective research sustainably into the university culture and research structures.

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