ZBI conference 2019
in cooperation with the Institute for Cultural Policy of the University of Hildesheim

'City. Countryside. Diversity. Cultural expressions and artistic participation in school and extracurricular education '

"Oh Diversitaet, oh Diversitaet ...", a new text to the old song could become the new anthem of the Center for Diversity, Democracy and Inclusion in Education (ZBI). After the melody of the French song "Au Champs-Elysées", around five dozen enthusiastic conference participants sang a lyrically condensed result of two intensive days of dealing with diverse impulses on the subject of education and diversity in the city and countrysite at the end of September 2019. >>> Conference Documentation ...

The participants of the workshop held in Paderborn
"Geschichtslernen und Kontroversen", a talk with Prof. Dr. Andreas Körber (University of Hamburg)
In one of the discussion groups

Second Workshop "History in Motion" in Paderborn

Am 13. und 14. Juni 2019 fand die zweite Projektwerkstatt "Geschichten in Bewegung" an der Universität Paderborn statt. Rund 60 Akteur*innen aus der Praxis der historischen Bildung sowie Expert*innen aus der Migrationsforschung, Geschichtsdidaktik und Bildungsforschung haben an dieser zweiten Projektwerkstatt teilgenommen.

Auch diesmal stand der rege Austausch von Wissenschaft und Praxis über geschichtskulturellen Wandel in der deutschen Migrationsgesellschaft im Fokus. Die Mitarbeiter*innen der vier Teilprojekte im Forschungsvorhaben „Geschichten in Bewegung“ – (1) Lehrkräfte und Schulen, (2) Museen und Gedenkstätten, (3) non-formale Bildungsinitiativen und (4) Bildungsmedien – konnten erste Ergebnisse aus ihren Untersuchungen präsentieren und im Rahmen von Workshops die Expertise der Praktiker*innen einbeziehen, Thesen prüfen, Interpretationsansätze zur Diskussion stellen, offene Fragen klären und Impulse aufnehmen. 
In zwei Workshops diskutierten Prof. Dr. Viola Georgi und Dr. Lena Kahle mit Praxispartner*innen aus schulischen Institutionen Inhalte aus den bisher geführten Interviews. Dabei stand zunächst die Frage im Raum, wie das Spannungsfeld aus historischem und gleichzeitig politischem Lernen im Geschichtsunterricht verhandelt wird. 
Der zweite Workshop verhandelte Kontroversen im Klassenzimmer. Dabei wurden Differenzkategorien aus den Interviews verhandelt, die die historische Sinnbildung im Geschichtsunterricht in hohem Maße beeinflussen. Diskutiert wurden besonders die Differenzkategorien Ethnizität, Klassenzugehörigkeit und Geschlecht und ob entlang dieser Kategorien Zuschreibungen vorgenommen werden. 

Neben diesen Workshops fanden moderierte Diskussionsgruppen statt zu Divided und conflicting memories, Konzepten historischen Lernens in der Migrationsgesellschaft und Multiperspektivität. Zudem rundeten Impulsvorträge zur Aneignung des Historischen im Kontext von Pluralität (Prof. Dr. Paul Mecheril, Oldenburg), Geschichtslernen und Kontroversen (Prof. Dr. Andreas Körber, Hamburg) sowie „Geschichten als (Des)identifikationsangebote“ (Dr. Mai-Anh Boger) das Programm der Werkstatt ab.

Die dritte Projektwerkstatt findet am 15. und 16. Juni 2020 am Georg-Eckert-Institut – Leibniz-Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung in Braunschweig statt.

Exchange program: Diversity in the Classroom and in Schools: Comparative Perspectives on Sweden and Germany

Students from the University of Hildesheim and Uppsala University (Sweden) met again during the excursion week and afterwards in an exchange program on the topic of Diversity in the Classroom and in Schools: Comparative Perspectives on Sweden and Germany. The program consisted of school visits, workshops, lectures and text work on the topics of diversity, migration and inclusion. 

BABBELAPAPP - A multi-lingual interactive children's play
Egita Priede introduces the kids to the play
The kids retell the protagonist's journey

As part of our supporting program, Hamburg actress Kristina Paulsen visited the exhibition 'Diversity in Children's Books' on June 18th with the multilingual play BABBELAPAPP. BABBELAPAPP is an interactive production from the Kinderbuchhaus at the Altonaer Museum. The play was written by Alina Gregor and Maren Hoff, the enchanting soundtrack was composed by Pablo Ruiz Aragon. Since 2017, BABBELAPAPP has been performed in Hamburg schools and kindergartens as well as in the Kinderbuchhaus.

The drama revolves around a child who was forced to leave his homeland and shows us how he arrives at a new place. What is remarkable is, that every time the play is performed, it comes out slightly different. That's because of the kids taking part and helping to create the story with their own favorite words and languages.

With a lot of music, the words from the children's multilingual repertoire and some funny dancing sessions, the kids of the kindergarten Nordlicht and a class of a primary school helped the main character of BABBELAPAPP to find his way around in this new place and feel a little more welcome.

Diversity Day 2019: Hildesheim is diverse* - 'Diversity in Comics'

Diversity Day 2019: Hildesheim is a diverse* city - 'Diversity in Comics'

On May 28, the Center for Diversity, Education and Integration celebrated together with other regional exhibitors the Diversity Day in the Hildesheim Town Hall. This year's theme for the Diversity Day was 'Hildesheim is a diverse* city' and was directed exclusively to invited 9th-grade students from schools. Only recently, the city of Hildesheim signed the Diversity Charter, so that from now on, the city plans to start an annual Diversity Day tradition.

The ZBI team initially advised the official planners during the planning phase of the Diversity Day. The ZBI decided to be part of the 'Marketplace of Diversity'  later. So, the planning team (Dr. Janina Vernal Schmidt and Agata Wozniesinska) created a book table for the exhibition with more than 10 comics and graphic novels for teenagers, we prepared a superhero quiz and the invited to get creative on our comic-painting station. In addition, Nurten Karakas and Dr. Janina Vernal Schmidt offered the students a diversity exercise called 'One step back, one step forward'. This exercise is thought to sensitize perceptions of the different aspects of diversity and their intersectionality. It can stimulate reflection on the privileges and disadvantages of social groups.

The idea of selecting diverse comics was to serve as many different aspects of diversity as possible, and to represent intersectionality in the stories, but not emphasize it. So we decided for the relatively new Marvel comics' Captain Marvel '(2012) and' Ms. Marvel '(2014). Both comics put self-confident, self-sufficient superheroes in the center of their story, whereby Ms. Marvel even more so far blasted the previous superhero inside storyboard, that except that the protagonist Kamala Khan is a young woman, she also an American-Pakistani Muslima embodies.


Theme-Day 'Inter*Aktion': Children's Books Reading & Lecture about Intersex*
Hildesheim's children's book author Luzie Loda reading her book 'PS: Es gibt Lieblingseis'
Children's book author Ursula Rosen reading her book 'Jill ist anders'

Theme Day 'Inter*Aktion': Children's Book Readings & Lecture on Intersexuality / Intersex * 

When? April 1st, 11-18 hs

Where? School museum of the University Hildesheim in the Volkshochschule Hildesheim 

Organisation? This is the first event within the series of lectures 'society*power*identity*' in cooperation with hi*queer

Readings: On our theme day 'Inter*Aktion' children's book authors Luzie Loda ("PS: Es gibt Lieblingseis") and Ursula Rosen ("Jill ist anders") are going to read from their books.

Lecture: In the afternoon, Lucie Veith, the founding member of the association Intersexuelle Menschen e. V., holds a lecture about the topic "A Snapshot: Inter* 2019". 

You can find an interview (in German) with Hildesheim's children's book author Luzie Loda on the topic of intersexuality on the pages of umstandslos, an online magazine for feminist parenting.

fair@School Competition 2019 – Schools Against Discrimination
One of the awarded teams
ZBI team members Prof. Dr. Viola B. Georgi, Dr. Juliane Solf and the moderator Eric Meyer (ZDF/Kinderkanal)

Preventing Discrimination, strengthening diversity and equity - promoting these values in the classroom is the aim of fair@School Competition - Schools Against Discrimination. By means of the competition, the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, the Editor Cornelsen and the Center for Diversity, Democracy and Inclusion in Education are awarding exemplary school projects that promote successful cooperation. In doing so, we want to strengthen the right to a fair school life and non-discriminatory education. 

For this year's third edition of the competition "fair@school - Schools against Discrimination", 114 German schools applied for the awards - that is twice as many as last year. 

The ZBI team (Prof. Dr. Viola B. Georgi and Dr. Juliane Solf), selected three winning teams in cooperation with the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency and the German school book publisher Cornelsen.

Learn more about the awarded teams and the festive award ceremony here.

International Graduate Workshop - 'Knowledge Production, Memory and Diversity Education in a Postcolonial Context'
Nurten Karakas and Prof. Viola B. Georgi at the SDG Graduate School Venue at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Nurten Karakas and Prof. Viola B. Georgi at the SDG Graduate School Venue at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana
The participants and educators of the program
Nurten Karakas, headmaster Georgina Aglobistse and Prof. Viola Georgi
A glimpse into a classroom

International Graduate Workshop - 'Knowledge Production, Memory and Diversity Education in a Postcolonial Context'

at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana (February 2019)

Prof. Dr. Viola B. Georgi and Nurten Karakaş (Center for Diversity, Democracy and Inclusion in Education, University of Hildesheim) held a two-day workshop with the title 'Knowledge Production, Memory and Diversity Education in a Postcolonial Context' at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, on 25th and 26th of February 2019. After an introduction to Postcolonial Theories and Diversity Education by Prof. Georgi, the workshop dealt with questions about the production of knowledge ('Decolonizing Knowledge'). The participants examined representations of minorities in children's books and textbooks, the representation of Africa in German textbooks and the analysis of Germany's colonial past in textbooks from Ghana and Nigeria. Finally, the workshop took up the topic of memory culture. The participants delved into street names in a context of colonial history as well as artifacts dating from the colonial period in German museums and cultures of rememberance using the example of places that evidence an entanglement with the colonial past and the controversies about these places in Europe and Africa. In addition, we conducted conversations with teacher working at the University Primary School, a Laboratory School at the University of Cape Coast. 

The collaboration with Ghana was initiated by Prof. Raimund Vogels, director of the Center for World Music of the University of Hildesheim, and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider (Institut für Kulturpolitik/SUH)and was part of the SDG Graduate School 'Performing Sustainability. Cultures and Development in West Africa'. The program is funded by the DAAD and the German Ministry for Development Cooperation.

The interdisciplinary Graduate School 'Performing Sustainability' is a cooperative training network for graduate students of the University of Hildesheim (Germany), the University of Maiduguri (Nigeria) and the University of Cape Coast (Ghana). The initiative focuses on innovative research bringing together approaches of performance, art and culture to achieve sustainable development in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its commitment Education for All. Particular attention is drawn on the issues of peace and conflict resolution. 

The 18 students holding a scholarship in the program work on different research topics such as the role of theater and film in refugee communities, the impact of migration and displacement on tangible and intangible cultural heritage, cultural policy and cultural management. 

In May 2019, PhD and Master students participating in this program are going on a fieldtrip to the University of Hildesheim. We hope, on behalf of the Center for Diversity, Democracy and Inclusion in Education to continue the collaboration in a long lasting way with the Center for World Music, the University of Cape Cost and the University of Maidiguri Nigeria and are looking forward to extending it to educational topics.


The Workshop-program:

Day 1 (25th of February 2019)

9.00 – 9.45 Introduction (Research/Diversity/Biography) 

9:50 – 11.00 Presentation and Discussion of Readings: Diversity Education, Anti- Oppressive Education and Postcolonial Thinking (Texts: Mbembe, Kumashiro) 

11.00 – 11.30 Break 

11.30 – 13.00 Memory Work and Diversity: Places of Colonial Memory in Germany (Texts: Opuko) 


Day 2 (26th of February 2019)

9.00 – 10.00 Diversity in Educational Materials: Examples from Textbooks and Children‘s Books 

10.00 – 11.00 The Representation of Africa in German Texbooks (Texts: Marmer) 

11.00 – 11.30 Break 

11.30 – 12.30 Rewriting Memory, Entangled Narratives and Complex Biographies in the Postcolonial Context: The example of the Afro-German Community 

12:30 – 13.00 Feedback and Evaluation of the Workshop 

Public Event: Alliances for Democracy at Schools - Reflections, Discussions and Actions
Panel Discussion
Prof. Dr. Michael Wrase discussing the topic "How Political Can Teachers Be at Public Schools?"
Discussing in a Focus Group
Prof. Jürgen Sander, Prof. Viola Georgi, Grant Hendrik Tonne, Dr. Matthias Kreysing

Alliances for Democracy in Schools - Reflections, Discussions and Actions

Da sich Schulen und Hochschulen in Niedersachsen derzeit mit rechtspopulistischer Hetze und AfD-Meldeportalen gegen Lehrerinnen und Lehrer konfrontiert sehen, organisierte das Zentrum für Bildungsintegration (ZBI) in Kooperation mit dem AStA der Universität Hildesheim eine öffentliche Hochschulveranstaltung „Allianzen für Demokratie“ mit bis zu 200 Teilnehmenden. Der Präsident Prof. Friedrich rief zum Auftakt zu Gelassenheit, aber auch zu Wachsamkeit auf. Prof. Georgi, Direktorin des ZBI, legte anschließend aktuelle Studienergebnisse der Bertelsmann Stiftung zu schulischer Demokratiebildung anhand einer Befragung von Lehrenden dar.

Prof. Wrase informierte aus rechtlicher Sicht zu der Frage „Wie politisch dürfen Lehrende an Schulen sein?“. Schließlich konnte ein Bündnis für Demokratie an niedersächsischen Schulen angestoßen werden. Hierfür wurden Vertreterinnen und Vertreter aus Politik, Schule, Gewerkschaft, Vereinen, aber auch Eltern- und Schülervertretungen eingeladen, die ihre Erfahrungen und den Umgang mit demokratiefeindlichen Phänomenen darlegten – gefolgt von einer bildungspolitischen Stellungnahme durch den niedersächsischen Kultusminister Grant Tonne. In den anschließenden thematischen Foren wurden Handlungsprobleme und konkrete Ansatzpunkte benannt, wie die verschiedenen Akteurinnen und Akteure zur Demokratiebildung in Schulen beitragen können.

Program (7th February 2019, 16 pm -19:30 pm at the Audimax of the SUH)

16:00 Uhr Arrival

16:15 Uhr Welcome & Introduction

Prof. Dr. Dr. Wolfgang-Uwe Friedrich, Präsident der SUH (zum Grußwort)

Prof. Dr. Viola B. Georgi, Direktorin Zentrum für Bildungsintegration (ZBI), SUH

16:40 Uhr Wie politisch dürfen Lehrende an Schulen sein?

Prof. Dr. Michael Wrase, Professur für Öffentliches Recht, SUH

16:55 Uhr Demokratie in der Schule?! Schule in der Demokratie.

Rahmenbedingungen, Entwicklungsaufgaben und Herausforderungen

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Viola B. Georgi + Nadin Tettschlag, ZBI


  • Dr. René Mounajed, Schulleiter Robert-Bosch-Gesamtschule, Hildesheim
  • Aliyeh Yegane, Anlaufstelle für Diskriminierungsschutz an Schulen, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Wrase, Professor für Öffentliches Recht, SUH
  • Dr. Inga Niehaus, Nieders. Landesinstitut für schulische Qualitätsentwicklung (NLQ)
  • Isabel Rojas Castañeda, GEW, AG “Demokratie braucht Haltung“
  • Lewia Gerlinger, AStA, Referat für Politische Bildung, SUH
  • Leonie Harth, Schülerin IGS Roderbruch, Hannover
  • N.N., Elternvertretung (angefragt)

17:45 Demokratiebildung für Niedersachsen

Grant Hendrik Tonne, Minister, Niedersächsisches Kultusministerium

18 Uhr Foren: Netzwerke für Demokratiebildung

19:30 Uhr Ende der Veranstaltung


Zentrum für Bildungsintegration der SUH
Kontakt: Nadin Tettschlag


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