Members | Chimaira AK



Anna Bota, M.A., has studied gender studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, Asian- and African studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin, and social management at the Studiengemeinschaft Darmstadt. Her key aspects are the criticism of human-animal relationships, feminist science criticism, postcolonial studies, and the interdependence of multiple discriminations

Helen Keller has a diploma in cultural sciences, and a Master in gender studies. Her main focus lies on men`s studies, feminist epistemology, new materialism, and human-animal studies. She is currently working on her PhD on masculine hegemony and human-animal relationships, with a focus on the aspect of the „consumption of meat“.

Anett Laue, Dr., studied history, Romance studies, and the history of art in Berlin and Grenoble. She received her doctor`s degree about societal human-animal relationships in the DDR at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Technische Universität Berlin. Her main research interest is concerned with the SED-dictatorship, environmental history, and historically oriented human-animal studies.

Aiyanna Rosen, M.A., studied political science, philosophy, and history in Braunschweig, Münster, and Sydney. Her research interest covers the interface of political science and human-animal studies, qualitative social research and discourse studies, and research on social movements and social protest. At the moment she is working on her PhD at the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin. Her resesarch focus lies on human-animal relationships in animal husbandry. She is a founding member of the Chimaira research group.

Sven With, M.A. studied sociology, philosophy and gender studies in Hamburg and Berlin. His main foci lie on the criticism of social human-animal relationships, feminist science criticism, and post-structural political philosophy. Since 1995 he has been active in the animal liberation movement. He is also a founding member of the Chimaira research group.


Swetlana Hildebrandt has a Dipl. in political science, and is founder member of the Chimaira research group. She dedicates her research mainly to the synthesis of human-animal studies, gender/queer, and postcolonial studies. For several years she has been an active member in different social movements and accompanies them with theoretical reflections.


Markus Kurth, B.A., studies sociology, political science, and European cultural anthropology in Berlin (Humboldt-University) and Hamburg. He is a founder member of the Chimaira research group and his focus covers the research and criticism of social human-animal relationships. Thereby he touches the Actor-Network Theory, political philosophy, and environmental sociology.


Leonie Bossert has a diploma in landscape ecology and undertook her studies at the universities of Greifswald and Kopenhagen. Her research foci enfold the areas animal ethics, human-animal studies, environmental ethics, and the ethics of sustainability. She is currently working on her PhD at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences at the University of Tübingen, regarding the connection of animal ethics and sustainability.