Institut für Politikwissenschaft



Institutskolloquium: Becoming German, Becoming European: Gendering the process of newcomer integration in Germany

Heather MacRae am Mittwoch, 19.06.2019, 16-18 h c.t. im Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Raum 124

This talk looks at the ways in which gender has been incorporated into the policies and discourses of Germany during and after the so-called migrant crisis of 2015-16. Between 2012 and 2016, some half a million women and girls came to Germany for portection and refuge from war and violence. These women and girls have very specific needs and concerns which must be recognized if the are to be able to integrate to German society in a meaningful manner. Recognizing a need for more integrative projects, the German Federal government has initiated new programs specifically designed to address women's security concerns and the overall process of integration for women. However, many critics have noted that progress across the Länder is uneven, with some states even passing laws which may in reality make life harder for female refugees. Hence, several initiatives in Hessen and Baden-Württemberg will be examinded to understand the different ways in which gender is (and is not) factored into the integration of newcomers.

Heather MacRae is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada and Co-Director of the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies. Her area of specialization is European Union gender policy. Recent publications have appeared in the "International Feminist Journal of Politics", in "Politics and Gender" and the "Women's Studies International Forum". She is also a co-publisher of "Gendering European Integration Theory" (2016) and "Towards Gendering Institutionalism: Equality in Europe" (2017).