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Annika Koch (left) and Prof. Maja Apelt (right) in interview

Diversity with the Potential for Conflict – The project “Bodyrules” researches official and unofficial rules related to the body

How do cultural and religious diversity influence the way we deal with each other in public institutions such as schools, swimming pools, and... more
Illustration for the project „HateLess“: A red finger is chrushing a man under a keyboard. The illustraion is from Andreas Töpfer.

Preempting Hate Speech – How the “HateLess” program helps young people free their schools from hate speech

Scrolling through the comment sections of news platforms, one sometimes wishes there was a delete button to remove all the hate mail, insults, and... more
The Researchers Dr. Paulina Tomaszewska (left), Prof. Dr. Barbara Krahé (middle) und Dr. Isabell Schuster (right). The picture is from Tobias Hopfgarten.

Sexual Aggression – Psychologist Barbara Krahé and her team want to strengthen the competencies of young adults in sexual situations

#MeToo caused a stir – not just online, but also in people’s minds. Many now interpret touch, gestures, and words as sexual assault, which they might... more
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mackert | Foto: Karla Fritze

Zeroing in on Science – Professor of Sociology Jürgen Mackert Supervised Several Scholars at Risk in His Working Group

Since 2015, scholars who can no longer work in their home countries because they are under threat or persecuted have had the opportunity to continue... more
Man with two children in the kitchen.

Care – Work That Is Invisible – Sociologist Roland Verwiebe on Care Work

It is 8:30 p.m. and the children need to go to bed. An hour passes before they finally fall asleep on most days. The single mother is expecting a... more
Berlin Gesundbrunnen | Photo: AdobeStock/anweber

How Secure is Safe?! – A Germany-wide project examines how to organize safety in urban neighborhoods

Quiet suburb, hip inner city, quaint small town, multicultural urban neighborhood – for every lifestyle there is a suitable place. Why do we feel safe... more
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kohler | Photo: Thomas Roese

Dead Language, Important Language? – A DFG Project investigates the significance of Ancient Greek and Latin

Latin helps with systematic and logical thinking as well as understanding German grammar and learning other languages. These are the common and... more
Prof. Maja Apelt und her team. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

Between Law and Practice – How equal treatment works in the Bundeswehr and other “male-dominated organizations”

In 2006, when the General Anti-Discrimination Act came into effect in Germany, all stakeholders were well aware that discrimination based on ethnic... more
Interview with Prof. Dr. Roland Verwiebe. | Photo: Kaya Neutzer

"People are called upon to support each other" - Social scientist Prof. Dr. Roland Verwiebe on the corona pandemic

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
It might seem as if health crises such as the current corona pandemic spared no one. Yet, the existential threat posed by job loss and financial... more
Rather stock market than housing market. Photo: AdobeStock/peterschreiber.media

Are Cities the New Stock Markets? – Gentrification between Upgrading and Financialization

A few short years ago, everything seemed to be fine in the urban world. Apartments served their purpose as homes at prices more or less matched to... more