Teaching Staff

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.
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Berteke Waaldijk

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 the history of sex, culture and citizenship.
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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).
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milica trakilovic

Milica Trakilovic, MA
Milica Trakilovic is a PhD student in the Graduate Gender Programme at Utrecht University. She is also teaching in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at UU; primarily in the Gender Studies and Postcolonial Studies minors. Additionally, she is Research Assistant at the European University Institute in Florence, in the ERC project Bodies Across Borders: Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond (BABE). Her research interests focus on visual culture, feminist art, postcolonial configurations and postsocialist transitions, which are consolidated in studying at art as a border-crossing practice in Europe.
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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.
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dr. Domitilla Olivieri
Domitilla Olivieri is Assistant Professor at the department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University, where she has been teaching since 2007. Her primary areas of interest are at the crossroads between feminist theories, visual studies, contemporary art, semiotics, popular culture, documentary film and anthropology. She was awarded the PhD title with a doctoral research entitled Haunted by Reality. Towards a feminist study of documentary film: indexicality, vision and the artifice.
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Christine quinan

dr. Christine Quinan
Christine Quinan joined the Gender Studies staff as Assistant Professor at Utrecht University in 2014 after teaching at and earning a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She works at the intersection of postcolonial studies and critical trans theory and is currently at work on a project that investigates gender policing and surveillance in a post-9/11, postcolonial/neocolonial era and the effects this has on gender-ambiguous, gender-nonconforming and transgender bodies and lives.
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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 trans-disciplinarily in Gender Studies, Sociology, Literary Studies and Critical Theory, her research focuses on questions of ethics and politics from queer feminist, decolonial and posthuman(ist) perspectives.
As core faculty of the Graduate Gender Programme, Kathrin Thiele teaches and supervises on all levels in Gender Studies (BA, MA, Research MA, PhD), and she is also programme coordinator (together with C. Quinan) of the Research MA ‘Gender Studies’.
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Koen Leurs

dr. 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 has taught new media, philosophy of science and postcolonial studies across the department, and currently teaches the courses Cultural Representations and Gender, Ethnicity and Cultural Criticism. He is a feminist internet researcher interested in multiculturalism, race, migration, diaspora and youth culture using mixed methods and ethnography. From February 2016 onwards he will work on his NWO-Veni research project ‘Young connected migrants. Comparing digital practices of young asylum seekers and expatriates in the Netherlands’.
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dr. Layal Ftouni
Layal Frouni joined the Graduate Gender Programme as a Lecturer in September 2016. She earned her PhD from the University of Westminster. She was also a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster and SOAS, University of London. Her dissertation, titled Dismantling or Reproducing the Orientalist Canon? examines Neo-Orientalism in contemporary visual arts with a specific focus on photography. Layal’s research interests include cultural and post-colonial studies, theory and criticism of art and feminist and gender studies. She is a co-founder of Arab Cultural Studies Group and has been working on a book with Tarik Sabry titled Arab Subcultures: Transformations in Theory and Practice where she contributes a chapter on Egyptian Surrealism. Her publications include a chapter titled Rethinking Gender Studies: Towards an Arab Feminist Epistemology in Arab Cultural Studies: Mapping the Field
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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, and developed her passion for feminist theory and politics at the Department of Gender Studies at Charles University. In 2012-13 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Magdalena’s research develops a nonuniversalizing and politicized understanding of embodiment where human bodies are conceptualized as agential actors of intersectional politics. Her work offers anthropo-situated while posthumanist discussions of human embodiment and agency and focuses on the quotidian corpomaterial and corpo-affective practices as political matters. She is an author of a dissertation book Breathing Matters: Feminist Intersectional Politics of Vulnerability and a founder of the Breathing Matters Network.
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dr. Jamila Mascat
Jamila Mascat joined the Graduate Gender Programme, Department of Media and Culture Studies, as a Lecturer in September 2016. Before she was a Post-Doc Researcher at No.so.phi, Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne (2014-2015) and a Research Fellow at the ICI, Berlin (2013-2014). She has been teaching courses in Philosophy at Paris 1 Sorbonne and at the University La Sapienza in Rome. She earned her PhD from the University of Siena with a thesis on  the notion of abstraction in Hegel’s Jena writings (Hegel a Jena e la critica dell’astrazione, 2011). Her research interests focus on German and French Philosophy, Postcolonial studies and Feminist Theories. She is currently working on a research project on political engagement, participation and partisanship.
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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 the intersections of sexuality, race, postcoloniality and nationalism in contemporary Europe. He is especially interested in the theoretical debates and political practices emerging around the problematics of homonormativity and homonationalism, with particular emphasis on the European context. He has published on this subject. In English: ‘In Europe it’s Different: Homonationalism and Peripheral Desires for Europe’ (in LGBT Activism and the Making of Europe: A Rainbow Europe?, Palgrave 2014) and ‘What is European about Homonationalism: Thinking Through the Italian Case’ (in Everyday Feminist Research Praxis, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014) – both co-authored with Adriano José Habed. In Italian: ‘Omonazionalismo nel belpaese?’ (in Il colore della nazione, Ediesse forthcoming).
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dr. Katrine Smiet
Katrine Smiet joined the Graduate Gender Programme as a lecturer in 2016. In her recently completed PhD research Traveling Truths: Sojourner Truth, Intersectionality and Feminist Scholarship she traced academic reception histories of the story of Sojourner Truth, the 19th century abolitionist and feminist activist known for the speech ‘Ain’t I Woman’. By looking at how this iconic story has been taken up in different times, places and political contexts, the research brings into focus the emergence and development of debates on intersectionality within feminist scholarship. Katrine’s research interests include feminist philosophy, history of feminist ideas, intersectionality and critical race theory.
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dr. Ilse Lazaroms
Ilse Lazaroms is a writer, historian and literary scholar. She holds an MA in Gender Studies from Utrecht University and a PhD in History & Civilization from the European University Institute in Florence. Since then, she has held fellowships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena, the Center for Jewish History in New York and the Institute for Advanced Study in Budapest. Her work, at the intersection of Feminist Studies, Jewish Studies and modern Central European history, has appeared in many international journals, academic and beyond. In 2015, her book The Grace of Misery: Joseph Roth and the Politics of Exile, 1918–1939 was awarded the Victor Adler State Prize from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Education. Her current interests are feminist literary non-fiction, explorations of home and belonging, the relationship between writing and bodily transformations, motherhood and parenting. She is an editor and literary translator, the owner of Azarel Press, and a contributor to The Dutch Review of Books. Her debut novel, Vinter, will appear in 2019 with Cossee.
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