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Laura Paetau


International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

PhD Candidate

Project: "Beyond Belonging"

Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin

Winter term 2012 - 2013

'¿Y quién me quita lo bailao?' on representations and popular culture in Latin America, Institute for Latin American Studies (Freie Universität Berlin)

Since June 2012

Research assistant: Latin American Institute (Freie Universität Berlin)

Summer term 2012

'Berlin Calling' on post-migrant articulations, Institute for European Ethnology (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

Winter term 2011 - 2012

'Nothing but a B-Thang' on Hip Hop as migrant subcultur, John F. Kennedy Institut (Freie Universität Berlin)

Summer term 2011

'Girls make some noise' on feminist interventions in Pop-Music, Institute for European Ethnology (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)


Research assistant: Centre of Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES), Lisbon University Institute

Summer term 2010 - Winter term 2010 - 2011

'Queens, sisterhood and keepin' it real' on feminist interventions in Pop-Music, summer term 2010 and winter term 2010/11 John F. Kennedy Institut (Freie Universität Berlin), winter term 2010/11 Institute for transdisciplinary gender studies (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

2005 - 2008

Freie Universität Berlin – Otto Suhr Institute, Political Sciences (Diploma)

2002 - 2005

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin – Social Sciences

"Beyond Belonging"


Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa (Freie Universität Berlin)


This dissertation project “BEYOND BELONGING” investigates cultural and political self-representation in the context of theatre performances and performance art in Berlin. I focus on how cultural agents who identify as Post-Migrants create cultural inter-spaces, inquiring which processes and negotiations of inclusion and exclusion based on power categories such as gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity can be observed here and how a sense of belonging is being constructed. I assume that in in post-migrant cultural representations identity constructions are drafted and played with. By examining the hybrid understandings of identity and cultural interspaces in Post-Migrant performances, I wonder where and how these cultural interspaces interrogate and deconstruct institutionalized binary conceptions of identity and culture.



  • (2009), with Lenz, Anne, Feminismen und Neue Politische Generation, Verlag Westfälisches Dampfboot: Münster.

Articles in anthologies

  • (2012), with Lenz, Anne, 'Nothing but a B-Thang', in: Dietrich, Marc und Seeliger, Martin (eds.), Deutscher Gangsterrap, transcript Verlag: Bielefeld, p. 109-164.

  • (2008), with Thorsson, Steen, 'Alemania: servicios sociales vs. intervención política. Un ejemplo del collective Villa 32 en Berlin-Wedding', in: Servicios sociales: Modelos y Perspectivas, Ediciones Academicas S.A. Madrid, p.127-135.

Articles in magazines

  • (2011), with Lenz, Anne, ‘Machen Feminist_innen Feminismus?‘, in: an.schläge, Das feministische Magazin, p.30-31.

Zwischen Räumen
Consejo Nacional de Ciencia e Technologia
Banner Dahlem Research School