Difference that makes no Difference

Difference that makes no Difference: The Non-Performativity of Intersectionality and Diversity

International Workshop

Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies (FRCPS) in cooperation with the Women’s Network, Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Goethe University Frankfurt and Hessische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung

5 February 2015

Plakat Difference that makes no Difference

Despite the hype of intersectionality and diversity, they remain predominantly symbolic commitments in academic discourses and institutional practices. The rhetoric of diversity is employed to deflect charges of racism and hetero/sexism, even as there is systematic resistance against the institutionalization of diversity. Despite commitments to “do diversity” and to be diverse, discourses and institutions sustain the status quo through Eurocentric and Androcentric academic curricula and discriminatory hiring practices. The aim of this workshop is to explore the ideological function of diversity and intersectionality as legitimizing performance indicators in academic discourses and institutions.


Keynote Speech by Prof. Sara Ahmed