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Nina Graeff, Postdoctoral Fellow in the DRS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program HONORS


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At which university did you study and what?

I have a PhD in Anthropology of Education from the Freie Universität Berlin at the Department of Education and Psychology.

What are you currently doing at Freie Universität Berlin?

I am a Postdoc Fellow in the DRS Postdoc Fellowship Program HONORS with the project "Performing Cultural Diversity: How Bodily Practices Sensitize for Difference at an Intercultural Center in Berlin".

How did you come up with the idea to do your doctorate in Germany and why did you decide on the Freie Universität Berlin?

I came to Germany 12 years ago to study classical piano. After studying music in Strasbourg, I completed my master's degree in ethnomusicology in Weimar. I chose the Freie Universität because of my doctoral supervisor Prof. Christoph Wulf, and I was accepted as a scholarship holder of the graduate college "Interart" of the university.

Who or what helped you with your preparations for your stay at the Freie Universität Berlin? Which tips were helpful?

I had already lived in Berlin for a year. But Freie Universität is very open to new students and I learned a lot during the Welcome Week offered there.

What are your expectations for the future after your doctorate at the Freie Universität?

In order to pursue an academic career in Germany, one must change the university after the doctorate. Therefore, my next professional steps are not at this open and scientifically innovative university.

Is there a specific aspect of the Freie Universität Berlin that you particularly liked?

The hospitality of the staff, the great infrastructure of the campus and the fact of being in Berlin in a very encouraging environment for study and research.

What do you like most about life in Germany?

Reliability: the fact that everything works, that you can trust people, institutions and their services.

What advice would you give to Brazilians who are interested in a doctorate in Germany?

To think about how to adapt their academic interests to the interests of the country, the region and the consultant. This opens many doors and the research becomes much more rewarding.

What is your favorite word in German?

My favorite expression is "Schmetterlinge im Bauch"/"Butterflies in the stomach" because of its poetry.