Gender, Sexuality, and Power
Core Resource Faculty
Sara L. Crawley is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, USA, having received a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Sociology with a concentration in Women's Studies. Dr. Crawley has published widely on gender and sexualities, including a book entitled "Gendering Bodies" (with Lara J. Foley and Constance Shehan), and recently has published several articles on feminist pedagogy and given feminist pedagogy workshops in the United States.
Tuula Juvonen is a senior lecturer of Women's Studies at the
University of Tampere, Finland, with a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from
the same university. She is to take up a five year position as an
Academy Research Fellow, starting in September 2012. In 2007-2010 was
Senior Lecturer and the Head of the Program of Women's Studies at the
University of Jyvaskyla.
Dr. Juvonen has published widely on knowledge
production and sexuality from the perspectives of women's and queer
studies, as well as taught and practiced feminist and queer pedagogy,
also while acting as a Visiting Professor of Queer Studies at the
University of Hamburg.
Academic co-directors of the project are Maria Mayerchyk and Olga Plakhotnik
Maria Mayerchyk is Senior Research Fellow at the Visual Culture Research Center of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Research Associate at the Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, vice-director of NGO "Center for Cultural-Anthropological Studies". She holds "kandydat" of history sciences (2003). Her scholarly interests center on the issue of gender regimes and sexual politics in early Soviet history, and post-Soviet queer identities and presentations.
Olga Plakhotnik is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the National Aeronautic University (Kharkiv, Ukraine). She holds "kandydat" in Social Philosophy (2004), and MA in Sociology/ Gender Studies (2007, European Humanities University, Lithuania). Her main fields of interest are philosophy of education, gender theory and methodology, and sexuality studies; she is a national expert in gender analysis of curricula and educational policy in general.
Administrative Director of the project is Olena Boriak, doctor of history sciences (2010), Senior Research Fellow at Rylsky Institute of Arts, Folklor, Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, director of NGO "Center for Cultural-Anthropological Studies".
- Linda Fisher is Associate Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, Budapest.
Her research areas include feminist philosophy and gender studies, contemporary European philosophy, particularly phenomenology and hermeneutics, philosophy and literature, and aesthetics. A major research theme concerns the relationship between phenomenology and hermeneutics and feminist thought, and her work in feminist phenomenology explores the intersections of embodiment, difference, temporality, and intersubjectivity, with the aim of elaborating a phenomenology of gendered experience.
She is co-author of Good Reasoning Matters! (2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 1997), and co-editor of Feminist Phenomenology (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000) and Feministische Phanomenologie und Hermeneutik (Konigshausen & Neumann, 2005) and has written on embodiment, difference, Husserl, Gadamer, Merleau-Ponty, Beauvoir, identity and alterity, multiculturalism, opera, disability, and phenomenology of illness. Current research interests include the philosophy of medicine and illness and disability studies.
- Margrit Shildrick Shildrick is Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production at Linkoping University, and Adjunct Professor of Critical Disability Studies at York University, Toronto.
Her research covers postmodern feminist and cultural theory, bioethics, critical disability studies and body theory. She has active research projects in gender and biology, the interface of disability and sexuality, and questions of subjectivity as experienced by transplant recipients and those using various forms of prostheses. Books include Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, (Bio)ethics and Postmodernism (1997), Embodying the Monster: Encounters with the Vulnerable Self (2002) and Dangerous Discourses of Disability, Sexuality and Subjectivity (2009), as well as several edited collections and many articles in both humanities and science journals.
- Susan Talburt is Professor and Director of the Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta (USA).
She has published in the fields of education, youth studies and gender and sexuality studies. Her work has focused on post-identitarian approaches to understanding sexuality in educational contexts, expanding conceptualizations of LGBTQ youth, and theorizing the workings of neoliberalism in governing faculty and student behaviors and knowledge production. She is the author of Subject to Identity: Knowledge, Sexuality, and Academic Practices in Higher Education (SUNY Press, 2000) and the co-editor of Keywords in Youth Studies: Tracing Affects, Movements, Knowledges with Nancy Lesko (Routledge, 2012), Youth and Sexualities: Pleasure, Subversion, and Insubordination in and out of Schools with Mary Louise Rasmussen and Eric E. Rofes (Palgrave, 2004), and Thinking Queer: Sexuality, Culture, and Education with Shirley R. Steinberg (Peter Lang, 2000). She is presently completing a project on the institutionalization of feminisms in post-dictatorship Chile and beginning research into the emerging figure of the "global gay youth."
- Dmitry Vorontsov is Associate Professor in the Department of Social
Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Southern Federal University,
Rostov-on-Don, Russia. He holds "kandydat" of sciences in Social
Psychology (1999). His main research interests include gay studies and
intertwinement of gender, sexuality and social psychological
characteristics in personal interaction and communication.
- Judith Halberstam, also Jack Halberstam, (born 15 December 1961) is Professor of English and Director of The Center for Feminist Research at University of Southern California. Halberstam was an Associate Professor in the Department of Literature at the University of California at San Diego before working at USC. She has made contributions as a gender and queer theorist and author.
Halberstam primarily focuses on the topic of female masculinity and has published a book titled after the concept. In this work, she famously discusses a common by-product of gender binarism, termed "the bathroom problem". This outlines the dangerous and awkward dilemma of a perceived gender deviant's justification of presence in a gender-policed zone, such as a public bathroom, and the identity implications of "passing" therein.
- Del LaGrace Volcano, (born Debra Dianne Wood in California in 1957) is "one of instigators of polymorphous perverse queer culture." A formally trained photographer, Del's work includes installation, performance and film and interrogates the performance of gender on several levels, especially the performance of masculinity and femininity.
Born a female, Del lived the first 37 years of his life as a woman, but since then has been attempting to live as both male and female (transgender). Del earned an MA in Photographic Studies at University of Derby, UK in 1992 after studying photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco from 1979-81. Prior to Studying at San Francisco, Del attended Allan Hancock College as a student in the Visual Studies program from 1977-79.
Volcano's work complicates understandings of both femininity and masculinity by depicting lesbian masculinity. In "The Feminine Principle" Volcano takes queer femininities as a focus. Included in this project is a portrait of Kate Bornstein. In "Lesbian Boyz and Other Inverts," Volcano's celebration of butch dykes, transsexual boys and other gender-queers, masculinity is shown as a tool of subversion.
- Stevi Jackson is Professor of Women's Studies and Director of the Centre for Women's Studies at the University of York, UK. She works on theories of gender and sexuality and is author of a number of books including Childhood and Sexuality (1982; 1996), Heterosexuality in Question (1999) and Theorizing Sexuality, with Sue Scott (2008). She has co-edited, with Sue Scott, Feminism and Sexuality (1997) and Gender: A Sociological Reader (2001).
Her current interests are: theorizing sexuality, especially heterosexuality; theories of self and subjectivity; modernity, gender and intimacy in Asia and Europe.
- Joanna Mizielinska is Doktor habilitowany (post-doctoral degree), Director of the Institute of Sociology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland. Her main books are: Gender/Body/Sexuality: From Feminism to Queer Theory. 2007. Universitas Krakow; (De)Constructions of Femininity: Feminist Subjectivity and the Problem of Exclusion. 2004. Slowo/obraz/terytoria. Gdansk and others. Recently she has co-edited a volume called "De-Centring Western Sexuliaties. Central and Eastern European Perspective" (Ashgate 2011). Also she was co-editor-in-Chief of the first lesbian feminist magazine in Poland, Furia Pierwsza, member of SQS, The Society of Queer Studies in Finland, member of the Steering Committee of the Queer in Europe project, Centre for Interdisciplinary Study of Sexuality and Gender in Europe, University of Exeter, UK, and other networks and projects.
She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in gender, sexuality and queer studies in University of Social Sciences and Humanities.
- Matyas Szabo is Director, Roma Access Programs, Central European University (since August 2012);
(former) Director, Curriculum Resource Center (CRC), Central European University (CEU) (between July 2001-July 2012).
As director of the Central European Universityís (CEU) Curriculum Resource Center between 2001-2012, Matyas Szabo was one of the centerís instructors and consultants in higher education, specializing on curriculum development, course design and quality assurance. He has offered faculty development workshops for university professors in more than 20 countries, and is still involved in several international projects targeting curriculum reform and faculty development in higher education. He received his MA from CEUís Sociology department in 1994. He has worked as a junior research fellow and teaching assistant at CEUís Center for the Study of Nationalism, and as an analyst at the Radio Free Europe/Open Media Research Institute in Prague. Currently he is doing his PhD in sociology of knowledge and higher education at the University of Warwick, UK. Matyasí main research interests in the area of higher education are the development of social science disciplines and university curricula in post-socialist countries, and the ways in which international and global trends in knowledge production and the changing role of universities have impacted the content and teaching of social science curricula.
- Barat, Erzsebet is an associate professor at the Department of English, University of Szeged and a recurring visiting professor at CEU since 2000.
She holds a PhD in Linguistics, from Lancaster University, UK. She is director of the "Gender through literatures and cultures in English" Track in the English Studies MA program and TNT,
the Gender Studies Research Group, University of Szeged. She is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Hungarian e-journal, TNTeF: Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of Gender Studies.
She launched and has organized the annual gender studies conference in Szeged since 2005 (its archive is available at the TNT website). Her research interests include feminist critical theory, relational models of identity, the relationship between language, power and ideology, the intersection of feminist and queer theories,
as well as lavender linguistics. She is a regular contributor to edited volumes and journals. Her most recent work is the co-edited volume Ideological Conceptualizations of Language: Discourses of Linguistic Diversity (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2013).