Category: events

Rethinking Vulnerability and Resistance: Feminism & Social Change (16-19.09.2013, Istanbul)

“There is always something both risky and true in claiming that women are especially vulnerable. The claim can be taken to mean that women have an unchanging and defining vulnerability, and that kind of argument makes the case for paternalistic protection. If women are especially vulnerable, then they seek protection, and it becomes the responsibility of the state or other paternal powers to provide that protection. On the model, feminist activism not only petitions paternal authority for special dispensations and protections, but affirms that inequality of power situates women in a powerless position and, by implication, men in a more powerful one, or it invests state structures with the responsibility for facilitating the achievement of feminist goals. In yet other instances, women struggle to establish practices (self-defense) and institutions (battered women’s shelters) that seek to provide protection without enlarging paternalistic powers.”

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How to achieve leadership beyond gender stereotypes

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

30.01.2015, 09.00 Uhr – 17.00 Uhr

The workshop aims to raise awareness about gender-related stereotypes that affect our daily lives at work. Although stereotyping is a process that we all employ in different spheres of life, gender stereotypes and self-stereotyping can discourage communication in the workplace and even limit the chances for women to reach leadership positions. In such contexts, women feel anxieties and are often led by mistaken beliefs about how a woman should behave.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be aware of the prejudices that hinder effective communication and personal development and will be able to circumvent them in order to improve their career. In addition, this workshop aims to offer women the tools to be a leader in original ways beyond gender-related expectations that hierarchies might have. Awareness is here a central tool for self-development.MethodologyAfter a theoretical introduction, we will work on actively deconstructing stereotypes through games and shared experiences. These activities will offer an alternative way of communicating showing that there are no such things as natural female and male ways of working. Particular attention will be given to the development of tactics such as networking and self-presentation aiming at empowering female leadership.



Speaking in public for women

Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main
Thursday, September 11 and Friday, September 12, 2014, 10am–5.30 pm
Where: Frankfurt University, Senckenberganlage 31-33, 9th floor, room 9.60

Competence in public speaking is more and more relevant to our professional lives. Presentations, interviews, meetings, conference participation are daily business for many, and are often a big deal on the way up. Most people feel nervous and anxious about performing in public: “will I earn the attention of my audience?”, “will I be able to put my message through?” are common questions signaling insecurity and fear. In these situations, women must face additional challenges. For instance, when they speak in a mostly male audience they tend to withdraw. Public speaking is gendered and we are all caught in the gender-gap without even realizing it.
Through this workshop, we will address issues related to public speaking in order to empower female speech. We will highlight the different tendencies in gendered public speaking, and give tips and hints to become a great speaker. After this workshop, participants will be more aware of the challenges of public speaking and will become efficacious performers. This will have an instant positive impact on your career.
In the first part of the workshop, we will explore general issues related to public speaking. It is important to understand when the act of speech becomes public and how the participants perceive its performance (between anxiety and self-confidence). Then, we will work with techniques in order to assess the participants’ awareness about speech, with particular attention to the social contexts of speech (from the audience to the co-speakers). In the second part of the workshop, we will explore the gender related issues of speaking because women do tend to act differently than men. In the end, we will address communication strategies aimed at empowering female speech.
Teaching method
This workshop is based on active learning. I will propose games and common situations to work with, but we will also work with examples drawn from the participants’ actual experiences of public speaking. We will employ video and audio material and be creative in our ways to approach the matter. Some moments will also be dedicated to reflection and analysis of gender issues.


Uses and Misuses of Gender Stereotypes in International Academia and Workplaces

GRADE in Cooperation with the Gleichstellungsbüro, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

Monday, 28th April 2014 9 am – 5 pm

The workshop aims at raising awareness among its participants of how gender stereotypes affect their professional lives, ways of communicating as well as their career perspectives. Participants will learn to successfully handle gender stereotypes in order to establish a healthy and equality-conscious work environment.

This workshop engages its participants in discussions and interactive exercises designed to identify and deal with a set of gender-related stereotypes that are present in the academy and in workplaces where women and minoritized groups are often underrepresented. Although stereotyping is a process we all employ in different spheres of life, gender stereotypes discourage communication, mutual understanding and personal fulfillment.

Through group activities, active learning and shared experience participants will gain awareness of gender relations and of the ways in which these are constructed, experienced and sometimes mistaken in the workplace. After a theoretical introduction we will work at deconstructing stereotypes through exercises and play.

Colloque inaugural du DIM « Genre, inégalités, discriminations » 27-28 juin 2013 Paris

Le nouveau Domaine d’Intérêt Majeur de la Région Île-de-France « Genre, Inégalités, Discriminations » (GID) a été créé en 2012 pour réunir les activités sur le genre de l’Institut Emilie du Châtelet (IEC) et sur les discriminations de l’Alliance de Recherche sur les Discriminations (ARDIS). Le GID organise sa première grande manifestation scientifique autour de l’articulation de ces deux thématiques.

Cet appel à communications invite les générations différentes de chercheuses et de chercheurs de toutes disciplines – des sciences humaines, économiques, historiques, sociales ou juridiques aux sciences de la vie- à confronter leurs approches de l’articulation entre genre et discriminations.

Genre et Discriminations : ces deux concepts ont en commun de traiter de domination et d’égalité, mais suivant des projets intellectuels et des formes d’action bien différents. S’il y a des discriminations fondées sur le sexe, celles-ci s’inscrivent dans les rapports de genre qui rendent compte des logiques et mécanismes suivis par les discriminations. Mais les discriminations portent sur d’autres critères qui s’appuient également sur des rapports de domination et de pouvoir historiquement constitués dans les sociétés. La « race » fonctionne sous bien des aspects d’une façon très proche de celle du genre, engageant une naturalisation des différences et leur cristallisation dans des catégorisations et hiérarchisation à prétention universelle. Si le concept de genre vise à dénaturaliser la différence des sexes, faussement rapportée à une distinction biologique, la discrimination concerne des inégalités de traitement motivées par des caractéristiques qui ne devraient pas intervenir dans l’accès aux biens ou ressources. Le genre comme les discriminations invitent ainsi à repenser la question des inégalités en déconstruisant les mécanismes de hiérarchisation et en proposant des lexiques d’analyse et par conséquent d’action qui s’entrecroisent mais peuvent également différer.

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Upcoming workshop on gender diversity and governance at the University Bocconi, Milan

Next November 29th, a free workshop on gender diversity and corporate governance is organized at the University Bocconi of Milan. Issues such as best practices for gender diversity, female leadership, diversity of competences, and gender diversity as a value will be discussed.

From the event homepage, where to download the programme (in Italian) and get more information:
“Giovedì, 29 Novembre 2012 – 17:30 alle 19:30

Gender Diversity e Corporate Governance: perchè aumentare la presenza femminile nei CDA?

Velodromo, Aula N07 Piazza Sraffa, 13 Milano.

Un’occasione per riflettere sul valore della gender diversty nell’ambito della Corporate Governance ed affrontare il tema attraverso l’esperienza di consiglieri di importanti imprese ed istituzioni.

La questione della gender equality non è solo etica e morale e, se viene affrontata come mero obbligo legislativo, rischia di essere addirittura controproducente. La diversity genera valore così come è stato dimostrato dagli studi che correlano la presenza femminile nei CDA e la performance dell’impresa.

Questi risultati assumono un significato più consistente se letti in una prospettiva più ampia: la pluralità di competenze e profili professionali in un board, come in ogni altro gruppo sociale e organizzativo, costituisce un antidoto al conformismo dei processi decisionali e una buona garanzia di una maggiore efficacia del funzionamento complessivo del sistema stesso.”

Upcoming event!

20th-21st September 2012

Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe (Germany)

“In a dynamic globalized world, change in societies, markets and organizations is becoming more and more crucial. From a competitive point of view, it is important to explore diversity and better comprehend its complexity.

The narrative of a society or a culture is constituted by multiple layers of differentiation, segregation, social categorization and identity. The management of diversity in organizations and in society, e.g. in urban centers and their governance, has been of growing interest in the last decades. Changes in the demographic structures of the population, the migration flux, multiculturalism, the rising awareness concerning minorities’ rights, gender studies and so on lead to a complex picture of what “diversity” means. It is largely acknowledged that diversity is a rather complex phenomenon, which defies simple definition.

In many studies, nevertheless, the presumption that diversity can be described as a mono-causal matter remains unexpressed. We know, however, that a mono-causal view does not lead to an adequate analysis of diversity. It is unlikely that diversity is aligned with only one of the common variables, such as age, gender, nationality, etc.. Diversity is closely linked to the constitution of social images, social constructions of reality. The perception of a reality of this kind is manifested in many different forms. Therefore, we need to develop new perspectives on the topic, making use of inter-disciplinary, pluri-methodical, and border-crossing approaches.

The aim of this conference is to advance knowledge about diversity by disseminating new research and best practices and by encouraging the evolution of new ideas, themes and questions. Karlshochschule International University aims to enrich the dialogue between academics and practitioners, who often approach diversity from different perspectives. The conference will adopt an international and interdisciplinary approach to address the theme in greater complexity.

“Re-thinking diversity” in 2012 continues a series of conferences that reflect Karlshochschule’s interpretive approach towards business administration, strategic management and entrepreneurship, by introducing instruments of semiotics, linguistics, narratology and others. The topic of the conference will therefore be examined from a variety of scientific and practice-oriented perspectives.

The conference will be dedicated to “diversity”: in a dynamic globalized world, change in societies, markets and organizations is becoming more and more crucial. From a competitive point of view, it is important to explore diversity and better comprehend its complexity.”