8 – 12 April 2013   print this page

Course directors:

Gerd Grözinger, University of Flensburg, Germany
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt University, Germany
Charlotte Gaitanides, University of Flensburg, Germany

Course description:

The very idea of European integration is inspired by the potentials of ‘unit in diversity’. Life and work spaces are increasingly transnational and intercultural. Non-discrimination is a central element of EU law and politics as an underlying precondition for its inherent dynamics. In a knowledge-based society it is a significant value and a source of competitive advantage.

The aim of the research seminar is to create a better understanding of the social and economic potentials of diversity and of its application in a legal, economic and social perspective and thereby create sensitivity for the topic and its potentials. We will debate crucial elements of the concept and analyze the state of anti-discrimination law and politics and its economic impact in the EU-member states and discuss the transferability of the European approach to third countries.

In the seminar, we would like to discuss ‘Diversity in Europe’ in an adequately broad and interdisciplinary way. Such a focus on diversity and anti-discrimination addresses key concepts, values and logics of European integration and thus creates an understanding of European citizenship.

Course lecturers:

Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt University, Germany
Gerd Grözinger, University of Flensburg, Germany

Work Schedule:


10.00 Welcome

10.30 01:Marlene Langholz

Diversity Management in Higher Education – a Cross-National Perspective

11.30 02:René Krempkow

How to Support Diversity by Performance Measurement of European Higher Education Institutions?


15.00 03:Ramona Ludman

Ethnic Diversity and Economic Performance in Europe

16.00 04:Gerd Grözinger

Diversity and Innovation, any Statistical Evidence for Germany?


9.00 05:Eva Schlenker / Stefanie Seifert

Occupational Segregation and ”Glass Ceiling” Effects

Coffee Break

10.30 06:Doreen Richter

Diversity and Innovation: Do the Positive Effects of heterogeneous Teams Outweigh the Costs of Interpersonal Conflicts? A Literature Review

11.30 07:Simon Fietze

HRM-Strategy Patterns and Organizational Innovativeness: Modes of Action between Organizational Demography and the Ability to Advance


15.00 8:Mirjam Monteiro

The Significance of the Intercultural Philosophy and Lévinas’ Philosophy of the Other for the Intercultural Debate

16.00 9:Gabriele Dietze

Beyond Diversity – (Neo-)Orientalism and Migration


9.00 10:Elisabeth Keller

Diversity in Action? Actors and Issues of EU Co-Financed Cultural Cooperation Projects

Coffee Break

10.30 11:Laura Asarite

Unequal Equality? Regional Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region and Promotion of Gender Equality

11.30 12:Ilona Ebbers

Diversity as a Principle of Education in Economic Education. A model

Lunch (End of Seminar)