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News of the GIGA Doctoral Programme

Learn more about the activities of our Doctoral Researchers in the past month.

  • We welcome our new Visiting Doctoral Researcher Luz Marcela Villalobos Andrade from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, who will stay with us from August 2023 until January 2024. She is writing her dissertation on the disappearance of girls and women in the context of the "war on drugs" considering the implementation of the policy of militarization of public security and the consequences in the diversification and increase of organized crime groups in Mexico. She can be contacted via the following e-mail address:

    In June Valeria Morales conducted a written defense of her thesis project at the University of Costa Rica and in August she has an oral public defense – both a requirement to continue advancing her doctoral studies at her university. At the beginning of July she presented the results of her GLACIER workshop at the Leibniz-Institute of Plant Biochemistry.

    In July Julia Köbrich attended the conference of the European Association of Social Psychology in Krakow and travelled to Montréal to attend the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) Academy and Conference. At the end of July and beginning of August she also participated in a summer school in Essex and attended a course on “Causal Interference and Experiments in the Social Sciences”.

    In Mid-July Ardahan Özkan Gedikli participated in the IPSA World Congress in Buenos Aires and presented his paper titled “Turkish Public Diplomacy in Africa: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Erdogan’s Narratives” at the panel “West/East Dichotomy Rebirth: Othering in World Politics”.

    At the end of July Alina Ripplinger attended the Summer School of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), where she took a course on Qualitative Data Analysis.

    In July Johanna Pieper participated in a PhD Workshop in REPAL Quito, Ecuador to present her dissertation.

    Désirée Reder wrote an article for the blog of the London School of Economics and Social Sciene on the liberation of political prisoners in Nicaragua.

    GIGA Doctoral Programme

    The GIGA has a long tradition of integrating young researchers into its research structure. This tradition culminated in the establishment of the GIGA Doctoral Programme. This programme seeks to provide a platform for young, international, and German academics, from which they can pursue their research and professional development, particularly in the field of comparative area studies (CAS).

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