Days of action against sexism an homophobia!

15.-27. November 2019

The AG Gender and Queer Studies of the University of Rostock is organizing a versatile program to question power relations, discuss gender issues and to make discrimination visible. With the action days we would like to draw attention to sexism and homophobia in all its different facets. In doing so, we are making a strong commitment to a society in which gender, gender identity and sexual orientation are no longer grounds for discrimination.

A colorful program of lectures, workshops, a self-defense training and a film screening are waiting for you! We will ask ourselves: How do I recognize sexism and how do I deal with it? How can I critically question concepts of masculinity? What do gender roles look like in german hip hop? Does sexism link to restrictions of sexual self-determination? Why does feminism have to be intersectional?

The presentations will be held in german language.



*** Sports seminar: Self-defense (flti * only)   //  15.11.2019, 11:00-15:00  //  Ulmencampus, Haus 5, gym

During the course, techniques and strategies for self-defense are taught. The goal is that the participants can protect themselves from and in emergency situations. In addition to self-defense techniques, voice and body language use are taught as well. Everything will realistically be consolidated in a scenario training. In addition, legal information in the field of harassment, coercion, sexual violence and physical disputes and further counseling and support services for women are part of the seminar. For a course participation, there is no requirement.


*** Lecture: SEX & BARRIERS - between self-determination and (border)violations  //  18.11.2019, 17:00  //  Ulmencampus, Haus 1, R. 023

The lecture does not adhere to definitions or theories, but provides an insight into the different areas of sexual self-determination and thematizes realities. Does sexism link to restrictions of sexual self-determination? Which factors do affect me? The event offers optional anonymised silent self-discovery parts with the possibility for subsequent discussion.


*** Workshop: Genderroles in german hip hop  //  19.11.2019,16:00 – 20:00 //  Ulmencampus, Haus 3, R. 221

Whether it's Yung Hurn, Rin, Capital Bra or Shirin David, MC Bomber and Haiyti - just a few german hip hop acts can performe without gender categories and a language that discriminates. We want to look at Deutschrap together - who says what about whom, what are the expectations and what language do german acts use? And what does that do with the Boombox generation and other rap fans? Or maybe it's just rap in the end? (Spoiler-no!) Come along, bring your  skeptical friends and let's talk about Deutschrap!


*** Film: SPEAK UP  //  21.11.2019, 19:00  //  Mainbuilding of the university, Universitätsplatz 1, HS 323

Through SPEAK UP, European black women raise their voices: the film focuses on collectively experienced discrimination against black women and the struggle to adopt the common narrative: defining for themselves what makes a black female perspective!


*** Workshop: How to deal with sexism (flti* only)  //  25.11.2019, 13:00-18:00 //  Ulmencampus, Haus 1, R. 024

The workshop aims to give an idea of sexism and its effects in different areas of life. Gender stereotypes are to be reflected and discussed, and approaches for dealing with different manifestations of sexism will be developed.

The workshop is organized on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls.


*** Workshop: sexism in global production  //  26.11.2019, 17:00  //  Ulmencampus, Haus 1, R. 025

Whether T-shirt, shoe or winter cape: Beyond the path of the goods, we want to look at connections of working conditions, sexism, materials, marketing to the purchase decision and other details. The workshop of the Konsum Global Rostock Initiative is about education for sustainable development. Together, we want to understand how our own consumption is globally entangled, how to capture both sweet and bitter consequences for human beeings and the world. And of course to find feasible approaches to (locally) bring a positive change - using the example of textiles, but not only.
We invite everyone who is interested and those who work in the educational field. Registration until 11/23/2019 to d.kohlenbergersoziale-bildungorg is helpful to design the methods and the room according to the group size.


*** Workshop: Critical Mascu*linity  //  27.11.2019, 17:00 - 20:00  //  Ulmencampus, Haus 1, R. 032
In this workshop we want to deal with masculinity. What is it? How can I critically deal with (my) masculinity? How and when do I use / perform it? Where do I restrict my (male) masculinity? These and other questions will be dealt with in the workshop using theater methods and methods from the education work.

FLTI * is a abbreviation in german language and stands for FrauenLesbenTransIntersex* (women, lesbian, trans* and inter*-) persons. Those events are intended as a closed space to mutually reinforce each other in a protected environment and develop strategies against oppression and domination. Events without this abbreviation are open to all participants.

The organizers reserve the right to make use of their property rights and to gain access to persons belonging to far-right parties or organizations who belong to the right-wing extremist scene or have already appeared in the past due to racist, nationalist, anti-Semitic or other inhumane statements Deny or exclude from the event.

Hirschfeld Lecture: "Homophobia in the camp society: Holocaust, queer desire and continuity of exclusion"

09. december 2019 ll 7pm ll in the Aula of the university

The society of Holocaust victims in concentration camps and ghettos is still an under-researched topic in sience. For one thing, historians disagree on whether we can speak of a society at all; on the other hand, the focus is mostly on issues such as solidarity or resistance. However, central categories such as gender, class, ethnicity, age or sexuality are often neglected, through which we can learn something about the functioning of the prisoner society.

The lecture examines and contextualizes the homophobia of the camp society within the Jewish history of the Holocaust. It was neither a continuity of pre-war homophobia nor a reaction to the construction of the "gay Nazi" nor an internalization of homosexual pursuit. As Eschebach has shown, homophobia was a reaction of the inmates who marginalized others in order to establish themselves.

In addition, various forms of same-sex sexuality are explored: romantic, rational, and coercive; between people who are defined as homosexual before and after detention; between victims or between inmates and overseers. After the historian Regina Kunzel is to be shown, why it is important to view a queer sexuality of Holocaust victims as such and not as a "stocked" election.

Finally, it is made clear that the homophobia of the camp society had a long afterlife: queer persons were either concealed or stigmatized as deviant. Their memories are a void in the Holocaust archives worldwide, and the historian who took on the subject felt how unwanted her work is.

The event will be held in german language.