Sophie Raehme

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I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Gender Studies at the Central European University in Vienna and a visiting fellow at the Institute of Political Science at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. I am pursuing a PhD in comparative gender studies. My research focuses on transitional and intersectional justice, gender, and human rights. My PhD project identifies legal, political, and cultural strategies different state actors, non-governmental actors and victims/survivors use in negotiating gendered concepts of justice, reparation, and victimhood in Colombia. I am excited about legal and feminist philosophy, critical and queer theory, and applied decolonial and creative methods. In 2020 and 2021, I co-produced a short participatory and transnational documentary about overlapping temporalities of intermittent routines, interruption and continuities during the pandemic. I am interested in supporting, strengthening, and building new relationships with and within the global souths.

I completed a Magister in Philosophy and a master’s degree in international studies/ Peace and Conflict Research, as well as a Bachelor in Sociology from Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. I defended my undergraduate thesis on gender-just reparations for forcibly displaced women in Colombia, my thesis in Legal and Political Philosophy focused on the victims’ right to truth in Argentina and my MA thesis on the news coverage of the violence against social, environmental and human rights activists during the pandemic. I have published on issues such as the rise in killings of social activists since the 2016 peace agreement in Colombia (2019). In 2023, I co-organised and co-moderated a roundtable on "gendering (in)equalities" at CEU and an online panel on "Through the lenses of extractivism: postcolonialism and the energy transition" hosted by CEU's Energy Policy Research Group. The same year, I received a grant from the Open Society University Network for organising a queer feminist workshop series focusing on the role of art, corporeality, and empowerment in Vienna.


MA International Studies/ Peace and Conflict Research (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
Magister in Philosophy (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)