When facts cause hate - Scientists under online attach

Nov 26, 2021 from 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Online - Cooperation between Graduate Center and the Diversity Commissioner


Course language: English

Target Group:

This event is aimed for doctoral candidates of all faculties.

Information on the participation permit of postdocs can be found here.

Workshop description:

Denial of scientific facts and general hostiliy towards scientists has become a huge problem in recent years and has been further increased by the Covid-19 pandemic. Scientists, not only from medical fields, experience and report online harassment in form of hate speech, threats and so on, in record numbers. The situation is even more dire for women scientists or scientists of Color who share their point of view or parts of their research. The question is, how are scientists supposed to deal with hate speech and online harassment? How can they protect themselves and supposed to cope mentally and physically?

In this workshop, the participants will learn what they can do in case they become a victim of hate speech or are being harassed online. They will learn techniques to cope with the hate and who to turn to in case of emergency.

The workshop will be held by Tajana Graovac, the project manager of the No Hate Speech Movement Germany. In her capacity she held numerous workshop for affected people and communities but also has a range of experience from her two years as a social media community manager for the non-profit organisation Neue deutsche Medienmacher*innen who are regularly targeted by right wing extremists and other reactionary forces.

She also hold as Master's degree in North American Studies with a focus on anti-racism, critical whiteness and minority studies in the context of North American countries.


To participate in this workshop please register by sending an email to the Central Diversity Commissioner until 23 November 2021. Please be so kind as to inform us about your preferred pronouns, so Tajana Graovac can address you properly. You will receive the access data for the Zoom-Meeting via mail in return.

Please note:

There are 20 places on this course. All further registrations will be placed on a waiting list. As soon as there is a free place on the course you will receive a message from us. If you do not receive any message you cannot participate in this course.



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