ANN: NCGS Zoom Seminar, “Challenging Conversations:” #IchbinHanna: Gender, Diversity, and the German Academic System; Friday, 17 February 2023

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The North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series (NCGS), an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional group of scholars in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, cordially invites you to our next online event:


Friday, 17 February 2023 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)


 #IchbinHanna: Gender, Diversity, and the German Academic System


ABSTRACT: Under the hashtag #IchBinHanna academics in Germany started a campaign against the German Law on Fixed-Term Contracts in Higher Education and Research in the summer 2021. This campaign responded to a video titled “Ich bin Hanna” by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which attempts to explain why fixed term contracts are necessary. With the argument that competition is needed in academia the video justifies a university system that does not know a tenure track, works untenured scholars to the point of burn-out, exploits them for unpaid teaching and only grants full professors tenure. What the ministry, politicians and many university leaders fail to see is that the lack of a tenure track causes not only to the miserable working conditions of many young academics, but also contributes to the continuing discrimination of women and a lack of diversity in academia. This roundtable will discuss with a focus on history and cultural studies the questions how the current structures and culture of the German academic system contribute to a discrimination of women, young scholars and academics with a diverse background and which reforms a necessary..



  • KAREN HAGEMANN (James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of History)



  • MURIEL GONZÁLEZ ATHENAS (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ruhr University Bochum, Department of History)
  • SEBASTIAN KUBON (Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Hamburg, Department of History)
  • MARY LINDEMANN (Professor Emerita at the University of Miami, Department of History; Former President of the American Historical Association)
  • SYLVIA PALETSCHECK (Professor of History, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Department of History; Vice Rector for University Culture)


To get access to the Zoom seminar please contact the NCGS graduate assistant KEVIN J. HOEPER (


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Karen Hagemann (Speaker, UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of History), email:


CONVENERS: Duke University, Department of History; UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of History, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages & Literatures, and Center for European Studies