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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).


Workshop: Thinking collectivity from an intersectional perspective.

+++ Attention: The event had to be canceled due to the emergency measures against the spread of the new coronavirus +++

Workshop of the DFG group "Law Gender Collectivity":

Collectivity is on everyone's lips. What does empirical legal research gain from the question of collectivity? Which possibilities open up for interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches? And how can such intersectional and interdisciplinary approaches be made productive for the dilemmas of feminist legal research? The workshop explores these questions on a conceptual level and from specific perspectives of gender, racism and movement studies.

This discussion will be focusing on the relationship between subject(ization) and collectivity, the processuality of (normative) collectivities, and the question of whether collectivity needs an identity-creating feature. It is important to clarify how collectivity relates to categories of analysis such as group, community or society and which intersectional research perspectives open up from these relations; also with which reasons/justifications the term "collectivity" often appears to be so positively occupied in different disciplinary contexts.

Invited speakers: Cengiz Barskanmaz (Halle/Saale), Sarah Elsuni (Frankfurt a.M.), Imke Schminke (Munich).

Format of the event: Fishbowl Moderation by Veronika Springmann and Petra Sußner.

When are where?: 16.3.2020 at the Humboldt Universität Berlin, Juristische Fakultät (Faculty of Law), Unter den Linden 9, 10117 Berlin.

One week to go until our workshop!

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at: for-rgk.ifee[at]