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Visiting Scholar Program

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.