2020, Fri, May 08 and 2020, Sat, May 09

Diversity Affects | Troubling Institutions

© Joana Katte and Torsten Köchlin

© Joana Katte and Torsten Köchlin

Can diversity galvanize established institutions? “Diversity enhancement” has become a buzzword of institutional change today. Activists, migrant groups, associations for the dis_abled, but also politicians and employees of institutions themselves are urging that diversity be taken into account in the structures of agencies, educational institutions, in health care and in the cultural sector. At the same time, critics bemoan that diversity has become a neoliberal management and marketing strategy that neither explicitly recognizes nor overcomes social inequalities.

Around 40 speakers from the humanities and social sciences examine processes of institutional diversification and consider their affective repercussions: What reactions and emotions do these processes cause? What does it mean for journalists in newsrooms or employees in universities when institutions (don’t) become more diverse – what for museum visitors or hospital staff? How can inclusive practices be institutionalized without reducing people to traits? How do those affected experience the process of their “inclusion” or its failure?

In her keynote, feminist theorist Sara Ahmed shows how raising complaints can become a form of diversity work – work done by those who do not embody the norm of an institution.

The Annual Conference of the Collaborative Research Center 1171 Affective Societies: Dynamics of Social Coexistence in Mobile Worlds at Freie Universität Berlin is organized by Hansjörg Dilger, Juliane Gorke, Omar Kasmani, Dominik Mattes, Hans Roth, Matthias Warstat, funded by German Research Foundation.

In cooperation with the Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies at Freie Universität Berlin and Schwules Museum, Berlin.