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Saskia Fuerst, Mag.: Research scientist at the University of Graz, Austria. Magistra in English and American Studies, specializing in Gender Studies, Cultural Studies and Film Analysis from the University of Graz in 2010; B.A. in German Studies, Political Science and Women and Gender Studies from Rice University, Houston, Texas, in 2004.