Stereotypical everyday thinking about gender, ethnicity and religion etc. has become inscribed in the structures of academia and is reproduced again and again in research, teaching and administration. Changes towards a gender- and diversity-sensitive academic culture are therefore an important goal for Goethe University, but one that can only be achieved in the long term. In order to counteract bias effects in science and research, Goethe University places a focus on promoting gender studies as well as research that relates to other diversity categories, such as research on migration or inclusion.
Gender Studies is an inter- or transdisciplinary and internationally oriented field of science and research that understands 'gender' as a category of critical analysis of science, culture and society and examines conditions and meanings of gender and gender relations in different historical, social and political contexts. This involves topics such as the division of labor and the gender pay gap, questions of recognition and discrimination, different ways of life and lifestyles, or gender images in various media and their influence on everyday life. Central questions are the social and cultural shaping of gender relations and the formation and change of the understanding of 'gender' and 'gender difference'.