Team Osnabrück

Institution: University of Osnabrück
Country: Germany

"How can we protect women against gender-based violence?” is, for us, linked to asking “How can we change society so that this kind of violence is no longer tolerated?”  We pursue these questions by engaging with intersections between research, improving practice, and policy development on both national and European levels.


Who are we?

Team Osnabrück Bianca, Leonie, Carol
from left to right: Bianca, Leonie, Carol

Carol Hagemann-White – professor for gender studies and educational theory

Bianca Grafe – researcher with an MA in education and philosophy

Leonie Teigler – just completing her MA in migration studies and cognitive science

Barbara Kavemann, independent sociologist and honorary professor at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Berlin

Ninette Rothmüller aka Aimée Xenou, artist with degrees in pedagogy and social work; she practices in several countries and is currently completing her PhD in education

Team Osnabrück Carol, Barbara, Bianca
from left to right: Carol, Barbara, Bianca

The University of Osnabrück has had a research unit studying intervention and support against violence against women since 1988, when Carol came to Osnabrück from Berlin. The focus has always been research on and for practice and policy on violence against women and domestic violence.  Since 2002 this work expanded to include consulting for the Council of Europe and the EU. Carol and Barbara have collaborated since they both worked in the first German shelter for battered women in action-research evaluation. Carol and Bianca have worked together in a series of research projects since Carol formally “retired” in 2008, including the “feasibility study” for the European Commission (how far could or should legislation be harmonized across the EU?) and a model of pathways to perpetration, with suggestions for prevention.  Ninette has worked with Carol since they met at the women’s summer university in 2000.
We co-ordinate CEINAV, develop guidelines for comparability, carry out workshops, interviews, and creative art process. Our special task is to survey ethical theories and how they can be relevant to improving intervention.

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