Stella Schäfer, M.A.


Goethe-University Frankfurt
GRK Doing Transitions

IKB-building, 4th floor
Eschersheimer Landstraße 121
60322 Frankfurt am Main

postal address:
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 1
IKB-Gebäude, Postfach 3
60323 Frankfurt am Main



Stella Schäfer is a sociologist and is doing her doctorate within the framework of the DFG Research Training Group “Doing Transitions. Forms of Shaping Transitions in the Life Course”. Previously, she studied human geography, sociology, political science and gender studies in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Mankato Minnesota, Frankfurt am Main as well as in Mexico City and graduated with a Master of Human Geography (M.A.).
During her studies she completed the certificate program Women’s and Gender Studies of the Cornelia Goethe Center. From 2018 to 2021, she was involved in a total of three research projects on gendered violence and women’s shelters at the Department of Social Work and Health at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. Since 2022, she has been a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Sociology at Goethe University. Stella Schäfer’s research focuses on violence in gender relations, intersectionality and transition research.

Phd project

Paths of women affected by violence – an intersectional analysis of gender-based violence

The dissertation project deals with transitions in the life course of women* affected by violence. The focus is on the shaping of transitions of women* affected by violence within the structure of violence in domestic territories and social power relations. The concept of domestic violence emphasizes the spatial aspect of private space. Since for many women* affected by violence not only private households are space in the experience of violence. The project extends the perspective of domestic territories as spaces with a sense of intimacy and control.
By means of an intersectional perspectivization through map-based, problem-centered interviews, the question will be explored how subjectivation processes take shape in the transition of addressing violence and what opportunities and hurdles women* affected by violence encounter. It is planned to conduct 10 interviews with women* affected by violence.
The aim of the work is to draw theoretical conclusions on the connections between social structures and domestic violence.

Curriculum vitae

since 2/2023Associate member Doing Transitions
10/2022-2/2023Cornelia Goethe Colloquium Theorizing Gender(ed) Violence. On the topicality of gender-based violence
since 9/2022PhD student at the Institute for Sociology at Goethe University
8/2021 – 9/2022Maternity leave & parental leave
04/2021 – 07/2021Lecturer, Seminar “Violence in Gender Relations”, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
5/2020 – 3/2021Research assistant in the project “From a gender-specific to an intersectional concept of violence – quality assurance of teaching in the Bachelor Social Work and Master Social Work”, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
4/2020 – 3/2021Research assistant in the research project “Women’s shelters and the implementation of the Istanbul Convention – challenges in Hessen”, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
8/2018 – 3/2020Research assistant in the research project “The living situation of women affected by violence with and without psychiatric experience in women’s shelters – an intersectional view”, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt
10/2014 – 02/2018Studies of human geography (M.A.) and gender studies (certificate program) at Goethe University Frankfurt a. M. and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
10/2007 – 08/2014Studies of Cultural Geography, Sociology and Political Science (B.A.) at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and Minnesota State University


Keitzel, S.; Klaus, L.; Schäfer, S. (2024): Emotional Mapping. Everyday Spaces and Emotions of Vulnerability. In: VisQual Methodbox, URL:

Isselstein, Eva; Klaus, Luise; Kordes, Jan; Manek, Julia; Schäfer, Stella (2022): Countermapping durch Storymaps: Werkzeug einer dekolonial-feministischen Betrachtung von Femi(ni)ziden in Deutschland. In: Dammann, Finn & Michel, Boris: Handbuch Kritisches Kartieren. Transcript. Bielefeld.

Droege-Kempf, Hilke; Feld, Doris; Schäfer, Stella (2021): Das Autonome Frauenhaus als feministischer Ort. In Betz, Johanna; Keitzel, Svenja; Schardt, Jürgen; Schipper, Sebastian; Schmitt Pacífico, Sara & Wiegand, Felix: Stadt für Alle?! – Stadtentwicklung und soziale Kämpfe in der Global City Frankfurt am Main. Transcript. Bielefeld.

Schäfer, Stella (2019): Geschlecht und Sexualität in der Sexuellen Gewalt. Überlegungen im Anschluss an den Beitrag von Marco Roock. In: Freie Assoziation 22(2) S.91-95.

Manek, Julia; Schäfer, Stella; Klaus, Luise; Isselstein, Eva; Marchese, Giulia; Bauer, Joanna; Kordes, Jan (2019): Zur Sichtbarmachung von Femi(ni)ziden. Ein Bericht über feministisches Countermapping. In: Feministisches Geo-Rund-Mail 80. S. 19-39.

Schäfer, Stella & Hecker, Hannah (2018): Vergeschlechtlichte Resozialisierungen. Mutter-Kind-Heime im Strafvollzug. In: Forum Recht 04. S. 124-128.

Lectures ans Conferences

Symposium Intersectional Perspectives on Violence & Gender, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt a.M., 28.6.2021

Symposium The life situation of women affected by violence with and without psychiatric experience – an intersectional view, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt a.M., 15.10.2020


04/2024 – 07/2024 Seminar Geschlechtsbezogene Gewalt: Gegenwärtige Theoretisierung und ihre Kontroversen, Goethe Universität Frankfurt a.M.

04/2020 – 07/2021 Seminar Gewalt im Geschlechterverhältnis, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)

European Network on Gender and Violence (ENGV)