Intersectionality Revisited

Workshop, May 5, 2013, 9:00–18:00


Laura Coppens, Prof. Dr. Bettina Dennerlein, Prof. Dr. Mareile Flitsch


URPP Asia and Europe in cooperation with the Department of Gender Studies and the Ethnographic Museum


Room WIE F-07, Wiesenstrasse 7/9, 8008 Zurich


A Registration is required, please send an email to: laura.coppens{at}


During the last decades, intersectionality has emerged as a powerful and productive concept across different fields and disciplinary approaches within gender studies and beyond. It has become a key concept in analyzing inequality in general and differences among women in particular. At the same time, discussions of the concept itself have insisted on the need for theoretical and empirical contextualization. The workshop will explore theoretical and methodological dimensions of the concept of intersectionality as well as its applicability in different research settings with a particular focus on transnational perspectives.


Sunday, May 5, 2013
9:00–9:30   Coffee
9:15– 9:30   Official welcome
9:30–10:30   Keynote 1: Axeli Knapp (University of Hannover)
Social Theoretical Perspectives on Intersectionality
10:30 –11:00   Coffee break
11:00–12:00   Keynote 2: Saskia Wieringa (University of Amsterdam)
Intersectionality in Sexuality Studies
12:00–12:30   Open discussion of the keynotes
12:30–14:00   Lunch
14:00–17:00   Presentation of research projects (Docs and Postdocs)
17:00–18:00   Tarek Naguib (ZHAW, Zürich)
Disability from the Perspective of Intersectionality and Intrasectionality
19:00   Dinner (on invitation only)

Invited speakers

Axeli Knapp was Professor at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Hannover, until her retirement in 2010. Her research focuses on the social psychology of gender difference, the sociology of gender relations, feminist theory and epistemology, intersectionality, comparative theory and social theory. Among her most recent publications are: “Im Widerstreit: Feministische Theorie in Bewegung” (2012); “Achsen der Ungleichheit: Zum Verhältnis von Klasse, Geschlecht und Ethnizität” (2007) (edited together with Cornelia Klinger und Birgit Sauer); “ÜberKreuzungen: Fremdheit, Ungleichheit, Differenz,” Münster 2008 (edited together with Cornelia Klinger, second edition 2013); main article in Erwägen, Wissen, Ethik: “Zur Bestimmung und Abgrenzung von ‘Intersektionalität’: Überlegungen zu Interferenzen von ‘Geschlecht’, ‘Klasse’ und anderen Kategorien sozialer Tei­lung” (EWE 2013).

Saskia E. Wieringa is honorary Professor at the University of Amsterdam, holding the Chair on Gender and Women’s Same-Sex Relations Crossculturally. Her latest books include: “Female Desires: Same-Sex Relations and Transgender Practices Across Cultures;” “Sexual Politics in Indonesia;” “Lubang Buaya,” a novel; “Tommy Boys, Lesbian Men and Ancestral Wives: Women’s Same Sex Experiences in Southern Africa;” “Engendering Human Security” (co-edited with Thanh-Dam Truong and Amrita Chhachhi); “Women’s Sexualities and Masculinities in a Globalizing Asia” (co-edited with Evelyn Blackwood and Abha Bhaiya); “Traveling Heritages and The Future of Asian Feminisms” (with Nursyahbani Katjasungkana).

Tarek Naguib is a jurist and Research Associate at the School of Management and Law Zurich. His scientific and practical work as well as his teaching is in Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Non-Discrimination and Intersectionality (, and Labor Law. He is an expert in Diversity/Non-Discrimination counseling ( and a member of the board of and of Demokratische Jurist_innen Bern.