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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

Helena Rust

Helena Rust, M.A.

  • Academic Coordinator Gender Studies
+41 44 634 27 28
Room number
RAA H-20

Short CV

  • since 2023: Academic Coordinator Gender Studies
  • since 2022: Academic Coordinator of the Swiss Association for Gender Studies (SAGS)
  • 2022–2023: Teaching and Research Assistant at the Institute for the study of the Middle East and Muslim Societies (ISNO), University of Bern
  • 2016–2022: Teaching and Research assistant, PhD student at the Chair for Islamic Studies and Gender Studies, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich
  • 2011–2014: M.A. in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Bern

  • 2012–2014: Tutor and Junior Research Assistant at the Institute of Islamic Studies and Oriental Philology, University of Bern
  • 2011: Graduate student at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, Austin
  • 2006–2010: B.A. in Islamic Studies, University of Zurich

Research Interests

  • Race, gender and sexualities in Arab and Iranian social and intellectual history
  • History of science and the social sciences in the Islamicate world


University of Zurich
Gender Studies in den Disziplinen - Ringvorlesung (Spring 2024)
Grundlagen der Islamwissenschaft (Fall 2019/2020/2021)
Modern Thinkers of The Islamic World (Spring 2018)
Arabische Grammatik / Arabisch III (Fall 2016/2017/2018)
Arabisch II (Spring 2016/2017/2018)

University of Bern
Moderne Wissenschaftsgeschichte im arabischen Raum (Spring 2023)
Bachelorkolloquium (Fall 2022)

Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Rethymno, Crete
Introduction to Arabic Grammar for Ottoman Studies (Spring 2016)