28 May 2021: Making use of digitalization

Demet Bolat is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology. She worked on heterosexism in her master thesis. Currently, she focuses on commons studies and feminist theory in her doctoral dissertation. She is an academic for peace who signed the “We Will Not Be Party to This Crime” petition. She has engaged in the feminist movement for over ten years. She is one of the editors of the Feminist Bellek website.

Dr. Giuliana Sorce holds a PhD in Mass Communications and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies from Penn State University. Currently, she is postdoctoral scholar with a focus on digital cultures, networked activism, and gender (media) studies. She has published in venues such as Feminist Media Studies, Journalism Practice, or The Communication Review. She is co-chair of the International & Intercultural Communication Division (DGPuK/German Communication Association). Her new book Global Perspectives on NGO Communication for Social Change is forthcoming with Routledge.

Prof. Dr. Tanja Thomas holds a professorship in Media Studies with a focus on Transformations in Media Cultures. Her main research interests are (critical) media and cultural theory, feminist theory and Gender (Media) Studies, Cultural (Media) Studies, Memory Media Studies. Currently, she is heading a research project on “Doing Memory on right-wing violence as a perspective for a pluralistic society“. Tanja Thomas is co-editor of feministische studien. She recently published a book on “Feministische Theorie und Kritische Medienkulturforschung. Ausgangspunkte und Perspektiven” and “Media and Participation in Post-Migrant Societies”.

24 September 2021: Strategies of solidarity building

Ece Öztan (Dr.) works on gender equality, diversity, empowerment, citizenship and discrimination. Öztan completed her PhD in migration, gender and integration. Parallel to her 15 years of university teaching and research experience in these fields, she is a trainer and consultant in the fields of gender equality and empowerment in non-governmental organizations and in NOTİ Training & Consultancy. She is one of the founders of Bağ Interactive Learning Association working on interactive learning technologies and activities supporting equality, inclusivity, non-discrimination and women’s empowerment.

Olga Sasunkevich is Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of Gothenburg. She is a researcher in the project Spaces of Resistance with a focus on feminist and LGBTI+ activism in Russia in the transnational perspective. Her research interests include feminist and LGBTI+ politics, gender and sexuality in Eastern Europe. She is the co-author of the collective monograph “Feminist and LGBTI+ activism in Russia, Scandinavia, and Turkey: Transnationalizing Spaces of Resistance” forthcoming in Palgrave McMillan later this year.

Yudit Namer is a clinical psychologist and researcher in public mental health. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. With a number of LGBTQI+ organisations in Turkey, she has contributed to developing training programs for mental health professionals in providing mental health care for LGBTQI+ clients to improve access to mental health care. She currently works at the Bielefeld School of Public Health with a focus on marginalised groups’ access to health care.

29 October 2021: Networking, outreach and community engagement

Sabina García Peter (sociologist, PhD) works at the Margherita von Brentano Center for Gender Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, where she is responsible for the areas of digitalization and science communication, among others. Since 2017, she has been involved in the organization of the Science Day #4GenderStudies celebrated annually on December 18 to react against the attacks on the transdisciplinary field of gender studies.

Aylime Aslı Demir is a feminist-queer activist who has been working on curatorial and editorial projects dealing with the politics and aesthetics of bringing various types of practices and knowledges together in publications and exhibitions. She studied public administration, political science and gender studies. She has been working as the academic and cultural studies department coordinator at Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association (Kaos GL) since 2013. She is the director of the Ankara Queer Art Program, which started its activities in 2020. She has been taking part in and collaborating with many institutions and collectives within the frames of exhibitions, conferences, community works and publications in Turkey and abroad.

Angelika Sjöstedt is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Mid Sweden University and lives in a rural village outside of the town of Östersund, enjoys growing vegetables and flowers and share the home with cat, partner and more. The village has high speed internet connection. Angelika engages in transnational and transperipheral academic activism, especially through the Forum for Gender Studies, and the network for south Saami research at Mid Sweden University. Recent publications include the edited collection “Working life and gender inequality: intersectional perspectives and the spatial practices of peripheralization” published in 2021 on Routledge with Katarina Giritli-Nygren & Marianna Fotaki and bring together contributions that address gendered worker’s struggles across national contexts and continents.