Mareike Bauer is currently studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin, where she is primarily focusing on queer feminist and postcolonial theory. Before starting her current course, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science in 2015.

Mareike has supported the Diversity unit since July 2018 as a student assistant.



Bettina Bock von Wülfingen is a scholar of cultural studies with a background in Biology and Health Sciences. She qualified as a university lecturer at the Department of Cultural History and Theory at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2012 with a Habilitation thesis on »Economies and the Cell – Conception and Heredity around 1900 and 2000«. Her current research is focused on the modelling of connections below and above the cellular plane and on the transition from reproduction and production to (re-)generation in the life sciences and medicine. She was a Research Associate in the completed project “Gender & Gestaltung” and is responsible for diversity issues in the Coordination Office and in the Gender Rhizom Project. Her research areas include history of knowledge and cultural history of the life sciences.



Florian Bodewald is in the Master’s program European Studies of the Europa-Universität Viadrin in Frankfurt (Oder) as well as the Collegium Polonicum in Słubice, where he studies queer and poststructural theory and tries his best with the Polish language. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Education Studies and Gender Studies at the HU Berlin. Following an internship in Diversity Management at the Deutsche Bahn (German Rails), he was employed as an assistant researcher at the EUV in the same field.

Florian has been assisting the Management Office in matters of diversity since March 2016.



Martina Erlemann is researcher in the Working Group Scheich/Science Studies at the physics department of the Freie Universität Berlin since 2012. Her first graduation was a Master in physics from Hamburg University. In 2009, she finished her PhD in sociology on the gendering of physics in public discourses at the Institute for Social Studies of Science at Vienna University. She had research positions at the universities in Vienna, Klagenfurt und Augsburg. In 2011 she has been invited research fellow at the Centre for Gender Research at Uppsala University, Sweden. In 2016 she was appointed the international »Klara Maria Faßbinder – Visiting Professor« for Women’s and Gender Studies at the physics department of the Technical University Kaiserslautern.
Her fields of research and teaching are Science & Technology Studies and Gender Studies. Her current research topics deal with the role of gender and materiality in techno-scientific cultures and research practices.



Martin Kallmeyer studied Sociology and Gender Studies in Hannover, Bielefeld, and Berlin. In his thesis, he investigated the production of an artificial bacterium in synthetic biology (»Synthia«) to examine the entangled relationship between experimental production and gender studies. He continued pursuing this subject in his dissertation by investigating the intricate ontological modes of technological and biological materialities in the Life Sciences, specifically from the standpoint of the cultural sciences and gender studies. He was a scientific investigator under the Chair of Gender & Science Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 2015 to 2016. His research interests include new feminist materialism and gender & science studies.



Kerstin Palm was appointed Professor of Natural Sciences and Gender Studies at the Department of History of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2013.

She studied Biology, Philosophy and German Studies and completed a doctorate with a case study on the problem of the acidification of lakes caused by »acid rain« (titled Phytoplankton in Huzenbach Lake, a Dystrophic Cirque Lake in the Northern Black Forest). She wrote a professorial dissertation in the field of cultural science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin titled “Modes of existence – Fragments of Cultural History in the Biological Concept of life 1750–2000.” In April 2008 she became an associate member and in April 2014 a full member of the ZtG (Centre for Trans-disciplinary Gender Studies) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In 2010, she became a founding member of the Gender Studies Association of Germany.

Her research interests are the history of epistemology relating to the natural sciences, from the perspective of gender; particularly the cultural history of natural scientific and technological concepts (life, energy, the body, matter) as informed by theories of gender; gender epistemology, theories of materiality (concepts of embodiment theory and plasticity in research on the brain, epigenetics and epidemiology, biological incorporations of sociality, New Materialism); theories and practices of trans- and interdisciplinarity; and gender theory in the curriculum of natural sciences and technology (gender theory-informed biology education).



Sofia Varino is a media & cultural studies scholar studying bodies and biomedical practices with a special focus on North American sociocultural contexts. Her research can be located at the intersection of American studies, feminist technoscience studies, body theory, visual culture and the history of knowledge. She earned a Ph.D in Cultural Studies from Stony Brook State University of New York with a dissertation titled Vital Differences: Indeterminacy and the Biomedical Body (ProQuest, 2017), where she examines how embodied and gendered differences destabilize immunological knowledge by introducing disorder and uncertainty.