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On this page you will find information about the anti-racist diversity management of the University of Halle and other offers of the MLU, the city of Halle (Saale) and the region for people affected by racism.

MLU Statements and Policies

Diversity Statement

Diversity Statement

In its Diversity Statement, the University of Halle advocates, among other things, the appreciation, support, and protection against discrimination of persons of all ethnic origins.

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Policy on protection against discrimination, (sexual) harassment and violence

In its policy on protection against discrimination, (sexual) harassment and violence, it prohibits, among other things, discrimination, (sexual) harassment and violence based on ethnic origin and obligates its students and employees to contribute to a study and work climate free of discrimination and violence. Confidential counseling services and official complaint channels are available to individuals who experience discrimination, (sexual) harassment, or violence in university contexts.

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Action: Cosmopolitan university

MLU is joining other universities in a nationwide campaign against xenophobia and nationalism and is aggressively advocating open-mindedness and cosmopolitanism. In this way, the universities are reacting to racially motivated verbal and physical violence in Germany and to the isolationist tendencies in many countries. Perspectives, diversity of opinion, and international exchange are the foundations of research and teaching activities at universities. In view of increasing xenophobic tendencies and the rising success of populist slogans, universities feel challenged to stand up for these values together. The university administrations want to encourage the university members in their resistance against xenophobia and also act accordingly in their regional and international networks. An open and international campus and the international mobility of teachers and students are essential foundations for high-quality teaching, learning and research.

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Counseling and support services

Antidiscrimination Prevention and Counseling Center of the MLU

Students who experience or observe racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim or other discrimination in the university context can contact Sabine Wöller from the Prevention and Counseling Center for Anti-Discrimination at the University of Halle in confidence. Consultations are possible in German and English and, if desired, anonymously. Appointments can be made individually by e-mail.

Photo: Sabine Wöller (Photographer: Friederike Stecklum)

[Image description: Sabine Wöller is standing on the Universitätsplatz, with the 
Audimax in the background. She wears a black and white patterned shirt and a 
black blouse, has a red dyed streak and looks smiling into the camera].

Photo: Sabine Wöller (Photographer: Friederike Stecklum) [Image description: Sabine Wöller is standing on the Universitätsplatz, with the Audimax in the background. She wears a black and white patterned shirt and a black blouse, has a red dyed streak and looks smiling into the camera].


Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Stabsstelle Vielfalt und Chancengleichheit
Präventions- und Beratungsstelle Antidiskriminierung
Sabine Wöller

room 019, 3. OG
Dachritzstraße 12
06108 Halle (Saale)
How to reach us    

phone: 0345-55 21013


postal address:
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Stabsstelle Vielfalt und Chancengleichheit
Präventions- und Beratungsstelle Antidiskriminierung
Sabine Wöller
06099 Halle (Saale)

Social and conflict counseling center of the MLU

Employees who experience or observe racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim or other discrimination in the university context can contact Anke Märker from the Social and Conflict Counseling Center at the University of Halle in confidence.

Photo: Social and Conflict Counseling Center 

(Photographer: Michael Deutsch)

[Image description: The photo shows Anke Märker laughing as she stands between 
two fists that have red boxing gloves on them. She is wearing a patterned blouse 
and has brown hair tied in a braid].

Photo: Social and Conflict Counseling Center (Photographer: Michael Deutsch) [Image description: The photo shows Anke Märker laughing as she stands between two fists that have red boxing gloves on them. She is wearing a patterned blouse and has brown hair tied in a braid].


Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Sozial- und Konfliktberatung
Anke Märker, Diplom-Psychologin

Barfüßerstraße 17
(Hinterhaus, rechter Eingang)
06108 Halle (Saale)
How to reach us    

phone: 0345 - 55 21572


International Office of the MLU

MLU is engaged in a lively international exchange with universities from all over the world. Around 2,000 international students and 500 international scientists enliven university and city life on a daily basis. The International Office team advises on financing and funding opportunities, support services and language courses, and supports foreign guests and students on their way to MLU and during their stay. Together with the Human Resources Development Department, the International Office has developed the certificate program "International Competence", which contributes to the promotion of international competencies of employees through various offers. MLU employees and trainees receive the certificate once they have successfully completed the modules "Foreign Language Competence", "Intercultural Awareness" and "International Exchange".

For more information, visit the International Office website and their Instagram page   .

Department for international students of the student council of the MLU

Logo Referat für internationale Studierende

Logo Referat für internationale Studierende

The university life of international students is coined by various obstacles and challenges. Eventual language barriers, German bureaucracy with its many forms and requirements and cultural misunderstandings, complicate (university) life. The  international(s) department helps international students in finding answers to their questions and supports them, to get along with their everyday life in Germany. Furthermore, it is linked with multiple initiatives and university institutions and tries to provide assistance in occuring problems.

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Hilfe für ausländische Studierende e. V. (HauS) of the MLU

The association, established in 1994, supports international students that got into difficulties by no fault of them through membership fees and donations. The financial aid occurs after careful examinations within time-limits that are sufficiently short and unbureaucratically as possible, e.g. by covering the costs for rents, health insurance, aid for subsistence prior to intermediate or final examinations.

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Uniextern counseling and support services

Entknoten – Beratungsstelle gegen Alltagsrassismus und Diskriminierung    

Entknoten – counseling service against racist discrimination

Entknoten advises and supports in case of racist discrimination. The consultation provided is independent, confidential, free of charge and anonymously upon request. The advisory team consults in German, English and Farsi. Language mediators can be arranged, if necessary. The office is largely accessible free of barriers.

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Mobile Opferberatung    

Mobile counseling for victims of right wing, racist and antisemitic violence

The counseling advises and supports victims of right-wing extremist, racist, antisemitic, social Darwinist, homo- or transphobic attacks. The counseling provided is independent, free of charge, anonymous upon request and they take sides. They offer counseling at their office, at a place of your choice and online.

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Remembrance of Anton Wilhelm Amo at the MLU

Anton Wilhelm Amo is considered the first and, for a very long time, the only Afro-German academic. He studied in Halle and Wittenberg, where he received his doctorate in 1734. His Halle dissertation was devoted to the legal status of black people in Europe (De iure Maurorum in Europa), the Wittenberg dissertation to the body-soul issue (De humanae mentis apatheia). Amo worked there, as well as from 1736 in Halle and in 1739 in Jena as a lecturer of philosophy.

Among other things, Amo devoted himself to the rights of black people in Europe. His criticism was directed at laws that could not be justified rationally and at legal interpretations that were geared solely to the welfare of the legislators. With his admonition for humanity in jurisprudence, which in case of doubt should always take precedence over strict law, he proved to be an early advocate of human rights.

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Rectorate Commission Anton Wilhelm Amo

In 2019, MLU founded a working group, now active as the Rector`s Commission "Anton Wilhelm Amo," dedicated to the dignified memory of Anton Wilhelm Amo as the first Afro-German member of the university. The memory of his person and his work is part of the university`s history and thus of the present.

Amo`s tribute is a reminder that universities must be open to all people, regardless of ethnic, religious or other affiliations. It is done beyond stereotyping in the name of freedom from discrimination and with vigilance for unjust power dynamics. MLU acts in public space and with different groups and institutions. It tries to broaden and at the same time sharpen the view through the active, lively and open remembrance of Amo with lectures, award ceremonies, naming ceremonies and an appropriate public memorial place and thus also to make visible today`s tensions between social participation and discrimination.

The current juxtaposition of the Amo memorial plaque with the bronze sculpture "Free Africa" on University Square is inappropriate and precarious. It was supplemented by a stainless steel plaque in the summer semester of 2021, indicating that the commemoration was being reformed.

On a special page of the Prorectorate for Research and Education of MLU you will find comprehensive information on the work of the commission compiled.

[ Special page Anton Wilhelm Amo ]

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Interview (German)    

Interview: "A differentiated memory of Amo"

Commission Chairman and Prorector for Research Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Paul, explains in June 2021 in an interview in the university magazine `Campus Halensis`, how it came to its foundation and what should change in the Amo commemoration.

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Amo Lecturas

Amo Lectures

Since 2013, the series "Amo Lectures" of the research focus "Society and Culture in Motion" has published guest lectures held at MLU by important scholars, which are jointly organized under this title by the two research focuses "Society and Culture in Motion" and "Enlightenment, Religion, Knowledge" and dedicated to Anton Wilhelm Amo.

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Anton Wilhelm Amo Prize

In memory and honor of Anton Wilhelm Amo, MLU has been awarding the Anton Wilhelm Amo Prize annually since 1994 for diploma, master`s, state examination and master`s theses or comparable achievements, with preference given to works by foreign graduates. The choice of Amos as the namesake of this prize is intended to emphasize that MLU is open to all people, regardless of religion and culture, skin color and origin.

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Research at MLU

African Studies in Germany through the lens of Critical Race Theory

Etnology: African Studies in Germany through the lens of Critical  Race Theory

The project "African Studies in Germany through the lens of Critical Race Theory" has prevailed in the new funding initiative "Aufbruch - Neue Forschungsräume für die Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften" of the Volkswagen Foundation: A team from the University of Bayreuth, the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) is now jointly investigating African Studies in Germany from the perspective of Critical Race Theory. MLU will receive up to 138,000 euros for the project.

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Sociology: Educational Integration of Children and Adolescents with a Refugee Background in Germany (EDIREG)

The educational integration of refugee children and adolescents is one of the most pressing issues in education policy and poses many challenges to the German education system. The research project EDIREG investigates the influence of individual-family conditions and regionally varying contexts of reception on the acquisition of competencies, educational transitions and participation of refugee adolescents in primary, secondary and vocational education.

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Interview (German)    

English and American Studies: Southern Belles and English Poets:
Intertextuality in White Southern Women's Civil War Diaries

"Belles and Poets" is the name of the book by PD Dr. Julia Nitz from the Institute of English and American Studies at MLU, which has met with great interest, especially in the USA. In the book, which is based on her habilitation, she analyzes the diaries of eight wealthy Southern women from the time of the American Civil War (1861-65) to show how deeply racism is still anchored in American society today and where the lines of tradition run. The university magazine `Campus Halensis` conducted an interview with her in April 2021.

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Law: Institutions and Racism (InRa Study)

In May 2021, the then federal government adopted a package of measures to combat right-wing extremism and racism. The implementation of this includes, among other things, the implementation of a nationwide and interdisciplinary study, the aim of which is to identify racist structures, especially in state institutions, to analyze the reasons and causes for them, and to develop instruments for counteracting them. Commissioned and funded by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Home Affairs, this project is being implemented by the Research Institute for Social Cohesion (FGZ). In 23 individual projects at ten universities, "Racism as a threat to social cohesion in the context of selected societal-institutional areas" (in short: InRa study) will be examined until 2024. Research area C, to which the MLU sub-project headed by Prof. Dr. Winfried Kluth belongs, is particularly concerned with the transfer of knowledge in differentiated recommendations for institutional change processes. For this purpose, our subproject examines official decision-making processes with regard to racist unequal treatment and determines the causes for corresponding practices. In a second step, recommendations for instruments are to be further developed or established, which above all sensitize public authority employees to existing racist structures and behaviors and serve to dismantle them.

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Law: The protection of vulnerable persons in refugee and migration law

The European Union-funded research project "Vulnerabilities Under the Global Protection Regime. How Does the Law Assess, Address, Shape and Produce the Vulnerabilities of the Protection Seekers?" examines the question of how special protection needs of applicants are identified and the necessary assistance is provided within the framework of the admission procedure.

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Law: Research Center for Migration Law (FoMig)

The Research Center for Migration Law, which is affiliated with the Chair of Public Law of Prof. Dr. Winfried Kluth, is a platform that bundles information about activities in the field of research, teaching and scientific legal advice.

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Teaching at MLU

Winter Semester 2022/23

Allgemeine Schlüsselqualifikationen (ASQ):

  • Diversity @University. Ringvorlesung zu Antidiskriminierung und Solidarität (Sabine Wöller)
  • gender*bildet: Das Verhältnis von Rassismus und Feminismus weiterdenken (Dr. Dayana Lau)
  • gender*bildet: Inklusion, Diversity, Intersektionalität – theoretische und aktivistische Eingriffe (Dr. Klemens Ketelhut)
  • Praxisprojekt Migrationsrecht (Prof. Dr. Winfried Kluth)

Juristische Fakultät:

  • Das Internationale Übereinkommen zur Beseitigung jeder Form von Rassendiskriminierung und seine Bedeutung in Deutschland im Kampf gegen Rassismus - ICERD (Prof. Dr. Winfried Kluth)
  • Migrationsrecht (Prof. Dr. Winfried Kluth)

Philosophische Fakultät I:

  • Antisemitische Stereotype – Die Dekonstruktion von Jud Süß (Vanessa Prattes)
  • Grundlagen (inter)-kultureller Sozialisation in Bildungs- u. Erziehungskontexten (Prof. Dr. Maja Schachner)
  • Migration im Comic (Prof. Dr. Jeannette van Laak)
  • Museen intersektional betrachtet: Eine Annäherung an das Kunstmuseum Moritzburg in Halle (Elisa Kohl-Garrity)
  • Nationen und Nationalismus im Mittelalter... und in den Mittelalterbildern der Moderne (Philipp Höhn)
  • "Symbiose" oder "einseitige Liebesaffäre": Jüdisches Leben in Deutschland zwischen Mendelssohn und heute (Prof. Dr. Ottfried Fraisse)
  • Transformationen im Pazifik – Dekoloniale Perspektiven (Janne von Seggern)
  • Wer waren die Nationalsozialisten? Neue Forschungen zur deutschen Geschichte im ‚Dritten Reich‘ (Dr. Anna Catharina Hofmann)

Philosophische Fakultät II:

  • Dekoloniale Feminismen (Prof. Dr. Natascha Ueckmann)
  • Erzählungen von Flucht und Gewalt in der interkulturellen Literatur der der Gegenwart (Dr. Nico Elste)
  • Interkulturell lernen in Schule und DaZ-Unterricht (Julia Ritter)
  • Literatur im Zeichen von Flucht und Exil (Marcel Matthies)
  • Lyrik nach Auschwitz. Eine Debatte (Prof. Dr. Stephan Pabst)
  • Migration (PD Anja Oesterhelt, Dr. Steffen Hendel, Prof. Dr. Natascha Ueckmann)
  • Migrationsliteratur des 19. Jahrhudnerts (PD Dr. Anja Oesterhelt)
  • Profilierung einer Haskala im Nahen Osten: Zwischen westlicher Aufklärung und muslimischer Nahda (Prof. Dr. Ottfried Fraisse)

Philosophische Fakultät III:

  • Die Anderen der Bildung. Unterschiedliche Dimensionen von Heterogenität (Dr. Meike Penkwitt)
  • Diversity in school and in teaching (Priscilla Krachum Ott)
  • Eltern, Flucht und Schule: Rassismuskritische Elternarbeit - Eine Einführung (Jaël In't Veld)
  • Migration, Biographie und Sprache: Schule in der Migrationsgesellschaft (Dr. Anna Schnitzer)
  • Othering, kulturelle Passung, Ability, Heteronormativität und Doing Difference. Theoretische Herangehensweisen vs. kulturelle Artefakte als erkenntnisquellen eigener Art (Dr. Meinke Penkwitt)
  • Umgang mit jungen Geflüchteten und ihren Familien: Herausforderungen und Ressourcen (Lina Alhaddad)
  • Wir und die Anderen – Erziehung zum Internationalismus in der DDR (Jessica Dalljo)

Theologische Fakultät:

  • Christentum und Krieg interkulturell (N.N.)
  • Von der Missionskonferenz zum Antirassismusprogramm: Ökumene im Wandel der Zeiten (Dr. Thea Bettina Sumalvico)

Summer semester 2022

Interview (German)    

Interview: Looted Art: "Carried Off, Forgotten, and Repressed"

How do museums deal with objects looted during colonial campaigns? And how do they deal with the demand to return them to their countries of origin? A seminar at the Institute for Romance Studies dealt with this complex of topics. An interview in the university magazine `Campus Halensis` from September 2022 with seminar leader Prof. Dr. Natascha Ueckmann and student Lilly Fuß about research-based learning, frustration and overdue departures.

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Lecture series: Impulses for dealing with various aspects of racism and anti-Semitism in the training of lawyers

As part of this research project and to promote the ability to critically reflect on the law, the Chair of Public Law at MLU organized a thematic lecture series in the summer semester of 2022. Perspectives from both academia and practice on racisms and their structural, multi-layered anchoring in everyday life and language, as well as in law and legal education, were illuminated.

The lectures were recorded and are available here.

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Winter semester 2021/22

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Lecture Series: Racism in the Enlightenment

The IZEA lecture series of the winter semester is dedicated to the topic "Racism in the Enlightenment". Dr. Devin J. Vartija from the Universiteit Utrecht, Prof. Dr. Matthias Kaufmann and Christian Müller M.A. from the MLU Halle-Wittenberg, Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink from the University of Saarland and Prof. Dr. Rebekka von Mallinckrodt (University of Bremen) deal with various aspects of the overtly racist patterns of thought that can also be observed among exponents of the Enlightenment.

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Summer semester 2021

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Lecture Series: Reflections on National Socialism and Racism in the Context of Legal Education

The new constitution of Saxony-Anhalt contains an article that obliges each and every individual to take action against the spread of National Socialist, racist and anti-Semitic ideas. But what follows from this, and what does it mean for universities and especially for the training of lawyers? A new lecture series at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), which begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 10, will address these questions. During the series, Judge Ursula Mertens will also talk about her experiences in the trial of the Halle assassin. The lectures will take place as an online event.

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Workring Group Internationals    

International Affairs Working Group of the Student Council of the MLU

Studying abroad has long since ceased to be a rarity around the world. However, international students are often confronted with additional challenges that make studying more difficult. The AK Internationales was founded by and for international students and wants to be a contact point at eye level that offers international students the opportunity to deal with problems independently and to develop their own solution concepts.
The AK aims to develop concepts that make university life and everyday life in Halle easier for international students. Participation in student life and in university political processes should be made possible and thus the voice, presence and representation should be increased. In addition, intercultural exchange and multilingualism are to be promoted within the student body and the university.

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Halle Postkolonial Instagram    

Halle Postkolonial

The group "Halle Postcolonial", founded by students from different disciplines, is a group of young activists. The group sees itself as part of a larger movement that works to combat colonial continuities in numerous cities. Among other forms of action, they regularly conduct city walks to show, using the example of places in the city, how the racist, anti-Semitic normal state is maintained through the lack of addressing and combating structures that have existed since colonial times (among other things). In addition to educational work, they emphasize anti-racist solidarity and networking work in the city.

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Migrant Voices Halle Instagram    

Migrant Voices Halle

Migrant Voices Halle is an association of migrant and immigrant people in Halle (Saale).

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