The state represents itself through its civil servants and the way they dress. However, the state also has an obligation to respect its public officials’ civil rights. This also includes the judiciary, which has been faced with a dilemma: can Muslim female judges wear the headscarf while on judicial duty? While opponents argue that the neutrality of the state should be protected, proponents advance the arguments of freedom of religion and equal rights. We ask: what could an intersectional neutrality look like?


Moderated by Dr. Nahed Samour (Humboldt University)

Input by: Cengiz Barskanmaz (Research Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)

Welcome by Dr. Emilia Roig (Center for Intersectional Justice) and Dr. Ines Kappert (Gunda-Werner-Institut)

The venue is accessible for wheelchair users. 

The discussion will take place in German and unfortunately translation will not be available. 

When? 22 May 2018, from 7 to 9.30pm closing with a small Iftar. 

Where? Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Schumannstraße 8 - 10117 Berlin 

Organising committee: Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ), with Miriam Aced, Bahar Mahzari, Dr. Anna Katharina Mangold, Dr. Emilia Roig and Dr. Nahed Samour.


Report by Susann Aboueldahab.