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Guest talk

Dr. Marion Kamphans

(Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany)

Between Beliefs and Legitimation

The implementation of gender mainstreaming in science and universities

The obligation to implement gender mainstreaming at German universities has existed for more than ten years. There is already a routine for dealing with this concept of achieving more gender equality in place. However, the more recently approved requirements to consider gender aspects in scientific research by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) have been increasing its actual implementation. There is a variety of ideas on how to successfully implement gender mainstreaming in research, teaching and administration. Although we can observe this kind of formal commitment to gender equality, there is nevertheless limited implementation of gender mainstreaming aspects. Thus the self-defined goals have not been achieved yet.

The following questions constituted the starting point of my research:

  • How do members of the university community react to the political request to implement gender mainstreaming?
  • What kind of resistance to as well as support of the concept can be identified?
  • How do university members assess the concept? And how do they actually realize it?

I conducted 26 problem-focused expert interviews to answer these questions. Representatives of different universities were interviewed, such as members of management, faculties and administration. I employed a combined theoretical approach. It merges the structural perspective of Bourdieu's concepts of field and habitus, the neo-institutionalists' view of organisations and the discrepancy of talk and action and various concepts of gender research, e.g. "patriarchal dividend", increasingly "subtle gender differences" and "asymmetric gender culture".

The objective of my study was to figure out the subjective understanding of the gender mainstreaming concept among university members. One of my main findings concerns the strong interrelation of attitude and reaction concerning gender mainstreaming and its implementation. Thus, the findings provide broader insights into the gradual process of implementing gender aspects into teaching, research and administration.

Marion Kamphans is a social scientist and holds a doctoral degree in sociology. She works as a researcher and project manager focusing on research concerning sociological issues of gender, diversity, processes of teaching and learning in higher education, and academic roles and disciplinary cultures at universities.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014, 5.00-6.30 p.m. | Vogelpothsweg 78 (CDI building), room 117
Center for Higher Education (zhb)
Professorship of Higher Education

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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