Dr. Alina Jašina-Schäfer

Research associate, BA student advising

Research focus

  • Migration and belonging(s)
  • Work cultures, economic values, social relations
  • Gender and family life
  • Socialism and post-socialist transformations
  • Knowledge production and decolonisation


  1. Einführungsveranstaltung für alle Studienanfänger*innen im BA Kulturanthropologie
    Instructor: Dr. Alina Jasina-Schäfer; Sandra Lamneck
  2. S. Praxis empirischer Kulturanalyse: Einführung in die Theorie und Praxis ethnografischer Forschung
    Instructor: Dr. Alina Jasina-Schäfer
  3. S. Zur kulturellen Ordnung sozialer Systeme (Sommer): Desire and Self in Transnational Contexts
    Instructor: Dr. Alina Jasina-Schäfer

SoSe 2024


Alina Jašina-Schäfer studied Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow and International Relations at the Central European University in Budapest and holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the Justus Liebig University Giessen. During her doctoral studies, Alina conducted comparative research on lived citizenship and belonging, with particular focus on Russian speakers’ practices in the borderland regions of Estonia and Kazakhstan. Her monograph Everyday Belonging in the Post-Soviet Borderlands was published by Lexington Books in 2021. From October 2020 until July 2023, she worked as a coordinator and a researcher in the project “Soviet Ambivalence” at the BKGE in Oldenburg. Since April 2023, Alina is a post-doctoral researcher in Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. In her current research project, she is exploring the changing systems of value around human worth in the context of migration and how these systems affect sexuality, bodies, and genders in work cultures.