Conference NRW 2022

Diversity in Germany: Racism as a central challenge

1-5 p.m.
Language: German

Registration via until 27 January 2022.

Organisation: Kurd-Akad & Volkshochschule Cologne
Support: Rosa Luxemburg Foundation & Civaka Azad

The society in Germany is diverse. The analysis of this diversity shows many advantages and positive aspects. However, it also deciphers structural racism as an increasing social and institutional problem, accompanied by a rise in authoritarian and group-hostile attitudes. However, racism is also a problem in the migration communities.

With this symposium, we would like to take an in-depth look at racism in the social and institutional context. There will be a special focus on gender, language and the education system.


13:00 – 13:15

13:15 – 14:30
Racism in the context of society, gender and institutions

Racism in the context of language and gender
Dr. Muriel González Athenas, Historian, Ruhr University Bochum

Structural dimensions of racist discrimination using the example of education
Selda Akbayır, teacher and anti-discrimination advisor at the State Institute for Teacher Training and School Development, Hamburg.

Moderation: Efsun Kızılay, political scientist, migration officer at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

14:30 – 15:00

15:00 – 16:15
Racist ideologies in migration communities

The howling of the wolves
Prof. Dr. Kemal Bozay, IUBH Düsseldorf

Girls and women in ultra-nationalist contexts
Lena Wiese
, sociologist

Moderation: Dersim Dağdeviren, Kurd-Akad Co-Chair

16:15 – 17:00
Final discussion