ZiF Research Group

Global Contestations of Women's and Gender Rights

October 2020 – July 2021

Convenors: Alexandra Scheele (Bielefeld, GER), Julia Roth (Bielefeld, GER), Heidemarie Winkel (Bielefeld, GER)

Ina Kerner


FotoDepartment of Cultural Studies,
University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz, Germany
E-Mail: kerner@uni-koblenz.de


Ina Kerner studied history, philosophy and political science in Bonn, Quetzaltenango (Guatemala), Chapel Hill (USA) and at Freie Universität Berlin (1990-1998). From 1999 to 2005 she was a Lecturer (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) for Political Theory at Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin, where in 2006 she received her doctorate degree (Dr. phil. - summa cum laude). During and after this post she spent time in New York (USA), where in the fall term of 2001 she was a Visiting Scholar and in the spring term of 2006 a Visiting Assistant Professor at the New School for Social Research. In the summer of 2006 Ina Kerner was a Research Fellow of the Berlin Gender Equality Fund, before becoming an Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin PostDoc) for Gender Studies at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Women and Gender at Technische Universität Berlin (2006-2009). In 2009 she moved on to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where she was an Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessorin) for Diversity Politics at the Department of Social Sciences and the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies. In March 2012 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, in the fall term of 2012/13 a Fellow of the Research Network on Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America (desiguALdades.net) at Freie Universität Berlin, in May 2013 a Guest Lecturer / DAAD Short Term Visiting Professor at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan, in the fall term of 2014/15 a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Postcolonial Studies and the Department of Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK and in the fall term of 2015/16 a Guest Professor at the Center of Excellence in Gender Studies at Quaid-i-Azam University. For the academic year of 2016/2017 she was a Fellow at Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg and from 2017 to 2018 Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen. Since 2016 Ina Kerner is an Associated Member of the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and in the fall of 2017 she became the Professor of Politics in the Department of Cultural Studies of University of Koblenz-Landau. Ina Kerner is the Co-director of the DFG-funded research project "Diversity, Power, and Justice. Transcultural Perspectives" (since 2017), an Associated Supervisor of the Potsdam based Research Training Group „Minor Cosmopolitanisms“, a member of the Scientific Advisory board of the book series „Zur Einführung“ of Junius Verlag and one of the Editors of the book series „Politik der Geschlechterverhältnisse“ of Campus Verlag.

Current Main Research Interests

Ina Kerner's current research interests concern postcolonial perspectives on current social and political problems like migration, democracy and the culture and politics of memory on the one hand, and challenges of feminism in our globalized world on the other hand. Her work is located at the intersection of political theory, gender studies, and cultural studies.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Ina Kerner: Provinzialismus und Semi-Intersektionalität: Fallstricke des Feminismus in postkolonialen Zeiten. In: Feministische Studien 38,1/2020 (forthcoming).
  • Transnational Governmentality and Civil Society: Ambivalences of Power in a Globalized World. In: Gabriel Ricci (ed.): The Persistence of Critical Theory. Culture & Civilization Vol. 8. New Brunswick 2017: Transaction Publishers, 85-102.
  • Ina Kerner: Transnationalismus, Geschlecht und Intersektionalität: Bausteine einer Feministischen Internationalen Politischen Theorie. In: Regina Kreide, Andreas Niederberger (Hg.): Internationale Politische Theorie. Umrisse und Perspektiven eines neuen Forschungsfeldes. Stuttgart – Weimar 2016: Metzler, 155-169.
  • Brigitte Bargetz, Andrea Fleschenberg dos Ramos Pinéu, Ina Kerner, Regina Kreide, Gundula Ludwig (Hg.): Kritik und Widerstand. Feministische Praktiken in androzentrischen Zeiten. Leverkusen 2015: Barbara Budrich.
  • Ina Kerner: Jenseits organischer Schwesternschaft. Zu Feminismus, postkolonialen Theorien und Critical Whiteness Studies. In: Gabriele Dietze, Claudia Brunner, Edith Wenzel (Hg.): Kritik des Okzidentalismus. Transdisziplinäre Beiträge zu (Neo)Orientalismus und Geschlecht. Bielefeld 2009: Transcript, 251-270.