Jessica Laura Hübschmann

Jessica Laura Hübschmann
Image Credit: © Jessica Laura Hübschmann

International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

PhD Candidate

Field of Activity

Project: “The construction of the category ‘victim’ in the process of transitional justice in Colombia. A feminist perspective”

Address Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin

Since 01/2015

Scholarship holder of the International Research Training Group 'Between Spaces', Freie Universität Berlin

02/2011 - 05/2011

Research stay in Bogotá, Colombia

10/2009 - 09/2011

Master of Arts in 'Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies' at the Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

10/2003 - 12/2007

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Philology and History at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain and Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, Colombia.

Work experience

09/2013 - 11/2014

Coordinator Assistant of the International Research Training Group 'Between Spaces', El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Mexico

11/2011 - 06/2012

Internship at „ProDeMujer“, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ in Bogotá, Colombia

01/2008 - 07/2009

Assistant teacher for German as a foreign language at Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia.

“The construction of the category ‘victim’ in the process of transitional justice in Colombia. A feminist perspective”


Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Günther Maihold (FU Berlin) and Prof. Dra. Marianne Braig (FU Berlin)

The main objective of my research project is to gain a better understanding of how and why transitional justice (TJ) is used in Colombia during the ongoing conflict and the consequences arising with respect to the possible role of "victim" as political actors. In this context, two dimensions of TJ are of particular importance: TJ as a discourse and TJ as a practice. Through a critical analysis of the process of institutionalization of TJ in Colombia I examine who the actors of TJ are, what kind of discourses they construct and through which practices they become manifest. In particular, the interrelations and tensions between the dominant discursive construction of the category "victim" and the constitution of political subjectivities will be analyzed. The focal question is: How does the discourse of of TJ, taking into account the conditions of the simultaneity of TJ and armed conflict, as well as the specific manifestations of statehood in Colombia and the prevailing gender constructions, influence the constitution of political subjectivities?

My research project is based on a social constructivist line of research within the scientific TJ literature, that I expand with the use of the gender perspective.



  • 2012 (with Matthias Schreiber): ‘Keine gewöhnlichen Verbrechen‘, in: Amnesty Journal, 12/2012, p. 52-53.