Social Inequalities and Intercultural Education
Social inequalities are tied to societal and power relations, structures, and practices, and are also (re-)produced within the context of educational institutions. At the same time, reducing such social disparities and unequal educational opportunities are key societal and educational policy objectives. Thus, how are the emergence and reproduction of social inequalities – in terms of socioeconomic background, ethnicity, ability/disability, language(s), religions, gender, etc. – related to formal and informal educational structures, discourses, and practices? And how do stakeholders in education respond to relevant challenges in the context of diversity and demands for educational equality and equality of opportunity?
In addition to multidisciplinary conferences and workshops as well as research cooperation with colleagues from Germany and abroad, a renowned guest professorship strengthens the competence area through internationally comparative research perspectives.
SINTER was created in 2013 as the Competence Area “Social Inequalities and Intercultural Education” as part of the Excellence Initiative of the University of Cologne and has been an in-house research institution in the field of diversity and equal opportunities since 01.11.2019. SINTER supports multidisciplinary research addressing the production and reproduction of social inequalities. Due to the interrelatedness of social and educational inequalities, approaches and questions involving research on inequalities within the educational and social sciences, on differences and inclusion, as well as on migration and intercultural education are becoming increasingly significant. The research projects being pursued within the framework of SINTER and across faculties are devoted to several “spaces” of intercultural and inclusive education. These spaces include early childhood education, formal, informal, and tertiary education, as well as adult education. The aim of the research projects is to uncover the mechanisms through which differences “are made to become” inequalities.