Prof. Dr Ina Kerner

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Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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E-mail: kerner@spam protectgcr21.uni-due.de


Prof. Dr Ina Kerner joined the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Fellow. She conducted her research in Research Unit 1 “The (Im)Possibility of Cooperation” from December 2016 to September 2017.

Research Project at the Centre

Matters of Difference in a Postcolonial World: Traces, Challenges, and Prospects

European colonialism and Western imperialism have left considerable marks on the world as we know it. These marks run from the economic and social realm via national boundaries to political institutions and political culture; from religion to norms, morality and perceptions of normality; from discourse via representations to the arts; and from identity to demography. It almost goes without saying that they are likely to inform both challenges and prospects with regard to equality, democracy, and debates about the legitimacy of Western forms of reasoning and rule, as well.

Against this backdrop, the project 'Matters of Difference in a Postcolonial World' traces, and critically reflects upon, some of the marks that European colonialism and Western imperialism have left on prospects for global cooperation. It focuses on the after- and long-term effects of colonial rule, particularly on the repercussions and re-actualizations of its primary tools of legitimation, namely (gendered) race-thinking/racism and notions of European and Western superiority. Such discourses have for a long time been used to justify and organize inequality and exclusion. This project is based on the assumption that the afterlife of both these discourses, and of the social and political structures they helped to establish, can have a negative effect on the willingness of actors to seriously cooperate across former colonial difference lines, as well as on the mutual trust that seems necessary for any form of cooperation. In order to shed light on the possibility of such negative effects and to reflect upon ways of overcoming it, the project interrogates notions of modernity as well as constructions and contestations of "race" and culture, of social inequality, and of gender.

Methodologically, this project is situated in the field of political and social theory. It particularly draws on postcolonial theories and aims at identifying the ways in which postcolonial studies may help us to understand the complexities, challenges, and prospects of global cooperation. Furthermore, this project makes use of other sources that engage with the aftermath of European colonialism and Western imperialism, like studies and analyses in the fields of history, sociology, gender studies, and anthropology, as well as the claims of select social and political movements working towards social justice and equality.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • Postcolonial Political Theory
  • Gender Studies and Feminist Theory
  • Diversity and Intersectionality
  • Global Feminism
  • Development Practice and Post-­Development Thought


04/2009-07/2016 Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
Department of Social Sciences
Junior Professor for Diversity Politics
09/2015-01/2016 Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Center of Excellence in Gender Studies
Guest Professor (HEC Short Term Foreign Faculty Hiring Program)
10/2014-03/2015 University of London, UK
Department of Politics, Goldsmiths
Visiting Research Fellow
5/2013 Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
DAAD Short Term Lecturer / Visiting Lecturer
10/2012-03/2013 Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Research Network on Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America (desiguALdades.net)
3/2012 University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Center for Humanities Research
Visiting Fellow
09/2006-03/2009 Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Women and Gender, Faculty I
Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin)
01/2006-05/2006 New School for Social Research, New York, USA
Department of Political Science
Visiting Assistant Professor
02/2006 Freie Universität Berlin
Doctorate (Dr. phil.)
supervisors: Gerhard Göhler, Sabine Hark
04/1999-03/2005 Freie Universität Berlin
Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science
Academic Assistant for Political Theory
09/2001-12/2001 New School for Social Research, New York
Department of Political Science
Visiting Scholar
10/1993-06/1998 Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Graduate Studies in Political Science
04/1990-07/1992 University of Bonn, Germany
Undergraduate Studies in Political Science, History, and Philosophy

Selected Publications

Kerner, Ina (forthcoming): Frantz Fanon, Die Verdammten dieser Erde (1961), in: Manfred Brocker (ed.): Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert, Berlin: Suhrkamp.

Kerner, Ina (forthcoming): Persistenz und Kritik des Rassismus, in: Neue Politischen Literatur 2/2017.  

Kerner, Ina (forthcoming): Gender Knowledge in Pakistan: Production, Dissemination and Contestation, Internationale Konferenz am Centre of Excellence in Gender Studies (CEGS) der Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan, 28.–30. September 2016, in: Feministische Studien 35 (1): 156–9. 

Kerner, Ina (2017): Postkolonialismus und Orientalismus, in: Claus Leggewie and Eric Meyer (eds.): Global Pop. Das Buch zur Weltmusik, Stuttgart 2017: Metzler, 60–6.

Kerner, Ina (forthcoming): Relations of Difference: Power and Inequality in Intersectional and Postcolonial Feminist Theories, in: Current Sociology. (online first)

Kerner, Ina (2017): Transnational Governmentality and Civil Society: Cooperation and Power in a Globalized World, in: Gabriel Ricci (ed.): The Persistence of Critical Theory, Culture & Civilization Vol. 8, New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 85–102.

Kerner, Ina (2016): Frantz Fanon in der Politikwissenschaft. Potentiale einer Rezeption, in: Aram Ziai (ed.): Postkoloniale Politikwissenschaft. Theoretische und empirische Zugänge, Bielefeld: Transcript, 71–89.

Kaupert, Philipp, and Kerner, Ina (2016): Political Feminism for a Better Future, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin; in Spanish: Un feminismo político para un futuro mejor, in: Nueva Sociedad 265: 77–88; Un feminismo político para un futuro mejor, in: Le monde diplomatique Chile, March 2017: 11.

Kerner, Ina (2016): Transnationalismus, Geschlecht und Intersektionalität: Bausteine einer Feministischen Internationalen Politischen Theorie, in: Regina Kreide and Andreas Niederberger (eds.): Internationale Politische Theorie. Eine Einführung, Stuttgart – Weimar: Metzler, 155–69.

Kerner, Ina (2016): Jenseits des politiktheoretischen Eurozentrismus: Strategien einer Dekolonisierung, in: Sybille de la Rosa, Sophia Schubert and Holger Zapf (eds.): Transkulturelle Politische Theorie. Eine Einführung, Wiesbaden: VS, 113–33.

Kerner, Ina (2015): Zeiten und Räume der Demokratie. Beobachtungen nach dem Eurozentrismus, in: Leviathan 43 (Sonderband 30): 47–64.

Bargetz, Brigitte, Fleschenberg dos Ramos Pinéu, Andrea, Kerner, Ina, Kreide, Regina, and Ludwig, Gundula (2015) (eds.): Kritik und Widerstand. Feministische Praktiken in androzentrischen Zeiten, Leverkusen: Barbara Budrich.

Kerner, Ina (2013): Globale Gouvernementalität. Zur Interpretation transnationaler Politik und ihrer Effekte, in: Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie 4 (1): 3–18.

Kerner, Ina (2013): Differences of Inequality: Tracing the Socioeconomic, the Cultural and the Political in Latin American Postcolonial Theory, desiguALdades.net Working Paper No. 60, Berlin.

Kerner, Ina (2012): Questions of Intersectionality. Reflections on the Current Debate in German Gender Studies, in: European Journal of Women’s Studies 19 (2): 203–18.

Kerner, Ina (2012): Postkoloniale Theorien zur Einführung, Hamburg: Junius.

Göhler, Gerhard, Iser, Mattias, and Kerner, Ina (2011) (eds.): Politische Theorie. 25 umkämpfte Begriffe zur Einführung, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Kerner, Ina (2010): Scales of Justice and the Challenges of Global Governmentality, in: Public Reason 2 (2): 39–49.

Kerner, Ina (2009): Differenzen und Macht. Zur Anatomie von Rassismus und Sexismus, Frankfurt/M. – New York: Campus.

Kerner, Ina (1999): Feminismus, Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und Postkoloniale Kritik. Eine Analyse von Grundkonzepten des Gender-and-Development Ansatzes, Hamburg: LIT.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Social Sciences and Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies
  • Technische Universität Berlin, Center for Interdisciplinary Women's and Gender Studies
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science
  • New School for Social Research, New York, Eugene Lang College
  • Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, National Institute of Pakistan Studies und Center of Excellence in Gender Studies
  • Universidade de Brasília, Departamento de Sociologia

Expertise and Consulting Work

Reviewer for the journals PVS, PERIPHERIE, Politische Theorie, Leviathan, Ethnicities, Constellations, Feministische Studien, Gender, Jahrbuch für Islamophobieforschung;
as well as for Bloomsbury Publishing; Böll-Foundation, POINT Postdoc Fellowship Programme of FU Berlin, Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank, uni:docs programme of the University of Vienna and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Seminars and Conferences

  • “Democracy, The Political and Social Movements in Europe and South Asia: An Intercontextual Dialogue”, German-Pakistani Confernce‐cum-Summer School, Quaid-i‐Azam University, Islamabad, 4‐11 October 2015 (with Andrea Fleschenberg; funded by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin, Humboldt‐Universitäts‐Gesellschaft and Friedrich‐Ebert‐Foundation, Pakistan Office)
  • “Beyond Methodological Eurocentrism: Postcolonial Perspectives for Political and Social Theory”, International workshop at Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin, 20‐22 July 2015 (funded by a Humboldt‐Universität KOSMOS grant)
  • “Collectivity beyond Identity”, International conference at Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin, 28‐30 June 2012 (with Sophia Ermert, Gabriele Jähnert, Kerstin Merlitsch, Mari Mikkola and Eva von Redecker; funded by DFG)
  • “Feministische Kritik und Widerstand”, Conference of the “Gender and Politics” working group of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) in Rauischholzhausen, 12‐14 January 2012 (with Brigitte Bargetz, Gundula Ludwig, Regina Kreide and Andrea Fleschenberg)
  • Work‐in‐Progress‐Workshop of the DVPW “Gender and Politics” working group at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI) in Berlin, 1 July 2011 (with Brigitte Bargetz, Gundula Ludwig, Regina Kreide and Andrea Fleschenberg)
  • “Postkoloniale Gesellschaftswissenschaften. Eine Zwischenbilanz”, Conference at Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin, 17‐18 June 2011 (with Claudia Bruns, cultural studies and Julia Lossau, geography)
  • “Marx and (Post‐)Colonialism”, Panel at the international conference “Re‐Thinking Marx. Philosophy, Critique, Practice” at Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin, 20‐22 May 2011
  • “Postkoloniale Entwicklungspolitik‐Kritik: Herausforderungen und Perspektiven”, Workshop at the conference “Gender und Diversity Strategien: Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und Perspektiven Postkolonialer Theorie” at Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Berlin, 6 May 2011
  • “Capturing the Political. How to Analyse Power beyond State Politics”, International conference at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 21‐23 October 2010 (with Klaus Schlichte, Bremen and Daria Isachenko, Magdeburg)
  • “Theorien der Intersektionalität. Werkstattgespräche”, Workshop series at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin, 30 October and 4 December 2009 and 5 February 2010 (with Sabine Hark and Hanna Meißner, TU Berlin)
  • “Perspektiven der Geschlechterforschung”, Transdisciplinary conference for young researchers at Freien Universität Berlin, 25‐26 October 2002 (with Hanna Meißner, sociology and Martina Tißberger, psychology)
  • “Verfassungspatriotismus und Nationale Identität – ein deutsch‐ungarisch‐tschechisch‐polnischer Dialog”, International conference at Freie Universität Berlin, 13‐16 June 2002 (with Gerhard Göhler and Mattias Iser; funded by Volkswagen Stiftung)


  • Member of the Standing Group on Gender and Politics and the Standing Group on Political Theory of the European Consortium for Political Research ECPR, since 2016
  • Member, International Political Science Association (IPSA), since 2012
  • Founding Member, German Gender Studies Association, since 2010
  • Member, American Political Science Association (APSA), since 2009
  • Member, Transatlantic Research Group 'Transatlantic Relations from a Social Psychological Perspective', 2004–2007
  • Founding Member, Polarkreis e.V. (Journal 'Polar'), since 2002
  • Member, Frankfurter Arbeitskreis für politische Theorie und Philosophie (FrAK), since 2001
  • Member, German Political Science Association (DVPW), since 2000
  • Member, 'Political Theory and the History of Ideas' Section and 'Gender and Politics' Working Group, German Political Science Association (DVPW), since 1999
  • Founding Member, Feministischer Arbeitskreis Berlin, 1999–2002


  • Award for good teaching of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2016
  • Award for the best diploma thesis from the "Nachwuchspolitik e.V." at the Otto-Suhr-Institute Berlin, summer 1998

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