The Critical Diversity Blog is a project of the working group Critical Diversity at the Berlin University of the Arts. It collects reports, conversations, texts, and artistic contributions on diversity and anti-discrimination. All members of UdK Berlin are welcome to submit their contributions. This will allow for a detailed picture of moments and structures of discrimination at an art university to emerge.
We thank the university management of UdK Berlin for their support.
Members of the Critical Diversity Working Group
(the personal details refer to the time of participation in the working group)
Juana Awad, Research Training Group Knowledge in the Arts, member EOC
Elena Buscaino, student, College of Design, student assistent working group
Loran Celebi, AStA Department of Antidiscrimination
İpek Çınar, AStA Department for Diversity and Equity
Tashy Endres, reseacher, College of Design, member EOC
Dr. Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz, diversity and antidiscrimination officer, (2022/23)
Dr. Maja Figge, Research Training Group Knowledge in the Arts, member EOC
Samara Hammud, student, College of Design, I.D.A.
Sarah Naira Herfurth, student, College of Design, I.D.A.
Claudia Hummel, College of Fine Art, member EOC
Romy Kiessling, researcher, College of Design, member EOC
Merle Krafeld, student, College of Music, member EOC
Dr. Henrike Lehnguth, women’s representative (2021–2023)
Adela Lovrić, Berlin Career College, student assitant WG
Katharina Lüdin, College of Design, member EOC, StuPa, student assitant WG
Prof. Dr. Nanna Lüth, College of Fine Art, member EOC
Johanna Madden, women’s representative College of Music
Dalís Pacheco, College of Design, member EOC, StuPa
Prof. Dr. Kathrin Peters, College of Design, member EOC (chair 2019–2023)
Helena Rauch, College of Fine Art, StuPa
Prof. Dr. Katja Rothe, College Performative Art, member EOC (chair until 2018)
Naile Tanış, women’s representative (2019–2021)
Prof. Mathilde ter Heijne, College of Fine Art, member EOC (chair since 2023)
Heidi Umbach, Berlin Career College, member EOC
Christina S. Zhu, student, College of Design, AStA Department for Intercultural Affairs and Equity
Editorial Team of the Critical Diversity Blog
Editors of the Critical Diversity Blog:
Claudia Hummel, Katharina Lüdin, Nanna Lüth, Kathrin Peters, Mathilde ter Heijne
Design and implementation of the Critical Diversity Blog:
Elena Buscaino, Lukas Graf
Suggestions for texts, artistic contributions and talks are always welcome.
GENERAL EQUAL TREATMENT ACT
The General Equal Treatment Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz, AGG) is the uniform central body of regulations in Germany for the implementation of four European anti-discrimination directives that have been issued since 2000. It came into force on 18 August 2006.
STATE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ACT
The State Anti-Discrimination Act (LADG) is the central anti-discrimination law key project of the Berlin Senate. The Chamber of Deputies passed it in its session on 04.06.2020
UNIVERSITY CONTRACT OF THE BERLIN UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
The current university contract of the Berlin University of the Arts (PDF) runs from 2018 to 2022, and the UdK’s Diversity Policy must be adopted by 2022 at the latest.
GUIDELINES ON GENDER JUSTICE AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AT THE UDK BERLIN
Directive on protection against (sexualised) discrimination, harassment and violence. The Directive entered into force on 29 June 2019. It is accompanied by the establishment of the Confidence Council (Vertrauensrat), which provides information on (sexualised) discrimination, harassment and violence, supports those affected, and recommends preventive measures.
UDK BROCHURE ON SEXUALISED DISCRIMINATION AND VIOLENCE
STATUTE FOR THE REALISATION OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
The far-reaching statute was unanimously adopted by the Academic Senate on 6 May 2020 and is now before the Berlin Senate for examination.
MEASURES FOR MORE GENDER JUSTICE AT THE UDK BERLIN
The measures are based on the statute for equal opportunities and regulate the recognition and integration of non-binary gender identities, the recognition and integration of self-chosen first names and the introduction of up to 50% gender-neutral toilets.
Critical Diversity Policy of the Berlin University of the Arts
On December 7th, 2022, the Critical Diversity Policy – Concept for Antidiscrimination and Diversity of the UdK Berlin – was unanimously approved by the Academic Senate of the UdK Berlin after many years of intensive work by various actors and committees.