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The situation of gender research in Hungary and Europe: INCISE Visiting Professor Ulrike Auga speaking at hearing in the European Parliament

On 8 November 2018, INCISE Visiting Professor Dr. Ulrike E. Auga reported on the state of Gender Studies and academic freedom in Hungry and Europe at a hearing in the European Parliament.

The politically motivated non-re-registration of Gender Studies in Hungary in October 2018 prompted numerous protests. Responding to a letter from the International Association for Institutions of Advanced Gender Studies (RINGS), an association of more than 60 internationally renowned gender research institutions, the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Brussels invited RINGS members for an exchange of views. At the public meeting of the committee on November 8, 2018, Prof. Dr. Ulrike E. Auga (INCISE) and Dr. Annette von Alemann (Paderborn) presented their statements, which beyond Hungary reported further attacks of the political right wing on scientific research, Gender Studies as an academic discipline and LGBTIQ* life in Europe including Germany. The Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality expressed its deep concern about the paradigm shift in the nature of the attacks. After the meeting, the experts received numerous requests from parliamentarians.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike E. Auga and Dr. Annette von Alemann participated in the hearing as the two experts at the invitation of Vilija Blinkevičiūtė MEP, the chairperson of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.

The meeting of the committee with the statements and discussion has been recorded and is available as a free stream under the following link:

A translation into different languages ​​is available. The statements reflect the individual views of the authors.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Auga is professor for Gender, Cultural and Religious Studies. She is a permanent fellow at the Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin and the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI), Princeton and works as visiting professor at the Intersectional Centre for Inclusion and Social Justice (INCISE), Canterbury Christ Church University (UK). In 2018 she also taught at the Gender Equality Studies and Training Program of the United Nations University (UNU-GEST) in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Dr. Annette von Alemann is a sociologist, gender expert and currently visiting professor at Paderborn University.

European Parliament

Committee Meeting | Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)

Hearing Exchange of Views about Gender Studies in Hungary

RINGS – The International Research Association of Institutions of Advanced Gender Studies

Prof. Dr. Ulrike E. Auga, INCISE and ZtG, Humboldt University of Berlin

Dr. Annette von Alemann, Paderborn University

Video Link:

Experts’ Hearing (full-length) 10:42:35 – 11:41:36
Experts’ Hearing (Prof. Dr. Ulrike E. Auga) 10:55:32 – 11:15:39
Experts’ Hearing (Dr. Annette von Alemann, Prof. Dr. Ulrike E. Auga) 10:45:12 – 11:15:39

Via the icon “Tonspur/ Soundtrack” a simultaneous translation of the committee meeting into different languages ​​can be activated.


From left to right: Kristina Wilhelmsson (FEMM), Javier Gomez de Aguero Lopez (FEMM), Mary Honeyball (Deputy Chair of FEMM Committee), Dr. Annette von Alemann (Paderborn University), Prof. Dr. Ulrike E. Auga (INCISE/Humboldt University of Berlin)


Prof. Dr. Ulrike E. Auga ® Ulrike E. Auga 2018

Programme 2018/2019

Date Time Event Location
3-4 Sep Joint Social Work Education and Research ConferenceGrand Challenges for Social Work
More info here
24 Sep 19:00 Queer Ear – An introduction to Queer TheoryBee Scherer
More info here
Quarterhouse – Folkestone
01 Oct 17:30 Leonardo Raznovich
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as Human Right: The case of the Anglophone Caribbean (register here)
15 Oct 19:00 Queer Ear – An introduction to IntersectionalityBee Scherer
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Quarterhouse – Folkestone
20 Nov 17:30 TDoR INCISE Transgender Day of Remembrance Lecture: A Reflection on Resisting Anti-Trans Violence in the UK in 2018 – Dr Chryssy Hunter (register here) Ng03
27 Nov 17:30 Anne Alwis (University of Kent) – Religion and Gender in Byzantine Hagiographies (register here) Pg06
4 Dec 17:30 Dan Thorpe
Queering State Sanctioned Suicide Prevention/Promotion (register here)
10 Jan 11:00 – 13:00 Bee Scherer
RDP Theories of Knowledge Series
23 Jan 13:30 – 15:00 Jose Bento da Silva
The work of God: mystery and ambiguity in the management of the Jesuit corpus
24 Jan 11:00 – 13:00 Bee Scherer
RDP Theories of Knowledge Series
21 Feb 13:30 – 15:00 Dione Hills (Tavistock Institute London)
The challenge of spiritual and religious organisation
21 Feb 17:00 – 18:30 Dan Thorpe
Critical Disability Studies
RDP Theories of Knowledge Series
20 Mar 13:30 – 15:00 Bee Scherer
Organizing Utopia: Merit economy and anti-consumerism in contemporary Thai Buddhism
INCISE-CCBS Lecture Series
24 Apr 17:30 – 19:00 Rajeeb Sah
Sexuality and secret intimacy: Negotiating sexual relationships amongst Nepalese young people in the UK
18 May 14-16:30 INCISE Workshop with Fo Guang Shan London on Vegetarianism
with Food Tasting and Tea Ceremony
More information here.
22 May 12-14:00 His Eminence the Third Dupseng Rinpoche – Mindfulness
In cooperation with the CCCU Business School
Tickets are available here.
28 May 17-19:00 Bee Scherer
Queer Theory
RDP Theories of Knowledge Series
29 May 12:30-14:00 Leonardo Raznovich
LGBT rights and the Vatican: advances and challenges
Postponed Nancy Clark
LGBT+ informal caregivers: A mixed methods multi-phase analysis of lived experiences