(In)visibility and Social Inequality in Academia and Higher Education

24.-25.06.2021
Online

An undertaking of sociology is to make the invisible visible and hence to analyse and understand social inequalities. Our workshop aims to broach this issue within the sphere of the university itself. For instance, we find that reputation as core criterion in academia – may it be in form of publications, citations, rankings, or research funds – plays a significant role in making institutions, their scholars, and their specific knowledge visible. However, reputation is a socially constructed phenomenon that is also connected to mechanisms of power that are usually invisible. Furthermore, the university is a specific and reflexive social space where potentially invisible social inequalities are made explicit, especially by the social sciences. Nonetheless, the university still contributes to not providing equal opportunities for all societal groups and therefore (re)produces social inequalities to a certain degree.

In our workshop, we would like to focus on the social construction and negotiation of (in)visibility of categories such as social class, gender, race, disability, health, and chronic illness. How and under which circumstances do these categories become (in)visible and for whom? Additionally, we would like to discuss the role of visibility and invisibility in academia and higher education, how this is translated into social inequalities (or vice versa), and how we can analyse these processes and/or tackle them conceptually. Furthermore, we would like to pay attention to the physical and psychological well-being of students, faculty, and staff and discuss whether and how differences in health status promote social inequalities in academia and higher education.

Zusammenfassung auf deutsch:

Der Workshop soll sich mit der sozialen Konstruktion und Aushandlung von Ungleichheitskategorien wie Behinderung, chronische Krankheit, soziale Klasse, Geschlecht und Ethnizität im Hochschulbereich beschäftigen. Er soll untersuchen, unter welchen Umständen und für wen diese Kategorien un-/sichtbar sind oder werden. Zugleich soll diskutiert werden, welche Rolle Sichtbarkeit und Unsichtbarkeit in der Wissenschaft und im Hochschulbereich spielen, wie daraus soziale Ungleichheiten resultieren und wie diese Prozesse konzeptionell gerahmt und analysiert werden können.

Die Veranstaltungssprache ist Englisch. Die Deadline für die Einreichung von Abstracts ist der 18. April 2021. Anmeldefrist zum Workshop: 1. Juni 2021.

Leibniz Center for Science and Society (LCSS)

Leibniz Forschungszentrum Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft

Leibniz Universität Hannover
Lange Laube 32 
30159 Hannover
Gebäude 1920

E-Mail: info@lcss.uni-hannover.de

Veranstalter:

Marco Valero Sanchez

Leibniz Universität Hannover
Leibniz Center for Science and Society (LCSS)
Lange Laube 32
30159 Hannover

Tel.: 0511 7909 2043
E-Mail: marco.valero.sanchez@lcss.uni-hannover.de

Stephanie Beyer

Leibniz Universität Hannover
Leibniz Center for Science and Society (LCSS)
Lange Laube 32
30159 Hannover

Tel.: 0511 762 17324
E-Mail: stephanie.beyer@lcss.uni-hannover.de