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Dr. Anna Antonakis

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Journalism Studies

Institute for Media and Communication Studies

Visiting Professor

Garystr. 55
Room 205

Office hours

By appointment via mail.

Dr. Anna Antonakis studied political science at the Freie Universität Berlin and IEP Strasbourg and holds a PhD from the FU Berlin.

In her research, she engages with intersectional (gender) theory and theories of public and counterpublic spheres and is interested in the creation of different networks of (feminist) solidarities in a digitalized world. Her research interest in internet and society is closely related to the historical moment of the revolutionary uprisings in Tunisia 2010/2011, which she witnessed and analyzed on- and offline. Furthermore, her research focuses on media and representational politics as well as Feminist perspectives in International Relations and technology studies.

From 2013 to 2016, she was granted a fellowship by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in the project “Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World” at the Institute for Foreign and Security Studies (SWP) in Berlin. In 2017 she defended her PhD at the FU Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Cilja Harders and Prof. Dr. Carola Richter.

She currently manages with Prof. Dr. Carola Richter the DAAD co-funded Project Media and Digital Literacy Lab taking place in Beirut (https://mdlab.lau.edu.lb/).

Since 2020, she manages the project "Media and Digital Literacy in the Arab World and Europe" with Prof. Dr. Carola Richter.

Since 2017, she is speaker of the section “Gender and Politics” of the German Political Science Association.

  • Intersectional Approaches
  • (Counter-) Public Sphere Theory
  • Intersections of Gender, Media and Securities
  • Revolutionary Uprisings in Tunisia 2010/2011
  • Study of Political Transformation from an intersectional-feminist perspective
  • Media and Digital Literacy
  • UNSCR1325 and follow-up resolutions in the field of Women, Peace and Security


Antonakis, Anna (2019): Renegotiating Gender and the State in Tunisia: Power, Positionality and the Public Sphere. VS Springer: Wiesbaden. https://www.springer.com/de/book/9783658256388

Antonakis, Anna (2012): Der Quelltext der "Tunesischen Revolution" (The source Code of the "Tunisian Revolution"). Working Paper N° 5, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Department of Political and Social Science, Free University Berlin, Mai 2012, 34 pages. https://refubium.fu-berlin.de/handle/fub188/18190

Edited Volumes and Book Chapters

Editor with Carola Richter and Cilja Harders (2018): “Media and the Politics of Transformation” Springer VS. Wiesbaden.

with Nicola Popovic (2019): Centering War’s “Side Effects” - The Institutionalization of Conflict related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in International Law and its Translation into National Action Plans. In: Scheuermann, M.; Zürn, A.: Women’s Role in Peace and Security - Prevent,
Protect, Participate. VS Springer Nature Switzerland AG: Basel

(2018): Feminist Networks in Times of Multi-layered Transformations. Perspectives from Tunisia. In: Carola Richter, Anna Antonakis and Cilja Harders, (ed.): “Media and the Politics of Transformation” Springer VS. Wiesbaden.

(2017) Zur institutionellen Aushandlung von Geschlechtergerechtigkeit in Tunesien seit 2011 - A Never Ending Bargain? In: Rechtshandbuch für Gleichstellungsbeauftragte. Das Höfer: Diezenbach

(2016) Proteste vor den Umbrüchen: Widerstand im Schatten der Öffentlichkeit. (Protests before the uprisings 2011: resistance in the shadow of the public sphere). In: Atlas des Arabischen Frühlings. Eine Weltregion im Umbruch. Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung. Berlin.

(2015) Hashtagging the Invisible: Bringing Private Experiences into Public Debate: An #outcry against Sexism in Germany. In: Rambukkana, Nathan: Hashtag Publics - The Power and Politics of Discursive Networks. Peter Lang. New York.

Refereed Journals

With Henda Chennaoui (August 2018) Gender, Work, Locality – Female Protests in Tunisia Re-framing socio-economic Rights as Women’s Rights. In: Journal for Human Rights. https://wochenschau-verlag.de/proteste-und-menschenrechte-2560.html

(2016) Contested Transformation: Mobilized Publics in Tunisia between Compliance and Protest in: Mediterranean Politics (Special Issue "Dynamics of Transformation, Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World"), 21 (2016) 1 (online versions October 2015). https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13629395.2015.1081447

Book Reviews

(2017): Tufekci, Zeynep (2017): Twitter and Tear Gas – The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest. In Global Media Journal. http://www.globalmediajournal.de/2017/07/25/review-twitter-and-tear-gas/

Policy Papers

Tunisia's Legitimacy and Constitutional Crisis - The Troika Has Failed. SWP Comments 2013/C 26, August 2013. https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/tunisias-legitimacy-and-constitutional-crisis/. (Also published in German language).

Other Publications

(2014) with Khouloud Mahdhaoui: (Me­di­en-) Öf­fent­lich­kei­ten: Spal­tung oder/und Viel­falt? in: INAMO, 20 (Frühjahr 2014) 77, p. 30 – 32.