Named after Philosophy Professor Margherita von Brentano
The Margherita von Brentano Center was founded at Freie Universität. The new center for gender studies was named after Margherita von Brentano (1922-1995), a professor of philosophy and the first woman to serve as a vice president of Freie Universität Berlin. The Margherita von Brentano Center has been tasked with initiating and coordinating activities related to gender and diversity studies in the areas of research and teaching as well as publication strategies. A significant role will be played by international and transnational research issues. The work formerly done by the Center for the Promotion of Women’s and Gender Studies, which was founded in 1981, and the Interdisciplinary Center for Gender Studies is being merged in the new Brentano Center.
"With the newly established Margherita von Brentano Center, gender studies at Freie Universität is being given more importance as an interdisciplinary field," says Margreth Lünenborg, a professor of media studies and the academic director of the new Center. "In particular, we will be dealing with transnational developments. We cannot understand the global changes of social structures without considering the dynamics of gender relations."
The Margherita von Brentano Center will conduct research projects and set priorities in the internationalization and digitalization of teaching and research activities. All the members of Freie Universität who are interested in gender and diversity research are welcome to become members of the Margherita von Brentano Center and to participate in the projects.
In 1963 the namesake of the Center, Margherita von Brentano, was already addressing the role of women at universities as well as the social role of research. She is also the namesake of an academic award that Freie Universität presents every two years for achievements in the advancement of women’s and gender studies.