Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

Reworking Space, Re-Narrating Belonging Workshop Participants



Transregional Perspectives on Contemporary Media, Gender and Visibility Practices



Alexa Altmann

is a research assistant and doctoral candidate at the cross-sectional department of Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her research explores desert imageries and negotiations of place and belonging in the audiovisual practices of contemporary Israeli artists.


Anna Antonakis

studied political science at the Freie Universität Berlin and IEP Strasbourg and holds her PhD since 2017. She researches different renegotiation processes of gender in feminist counterpublics in Tunisia within the so called transformation period (2011-2014). She engages with intersectional (gender) theory and theories of public and counterpublic spheres and is interested in the creation of different networks of solidarity in a digitalized world. She is also engaged in networks of cultural politics in Tunis and Berlin, such as the international feminist art festival “Chouftouhonna” in Tunis.


Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza

is a doctoral candidate of anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies minor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research draws on transdisciplinary methods and practices from feminist approaches and queer of color cultural critique. His research interests include genders and sexualities, affect, and the digital lives of Filipinos in the diaspora. Mike's additional scholarly interests and creative projects include performance art work with drag artist Aloha Tolentino.


Lillian Boxman-Shabtai

is a PhD candidate in the Media, Technology, and Society program at Northwestern University. Broadly interested in textual and societal aspects related to the concept of polysemy, her dissertation explores the framing and reception of news about income inequality in the US by integrating competing theories of interpretation in communication studies. Her previous work explored the polysemic qualities of digital humor and parody.


Carolin Genz

is a doctoral fellow at the department of Geography at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and focuses on the various aspects of social-spatial structures, practices of spatial production, appropriation of urban space, and urban social movements.


Julia Giese

is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture, Loughborough University where her studentship forms part of the larger five year project "Migrant Memory and the Post-colonial Imagination: British Asian Memory, Identity and Community after Partition" funded by the Leverhulme Trust.


Paridhi Gupta

is a doctoral fellow at the Centre for Women’s Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi. Her Research focuses on art as urban protest by young Indian women and on discourses of gendered safety and mobility.


Dhanya Fee Kirchhof

is a doctoral candidate at the department of Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She is currently working on her dissertation, titled: New Communicative Figurations, Identities and Socio-Cultural Change in the Dalit Context – The Example of the Translocally Interconnected Ravidassia Community.


Marwan M. Kraidy

Marwan M. Kraidy is Professor of Communication, the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture, and the Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, where he is also affiliated with the Middle East Center. A scholar of global communication and an authority on Arab media, politics and culture, he studies the relationship between culture and geopolitics, theories of identity and modernity, and global media systems and industries. The recipient of Andrew Carnegie, Guggenheim, NEH, ACLS, Woodrow Wilson and NIAS fellowships, and award-winning author of 120 essays and 10 books, Kraidy is currently researching war machines in the age of global communication and the transnational geopolitics of Turkish media and culture.


Max Arne Kramer

recently earned his PhD at the cross-sectional department of Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for his research on independent documentary film practices and the Kashmir conflict. He is a research assistant at the Institute of Indology and Central-Asia Studies, Leipzig University.


Persefoni Myrtsou

is a practicing visual artist and a PhD candidate at the Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt-University zu Berlin. Her research intends to examine the relations between transnational migration, visual art and space production in cities.


Simone Pfeifer

is a research fellow at the junior research group “Jihadism online” at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. She has a background in Visual and Socio-Cultural Anthropology and has been part of the Research Training Group ‘Locating Media’ at the University of Siegen. Her doctoral research focuses on media practices and transnational social relationships of Senegalese in Berlin and Dakar with a focus on visual and digital media practices.


Milica Trakilović

is a doctoral fellow at the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies, Utrecht University and a research assistant in the ERC project Bodies Across Borders: Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond at the European University Institute in Florence. Her research focusses on art as a key site of resistance and place making in former Yugoslavia.


Nadja-Christina Schneider

is Professor in Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She holds a PhD in South Asian Studies and has a background in South Asian Studies, Islamic Studies and Modern History. From October 2009 until February 2017, she was responsible for the newly established Cross-Sectional Department Media and Society at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at HU-Berlin. Her areas of interest include Area Media Studies, Gender and Mobility Studies and Urban Studies. Prof. Schneider has worked and published on the role of the Indian press in the context of the Shah Bano case and subsequent debate on Muslim Personal Law; on the development of the Indian media system and changing media environments in post-liberalization India; documentary filmmakers working on Gender and Islam and on the emergence of Delhi as a cinematic city. She is currently preparing a book on the visualization of new reproductive technologies and changing family constellations in fictional and documentary films.


Salma Siddique

is a scholar and trained filmmaker from New Delhi. She completed her doctoral thesis at University of Westminster, London. Her research interests include film and historical processes, film archives, auteur filmmaking from Iran, and South Asian cinemas. She was awarded the DRS postdoctoral fellowship at Freie Universität Berlin, and is a visiting scientist at the cross-sectional department of Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


Tarishi Verma

is a journalist, PhD student and graduate assistant at Bowling Green State University where she researches subversive practices of gender performances in patriarchal spaces. She is a graduate of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.