SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Jana Cattien

BA (Durham) MPhil (Cambridge)
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Jana Cattien
Jana Cattien
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Thesis title:
Gendering Tolerance Discourse in Contemporary Germany
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My research examines the complex relationship between feminisms and multiculturalism discourse in contemporary Germany. I interrogate official narratives around 'Willkommenskultur' (welcoming culture) and 'Leitkultur' (hegemonic culture), and their interaction with femonationalist articulations, in order to expose the racializing and gendering regimes that sustain German tolerance discourse.


  • Cattien, Jana (2017). Feminist Epistemology and the Question of Difference Reconfigured: What can Wittgenstein Tell Us about "Women"?. Journal of International Women's Studies, 18(3), 5-18.


  • 12/2017: ‚Feminists Against Political Correctness? Towards a Performative Understanding of Political Alliances’‚ Das wird man doch wohl noch sagen dürfen! Zum Stand der Anti-Political Correctness Bewegung in Deutschland, Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien, Humboldt Universität Berlin (Germany)
  • 11/2017: ‘Assemblages and Activism – A Critical Conversation’, Arbeitskreis Politik und Geschlecht, Intersektionale und postcolonial-feministische Perspektive als Instrumente einer politikwissenschaflichen Macht- und Herrschaftskritik, Universität Essen (Germany)
  • 10/2017: 'Is the ‚feminism’ in anti-feminism the same as in feminism?’, Tagung Feminismus und Öffentlichkeit, Goethe Universität Frankfurt (Germany)
  • 07/2017: ‘The 2017 NSU Tribunal: Performing Justice Against the Odds’, Panel on Activism and Academia, Challenges in Queer and Feminist Diaspora and Migration Studies, SOAS Centre for Gender Studies Workshop & Conference, London (United Kingdom)
  • 06/2017: ‘Erasures, Exclusions and the Impossibility of the Universal: Reconceptualising Coalitional and Intersectional Feminist Politics in Contemporary Germany’, Panel on Constructing Cultures of Collective Freedom, London Conference in Critical Thought, London (United Kingdom)
  • 06/2017: ‘Of Monsters and Myths: Ideologies, Borders and Feminist Politics in Post ‘Cologne’ Germany’, MeCCSA PGN Conference 2017, Borders and Boundaries: Territories, Technologies, Transgressions, London (United Kingdom)
  • 06/2017: ‘Troubling the “Identical’ in Identity’, Second International Conference ‘The Discourse of Identity’, Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
  • 03/2017: Panel Chair: Theorising and Decolonising Sexuality, Centre for Transnational Development, Politicised Sexualities and Marginalised Histories, London (United Kingdom)



  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Political Theory
  • Postcolonial Theory