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About TraGS

About the Project

TraGS—Transnational Perspectives in Gender Studies—is a resource for students and teachers. The overall goal is to provide students with insights into alternative ontological and epistemic perspectives of understanding gender relations and gender-driven power dynamics in various contexts. This is linked with participatory and cooperative pedagogy/didactics that bring together students and teachers of different continents with the intent to enable students to develop a reflexive analytical praxis beyond eurocentrism and to contribute to the production of knowledge addressing global gender questions. 

Lecturers and Project Organisers


Professor Fatima Sadiqi

University of Fez, Morocco

Fatima Sadiqi is Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies (University of Fez, Morocco); her work focuses on women’s issues in modern North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean world. In June 2018, she was elected President of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies – AMEWS. She is author and editor of numerous volumes and journal issues, including Women, Gender and Language (Brill 2003), Women’s Activism and the Public Sphere: Local/Global Linkages (Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 2006), Women and Knowledge in the Mediterranean (Routledge 2013), Moroccan Feminist Discourses (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), and Women’s Movements in the Post-“Arab Spring” North Africa (2016). Fatima Sadiqi is also a public speaker in many languages and a member of many national and international scholarly and policy-making boards. Her work has been supported by numerous prestigious awards and fellowships from Harvard University, The Woodrow Wilson Center, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and Fulbright. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Women’s History.

Fatima Sadiqi

Professor Paula Banerjee

University of Calcutta

Professor Paula Banerjee, best known for her work on women in borderlands and women and forced migration, was the former Vice Chancellor of Sanskrit University and the former President of International Association for Studies in Forced Migration.  She is a faculty member of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Calcutta, one of the largest and oldest universities in South Asia.  She is also the former Director of the avant guard South Asian think tank called Calcutta Research Group.  Winner of many awards, accolades and fellowships, in 2013 she was awarded the Fulbright SIR and in 2009 she won the SITRA-CIMO award.  Her recent publications include Statelessness in South Asia (2016), Unstable Populations, Anxious States (edited 2013), Women in Indian Borderlands (edited, 2012) and Borders, Histories, Existences: Gender and Beyond (2010).  She is the editor of Refugee Watch and the editorial board member of a number of international journals such as Oxford Journal of Refugees. 

Paula Banerjee
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Dr. Sylvia Pritsch

Carl Von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany


Sylvi Pritsch

Professor Sheila Meintjes

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Sheila Meintjes is an Honorary Research Associate Professor in the Political Studies Department at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She s also a visiting professor at the Centre for Women and Gender Studies (ZFG) at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Her teaching and research interests are in Feminist theory, sex, sexuality  and Gender politics. She has previously published on colonial history, women’s movements in South Africa and post conflict transformation. At present she is working on feminist institutionalism and gender violence. She was a Commissioner in the Commission for Gender Equality between 2001 and 2004. She has been a member of the boards of several NGOs working for the end to gender violence and substantive equality for women and lgbtqi+ people.

Sheila Meintjes

Dr. Lydia Potts

Carl Von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany


Lydia Potts

Research and Project Assistants

Research and Project Assistants

Project and Research Assistants

Project and Research Assistants


Justine Grace Abrugena, M.A.

Justine Grace Novio Abrugena is a young Filipino migrant in Europe, with an MA in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR). She currently works as a research assistant and staff support at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. She briefly worked in the communications and public relations industry in the Philippines prior to pursuing her graduate studies in Europe. Her particular interest with migration studies was nurtured during her internship and volunteer stint with an NGO in Manila that promotes migrant welfare and was further enriched by her experience at the Philippine Consulate General in Barcelona. Justine’s research interests include labor migration, diaspora studies, gender, and integration amongst others.

Research and Project Assistants

Project and Research Assistants

Project and Research Assistants


Pia Schlechter, M.A.

Pia Schlechter is a project assistant in TraGS and also works in the ZFG Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies in the University of Oldenburg. She studied culture, art & textile studies and philosophy in Oldenburg and Toruń (Poland) and holds an M.A. in Cultural Analysis. Currently, she is doing her PhD on Selfies in holocaust tourism places, with a transdisciplinary approach and a focus on visual culture, ethnography, discourse analysis and self-reflective methodologies. In the University of Oldenburg, she also teaches classes in Philosophy or Cultural Studies. Apart from the University, she also creates video content for a heritage museum and is also self-employed with a small label where she creates and sells illustrations and bags/accessories and has a background in graphic design.

Research and Project Assistants

Project and Research Assistants

Project and Research Assistants


Gabriella Mikiewicz, M.A.

Gabriella Mikiewicz is a communications professional specialising in migration and intercultural contexts. She currently works as a freelance graphic designer and communications professional. She holds an M.A. in Migration and Intercultural Relations from the Erasmus Mundus programme EMMIR. Gabriella holds the title of Director of Student and Alumni Relations at the Erasmus Mundus Association. She is from the U.S. and Poland, and has lived in 9 countries and traveled to many more. 

Research and Project Assistants

Project and Research Assistants

Project and Research Assistants


Rubana Mussharat, M.A.


Justine Abrugena
Pia Schlechter
Gabriella Mikiewicz
Ruban Mussharat



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Dr. Lydia Potts

Programme Coordinator

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Women and Gender (ZFG)

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