Racism in German Healthcare – how to talk about it?
Connecting perspectives from research and practice.
Date: 14 – 16 September 2020
Convenors: Saana Jukola (Bielefeld, GER), Sylvia Agbih (Bielefeld, GER), Nurcan Akbulut (Bielefeld, GER), Judith Wenner (Bielefeld, GER), Ortrun Kliche (Köln, GER)
This workshop examines the phenomena of racism and racist discrimination in German healthcare, which have hardly been researched into so far. We begin with questioning and reflecting the possibilities to talk about racism in health-related research, teaching and clinical practice considering that categories of 'race' are biological fiction yet at the same time have an impact on research as well as on people's health in ways that still need to be understood. Terminology and categorisations influence our understanding of phenomena as well as the related research and (healthcare) practice. We are interested both in the ethical and epistemic implications of (not) using 'race' as a category and (not) keeping silent about racism in the context of German healthcare and public health research. This aim and consequent tasks can be taken up meaningfully only in an interdisciplinary discourse. Since problems and questions arising in clinical practice give important impulses for research and vice versa, we involve the perspectives of research, teaching and practice as well as the different disciplinary fields from the beginning.