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Visiting Scholar Program

Mitra Shamsi (summer term 2024)

Dr. Mitra Shamsi is a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum, Germany, working on digital feminist activism in Iran. She holds a PhD in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Tehran, Iran. Her research lies at the intersection of political communication and feminist media studies, examining the mediation of women’s activism and contemporary gendered debates in Iran.

Dounia Bourabain (summer term 2024)

Dr. Dounia Bourabain is assistant professor of sociology at the School of Social Sciences at Hasselt University. Her work centers on sexism and racism in academia investigating the struggles and resistance of minoritized academics in the European context. She has published in Gender, Work and Organization; the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; the DuBois Review; Race, Ethnicity and Education among others.

Jennifer Thomson (summer term 2024)

Dr. Jennifer Thomson is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, UK. Her main research interests are gender and foreign policy (particularly the concept of a 'feminist' foreign policy); gender and security; women’s rights in post-conflict divided societies; and sexual and reproductive health and rights in international policy-making.

Monica Fioravanzo (summer term 2024)

Prof. Dr. Monica Fioravanzo is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Sciences at University of Padova (Italy), where she teaches Contemporary History, Journalism’s History and History of Contemporary Europe. She holds a PhD in Social European History at the University of Venice. Her research addresses the interaction between gender and the media in the Sixties and in the Seventies in Italy, France and in the two Germanies.

Louise Richardson-Self (winter term 2023/24)

Dr. Louise Richardson-Self is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Gender Studies at the University of Tasmania. She is a feminist philosopher with a particular focus on social justice issues, having graduated with a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney in 2014. She is the author of two books—Justifying Same-Sex Marriage (2015) and Hate Speech Against Women Online (2021)—both published with Rowman & Littlefield International, and numerous journal articles catalogued here.

Andrea Kottow (summer term 2023)

Dr. Andrea Kottow is Associate Professor at the Department of Literature at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Santiago de Chile. She holds a PhD in History of Medicine (Freie Universität Berlin). She is a researcher in the field of literary studies, and has specialized in the relationships between literature and medicine from a bio political approach, with an interest in the meanings and representations of illness and health in literature, and in the links between literature and psychoanalysis, as well as literature and secrecy and literature and gender.

Selene Yang (summer term 2023)

Selene Yang is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Communications at the National University of La Plata (UNLP), Argentina. Part of the Center for Research and Communication in Public Policy at UNLP. Her research interests are feminist cartography, and open geospatial data with a gender perspective.
Co-founder and Coordinator of Geochicas. Member of the networks Tierra Común and A+Alliance. A former fellow of the Latin American Initiative for Open Data (ILDA) and the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Marta Rawłuszko (summer term 2023)

Dr. Marta Rawłuszko is Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw, Poland and a co-founder of the Feminist Fund in Poland. Her research interests are feminist activism, institutionalization of gender equality and state movement dynamics, and the politics of #metoo.

Simone da Silva Ribeiro Gomes (summer term 2023)

Dr. Simone Gomes is an associate professor in Sociology at Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel) since 2018. Gome's research interests are Social Movements, Crime and Violence and Gender Theory. She holds a PhD in Sociology (IESP-UERJ), a MSc in Sociology (Paris 7) and Social Psychology (UERJ) and a BA in Psychology (UFRJ) . Also, she was visiting scholar at UNAM- Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (2014-2015).

Caleb Ward (summer term 2023)

Dr. Caleb Ward is a philosopher studying agency and oppressive social structures. His research at MvBZ focuses on the political thought of Black feminist poet Audre Lorde, particularly her use of poetry as a political pedagogical method and her theory of political agency and coalitional action. He is currently a postdoc in philosophy at Universität Hamburg.

Ebtihal Mahadeen (summer term 2023)

Dr. Ebtihal Mahadeen is Lecturer in Gender and Media Studies at the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh. Her research addresses the interaction between gender, sexuality and the media within the Jordanian context/Middle East and North Africa region. She has published extensively on the gendered politics of culture, mediated femininities and masculinities, and the media as sites of hegemony and resistance.

Ailynn Torres (summer term 2021 and winter term 2021/22)

Ailynn Torres Santana is a postdoctoral fellow at the International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter Strategies (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation). Her research project analyses the authoritarian and conservative tide in Latin American through a feminist lens. The research project proposes a regional and globally connected analysis of three fields: government measures, religious fundamentalisms, and feminist responses.

Vidisha Mishra (winter term 2019/20 and summer term 2020)

Vidisha is a social scientist with over 5 years of research and multi-stakeholder project management experience as an Associate Fellow and Gender Lead at the Observer Research Foundation, one of India's leading think tanks. She completed her Msc. in Gender, Development, and Globalisation from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

Liina Mustonen (summer term 2019)

Liina Mustonen’s post-doctoral project explores the interplay between gender performativity and mobility in the migration between Europe and the Middle East. She conducted several months of fieldwork for the project in Beirut in 2017 and 2018 as a visiting researcher of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East. The project expands on her earlier work, in which she explored social distinction and the politicization of gender in Egypt during the country’s transitional period (2011–2013) and for which she conducted extensive fieldwork in Cairo.

Eliza Steinbock (summer term 2019)

Eliza Steinbock is an assistant professor in Cultural Analysis at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society since 2014. Steinbock's interests spread across three interdisciplinary fields: Transgender Studies, Affect Theory and formations of the Post/Human. Cutting across these preoccupations is an investigation into the politics and aesthetics of art-making (who, what, for whom, how, to what effect). How do varying frameworks of visuality shape social understandings of bodily difference?They investigate visual culture mediums like film, digital media, and photography, with a special focus on dimensions of race, gender and sexuality.

Kristina Fjelkestam (winter term 2018/19)

Kristina Fjelkestam is professor of gender studies at Stockolm University. As she sees it, gender studies builds on three pillars that are grounded in theory, politics, and history. Theory is the binding element in the interdisciplinary field of study; politics is the idea that the subject not only wants to describe oppressive mechanisms but also change them, which is based on an emancipatory struggle with historical roots.

Ricarda Drüeke (winter term 2018/19)

Ricarda Drüeke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria, where she has been working as a researcher and lecturer since 2007. Her research interests are political communication and digital publics, digital activism and networked feminism and medial representations of ethnicity and gender.

Shulamit Almog (summer term 2018)

Shulamit Almog is a Full Professor of Law at the University of Haifa, and Co-Director of the Center of Law, Gender and Policy.
Her interests are law and culture, law and literature, law and film, feminist legal studies and children's rights.

Michela Villani (summer term 2018)

Michela Villani is Senior Researcher at the Department of Social science of the University of Fribourg (Sociology). Primarily based in Switzerland, her work joins discussions in the fields of sexuality, gender and migration through a critical analysis of the new forms of displacement of practices and representations and their effects in terms of inequalities.

Melanie Richter-Montpetit (summer term 2018)

Melanie Richter-Montpetit is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield (UK). She is the recipient of a 2017-2018 Leverhulme Research Fellowship, which supports her book project Beyond the Erotics of Orientalism: Feminist and Queer Investments in Liberal War. Prior to her residence at the Margherita von-Brentano Center for Gender Studies, she spent the first nine months of the Fellowship as a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto.

Peta Hinton (winter term 2017/18)

Peta Hinton is Honorary Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences (Sociology and Anthropology) at the University of New South Wales and Affiliated Fellow with the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry. Primarily based in Berlin, her work joins discussions in the fields of feminist politics, sexual difference feminisms and new materialisms through a critical investigation of the way these intervene and formulate programs for social justice, political change, ethical relation and critique.