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Power and Power Abuse in Academia

Academia – we would like to imagine, is a place where collaboration outweighs competition, recognition is tied only to merit and resources are equally distributed.  However, we know in reality that the playing field is not equal for all participants and a select few often possess more power and privilege than others. This power imbalance does not only promote egocentric practices, inequalities and hierarchies,  but also diminishes opportunities for innovation and good scientific practice, as well as increases the likelihood of mental health issues.

We look forward to hearing about your personal experiences as well as your reflections on the experiences of academics in general, institutional practices and system-level trends.

Tear down this invisible wall

Katrin Frisch on encounters with the different forms of west german hegemony throughout her scientific training and everyday working life in academia.