Who and how does one get into the art university — and out again? Who listens, who speaks? Which language? Who is considered suitable or talented? What are the criteria? To which art or music, to whose knowledge and skills do we refer? What and who is left out?

An Kunstuniversitäten gibt es tief verankerte Strukturen der Benachteiligung und Bevorteilung. Sich mit ihnen auseinanderzusetzen ist ein wichtiger Schritt, um mehr Gleichheit und Gerechtigkeit herzustellen.
Der Critical Diversity Blog versammelt Beiträge zu Diversität und Antidiskriminierung an der Universität der Künste Berlin und über diese hinaus. Er lädt ein, Erfahrungen mit Herabsetzung und Ausgrenzung mitzuteilen. Vorschläge für Texte, künstlerische Beiträge und Gespräche sind jederzeit willkommen. Machen wir uns auf den Weg zu einer diversitätssensible(re)n und diskriminierungskritische(re)n Kunstuniversität.

Empirie und Struktur

Ein Briefwechsel von Henrike Lehnguth und Kathrin Peters mit Philipp Hübl, Gastprofessor für Kulturwissenschaft im Studium Generale der UdK Berlin, anlässlich dessen Beitrags zu strukturellem Rassismus, „Ein irreführender Begriff“, im Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

„Man könnte das Kino retten, wenn man wollte“: Ein Gespräch mit Pary El-Qalqili, Biene Pilavci und Tatjana Turanskyj

Seit den 1970er Jahren wird für mehr Frauen* hinter der Kamera gekämpft. Mittlerweile geht es um noch viel mehr: Um die Repräsentation einer (post)migrantischen Gesellschaft im deutschen Film. Über Film und intersektionalen Feminismus haben wir uns mit Pary El-Qalqili und Biene Pilavci, Filmemacherinnen und Gründerinnen der Initiative NichtmeinTatort, und Tatjana Turanskyj, Filmemacherin und Mitbegründerin von Pro Quote Regie, unterhalten.

#exitracismudk: Conversations With Students Behind the Protest

During the #exitracismudk protest at the UdK Rundang last year, the student actions laid out some necessary blueprints for changes at the university in the direction of social justice, anti-discrimination, and decolonization. To understand how the situation developed since then and how it might influence further progress, I asked four of the involved students to reflect on the events and their own thoughts and feelings.

Amplifying the Unheard Voices: A Statement & Conversation With Sarah Herfurth & Dalís Pacheco

We spoke with Sarah Herfurth and Dalís Pacheco, two of the students who have been working laboriously on the intersectional anti-discrimination strategies and demands at the UdK Berlin, and asked them to reflect on their work and the progress so far. The interview is a follow-up to our new podcast episode, in which Dalís Pacheco presents the statement she wrote and recorded in July 2020.

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On February 19, we commemorate the victims of the racist terrorist attack one year ago in Hanau:

Fatih Saraçoğlu
Ferhat Unvar
Gökhan Gültekin
Hamza Kurtović
Kaloyan Velkov
Mercedes Kierpacz
Said Nessar Hashemi
Sedat Gürbüz
Vili Viorel Păun


Practicing anti-discriminatory educational work

Lectures, workshops, and networking to raise awareness of discrimination and racism in educational work among school and university teachers as well as cultural mediators. A cooperation of the artistic teacher training programs at the University of Applied Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in the framework of the “Alliance Art and Education against Racism and Fascism“. To the program and registration.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and #wessenfreiheit Day of Action

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the UdK Berlin is sending a visible signal of condemning violence against women by raising the flag “Berlin says no to violence against women”, designed by the Berlin Senate, on November 25th.
The UdK is also participating in #wessenfreiheit – the digital day of action of Berlin’s art and music colleges. Further information on the various initiatives will be available from 25th November on the UdK website or at wessenfreiheit.de, on Instagram and Facebook.

sharing/learning as a Scaffold of Traces

The now published 9th issue of wissenderkuenste.de acts as a collection of materials and reflections on and about the artistic-academic symposium sharing/learning: methods of the collective in art, research and activism, which took place on June 28th and 29th, 2019, at (and in cooperation with) District * School without Center.

Negative assessment of body and mind due to abilities and skills. An evaluation pattern based on a supposed biological (physical and / or mental) norm.

Discrimination e.g. in everyday life and law based on unequal power relationships between adults, children, adolescents and young people.

Skills and abilities are questioned and rated due to ones age.

The General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) is the uniform central body of regulations in Germany for the implementation of four European anti-discrimination directives. For the first time, a law was created in Germany that comprehensively regulates protection against discrimination.

Imagination of a gender system that consists of only two categories, male and female. Assignment beyond which is only allowed, if at all, only as a deviation from the norm – hides the following: gender, sex, desire, performance.

Cis or cis-gender refers to people who identify with the gender assigned to them at birth. If this were not named, trans * would always be marked as the deviation of a given norm.

Differences in values, attitudes, cultural perspective, beliefs, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identity, abilities, knowledge and life experiences of each individual in each group of people should be considered and overcome within the university.

This term focuses on how people observe, (re-)produce and make gender relevant in everyday life.

The concept according to Birgit Rommelspacher assumes that there is a system of hierarchies, rule and power in which the various racist, sexist and other forms of government intertwine. In this interconnectedness, a dominant group has the power, which is socially negotiated again and again.

the personal idea of one‘s own gender and one‘s own gender role. Within society, gender is the concept according to which we classify various ideas such as social status, gender presentation, role in society, life planning and sexuality into the gender categories.

In order to gain a comprehensive understanding of discrimination, its individual forms of discrimination must not be considered independently of each other, as they are interrelated.

Discrimination based on the organisational actions of institutions. Institutional discrimination is not present in society as a whole.

Inter * are persons born with physical characteristics that are medically considered to be „sexually ambiguous“. The generic term Inter * has evolved from the community, and refers to the diversity of intersex realities and physicalities as an emancipatory and identitarian umbrella term.

Culturally argued racism is directed against people who, regardless of whether they actually practice one culture or religion (e.g. Islam, Judaism) and how religious they are. (e.g. anti-Muslim racism (AMR) and anti-Semitism)

Discrimination based on the value of economically and educationally unequally strong classes. This is related to discrimination and stigmatisation based on actual or assumed educational status and social inclusion. Thus, the inferior classes in the hierarchy are problematised and stereotyped.

Describes a displacement of minorities to the social fringe. As a rule, marginalised groups do not correspond to the norm-oriented majority of society and are severely restricted in their ability to act.

Describes the basic assumption that thinking and brain structures function individually. A medical norm and the disease mongering of everything supposedly divergent is called into question.

Is a self-designation to unite people affected by racism and to fight together against power relations such as racism.

In English, ‚queer‘ was used as an insult for a long time. In the meantime, however, the term is usually used positively as a self-designation and describes the breaking out of the two-gender order as well as heteronormative concepts of life.

The conceptual distinction between gender as a biological fact (sex) on the one hand and as a product of cultural and social processes (gender) .

Any form of discrimination against people on the basis of their (attributed or supposed) sex and the ideology underlying these phenomena.

Discrimination based on ones ethnic roots.

A person‘s sexual orientation describes which sex a person feels emotionally, physically and/or sexually attracted to.

System of socio-cultural values and norms into which one is born (environments and classes), e.g. Educational biography, social inclusion. Values are constructed.

System of socio-cultural values and norms into which one is born (milieus and classes). e.g. Educational status and social inclusion. Values are constructed.

Discrimination of social subgroups based on the nature of the structure of society as a whole.

A superficial gesture to include minority members. It is intended to create an appearance of inclusion and to divert allegations of discrimination by requiring a person to be representative of a minority.

Reciprocal interactions as a multi-dimensional approach between the university and the non-university environment, which also includes the cultural, social and political dimensions on an equal footing.

„Trans“ is a Latin prefix, meaning beyond and refers to people who do not identify with the gender assigned to them at birth. The self-designation is not an identity feature that automatically indicates whether this person identifies with a different gender, gender or multiple genders. Thus, there are several trans identities.

This term is not a self-designation, but a description of a reality of people who do not experience racism. white is written in small italics and reveals privileges, which are often not named as such. So the term is not about skin shades, but about the visualisation of different access to social resources.