Diversity at the HFBK Hamburg
Diversity refers to the diversity of an organisation or society in terms of various individual or structural dimensions such as social and cultural background and affiliation, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, mental and health impairment, but also religion and family background.
Internationality, polyphony and diversity characterize the HFBK Hamburg to a particular degree. The diversity of its members is valued, respectfully lived and promoted, as it is inspiration, opportunity and benefit at the same time for an art school.
The university's already firmly established equal opportunities work is continually being expanded to include diversity-oriented aspects. All advice services are intended to be open to everyone and are to be continually expanded. Participation and suggestions are always welcome!
Policies and more
• In 2014, the HFBK Hamburg received an »audit familiengerechte Hochschule« (family-friendly university audit) certificate from Berufundfamilie gGmbH, an initiative of the not-for-profit Hertie-Stiftung foundation. Re-certification took place in 2017, in 2020 the consolidation.
• In the 2019 university ranking based on equality aspects, the HFBK Hamburg took the top position (together with the KHM Cologne, rank group 1). For this purpose, 44 art and music colleges were evaluated. The complete CEWS Study 2019 can be downloaded here.
• In November 2018 the HFBK was one of the first signatories of the Hamburger Erklärung der VIELEN (Hamburg Declaration). The VIELEN are a dialogue-oriented network of artists and cultural practitioners with a clear commitment to openness and freedom in art.
• We are currently developing a conceptual diversity guideline for the HFBK Hamburg.
Contact persons / Counselling on discrimination and sexual violence
We want to be the contact point for your questions, concerns and complaints. Please do not hesitate to contact us. The exchange of information is of course confidential.
The following contact persons are at your disposal:
Vice President, area of responsibility diversity
Advice available for students
Some situations require a trusting exchange with others and professional support. For this purpose we have put together various counseling services, such as the student telephone counseling service, contact with trained psychotherapists at the psychological counseling centre of the University of Hamburg or the "shift" programme for drop-outs. Please find them here.
Studies and family
In 2014, the HFBK Hamburg received an »audit familiengerechte Hochschule« (family-friendly university audit) certificate from Berufundfamilie gGmbH, an initiative of the not-for-profit Hertie-Stiftung foundation. Re-certification took place in 2017. In the spirit of this audit, the HFBK aims to make working and study conditions progressively more family-friendly, and, in particular, to support students with children in combining family activities with studying. Numerous measures have already been implemented by the HFBK to achieve this. Please find an overview here.
More info on studying with children and child care can be found here: Studierendenwerk Hamburg and Familienbüro der Uni Hamburg
The HFBK actively supports international student exchanges. The large number of partner universities included in the EU’s exchange programme Erasmus+ enables a high degree of international mobility. Students receive particularly generous support within the framework of the Art School Alliance.
The proportion of foreign students, who come not only from Europe, but especially from China, Korea and South America, is traditionally very high at the HFBK Hamburg and currently stands at 30%. Please find here more info.
More links concerning diversity and equality
• The Hamburg Center for Gender & Diversity offers numerous courses on women's and gender studies for students at the participating universities. You can find more information here or at the Zentrum Gender & Diversity, Universität Hamburg
HFBK events in the framework of diversity and equality
• hhintersection is a mediation platform, which as an internet site, through performances, workshops and exhibitions focuses on issues of diversity and promotes experimental learning formats in the art school and beyond.
Selected events in SuSe 2022
• 8 April, 7 pm, Wartenau Versammlung #10, Nora Landkammer Das Museum verlernen? Kolonialität und Vermittlung in Ethnologischen Museen, Kooperation zwischen Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Prof. Dr. Nora Sternfeld, der Klasse_Grund_Schule, den Studierenden der Kunstpädagogik sowie allen interessierten Studierenden der HFBK Hamburg
• 4 May, 6 pm, Artist Talk by Amna Elhassan, moderated by Prof Rajkamal Kahlon, Hörsaal der HFBK Hamburg
• Mute/Unmute, Podcast by Prof. Dr. Astrid Mania
• Koloniales Wissen, koloniale Bilder: die Casta-Gemälde Lateinamerikas im 18. Jahrhundert, Seminar by Katharina Otto
• Bodies That Struggle: On Desiring, Mutating and Exploited Bodies, Seminar by Prof. Dr. Samo Tomšič
• Leben und seine Widerstände, Seminar by Prof. Dr. Samo Tomšič
• Nach Saison oder Die Zeremonie des Abschieds (Beauvoir) , Seminar by Prof. Pepe Danquart