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Prof. dr. Rosemarie Buikema
Rosemarie Buikema is professor of Art, Culture and Diversity, Utrecht University. She is the scientific director of the Graduate Gender Programme at Utrecht University, the Utrecht coordinator of GEMMA, the Erasmus Mundus joint degree in Gender and Women’s Studies in Europe and the scientific director of the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies. Next to this she co-chairs the UU IOS Hub Gender and Diversity: Building an Inclusive Society and she is the initiator and project leader of MOED, Museum of Equality and Difference.
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Prof. dr. Berteke Waaldijk
Berteke Waaldijk is professor of Language- and Culture Studies at the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University and works at the Graduate Gender Programme. Waaldijk’s research focuses on gender, culture and citizenship. She publishes on history and gender of Social Work in the Netherlands and in Europe, on colonial culture and citizenship, on history of Dutch Women’s movements and on gender, history and philosophy of the humanities.
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Prof. dr. Sandra Ponzanesi
Sandra Ponzanesi is professor of Gender and Postcolonial Studies at the department of Media and Culture Studies/Graduate Gender Program at Utrecht University. She studied English and Commonwealth Studies at the University of Bologna (Italy) and University of Sussex (UK). Her expertise is gender and postcolonial critique from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. Her research areas include postcolonial studies, transnational feminist theories, comparative literature, Italian colonial history, European migration studies, visual culture, postcolonial cinema, media and conflict studies.
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dr. Eva Midden
Eva Midden is Assistant Professor in Gender Studies, at the Media and Culture Studies Department, at Utrecht University. She has a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and a PhD in Philosophy (University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom). Midden’s current research focuses on gender, religion and national identity in the context of conversion to Islam. Her general research interests include feminists theory, postcolonial theory, intersectionality, (post)secular(ism), whiteness and media analysis.
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dr. Domitilla Olivieri
Domitilla Olivieri is Assistant Professor at the department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. Domitilla is an anthropologist, activist, researcher and teacher in the field of gender studies, media and society. She is active in academic, artistic and activist spaces and has been involved for many years in feminist, queer and anti-racist and anti-capitalist militant activism.
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dr. Kathrin Thiele
Kathrin Thiele is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Critical Theory in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. Trained transdisciplinarily in Gender Studies, Sociology, Literary Studies and Critical Theory, her research engages with questions of critical inquiry, ethics and politics from queer feminist, decolonial and posthuman(ist) philosophical perspectives. Dr. Thiele has a NWO-Aspasiapremie (2016-2022): Relation(al) Matters – Towards a Queer Feminist Cosmopolitics. As core faculty of the Graduate Gender Programme, Kathrin Thiele teaches and supervises on all levels in Gender Studies (BA, MA, Research MA, PhD).
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Associate Prof. Koen Leurs
Koen Leurs is Assistant Professor in Gender and Postcolonial studies at the Graduate Gender Program, Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. He works on digital migration, and he is the principal investigator of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research-funded study “Young Connected Migrants. Comparing Digital Practices of Young Asylum Seekers and Expatriates in the Netherlands,” and the Dutch National Research Agenda funded participatory action research project “Media literacy through Making Media: A Key to Participation for Young Newcomers.”
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dr. Layal Ftouni
Layal Ftouni is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at the Graduate Gender Programme, and a research affiliate at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry (ICON) at Utrecht University. As a core faculty member, Layal teaches variety of courses in Gender Studies and supervises dissertations on MA, RMA, and PhD levels. Layal’s research and teaching is transdisciplinary. She works across the fields of gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, political philosophy, visual studies and critical race studies. Layal is currently working on a new research project (2020-2024) funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) tentatively entitled Ecologies of Violence: Affirmations of Life at the Frontiers of Survival. The research explores the politics of life and living at the boundaries with death (both human and environmental) in conditions of war and settler colonialism, focusing on Syria and Palestine.
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dr. Magdalena Górska
Magdalena Górska is Assistant Professor at the Graduate Gender Program, Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. She holds doctorate in philosophy from the Department of Thematic Studies – Gender Studies at Linköping University. Magdalena’s research focuses on feminist politics of vulnerability. She is the author of Breathing Matters: Feminist Intersectional Politics of Vulnerability and a founder of the Breathing Matters Network.
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dr. Gianmaria Colpani
Gianmaria Colpani is a Lecturer at the Graduate Gender Programme. He obtained his PhD in Philosophy and Gender Studies at the University of Verona (Italy) and Utrecht University (the Netherlands) in May 2017. His research concerns contemporary transformations in the field of queer theory and sexual politics, especially as the latter intersect with issues of race and class. He is particularly interested in the emergence over the past twenty years of the theorico-political currents of queer Marxism, queer of color critique and queer diasporic critique. Additional interests are: the history of the field of cultural studies and the relations between Marxism and so-called post-Marxism.
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dr. Milica Trakilovic
Milica Trakilovic is a teacher at the Graduate Gender Programme at Utrecht University. She is also the coordinator of the minors Gender Studies and Postcolonial Studies. She obtained her PhD at Utrecht University and her PhD research involved a critical interrogation of the idea of Europe from so-called marginal and marginalized positions, motivated by an understanding of belonging and nationhood in general, and Europe and Europeanness in particular, as a complex set of discursive practices that have material effects. Her research interests focus on postcolonial and postsocialist transitions and issues of European nationhood and belonging, as well as visual culture and feminist art practice.
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dr. Jamila M.H. Mascat
Jamila M. H. Mascat is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Studies at the Graduate Gender Programme.  She holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Siena with a dissertation on Hegel’s critique of the notion of abstraction. As a core faculty member, she teaches a variety of courses in Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies and Critical Race Studies, and supervises dissertations on MA, RMA, and PhD levels. She is also the coordinator of the MA Gender Studies. Her current research interests focus, on the one hand, on theories of partisanship and political engagement and, on the other hand, on theories of postcolonial justice and postcolonial reparations.
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dr. Adnan Hossain
Adnan Hossain is currently an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Critical Theory at Graduate Gender Program at Utrecht University. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a strong commitment to bridging the gap between theory and practice. His interest and expertise concerns gender and sexual diversity, masculinities, transgender and intersex studies, heterosexualities, race and ethic relations, body politics, nationalism, decolonization, postcolonial studies, cricket, epistemology and global inequalities in knowledge production. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Bangladesh, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.
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dr. Eva Hayward
Eva Hayward is an anti-disciplinary scholar coming out of the History of Consciousness tradition of the University of California at Santa Cruz (Ph.D. 2008). Her training is in the history of science, film and art history, and psychoanalytic semiotics, attentive to the persistence of sexuality and aesthetics in the structuring of knowledge, subjectivity, and power. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. She was an associate professor at the University of Arizona where she joined the Transgender Studies Initiative (2014). She has also taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Cincinnati. A Fulbright Scholar (Austria, 2019), she has held postdoctoral fellowships at Duke University and Uppsala University.

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dr. Laura Candidatu
Laura Candidatu is currently a lecturer in the Gender Graduate Program in the Media and Culture Studies Department. Her areas of expertise are gender and diaspora, media and migration, and digital ethnography. She has published research on the topic of feminist methodological approaches to digital media, digital diaspora, and the role of motherhood in migration and diasporic processes.

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dr. Adriano Habed
Adriano Habed currently works as a lecturer in Gender and Postcolonial Studies at Utrecht University, Department of Media and Culture Studies. Between 2015-2018, after graduating in Philosophy from the University of Turin (IT) and Radboud University Nijmegen (NL) he worked as a professional for the European Association of Gender Research, Education, and Documentation (ATGENDER) and for the International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI). Additionally,  Adriano was research assistant for a project on the role of postcolonial public intellectuals in Europe at Utrecht University (2015-2017). From 2018 to 2022, he conducted his PhD research on queer critique and its discontents at the University of Verona (IT) and Utrecht University. His project was part of the INVITE doctoral programme, co-financed by the European Union within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Programme and by Regione Veneto.

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dr. Mikki Stelder
I am an interdisciplinary researcher, writer and learner fascinated by anything that has to do with oceans and water; anti-capitalist, anti-colonial and anti-racist queer, trans, feminist thought and praxis; and scholarly practices that intersects with art, poetics and movements for social justice. I earned my PhD at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. My dissertation examined the racial-sexual politics of Zionism; Palestinian anticolonial-queer critiques; and the limitations and challenges of transnational queer solidarity with Palestine. I am currently a lecturer in Gender and Postcolonial Studies at Utrecht University.  I am also finishing my Marie Sklodowska Curie postdoctoral fellowship at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.

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dr. Cyd Sturgess
Cyd Sturgess is a visiting Leverhulme Postdoctoral Reseach Fellow in the department of Media and Culture. Their project, Trans:Missions, is a comparative organisational study focusing on festivals for transgender, non-binary and gender-non-conforming filmmakers and films in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Sheffield. Trans:Missions documents the historical development of community-based and activist festivals, while exploring the significance of festival sites to identity- and community building projects. They are the author of the monograph Different from the Others: German and Dutch Discourses of Queer Femininity and Female Desire 1918-1940, which is due for publication in December 2023.

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Nisrine Chaer
Nisrine Chaer is a PhD candidate in Gender Studies at Utrecht University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of anthropology, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, migration studies, transgender studies, and Middle East studies. Her PhD project is an ethnographic study about geographies of home with a focus on queer & trans migration in the Netherlands and in Lebanon. This NWO-funded project is supervised by prof. dr. Berteke Waaldijk and dr. Layal Ftouni.

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Alvaro Lopez Navarro
Alvaro Lopez is a lecturer in the Department of Media and Culture Studies and the Gender Studies Program at Utrecht University. His fields are psychoanalysis and media studies within the scope of cultural analysis. With an approach that blends queer, trans, and post/decolonial stances, Alvaro’s research focuses on the relationship between the media, contemporary transformations in society and culture, and the asymmetrical dynamics binding the US, Europe, and Latin America. In particular, Alvaro examines horror media as a means to analyze the shifting relationship between anxiety and desire across these broad and heterogeneous geopolitical contexts.

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