Specialist Talks: Abstracts

Prof. Dr. Elvira Scheich (Keynote Talk) (→ About)
Department of Physics, Freie Universität Berlin
Title: tba
Prof. Dr. Sabine Hark (→ About)
Transreflections. Transformation of academia – Intersectionality Feminism – Transdisciplinarity

For almost two decades ‘transdisciplinarity’ has operated as buzzword in the abundant debates about the changing nature of knowledge, science, society, and their mutual relations. The term calls up currently highly invested notions in today’s global knowledge economies such as dynamics, mobility, fluidity, flexibility, excellence, and adaptiveness. Rhetorically it plays an integral part in the restructuring of the modern western university as it serves as rhetorical criteria of excellence in research assessment and teaching evaluation and as a rhetorical resource in the global competition of universities for prestige and funding as well as students and faculty.


Prof. Dr. Anina Mischau (→ About)
Title: tba
Melanie Steffens
Prof. Dr. Melanie Steffens (→ About)
Professor for Social and Work Psychology at the University of Koblenz-Landau
Title: How do gender stereotypes affect women’s MINT careers?

While many women receive an equally good education as men, such equality is nowhere in sight when it comes to women’s and men’s career success: Men still earn significantly more than women, they are more likely to be promoted, and women are underrepresented in many traditionally-male fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Why does an excellent education not lead to an excellent career for many women? The talk offers a state of the art review of applied social-psychological research on “gender at work”, shedding light on all the different ways that work-related perceptions, attributions, and outcomes differ for women and men. Focusing on domains (e.g., engineering) and positions (e.g., leadership) that are marked by women’s underrepresentation, the talk looks at gender at work in terms of own and others’ stereotypes, attitudes, and social roles including parenthood. Whereas gender stereotypes appear to be a thing of the past to some people, research shows that they actually affect people in many ways, both in choosing their own actions and in evaluating and interpreting others’ behavior. Studies will be introduced that demonstrate how in particular implicit stereotypes affect spontaneous, automatic, and habitual behavior. In the end, it is discussed what individual women can do to avoid the hurdles that stereotypes and social roles put in their way towards successful careers.