One of the many benefits of my Greek upbringing is that I learnt to speak up early - and charismatically. If you look for an expert for your event or training, I will happily contribute. My areas of expertise:
Feminist foreign policy
Feminism and its eternal pendant: anti-feminism as well as the current backlash against gender equality
Authoritarianism, both in terms of consolidated regimes and their subversion by social movements as well as rising authoritarian tendencies promoted by right-wing populists in democracies
Former communist Europe with a focus on Russia and Serbia and extensive knowledge on Belarus and Ukraine
Security, conflict and peace with emphasis on feminist visions of security, demilitarisation and how different masculinities relate to sexual and gender-based violence
The Swiss think tank Denknetz organised a panel on the new feminist wave in Switzerland. Together with Elisabeth Joris, Xenia Wassihun, Anna-Beatrice Schmaltz and Nadja Mosimann we talked about the impact of the feminist strike(s), our personal relation to it and the counter-reactions against and challenges for this new feminist movement.
Maison Heinrich Heine Panel
Together with Magali Lafourcade, French National consultative Commission for Human Rights, SciencesPo researcher Maxime Forest and prof. Uta Ruppert we discussed whether feminist foreign policy in France and Germany was a slogan or reality. It was organised by Maison Heinrich Heine and moderated by Spiegel Paris Chef, Britta Sandberg.
Munich Security Conference
The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP), International Civil Action Network (ICAN) and the German Foreign Policy Council organised a side event on strongmen and anti-feminism. I spoke on the panel next to Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent of the FT, Gideon Rachman and ICAN founder, Sanam Anderlini. The discussion was moderated by CFFP co-founder, Kristina Lunz.
Young Scholar Award Ceremony
I am the proud recipient of the Young Scholar 2022 Prize, awarded by the Walter Benjamin Kolleg of the University of Bern. On the occasion of the ceremony, I organised a panel on feminist and civil society's perspectives on the war against Ukraine with documentary filmmaker, Lesia Kordonets, East European historian, Carmen Scheide and Melanie Pfändler as moderator.
Speech on anti-feminism in Russia
Panel on feminist foreign policy for Switzerland
alliance f organised a panel discussion for their donors in which we discussed the possibility of a feminist foreign policy for Switzerland together with green-liberal politician Tiana Angelina Moser and diplomat Flavia von Meiss, faciliatated by Dr. Katja Gentinetta.
Launch of research network Gender & Political Science
Dr. Elizabeth Mesok and I co-founded this research network to connect feminist political scientists and make our research more visible. We launched the netowrk with a public roundtable on anti-feminism with guest speaker Dr. Stefanie Boulila and Prof. Elisabeth Prügl.
Women for Peace is one of the oldest feminist organisations in Switzerland. For their annual meeting I held a lecture on feminist foreign policy and organised world cafés on different aspects of FFP.
feministischer salon Basel
I featured next to Prof. Annick Wibben, Markus Theunert from maenner.ch and Natalina Haller from young WILPF Siwtzerland on a panel on masculinities, militarism and pacifism that was moderated by Franziska Schutzbach.
As a preparation for the study trip to Poland, I will lead a 3h workshop on the anti-feminist backlash in Eastern Europe for the Swiss and German participants of the course at the feminist faculty Switzerland
Organised together with Dr. Dana Landau a roundtable discussion on Ukraine and the Westbalkan where we also featured as speakers alongside Dr. Adis Merdzanovic and Nikola Buric. The discussion was facilitated by Adelina Gashi and hosted at swisspeace.
Sommer in Ilanz
Spoke on an expert panel at the peace forum Ilanz on the implications of the war in Ukraine for Europe and the role Switzerland and civil society play.
I brought my expertise in Russian authoritarianism to the debate on the new phase in the war in Ukraine hosted by the Swiss public broadcaster.
Together with Dr. Alex Bolfass from CSS ETH Zurich we analysed the historical origins of the invasion of Ukraine and its implications for peace and security on a panel hosted by Reatch.
In a debate format on war crimes in Ukraine, hosted by the Swiss public broadcaster, I featured as an expert on Russia and gender-based violence.
Together with reporter Anna Jikhareva and historian Olha Martynyuk, I featured on a WOZ panel on Ukraine that tried to make sense of the war and discuss paths to peace.
Prof. Eléonore Lépinard invited me to hold a guest lecture in her course Human Rights and Gender Equality. I covered the history of feminist anti-militarist struggles and how they led to the historic UN Women, Peace and Security agenda and how that agenda is implemented (or not).
My DPhil thesis was awarded an honorable mention by the Swiss Association for Gender Studies because of its "particular political relevance for transnational feminism". It is only the second time SAGS gives such an award.
Brigitte Schnegg Prize Ceremony
I was one the 246 women who got elected to participate in the 2nd historic women only parliamentary session which was organised to showcase women's demands 50 years after we earned suffrage. I used the opportunity to speak about Feminist Foreign Policy.
I held a lecture on my doctoral research on the anti-gender backlash in authoritarian regimes at the feminist faculty Switzerland, an association with the aim to make feminist knowledge more widely accessible.
In the month of the Francophonie I had the pleasure to hold a guest lecture on 50th years women suffrage in Switzerland at the University of Comenius (Slovakia). I thank the Institut Français & the Swiss Embassy in Bratislava for the opportunity!
I spoke about my research and my experience at Oxford, the personal trajectory that brought me there as well as the path I have taken since at the alumni Assocation Swiss Friends of Oxford University.
I was invited to speak alongside Dr. Lucy Wooding and Eirian Yem at my alma mater, Lincoln College, Oxford, about why the study of gender matters today.
I had the pleasure to present my finished DPhil thesis at the Gender Centre of the Geneva Graduate Institute.