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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Zentrum für Transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien

Visiting Scholars

Scholars from around the world come to work at the ZtG through ERASMUS-cooperation agreements. They often give seminars or guest lectures, and always greatly enrich our colloquiums, workshops and symposiums.

The ZtG offers visiting scholars a home and support as they conduct research in Berlin.


Dr. Gundula Ludwig (University of Vienna) will be working on her habilitation project on the subject of "Der Körper des Demos".


Professor Dr. Janik Bastien Charlebois (Université du Quebec à Monstréal) will be conducting research at the ZtG again from June until 2015 on intersexuality. 


Sadia Akbar (University of the Punjab, Pakistan) will be engaged in research at the ZtG for her PhD project "Body Image and Sexuality: Personal Perspectives of Physically Disabled Women in Pakistan" for three years (starting summer semester 2015).


Joseph De Lappe (The Open University, UK) will be working on his PhD project "'Asexy and we know it': The emergence of Asexual Activism as a contemporary Sexual and Gender Social Movement" at the ZtG in June 2015.


Karla Elliott (Doctoral Candidate at the Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia) will be with the ZtG from January 2015 until February 2016 as a visiting scholar, conducting research on her PhD project  "Caring Masculinities and Men's Friendships"


Daniel Hardegger will be working from September 2014 until July 2015 as a visiting scholar on his project "Ph.D. Candidates in the Humanities at the Universities of Berlin, London and Columbia University, New York, 1871-1913".


Persson Perry Baumgartinger (MA, Universität Wien) will start working in March 2014 as a visiting scholar on his project, "Staatliche Regulierung von Geschlecht als Zweigeschlechterkonstrukt - Kritische Diskurshistorische Dispositivanalyse anhand des so genannten 'Transsexuellen-Erlasses' 1980-2010 in Österreich".


Past visiting scholars include:


Dr. Lisa Marchi (University of Trento, Italy) conducted research on her postdoctoral project "Liminal Tensions: Women Poets of the Arab Diaspora" as a visiting scholar at the ZtG.


William Schlesinger (Yale University, USA) worked at HU as a Fulbright research scholar studying "HIV/AIDS, immigration, and the politics of integration in Berlin."


Professor Dr. Elisabeth Reitinger (Associate Professor at Universität Klagenfurt, Wien and Graz) worked at the ZtG as a visiting researcher from March - July 2014, examining "Age(s), Gender, Dimentia" ("Alter(n), Gender, Demenz")


Elena de Barrio Alvarez (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid) worked at the HU from November 2013 until July 2014 on her dissertation project  "Psychological effects on the victims of trafficking: Revision of the legal framework."


Professor Dr. Vandana Joshi (Associate Professor, University of Delhi, India) was the Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow for September 2012 - early 2014. She is working with Professor Claudia Bruns of the Institute for Cultural Studies and at the ZtG on her project "Wartime Sexuality: State Policies and Social Practices in Germany and Britain (1939-45).”


Stefanie C. Boulila (Center for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Leeds, UK) worked at the ZtG from September 2013 until January 2014 on her disseration "Dancing Salsa in Post-Thinking Europe: A Queer Intersectional Analysis of Gender and Sexuality Discourses in Salsa Communities in Switzerland and the UK".

Prasheela Karan (University of New South Wales, Sidney) worked at the ZtG on her dissertation project "Gender Mainstreaming of Microcredit Programs" from mid-July until mid-December 2013. 


Dr. Ruth Preser (Gender Studies Program, Bar-Ilan University, Israel) worked on her postdoctoral fellowship book project "Belonging Travels" during the academic year 2012/13 at the ZtG and the Institue for European Ethnology.


Karin Hostettler (lic. phil. I, Research Training Group "Representation, Materiality and Gender" University Basel) worked on her dissertation "Denk(t)raum Mensch. Kant zu Rasse und Geschlecht" at the ZtG from July 2012 until December 2013.


Jón Ingvar Kjaran (Doctoral fellow at the University of Iceland) worked from February 2013 until March 2013 as a visiting scholar at the ZtG on his dissertation „Heterosexual discourse and the experiences of queer students in Icelandic upper secondary schools.”


Professor Yi-Chien Chen, J.S.D. (Associate Professor & Director, Graduate Institute for Gender Studies, Shih Hsin University, Taiwan) researched as a visiting scholar on a fellowship from July until December 2012. She worked on her project "Transgender Rights - a Comparative Law Study."


Professor Dr. Theresa Kulawik (Department for Gender Studies, Södertörn University, Stockholm) worked from July until December 2012 as a visiting scholar on her book "Körperpolitik in Deutschland, Polen und Schweden."


Georg Gierzinger has worked on his dissertation “Deconstruction of Masculinity in Literature” at the ZtG from April 2011 until March 2012. The Office for International Relations at Innsbruck University supported his project with a fellowship for short term scholarly research abroad.

Kim Fordham (University of Alberta, Canada) has been a visiting scholar at the ZtG since August 2011. She was working on her research project, “I Hurt: Victims Becoming Perpetrators in Contemporary Fiction by German-Speaking Female Authors” until June 2012.

Dr. Thomas Hilder (Royal Holloway, University of London) conducted research on music, gender and sexuality in a project titled, "The Role of Musical Performance in Transnational Queer Activism" througout 2011.


In Summer 2010, Tuula Juvonen from the University of Helsinki worked at the ZtG on her research project, “Non-Normative Sexualities of Female and Male Politicians.”


The June 11th, 2010 conference, “Normality on Probation?: Lesbian and Gay Politicians in Democratic Media” resulted from the cooperation between Andreas Heilmann and the ZtG.

Also during Summer Semester 2010, Shamira A. Meghani from the University of Sussex, came as a visiting scholar.


During the Winter Semester 2010/2011, Robin Ford from the University of Alaska (Anchorage, USA) came to the ZtG as a Fulbright Scholar.