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 Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien (ZtG) offers international scholars, whose research projects are compatible with our research focuses, the opportunity for self-financed research stays at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The duration of stay and time period can be determined by the scholar as they wish.

Our visiting scholars are invited to actively take part in our academic life, including but not limited to the scientific events and discussions at the ZtG. Additionally, visiting scholars are welcome to present their research projects in a suitable format.

Visiting scholar have various resources at their disposal, for example the gender library and electronic resources such as the computer pool. Unfortunately, the ZtG is unable to fund research project directly.

Application Details

Applications to the ZtG are fundamentally always possible. These are to be directed to:

If applicable, enquiries for documents required for external funding are to be submitted to the ZtG four weeks at the latest, during the semester break eight weeks, before the financing deadline.

Application documents - Postdocs / Professors:
  • Statement on the aims of the research stay, the desired cooperation and assistance, the duration of the stay, and the envisaged time period
  • CV including a list of publications
  • Description of the project (approx. 2.300 characters)
Application documents - doctoral students

The requirement for a guest stay as a doctoral student is the co-supervision of their project by a professor or postdoctoral researcher during the duration of their stay.

If doctoral students are interested in doing their doctorate at the HU, the general conditions can be found here.

  • Statement on the aims of the research stay, the desired cooperation and assistance, the duration of the stay, and the envisaged time period
  • CV including a list of publications
  • Exposé of the promotion project (approx. 10,000 characters)

We invite our guest researchers to actively participate in the scientific life, scientific events and discussions at the ZtG and to present their research projects in an appropriate manner.

As a guest researcher you can use our gender library, electronic resources and computer pool for your work. Unfortunately, we cannot directly support your research project in any way.




Sher Muhammad (Assistant Professor, Government Graduate College, Bhalwal, Sargodha, Pakistan) has a post-doctoral visiting fellowship at the ZtG from December 2021 to June 2022, working on the project "Gender Quota and Women-Friendly Legislation - A Case Study of Pakistan."

Sima Nabizadeh (Assistant Professor, Architecture Department, Binaloud Institute of Higher Education, Mashhad, Iran) is carrying out research for her project "Negotiating Modernity and Islam; the Border of Body and Boundary of Home in Contemporary Iran" at the ZtG from September 2021 to September 2022.

Hazel Rhodes (PhD student, Columbia University, New York) will work on her dissertation project at the HU from the winter semester 2021/2022 to the summer semester 2022: "Tracing Transgender Feeling in Sexual Modernity: The Emergence of Gender Identity and Queer Affinities between German Modernist Literature & Science."

Ezgi Sarıtaş (Research Assistant, Ankara University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Gender Studies Division, Turkey) is a visiting scholar at the ZtG from January to September 2022, working on her postdoc project "Entangled Histories of Sexual Modernity: Transfer, Translation, and Adaptation of Sexual Discourses in the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic, 1850-1950."



Past visiting scholars include:


Taiana Catharino do Carmo (PhD student, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal)  researched her PhD project "My life, my words, my view - The perception of women about the role of their personal online narratives" from October to December 2021 at ZtG.

Maryoriet Rosales Salgado (Junior Researcher, ZEF, University of Bonn) conducted research at the ZtG in May and June 2021 for her PhD project “The Stay-at-home paradox; urban narratives of domestic violence in the Central District of Honduras during COVID-19".

Ty Vanover (PhD student at University of California, Berkeley) conducted research for his doctoral thesis "Graphic Impulses: Drawing, Science, and the Homoromantic in Germany, 1871-1933" between September 2020 and September 2021.

Eszter Kováts (PhD student at ELTE University, Budapest, DAAD scholarship) worked from January to May 2020 on her project "Das Feindbild Genderideologie in einem globalen Kontext".



Juliana Claassens (University of Stellenbosch, South-Africa) works from September until November 2019 on her project "Representing the Unrepresentable: Exploring the Intersection of Gender and Trauma in Biblical and Contemporary Trauma Narratives" aiming at finishing a book.

Munir Moosa (Sindh Madressatul Islam University) works from 22/07/ - 06/08/2019 at the ZtG at his project "Gender and Sexual Diversities (GSD) and Socio-Cultural Identities-Identifying the Challenges Associated with the Construction and Contestation of Gender Identities and Social Integration among Muslim Youth in Pakistan and Germany".

Eszter Kováts (ELTE University, Budapest supported by the CENTRAL-scholarship) worked at ZtG in January 2019 on her research "Das Feindbild Genderideologie in einem globalen Kontext".

Stephanie Belmer (PhD 2014 at York University, currently at Vanier College in Montreal, QC) was from January to April at the ZtG to work on her project "Desire Lines: Intimacy and Antagonism as Institution Critique".

Scott Olson (PhD candidate at University of Iowa, USA) is conducting research for his project "From Stonewall to Mauerfall: Transatlantic Collective Memory in German LGBTQ Organizing" as a visiting scholar at ZtG from autumn 2018 until September 2019.

Aleida Luján Pinelo (PhD candidate at Turku University, Finland) is engaged in research in Berlin from October to Dezember 2018 about "fem(ni)zid".

Sofia Varino (Doctoral Candidate at Stony Brook University, NY, USA) is working as a visiting scholar at the ZtG on her PhD project “Vital Differences: Indeterminacy and the Biomedical Body” from Autumn 2015 until March 2018.

Sadia Akbar (University of the Punjab, Pakistan) is 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).



Kateřina Kolářová (Ass. Professor, Dept. Gender Studies, Charles University Prague) was working at the ZtG on her research project "HIV/Aids: Chronic Embodiments and Biological Citizenship in the Postsocialist  Czech Republic" in the academic year 2018.

William Burton (Doctoral Candidate at Department of French and Romance Philology,
Columbia University New York) was working as a visiting scholar at the ZtG on his PhD project “'Les mots même se font chair': Rousseau’s materialist theory of linguistic embodiment" from February until end of August 2018.

Jana Cattien (Doctoral Candidate at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) was engaged in research at the ZtG for her PhD project "Contemporary Cologne: Unsettling Feminisms, Alliances and Events" from mid-October 2017 until end of March 2018.



Professor Carrie Rentschler (McGill University, Montreal, Canada) is working at the ZtG on her book project (tentative title) "From Passive Spectator to Active Intervener: Media Activism and the Redefinition of the Bystander" from 1st September until 31st December 2017.

Dr Alex Muller (Associate Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa) was working at the ZtG on her project "Sexual orientation, gender identity, medicine and the law in South Africa 1948-1994" from 1st July until 13th September 2017. During her time at the ZtG, she also guest-edited the issue ‘Considering intersectionality in Africa’ for the journal ‘Agenda – Feminist Media’.

Talia Meer (PhD candidate at University of Cape Town, South Africa) was engaged in research work at the ZtG for her doctoral thesis on "Strange Space - Fem bodies and other Others in Observatory, Cape Town" from 1st July until 13th September 2017.

Lucia Wieger (Master Student at University of Vienna) was working at the ZtG on her master thesis "How women live. The one-kitchen-building in Vienna and Berlin and its meaning as a female public of the 1st women's movement" from 1st March until 31st July 2017.

Prof Dr Chia Longman (Ghent University, Belgium) was working as a visiting scholar at the ZtG on her book project "Post-secular Femininities: Women's Spirituality in Contemporary Well-Being Culture" from mid-September 2016 to end of July 2017.

Beatrice Frasl (Doctoral Candidate at University of Vienna and Junior Fellow at IFK - Internationales Forschungszentrum für Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna) was engaged in research work at the ZtG for her PhD project "Who is the monster and who is the man? - Heteronormativity and Constructions of (sexual) Otherness in Disney's animated feature films" in June 2017.

Dr Munir Moosa Sadruddin (Assistant Professor, SMI University, Karachi, Pakistan) was working at the ZtG on his project "Exploring Self-Identity of Youth in Pakistan and Germany: Identifying Pushing Buttons towards Violence/Silence, and Suggest a Plan of Action" from 1st June until 30th June 2017.

Erica Meiners (Professor, Northeastern Illinois University, United States) was working at the ZtG on a project documenting and exploring abolition politics, or resistances to policing and imprisonment. She is specifically looking at feminist responses to sexual violence outside of criminalization. She will be in Berlin for May 2017, holding a guest lecture on the topic "Challenging US carceral feminism: Reclaiming safety in the Trump era" on the 15th of May at HU Berlin.



Amin Benamra (Doctoral Candidate at the Autonomous University of Madrid) was engaged in research at the ZtG for his PhD project "The New Communication Technologies and the Dynamics of Feminine Subaltern public Spheres within the Virtual Space" from 10th November until 23rd November 2016.

Stefanie C. Boulila (Center for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Leeds, UK) worked at the ZtG from September 2013 to February 2016 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".

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

Dr Laia Falcón (Universidad Complutense, Madrid) was engaged in bibliographical research on "Early prevention of social risks such as gender violence and sexism from education and media literacy" at the ZtG from August 2nd to August 31st 2016.

Chiara Iorino (Doctoral Candidate at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy) was conducting research for her project on "Intersection between feminist theories, practices of appropriation and iconoclasm with a focus on the second half of the XX century" from March 1st to July 22nd 2016 at the ZtG.

Dr Gundula Ludwig (Universität Wien) was working as a visiting scholar at the ZtG on her habilitation project "Der Körper des Demos" from October 1st 2015 to September 30th 2016.

Prof Ph.D. Manon Niquette (Université Laval, Québec, Canada) was conducting research for her project on "Construction of motherhood in online pharmaceutical advertising" from July 4th to July 29th 2016 at the ZtG.

Tiina Pitkäjärvi (Doctoral Candidate at Uppsala University, Sweden) was working at the ZtG on her PhD dissertation "Breast cancer awareness and fundraising campaigns in Sweden from a material-semiotic perspective" from 15th August until 30th November 2016.

Dr Birgit Schippers (St Mary's University College Belfast) was engaged in research at the ZtG for her project "Posthumanist Challenges to Human Rights: Gendering the Posthuman" from July 5th 2016 until 31st August 2016.

Katalin Ráhel Turai (Doctoral Candidate at the Central European University, Budapest) was working as a visiting scholar at the ZtG on her PhD dissertation "Shifting Gender in Desire. Narratives of bisexually changing attraction, practice, and subjectivity in present-day Hungary" from April 18th to July 22nd 2016.


Mag. Persson Perry Baumgartinger (MA, Universität Wien) researched 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" from March 2014 until October 2015.

Professor Dr. Janik Bastien Charlebois (Université du Quebec à Monstréal) conducted research on intersexuality at the ZtG once again from the beginning of June 2015 until the end of August 2015.

Daniel Hardegger worked 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" from September 2014 until September 2015.

Joseph De Lappe (The Open University, UK) researched 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.

Dr. Jane Messer (Macquarie University, Australia) worked at the Philosophy Institute of the HU and the ZtG on  "Work, Care and Identity: Reconceptualising Maternal Labour".

Dr. Annalisa Murgia (Universität Trento, Italien) was as a visiting scholar at the ZtG and worked on her Postdoc Project on "Precariousness and subjectivities and the progressive growth of freelancers in Europe" in November 2015.

Anniken Sørli (Universität Oslo) researched as a visiting scholar for her PhD project "Legal Gender meets reality: the right to gender identify in a life cycle perspective" from September 12th to December 13th 2015.



Prof. Dr. Janik Bastien Charlebois (Université du Québec à Montréal) conducted research as a visiting scholar on intersexuality from the beginning of June until the end of August 2014.

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

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)”.

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 from end of October until mid-December 2014.

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

William Schlesinger (Yale University, USA) was visiting the ZtG for the academic year 2013/14 on a Fulbright research grant, studying "HIV/AIDS, immigration, and the politics of integration in Berlin".



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. 

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”.

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.

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.



Kim Fordham (University of Alberta, Canada) was 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.

Georg Gierzinger 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.

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".

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".



Robin Ford (University of Alaska,  Anchorage, USA) visited the ZtG as a Fulbright scholar at the ZtG during the winter semester of 2010/2011.

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" throughout 2011.



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

Tuula Juvonen (University of Helsinki) worked at the ZtG on her project „Non-normative sexualities of female and male politicians“ during the Summer of 2010.

Furthermore, Shamira A. Meghani (University of Sussex) visited the ZtG during the summer semester of 2010.