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Stellungnahme der Kunsthochschule Bayern

Studentische Kunstaktion an der AdBK München, 2024

Since the end of 2018, inter* and trans* people in Germany have been able to choose "diverse" in addition to "male" and "female" in the civil status register. This makes Germany one of the few countries in the world that legally recognizes more than two genders. Since then, the decision of the Federal Constitutional Court has had an impact on a wide range of areas within the framework of the Equal Treatment Act, including in particular protection against discrimination.

The aim of gender-equitable language is to address all genders in a respectful manner, make them visible and thus contribute to the reduction of discrimination. As members of the arts and education community, we are concerned about the current developments on this topic in the Free State of Bavaria. Art and science serve as a mouthpiece for the diversity of human experience. By limiting the ability to represent gender diversity, we marginalize a significant number of individuals within our society and stifle academic and artistic expression. We as art schools not only reflect the world as it is, but also provide a platform to explore the world in its diversity. Current developments are restricting and severely impairing this space for exploration.

We are therefore asking the Bavarian state government for constructive solutions on how the diversity of genders and identities can be appropriately represented. If the use of the gender asterisk and other ways of expressing diversity linguistically are no longer permitted, we are curious to see what concrete alternatives the government proposes to ensure that diverse genders and identities are represented linguistically.


"Kunsthochschule Bayern" is the university association of the six Bavarian art academies founded on January 30, 2023. Its aim is to publicly represent the interests of professional art education in Bavaria with a strong voice. Its tasks include cooperation on cross-university projects, the development of joint positions on cross-university positions and cultural policy issues as well as cooperation with the Free State of Bavaria. Alongside "Universität Bayern e.V." and "Hochschule Bayern e.V.", "Kunsthochschule Bayern" is one of three strong alliances that represent the interests of art and science.
The chair of "Kunsthochschule Bayern" is currently held by Prof. Rainer Kotzian, President of the Nuremberg University of Music. The deputy chair is Prof. Karen Pontoppidan, President of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.


Published: 04/18/2024

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