Gender stereotypes and Gesamtkunstwerk

Our focus is on sharing knowledge, experiences and methodological skills. A five-day workshop for adult educators was dedicated to this, which took place in Berlin at the end of August 2021. Colleagues from each partner organisation designed workshop sessions so that the days became a “Gesamtkunstwerk”. This included games and exercises on the perception of the body, body language and space, a world café on four jointly identified questions, and an examination of gender stereotypes. What characterises them? Where do I encounter them? How can I counter them?

For this purpose, the participants looked at stereotypes in proverbs, jokes, series / films, newspapers, in advertising and in music. In small groups, they creatively and often satiriclal turned them around – and then presented the results to all. In the exchange, differences in the cultures of gender arrangements and gender justice of the individual partner countries were discussed. The view over the „national fence“ was inspiring and had something liberating.