College of Fellows


Here you will find an overview and profiles of the Fellows currently active at the College of Fellows | CIIS. Alumnae and alumni of previous semesters and associates can be found on the subpages:
 Alumnae & Alumni

Ponni Arasu
Global Encounters
Social and Cultural Anthropology

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Global Encounters Fellowship

Affiliation: Centre for Asian and Oriental Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology; host: Professor Karin Polit

Stay in Tübingen (from - until): October 2023 - September 2024

Research Project: "Goddess Worship as resistance, identity and everyday life within global encounters of Indentured Tamil Women"

Research Areas: South Asian Studies, Tamil Studies, Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Critical Caste Studies, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Historical Ethnography


1. Co-written with Sarala Emmanuel. ‘ “Attempting to commit offences”:Protectionism, surveillance and moral policing of queer women in Sri Lanka’ in *South Asian Popular Culture Special Issue *on LGBTQ Popular Cultures in Contemporary South Asia and its Diasporas: Queer Lives in the Times of New Authoritarianisms. 2023. (Forthcoming)


2. Co-written with Vijayalakshmi Segar and Sarala Emmanuel. “Collective
organising for rights among women living with disabilities in Sri Lanka” in
Springer Handbook on 'Sex, gender and health: Perspectives from South Asia'. 2023. (Forthcoming)

 3. "*Women’s collective food growing in Sri Lanka: Growing alternatives
and Feeding Hope”. Analytical report commissioned by the Law and Society Trust, Colombo with support from the Culinaria Research Centre, University of Toronto, Scarborough. 2022

Contact: mailponnispam

Activities at the College of Fellows: Lunch Talk: "Tamil Thanmai: A historical ethnography of public political lives in Tamilnadu (1950-70)" and "Goddess Worship as resistance, identity and everyday life within global encounters of Indentured Tamil Women"

About: Dr. Ponni Arasu is a feminist researcher, historian, activist, legal practitioner, translator and theatre artist hailing from Chennai and currently based in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. She is trained in History at the University of Delhi, the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Toronto. Her academic work is on historical ethnographies of contemporary India, with specific focus on social movements such as the Dravidian movement and the women's movement(s). Her PhD research has led her to propose a theoretical framework and methodology called TamilThanmai. She has done research in India and Sri Lanka on the realities of those marginalised on the grounds of their gender, sexuality, caste, class, language, labour, ability, ethnicity, religion etc. for the past twenty years. Her research emerges from and feeds back into movements for social change that she is a part of. She has taught entire courses and guest lectures in the disciplines of history, South Asian studies, Tamil studies, women and gender studies, Caribbean studies and anthropology at the University of Toronto - Canada, University of Minnesota - USA, University of Tubingen - Germany, the University of Jaffna in Sri Lanka, the Tata Institute of Social Studies, Azim Premji University and the University of Pune in India. She has been evolving pedagogic methods of teaching the history and contemporary realities of Sri Lanka with a focus on rigorous research methodology and critical thinking in non-formal and yet consistent teaching spaces to Tamil-speaking students from all over Sri Lanka. This has taken the form of the “Ezhuval: for young women and social change” that she has designed and co-teaches, hosted at the Church of the American Ceylon Mission, Batticaloa. For the past three years she has undertaken research projects in Sri Lanka including on women farmers' collectives; lives and movements for change of women living with disabilities in eastern Sri Lanka; the present realities of LGBTQIA+ individuals and on the status of sex workers. She has produced theatre work with collaborators in India and Sri Lanka on a range of issues which are grounded in using the arts to further the important process of making realities of the marginalised visible and accessible to all. Ponni is also a trained expressive arts therapist practicing primarily in Tamil among women and queer folks from marginalised communities in India and Sri Lanka. She is the Arts and Catalyst Fellowship holder for 2023 at the Studio for Movement Arts and Therapies in Bangalore. She is currently a Global Encounters fellow at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tubingen pursuing research on the life of the goddess Mariamman among descendants of largely Dalit indentured workers in Port of Spain, Trinidad and among rural communities in Tamilnadu. She hopes to bring her proposed concept of TamilThanmai as theory and method to this work.

Laurie Atkinson

Fellow Profil

Fellowship: Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Affiliation: University of Tübingen, academic host: Prof. Dr Matthias Bauer

Stay in Tübingen: April 2022-November 2024

Research Project: Co-creative networks in early English literary print

Research Areas: Early modern English literature; English literary publications 1476-1557; History of the Book (manuscript and print) and the evolution of paratexts; late medieval English and Scottish literature; conceptions of authorship; autobiographical writing

Publications: A list of her publications can be found here.

Contact: laurie.atkinsonspam

Activities at the College of Fellows: College of Fellows Humboldt Lecture: ‘Co-Creativity in Early English Literary Print’, (22. November 2023)

About: Laurie Atkinson completed his PhD at Durham University in 2021. He afterwards provided research as an MHRA Postdoctoral Research Associate for the new Cambridge University Press edition of the complete works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Laurie is now a Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Tübingen, where he works on early English literary print. His monograph, Ideas of Authorship in the English and Scottish Dream Vision: Skelton, Dunbar, Hawes, Douglas, is scheduled for publication with Boydell & Brewer in March 2024.

Smith B. Babiaka

Fellow Profile

Fellowship: Alexander von Humboldt Postdoc Research Fellowship

Affiliation (host insitution, host scholar): Department of Microbial Bioactive Compounds, Interfaculty Institute for Microbiology and Infection Medicine, Univeristy of Tübingen; Prof. Dr. Heike Brötz-Oesterhelt and Dr. Chambers C. Hughes

Stay in Tübingen: September 2022 to September 2025

Research Project: Discovery of novel marine natural products from sponges

Research Areas: Natural Product Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry

Publications: A list of his publications can be found here.

Contact: babiakasmith2009spam, babiaka.smithspam

Activities at the College of Fellows: Humboldt Lecture on Natural Product-Based Discovery of Novel Lead Compounds From Terrestrial and Marine Ecosystems (10. Januar 2024)

About: Smith B. Babiaka is a Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Buea where he was awarded a PhD in Chemistry in March 2019. Since June 2022, he is a Georg Forster Alexander von Humboldt and Georg Forster-Bayer Research Fellow. He is working in the research group of Prof. Dr. Heike Brötz-Oesterhelt and Dr. Chambers C. Hughes at the University of Tübingen. He has been awarded the ARISE Intra-ACP mobility grant, AGNES junior research grant, MINESUP research grant, ACS best poster ward among others. His previous research has been focused on natural product drug discovery of novel lead compounds from nature. He is a member of ACS, RSC, EFMS-YSN & INPST and others. He is a reviewer of manuscripts from Phytochemistry, Frontiers in Natural Products, ChemBioChem, and Natural Product Research and others. He has about thirty-two peer-reviewed journal publications. 

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Deep Chand
Global Encounters

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Global Encounters Fellowship

Affiliation (host insitution, host scholar): Institute of Sociology, host: Prof. Bani Gill

Stay in Tübingen (from - until): 10 April 2024 to 31 March 2025

Research Project: Neighbourhood and Social Cohesion: Police, Protest, and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act [CAA] in India

Research Areas: State, Police, Sociology of Policing, Citizenship and Democracy, Belonging and Neighborhood, Caste and Education, Ethnography

1. Chand, D. (2024). (Re)-production of Caste in the Classroom: A Dalit Perspective, Higher Education (Accepted). 
2. Chand, D. (2023). (Re)-production of Caste Prejudices: Viva-Voce Examination in Higher Education in Eastern Uttar Pradesh. In Dhaneshwar Bhoi & Hugo Gorringe (Eds.), Caste in Everyday Life: Experience and Affect in India. Palgrave Macmillan, London. 
3. Chand, D. (2019). “Equal opportunities in Education: A perspective from below.” Contemporary Voice of Dalit (Sage) 11(1): 55-61. [with Sailu Karre]
4. Chand, D. (2017). “Parents’ Perception and Experiences of Scheduled Caste Students in Access to Higher Education.” Indian Journal of Dalit and Tribal Social Work 4 (1): 49-86.  
5. Chand, D. (2017). “Critique of Brahmanical Hegemony: Understanding Indian Caste System through Gramsci.” Journal of Social and Economic Studies XXVII (1): 76-88.


Activities at the College of Fellows: Research and Teaching, Research workshop, Participating in GTURN lecture series and South Asia reading group

About: I have an MA and M.Phil. in Social Science from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India. I recently completed my PhD in Sociology from Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, with a grade of magna cum laude distinction. I am trained in ethnography, discourse analysis and ethnomethodology. My areas of research include State, Police, Sociology of Policing, Citizenship and Democracy, Belonging and Neighborhood, Caste and Education, Ethnography. I have published my research work in national and international academic journals. I have presented my research at the University of Porto, Portugal, the International Studies Association, Nashville, USA and the World Congress of Sociology organised by the International Sociological Association (ISA) in Melbourne, Australia. I also participate in "Varieties of Ethnographic Research", initiated by the Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers (GRADE). 

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Cansu Civelek
Global Encounters

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Global Encounters Fellowship

Affiliation (host insitution, host scholar): Sociology Department, hosts: Prof. Boris Nieswand & Dr. Gani Bill

Stay in Tübingen (from - until):  1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025

Research Project: Entangled processes of urban ruination, dispossession, and depoliticization : A spatio-temporal analysis of the Karapınar neighborhood in Eskişehir, Turkey

Research Areas: Urban studies, migration, politicization


1. 2023 Beyond Lawfare: An Analysis of Law’s Temporality through Russian-doll Urbanization from Turkey. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review.
2. 2020 Tackling participation beyond the theses of neoliberal urban governance or citizen empowerment. Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development, Special Issue [The Contemporary Turkish State: The Changing Landscape of Political Economy in Turkey] 49(1-2): 39-83. ISSN 0894-6019
3. 2019 Urban renewal with dancing and music”?: The renewal-machine’s struggle to organize hegemony. Focaal Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. 84: 47-61.

Contact: civelekcansuspam

Activities at the College of Fellows:

About: Cansu Civelek graduated from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. She received her master’s degree from the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna with a thesis entitled “‘Regeneration on Site’ or Rent-Driven Urban Renewal? An Ethnographic Inquiry into the Karapınar Valley Urban Regeneration Project in Eskişehir, Turkey”. In 2015, she independently financed her first documentary film, “Warning Karapınar! Voices from an Urban Regeneration,” which was derived from her master’s thesis. In 2020, she received her doctoral degree from the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna, with a dissertation entitled “Non-spectacular Policy-making: Urban Governance, Silence, and Dissent in an Abortive Renewal Project in Eskişehir, Turkey.” As a post-doctoral researcher at the Democracy Institute of the Central European University, she focused on her book project titled “Igniting the Spark of the Political,” examining urban policy-making and governance practices of Eskişehir’s municipal government while addressing questions of collective silence and (de)politicization.
With a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Tübingen's Global Encounters Program, she is developing a research project on neighborhoods of Eskişehir where Afghan refugees reside. The aim is to comprehend the interactions between refugee newcomers and long-standing residents, as well as the mechanisms of claim-making employed by both groups.

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Austin Collins

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Teach@Tübingen

Affiliation (host insitution, host scholar): Seminar für Neuere Geschichte; host: Jun. Prof. Dr. Christina Brauner

Stay in Tübingen (from - until): 1 April 2024 to  31 March 2025

Research Project: ‘La ville eut l’éphémère honneur d’être comme la capitale du Royaume': A Spatial History of Charles IX’s Royal Tour of France, 1564-1566

Research Areas: Early Modern France, French Monarchy, French Wars of Religion, Centre & Periphery, Religious Toleration & Co-Existence, Urban History, Visual & Material Culture


  1. Peer Reviewed Article: ‘Angoulême: Constructing a Royal Connection on the Forgotten Periphery’ in Religion and Urbanity Online (forthcoming) (
  2. Book Review: Kelly Digby Peebles and Gabriella Scarlatta (eds.), Representing the Life and Legacy of Renée de France: From Fille de France to Dowager Duchesse (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) in Royal Studies Journal 9, no. 2 (2022) (
  3. Podcast: UrbRel podcasts: Corinna Riva & Austin Collins for the KFG ‘Religion & Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations’ Podcast (October 2022) (
  4. Workshop Report: Typologising Cities: Critical Reflections Workshop for the KFG ‘Religion & Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations’ Workshop (May 2022) (
  5. Blog Post: ‘Finally, a Long-Awaited Research Trip to France!’ for the KFG ‘Religion & Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations’ Blog (April 2022) (
  6. Workshop Report: Guides to Urbanity Workshop for the KFG ‘Religion & Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations’ Workshop (January 2021) (


Activities at the College of Fellows:


I am a historian of early modern European history, with a specialisation in urban, religious, and spatial approaches. My research investigates how monarchical and religious influence interacted with civic authority within urban spaces during the early French Wars of Religion. My current book project, based on my doctoral dissertation and provisionally entitled ‘‘La ville eut l’éphémère honneur d’être comme la capitale du Royaume': A Spatial History of Charles IX’s Royal Tour of France, 1564–1566 (Angoulême, Lyon, Sens)’, explores how royal, civic, and religious actors utilized different urban spaces in France to project their own authority and promote religious toleration and co-existence through royal entrances amid religious warfare. My research incorporates primary source material such as festival books, financial records, correspondences, city council minutes, and maps. Prior to Tübingen, I have taught early modern European seminars at Durham University.


Scientific Career:

2024-2025: Teach@Tübingen Fellow

2019-2023: PhD from Durham University & Universität Erfurt
‘La ville eut l’éphémère honneur d’être comme la capitale du Royaume': A Spatial History of Charles IX’s Royal Tour of France, 1564–1566 (Angoulême, Lyon, Sens)’

2021-2022: Doctoral Fellow, Universität Erfurt

2020-2021; 2022-2023: Seminar Tutor in early modern European history, Durham University

2018-2019: MA in Early Modern History, King’s College London

2014-2018: BA in History and French, Catawba College, USA

Personal Website:

Stefano Floris

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Alexander von Humboldt Postdoc Research Fellowship

Affiliation (host insitution, host scholar): Biblisch-Archäologisches Institut; Prof. Dr. Jens Kamlah

Stay in Tübingen: June 2022-May 2024

Research Project: By the Sea: A Comparative Study of Cremation Rituals as Markers of “Phoenician Identity” from the Levant to Sardinia

Research Areas: Mediterranean Archaeology; Phoenician and Punic Archaeology

Publications: Books
    1. Floris Stefano, Il tofet di Tharros (= Collezione di Studi Fenici, 52), Roma: CNR Edizioni, 2022, 404 pp. (ISBN: 978 88 8080 532 8 [print edition]; ISBN: 978 88 8080 533 5 [electronic edition]);
Publications in Journals
    3. Floris Stefano, From the Levant to Sardinia, via North Africa and Cyprus. Some remarks on the stone thrones known as “stepped altars” from the Tophet of Tharros, in Cartagine. Studi e Ricerche, n. 8/2023, doi: 10.13125/caster/5573 (;
    4. Floris Stefano [corresponding author] – Amadasi Guzzo Maria Giulia, A new inscribed stele from the tophet of Nora. A note on the Punic votive stone monuments reused in the church of Sant’Efisio (Pula, Sardinia), in Rivista di Studi Fenici, n. 50/2022 [2023], pp. 197-218 (; 
    5. Floris Stefano, Gli scavi di Gennaro Pesce nella collina di Su Murru Mannu e la scoperta del tofet di Tharros, in Del Vais C. – Fariselli A.C. (edd.), Gennaro Pesce in Sardegna: vent’anni di ricerche e scavi archeologici fra Nuragici, Punici e Romani. Atti del Convegno (Ravenna, 10-11 dicembre 2019) (= Byrsa. Scritti sull'antico Oriente mediterraneo, n. 37-38/2020), Lugano 2021, pp. 77-102;
    6. Floris Stefano, Le raffigurazioni della fauna marina nel Mediterraneo centrale punico: documentazione materiale e valore simbolico, in Progressus n. 2/2019, pp. 29-46 (;
    7. Francesco Belfiori – Floris Stefano [corresponding author] – Melania Marano, “Sacra Tharrhica Project”: Preliminary Results of 3D Virtual Reconstruction of the Punic-Roman Sacred Areas of Tharros, Sardinia, in Open Archaeology, n. 5/2019, pp. 553-562 (;
    8. Floris Stefano, Per un bestiario di Tharros punica: iconografie animali dipinte sulla ceramica vascolare dalla collina di Su Murru Mannu, in Incontri di filologia classica n. 17/2017-2018 [2019], pp. 113-134 (;
    9. Floris Stefano, Riflessi di iconografie cartaginesi nei temi zoomorfi e fitomorfi della pittura vascolare tharrense in età punica, in Proceedings of the International Congress "Cartagine fuori da Cartagine: mobilità nordafricana nel Mediterraneo centro-occidentale fra VIII e II sec.a.C. (Ravenna. 30th November – 1st December 2018)" (= Byrsa. Scritti sull'antico Oriente mediterraneo, n. 33-34/2018), Lugano 2018, pp. 133-171;
    10. Floris Stefano, Gli strumenti agricoli nel mondo punico: inventario preliminare, in Byrsa. Scritti sull'antico Oriente mediterraneo, n. 29-30/2016, 31-32/2017, pp. 145-170;
    11. Floris Stefano, Architettura templare a Tharros – II. Il "Tempio a pianta di tipo semitico" e il "Tempio di Demetra", in Ocnus. Quaderni della Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici, n. 24/2016, pp. 47-64;
    12. Floris Stefano, Architettura templare a Tharros – I. Il Tempio monumentale o Tempio delle semicolonne doriche fra tarda punicità e romanizzazione: ipotesi ricostruttiva, in Byrsa. Scritti sull'antico Oriente mediterraneo, n. 25-26/2014, 27-28/2015 [2016], pp. 39-80;
Conference and Congress Proceedings
    13. Floris Stefano, I motivi antropomorfi nella pittura vascolare di Tharros in età punica: note su alcuni esempi da Su Murru Mannu, in Proceedings of the IXth International Congress of Phoenician and Punic Studies. Un viaje entre el Oriente y el Occidente del Mediterraneo y sus periferias (Mérida, 21 – 26 October 2018) (= MYTRA, Monografías y Trabajos de Arqueología, 5), Mérida 2020, pp. 1273-1284 (ISBN: 978-84-09-23034-1);
Book Chapters
    14. Floris Stefano, Il Tempio monumentale di Tharros, in Del Vais C. – Guirguis M. – Stiglitz A. (eds.), Il tempo dei Fenici. Incontri in Sardegna dall'VIII al III sec. a.C., Nuoro 2020, pp. 288-291 (ISBN: 978-88-6202-375-7);
    15. Floris Stefano, Il tofet di Tharros, in Del Vais C. – Guirguis M. – Stiglitz A. (eds.), Il tempo dei Fenici. Incontri in Sardegna dall'VIII al III sec. a.C., Nuoro 2020, pp. 330-333 (ISBN: 978-88-6202-375-7);
    16. Floris Stefano, Bibliografia di Giovanni Garbini, in Callieri P. – Fariselli A.C. (eds.), «E non appassisca il tuo germoglio spontaneo». Studi fenici e punici in ricordo di Giovanni Garbini (= Biblioteca di «Byrsa». Nuova Serie. Scritti sull’antico Oriente mediterraneo, 11), Lugano 2019, pp. 11-61 (ISBN: 978-88-97461-17-0);

Contact: ste.florisspam

Activities at the College of Fellows: Humboldt Lecture Series in winter 2023/24 (Tuebingen, 7th February 2024, 6.30 pm). Talk title: History of a Punic City, seen from its Tophet: a Sardinian Perspective

About: After studying Classics and Archaeology at the University of Bologna, I earned my doctorate at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, with a thesis on the “Tophet”-type Phoenician sanctuary of Tharros (West Sardinia). I participated in archaeological missions in Italy, Armenia, Tunisia and Lebanon and I am Field Director of the “Tophet of Bithia (Domus de Maria, South Sardinia) Archaeological Project” led by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
Since June 2022, I have been a Humboldt Postdoc Research Fellow at the Biblisch-Archäologisches Institut at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. My research focuses on Phoenician and Punic Archaeology, with a specific focus on burial customs between the Levant and the Central Mediterranean.

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Melissa Frazier
Slavic Studies

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: DAAD

Affiliation (host insitution, host scholar): Slavisches Seminar, host: Prof. Dr. Schamma Schahadat

Stay in Tübingen (from - until): 1 April 2024 to 1 August 2024

Research Project: Teaching of three classes:  Comparative Romanticism (lecture); Signs of the Material World:  Dostoevsky and 19th c. Science (seminar); Double Thoughts, Double Consciousness: Russian and African American Literatures

Research Areas: Russian and Comparative Romanticism; Dostoevsky; Literature and Science

Publications: see; CV

Contact: mfrazierspam

Activities at the College of Fellows: Workshop on May 7: "Pushkin in the African-American Imagination" in Kooperation mit dem d.a.i. 

About: Professor of Russian language and Russian and comparative literature at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY USA. Classes in Tuebingen include Comparative Romanticism (lecture); Signs of the Material World: Dostoevsky and 19th c. Science (seminar); Double Thoughts, Double Consciousness: Russian and African American Literatures

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Lorena Grigoletto
Intercultural Studies

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: College of Fellows (Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies)

Affiliation: Intercultural Studies; Collège International de Philosophie of Paris; Academy of Fine Arts of Naples; host: Dr Niels Weidtmann

Stay in Tübingen: May 2023 – April 2024

Research Project: Nature, sign, image. Reconfiguration of the Imaginary and Scopic Regimes in post-colonial Mexico (1910-1930)

Research Areas: History of Philosophy, Aesthetics, Semiotics of art, Phenomenology of the image, Postcolonial studies.


Grigoletto, L. (2022): Lógoi. Sul sentiero “orfico-pitagorico” di María Zambrano (Lógoi. On the “Orphic-Pythagorean” path of María Zambrano). Milan. Mimesis. 236 pp.


Grigoletto, L. ed. (2019): Voci scalze. Declinazioni dell’opera letteraria nel mondo iberico e iberoamericano (Barefoot voices. Declinations of literary works in the Iberian and Ibero-American world), «Pagine inattuali. Rivista di Filosofia e letteratura», Salerno, Arcoiris edizioni. 


Selection of articles
    2023: An art for art: an apology for transparency. In: Seen/Unseen (bilingual edition), Ed. Lenk, B. (Dortmund: Verlag Kettler).
    2023: “Serbatoi celesti”. La foresta come dispositivo di riconfigurazione dello spazio urbano (“Heavenly Reservoirs”. Forest as device for reconfiguring urban space). In: «Mechane. Rivista di filosofia e antropologia della tecnica», n. 4, January 2023.
    2023: Metamorphoriázūsai. Mimicry delle piante e trasduzione + Fiaba estetica: La pianta abitata e l’onagro celeste (Metamorphoriázūsai. Plant mimicry and transduction + Aesthetic fairy tale: The inhabited plant and the celestial onager). In: «PHT (Perfomative Thinking in Humanities)», Ed. R. Diana, n. 3; 55-80; «RTH», n. 10. . ISSN: 2284-0184.

    2017: L’architettura dell’acqua. Alcune riflessioni su pittura e filosofia in Ramón Gaya e María Zambrano (The Architecture of Water. Some reflections on painting and philosophy in Ramón Gaya and María Zambrano). In: «Rocinante. Rivista di filosofia iberica, iberoamericana e interculturale», n. 10, Naples, Italy, 2017, 19-32. ISSN: 2531-6451.


More publications here.

Contact: lorena.grigolettospam; lorigrigolettospam

Activities at the College of Fellows: Member of the Focus Group 'Intercultural Studies', participation and organisation of workshops, attending lectures and seminars, writing and publishing articles

About: Lorena Grigoletto holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Naples Federico II in cotutelle with the University of Seville. She has gained experience studying and collaborating with various foreign universities and research centres, including the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She is the author of several articles and a monography devoted mainly to the link between ethics and aesthetics and between the aesthetic cognitive paradigm and the scientific paradigm in Spanish and Hispano-American thought. Her professional training has developed along two lines, privileging, in addition to the theoretical humanistic sphere, the artistic one and creative writing. In this direction, for some time now, she has launched, in collaboration with an academic journal of education and philosophy the Märchenphilosophie Transcode Project. Since 2019 she has been an adjunct lecturer in Semiotics of Art and Phenomenology of the Image at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples and since 2022 she has been Director of a research programme at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. She is currently developing a research project on the question of “nature” and its representation, especially in painting, as a means of reconfiguring the imaginary in post-colonial Mexico.

Murtala Ibrahim
Global Encounters
Political Science

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Global Encounters Fellowship

Affiliation (host insitution, host scholar): Institute of Political Science, host: Prof. Andreas Hasenclever

Stay in Tübingen (from - until): 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025

Research Project: The Middle East Geopolitics of Religion and the Emergence of Global Salafi and Shia Identities in the Anguwan Rogo Neighborhood of Jos, Nigeria 

Research Areas: Anthropology of religion and politics of religion


1. Ibrahim, M. (2022): Sensational Piety: Practices of Mediation in the Nigerian Pentecostal and Islamic Religious Movement. London: Bloomsbury Publishers. 
- Refereed articles    
2. Ibrahim, M. (2022). Theoretical exploration of literature on Pentecostalism and media in Africa. Religion Compass, e12452. 

3. Ibrahim, M. (2022). The clash of sound, image and light: Inter- and intra-religious entanglements and contestations during Mawlūd celebrations in the city of Jos, Nigeria. Africa, 92(5), 759-779.
4. Ibrahim, M. (2020). Spatial Piety: Shia Religious Processions and the Politics of Contestation of Public Space in Northern Nigeria. In: Balkenhol, M., van den Hemel, E., Stengs, I. (eds) The Secular Sacred. Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

5. Ibrahim, M. (2020). "The Sites of Divine Encounter: Affective Religious Spaces and Sensational Practices in Christ Embassy and NASFAT in the City of Abuja", Affective Trajectories: Religion and Emotion in African Cityscapes, Hansjörg Dilger, Astrid Bochow, Marian Burchardt, Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon, Durham. NC. Duke University Press. Pp. 78-97. 

6. Ibrahim, M. (2017). Oral transmission of the sacred: Preaching in Christ Embassy and NASFAT in Abuja. Journal of Religion in Africa, 47(1), 


Activities at the College of Fellows: 
• Data analysis, background research, and annotated bibliography.
• Writing of two articles to be published in peer journals.
•Working on new project proposal through collaboration with colleagues.
• Presenting my research at the College of Fellows and at least two international conferences. 

Trained in Religious Studies (University of Jos, Nigeria), I received my Ph.D. at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University in 2017. After concluding a one-year research fellowship at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology, Freie University Berlin, I became a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht University from 2020 to 2023.

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Asia Kalinichenko

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Philipp Schwartz-Initiative der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

Affiliation (host institution, host scholar): Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Dr. Nicolae Barsan

Stay in Tübingen (from - until): April 2023 – March 2025

Research Project: AI-enabled, novel, reagentless analytical method for monitoring contaminants in edible oils and rapid quality assessment

Research Areas: Gas sensors and their application for food analysis; Food chemistry; Chemical data science, including data mining and deep machine learning.

1.    Kalinichenko A. Electronic nose combined with chemometric approaches to assess authenticity and adulteration of sausages by soy protein / A. Kalinichenko, L. Arseniyeva // Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical. – 2020. – Vol. 303. – No. 127250. – P. 1-10.
2.    Kalinichenko A.A. Intelligent multisensor system for analytical control of sausages / A.A. Kalinichenko, L.U. Arseniyeva // Methods and Objects of Chemical Analysis. – 2019. – Vol. 14. – No. 2. – P. 57-72. 
3.    Kalinichenko A.A. Feature extraction methods for electronic nose responses / A.A. Kalinichenko, L.U. Arseniyeva, U.P. Butsenko // Methods and Objects of Chemical Analysis. – 2017. – Vol. 12. – No. 3. – P. 112-122. 

Contact: asya.kalinichenkospam

Activities at the College of Fellows: Humboldt Lecture "Food safety and quality assessment using gas sensors and chemometrics: the edible oils case” is planned on January 10, 2024.

About: Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry of Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen, and an associate professor at the Department of Foodstuff Expertise at the National University of Food Technology (NUFT) in Kyiv, Ukraine.  
In 2011 I received a B.Eng. degree at the Faculty of Chemistry at Oles Honchar Dnipro National University, Ukraine, followed by an M.Tech. degree from the National University of Food Technologies in 2012. In 2021, I successfully defended my Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry with a thesis titled “Intelligent Multisensor System for Identification and Quality Assessment of Food Products”. 
In 2012 I started my teaching career as an assistant professor at the Department of Analytical Chemistry of NUFT and then worked in the same position at the Department of Foodstuff Expertise. In September 2021 I was appointed as associate professor at NUFT. I was a lecturer and course author for "Instrumental methods of analysis: express methods", "Food allergens"; course co-author for "Chemical and biological sensors"; in charge with lab and practical works for "Analytical chemistry", "Food quality and safety control", etc. 

I started my research career, which is focused on the application of artificial intelligence and analytical sensors to food analysis, during my PhD studies. I performed my research work as senior research scientist between 2015 and 2018, I supervised the "Identification, quality and safety assessment of food products using sensor systems with artificial intelligence" research project, which was financed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. Since 2022 I am a reviewer for Journal of Chemistry and Technologies and Ukrainian Journal of Food Science. 

Hyunjin Kim
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Fellowship: Humboldt Research Fellowship

Affiliation (host insitution, host scholar): Environmental Biotechnology Group, Department of Geosciences

Stay in Tübingen (from - until): March 2023 until February 2025

Research Project: Power to Protein

Research Areas: Environmental biotechnology: anaerobic fermentation process for producing caproic acid, ecology studies of biogas reactors, omics studies for the methanogen, techno-economic analysis for the bio-succinic acid production, and single-cell protein production by fixing carbon dioxide with renewable energy

Publications: Publicationens by Hyunjin Kim can be found here.

Contact: hyunjin.kimspam

Activities at the College of Fellows: Fellow Lunch Talk on Acetate to Protein: Conversion of Simple Chemicals to Feeding the World (1 February 2024)

About: I’m working as a postdoc in the Environmental Biotechnology Group at the University of Tübingen with a Humboldt fellowship. My research topic is developing processes for making valuable products (such as fuels, chemicals, and protein) from waste materials. I received my Ph.D. from Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, working on the chain elongation process for producing caproic acid from useless biomass. I am currently researching protein production from acetate that is produced by fixing carbon dioxide with renewable energy.

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Riccardo Marin
Computer Science

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Fellowship: Alexander von Humboldt Postdoc Research Fellowship

Affiliation (host insitution, host scholar): University of Tuebingen, Tubingen AI center

Stay in Tübingen: 1 June 2022 - ongoing

Research Project: Functional shape matching for implicit representations

Research Areas: Computer vision, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, 3D shape analysis, Virtual Humans

Publications: A list of his publications can be found here.

Contact: rmarinvrspam

Activities at the College of Fellows: Humboldt Lecture Series in winter 2023/24 (Tuebingen, 7th February 2024, 6.30 pm). Talk title: Connecting the (Digital) Dots: Studying relations in 3D geometries for human virtualization

About: Riccardo Marin has obtained his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Verona. He has been a Post Doctoral researcher at Sapienza University of Rome, and now at the AI Center of the University of Tübingen in the Real Virtual Humans Group. He is a Member of the ELLIS Society, a Humboldt Fellow, and is now funded by a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. His research focuses on 3D Shape Analysis, Geometric Deep Learning, and Virtual Humans.

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Tetjana Midjana
German Language and Literatur

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Fellowship: Philipp Schwarz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Affiliation (host insitution, host scholar): Institute of Rhetoric, Prof. Joachim Knape

Stay in Tübingen: from 1999 – until 2005, since April 2022

Research Project: Periphrase from 1999 – until 2005, Rhetoric of presidential war speeches in the war of aggression against Ukraine, since April 2022

Research Areas: Stylistics, Textual Linguistics, Rhetoric

Publications: A full list of her publications is here.

Contact: tetjana.midjanaspam

Activities at the College of Fellows: Humboldt Lecture über Die Kriegsrhetorik von Wolodymyr Selenskyj und Wladimir Putin und ihre besonderen Merkmale (13. Dezember 2023)

About: Tetjana Midjana studierte deutsche Sprache und Literatur an der Universität Lwiw in der Ukraine. Von 1999 bis 2004 war sie Doktorandin bei Prof. Joachim Knape am Seminar für Allgemeine Rhetorik der Universität Tübingen und promovierte zum Thema „Periphrase“. Seit 2005 ist sie Dozentin am Lehrstuhl für Deutsche Philologie an der Universität Lwiw (Ukraine). 
Seit 1. April 2022 hat sie einen Forschungsaufenthalt am Seminar für Allgemeine Rhetorik. Das Projekt wird von der Universität Tübingen und der Philipp Schwartz-Initiative der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung finanziert.

Olisa Godson Muojama
Global Encounters

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Fellowship: Global Encounters Fellowship

Affiliation (host insitution, host scholar): Institute of Didactics of History and Public History, host: Prof. Bernd-Stefan Grewe

Stay in Tübingen (from - until): 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025

Research Project: Neighbourhood Encounters in Anglo-German Colonial Frontiers in West Africa, 1884-1914

Research Areas: Global History, Colonial History, International Political Economy, Intellectual History

Publications: 1. Olisa Muojama.‘Victims of Nationality: German Civilian Internment in British West Africa during the Second World War.’ Journal of World History Vol. 37. No. 3 (Sept. 2024)
2. Mattin Biglari and Olisa Muojama, ‘Global Histories of Environment and Labour in Asia and Africa.’ In Emily O’Gorman, William San Martin, Mark Carey, Sandra Swart. The Routledge Handbook of Environmental History (Oxon and New York: Routledge 2024), 247-260
3. Gertschen, A. and Olisa Muojama, ‘Multinational Enterprises.’ In Unger, C. R.; Borowy, I. and Pernet, C. A. The Routledge Handbook on the History of Development (Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2022). 278-296. 
4. Olisa Muojama, ‘Cocoa Marketing Board and Sustainable Cocoa Economy in Colonial Nigeria. African Economic History Vol.47. No.1 (2019): 1-31 

Contact: olisamuospam

Activities at the College of Fellows: At the College of Fellows, I will form a focus group with the other Global Encounters Fellows. I will also collaborate with the members of Global Encounters platform and become part of the College’s academic life. 
I will work for 12 months analyzing the data generated from the field work and from the archives to posit my research questions, with the help of my host, Prof. Dr. Bernd-Stefen Grewe. I will consult the University library, as well as company and national archives in Berlin/Koblenz. I will also write out manuscripts on the proposed research project for consideration for publication in high impact journal, and continue to work on my larger project.  I will make presentation of my project to the university community for a feedback an input of other fellows and scholars. 

About: Dr. Olisa Godson MUOJAMA is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. His research cuts across African History, global history, economic history, and colonial history. He is a fellow of Global Encounters, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany (2024-2025). He was a Fellow in Global History at the Munich Centre for Global History, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany (2022). He was a Laurette of the Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal (2016). He was also a Fellow of the African Humanities Program (AHP) of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) from 2011 to 2012. He is the Principal Investigator/Principal Faculty in Nigeria of the Global History Lab (GHL), University of Cambridge, formerly of Princeton University, New Jersey, USA. He is the author of The Nigerian Cocoa Industry and the International Economy in the 1930s: A World-Systems Approach. He has also published in specialist journals such as African Economic History 47, no.1 (2019): 1-31 (Wisconsin) and Journal of World History 35, no. 3 (2024, upcoming). His current post-doctoral research is on Deutsch-Westafricanisches Begenungen, 1840-1990.

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Marika Pulkkinen
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Fellow Profile

Fellowship: Personal research grant by the Finnish Cultural Foundation

Affiliation: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology, Biblical Studies; Fellow by the Center for Religion, Culture and Society.

Stay in Tübingen (from - until): September 2023 until August 2024

Research Project: Postdoctoral monograph project Evoking Shame, Honor, Desire, and Disgust through Vocabulary of Sex Work in the Ancient Jewish Sources and in the New Testament.

Research Areas: Biblical Studies, Emotions Studies, Affect Theories

Journal articles:

“Teaching through the Psalms. Allusions to the Wilderness Tradition in 1 Corinthians 10,1–10 and the Origin of the Passage”, The Function of Psalms and Prayers in the Late Second Temple Period. Edited by Mika S. Pajunen & Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme. Scandinavian Journal of Old Testament vol. 33/2, 2019, 244–263.


Articles in thematic volumes:

”Erotiikka, seksityö ja seksuaalinen väkivalta raamatunteksteissä ja Twin Peaks -televisiosarjassa ja -elokuvassa” [published in Finnish, ”Erotics, Sex Work and Sexual Abuse in the Biblical Texts and in Twin Peaks”], in Raamattu ja populaarikulttuuri [The Bible and Popular Culture]. Edited by Susanna Asikainen & Marika Pulkkinen. Helsinki: Publications of the Finnish Exegetical Society 124, 2023, 282–306.

“Psalms as Prophecy: Paul’s Use of Psalms in First Corinthians 15 and the Source of the Psalm Text”, Scriptures in the Making: Texts and Their Transmission in Late Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Raimo Hakola, Jessi Orpana, and Paavo Huotari. Contributions to Biblical Exegesis & Theology. Leuven: Peeters, 2022, 345–365.

“Psalmit kasvattavat suosiotaan: Psalmien käyttö opetuksessa ja profetiana Paavalilla” [Published in Finnish, “The Use of Psalms as Prophecy and in Teaching in Paul], Kirjakääröistä digiraamattuun: pyhän tekstin idea, muoto ja käyttö. [From Scrolls to Digital Bible: Idea, Form, and Function of Sacred Text]. Edited by Jutta Jokiranta and Nina Nikki. Helsinki: Publications of the Finnish Exegetical Society 122, 2021, 68–92.DOI:

“Psalmit”, [Published in Finnish, “Psalms”] Sisälle Septuagintaan. [Introduction to the Septuagint.] Edited by Anneli Aejmeleaeus, Miika Tucker, and Katja Kujanpää. Helsinki:  Publications of the Finnish Exegetical Society 116, 2018, 167–180.

“’There is no one righteous’: Paul's Use of Psalms in Romans 3”, Functions of Psalms and Prayers in the Late Second Temple Period. Edited by Mika S. Pajunen & Jeremy Penner. BZAW 486. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017, 384–409. DOI:


Edited volume

Raamattu ja populaarikulttuuri. [Published in Finnish, The Bible and Popular Culture] Edited by Susanna Asikainen & Marika Pulkkinen. Helsinki: Publications of the Finnish Exegetical Society 124, 2023, 430 pp.


Monograph dissertation

Paul’s Use of Psalms: Quotations, Allusions, and Psalm Clusters in Romans and 1 Corinthians. PhD Dissertation. University of Helsinki, 2020.

Contact: marika.pulkkinenspam

Activities at the College of Fellows: Lunch Talk “Slut-Shaming – Ancient and Modern: Sexual Slander, Shame, and Honor in the Biblical Texts”, January 24, 2024

About: Marika Pulkkinen holds a PhD in Theology in the field of Biblical Studies (June 2020, University of Helsinki). In her PhD dissertation, Paul’s Use of Psalms: Quotations, Allusions, and Psalm Clusters in Romans and 1 Corinthians (, she specialized in Pauline studies, Septuagint Studies, and Psalms Studies. She worked as a PhD Candidate in the Centre of Excellence in Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions (2014–2019) funded by the Academy of Finland. In addition, during her PhD project, she worked two semesters as an associate member of the Research Training Group “Ambiguity – Production and Perception” (led by Prof. Matthias Bauer) at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (2014–2015). In her current postdoctoral project Evoking Shame, Honor, Desire, and Disgust through Vocabulary of Sex Work in the Ancient Jewish Sources and in the New Testament, she takes into account a broader set of sources (The prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible/the Septuagint; Graeco-Roman sources, Dead Sea Scrolls) as well as multidisciplinary methods (emotions studies, affect theories). During the calendar year 2022, Marika Pulkkinen worked as a visiting scholar and an associate member of the ERC project Honour in Classical Greece at the University of Edinburgh with her personal research grant by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Sofie Schiødt

Fellow Profile

Fellowship: Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdocs

Affiliation: Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Host: Prof. Dr. Christian Leitz

Stay in Tübingen: October 2023 until October 2024

Research Project: "Drugs, Treatments, and Healers: The Practice of Medicine in Ancient Egypt"

Research Areas: Egyptology, philology, ancient Egyptian medicine and magic, history of science, social history

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

Contact: sofie.schiodtspam

Activities at the College of Fellows: Humboldt Lecture "Medical Practice in Ancient Egypt: Who, What, and How?" (9 November 2022)
About: I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies, hosted by Prof. Dr. Christian Leitz. I obtained my PhD in 2021 from the University of Copenhagen with the dissertation Medical Science in Ancient Egypt: A Translation and Interpretation of Papyrus Louvre-Carlsberg (pLouvre E 32847 + pCarlsberg 917). The dissertation presented a preliminary text edition of a 6-meter-long papyrus—the second-longest medical text surviving from ancient Egypt—which I finalized for publication during a subsequent postdoc at the University of Copenhagen funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and Edubba Foundation. My main research interests lie in ancient Egyptian medicine and magic, science and technology, and social history. I am co-director of the international, interdisciplinary research project Scientific Papyri from Ancient Egypt in Cross-Cultural Perspective, which aims to advance the field of ancient science by publishing unedited textual sources and by facilitating advanced papyrological training of early career scholars. My background is primarily in philology, but I also have considerable archaeological and osteological training.