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Welcome to the DFG Research Unit “Law – Gender – Collectivity”

Our interdisciplinary Research Unit has been active since January 2018. It brings together scholars of law, sociologists, European ethnologists and historians from the three major Berlin universities, the University of Potsdam and the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). Read more…

The Research Unit consists of six sub-projects and a coordinating project. In every sub-project, a team investigates a particular empirical research field. In our second funding phase (2021-2024), these are environmental law and climate litigation (A), transnational labor conflicts (B), urban & housing commons (C), consumer protection (D), processes of infrastructurization (E), and human rights, queer genders and sexualities since the 1970s (F).


Digital Conference of the DFG Research Group Law - Gender - Collectivity »Manufacturing Collectivity. Exploring the Nexus of Gender, Collectivities, and Law«

Digital conference: »Manufacturing Collectivity. Exploring the Nexus of Gender, Collectivities and Law«


Pre-conference PhD-Workshop: »Exploring Collectivity. Interdisciplinary Methodologies« 

 Save the Date: 2nd - 4th June 2021, 12 am - 4 pm CET (Berlin, Paris, Rome)

In the beginning of this June, the DFG-funded research group “Law – Gender – Collectivity. Processes of standardization, categorization and generating solidarity” is inviting you to an interdisciplinary conference. Against the backdrop of law playing a pivotal role in current political conflicts of belonging and participation, the conference will focus on the relationship between law, gender, and collectivity. The conference will discuss questions of the efficacy of gendered collectivity in a hegemonic male-oriented and hetero-normative tradition of civil law. Thereby we explore current social conflicts and how they manifest themselves by analysing them as legally shaped and, at the same time, gendered collectivization processes.

The conference will be opened by a keynote speech of

Emily Grabham (Unversity of Kent)

The Crafty Power of Text: A Feminist Ethnography of legislative Drafting

We are planning to offer interpreters for German sign language. More information on program and registration will follow shortly. 

Prior to the conference, the DFG research group “Law – Gender – Collectivity” is offering a workshop for PhD students. This half-day workshop gives early career researchers the opportunity to put their current research projects forward for discussion. Here, we aim to place collectivity as a dimension of analysis at the center of the discussion and, taking into account different disciplinary approaches, critically examine it together.

The conference and the workshop will be held in English.