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
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.
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.
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).
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.
On International Peace Day, we launched our report on how Switzerland could follow a feminist peace vision at home and abroad and what role care-work would take in such an approach
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.