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queer arts and theories – international research colloquium (2020 ff.)

Anna T. (b. 1984) textual artist, lecturer, και θεωρητικιά, and cultural producer based in Vienna. She has taught at the Institute of Art Theory and Cultural Studies & the Institute for Education in the Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and at the Media Culture and Art Theories Department of the University of Art and Design Linz. She studied Photography, Video and New Media and holds an MA in Queer studies in Arts & Culture from Birmingham City University, and a PhD from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (PhD in Practice, 2017).

She has worked as a cultural producer, curator, educator, and festival artistic director, and has collaborated extensively with academics, activists, and fellow creatives in Greece, the UK, Germany, and Austria. She has given talks, seminars and workshops in academic and non-academic settings in Athens, Berlin, Linz, and Vienna. Since 2003 she has exhibited and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions and new media festivals in Europe, North and South America, Canada and Australia. Between 2014 and 2017 she was a board member and curator at Mz* Baltazar’s Lab, a feminist hackerspace for creatives in Vienna. He book Opacity – Minority – Improvisation: An Exploration of the Closet Through Queer Slangs and Postcolonial Theory was published by Transcript in 2020. At the moment she is working on an interdisciplinary text-based project envisioned as a queerfeminist utopia (part fiction, part social critique) to act as a respite from current times. 
Anna T. (2020): Opacity – Minority – Improvisation: An Exploration of the Closet Through Queer Slangs and Postcolonial Theory
Available now at https://www.transcript-publishing.com/978-3-8376-5133-1/opacity-minority-improvisation/

Babak Salimizadeh: https://icorn.org/writer/babak-salimizadeh
http://mindmotor.info/

Christina Kkona earned her PhD in History and Semiotics of Text and Image from Paris 7-Diderot University. She has been an associate professor – Marie Currie COFUND Fellow at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) working on the monograph project The Unexpected: toward a politics and aesthetics of discontinuity, to be submitted to Bloomsbury, March 2021. Previously, she was assistant professor of World Literature and Cultural Theory at American Hellenic University, Athens campus, for seven years. Her articles and reviews in English and French have been published in international journals and conference proceedings.

Her current projects include the co-editing with Profs Didier Coste and Nicoletta Pireddu of the volume Migrating Minds: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Cultural Cosmopolitanism in Theory and Practice, forthcoming from Routledge in 2021, to which she also contributes a chapter (“Xenophilic Queerness in Woolf and Arenas”); the co-translation with Prof. Didier Coste of the book Thinking Literature across Continents; the chapter, “Androgynous and foreigner: Orlando’s revolt” in Maria Margaroni’s Kristeva and Modernism, forthcoming from Bloomsbury, 2020; the co-authoring of the book Gender and Genre in Contemporary Women’s Speculative Fiction forthcoming also from Bloomsbury, 2021. She has designed a new project “Mirroring the Queer: rewritings of the Albertine episode.” Her work to date subscribes to the tradition of queer, feminist and anti-racist studies and rests on the elaboration of an original theoretical framework, combining philosophy, psychoanalysis and cultural theory in order to develop critical and insightful analyses of literary and artistic works and thus reveal the capacity of literature and art to refine thought and transform human experience.

Cristina Veiga Judar is a novelist, screenwriter, curator and journalist from São Paulo, Brazil. Her first book, the graphic novel Lina, was launched in 2009 and received the Cultural Action Grant in the Graphic Novel category, awarded by the State Secretary of Culture in Sao Paulo. In 2011, she published her second book, Vermelho, Vivo, which also received the Cultural Action Grant. Her book of short stories, Roteiros para uma vida curta, received an Honorable Mention at the 2014 SESC Literary Awards. In 2015, she published Questions For a Live Writing, a project of poetic prose developed at the Queen Mary University of London https://www.archiveofthenow.org/pages/cristina-veiga-judar-questions-for-a-live-writing/

She was co-curator of the literary programming of the Festival Mix Brasil de Cultura da Diversidade 2018, as well as editor of the LGBT magazine Reversa. Her novel Oito do Sete was finalist of the Literary Prize Jabuti 2018 and is winner of the Literary Prize São Paulo de Literatura 2018. In March 2019, Cristina was part of Le Printemps Littéraire Brésilien 2019, with presentations at the Free University of Brussels (Belgium), the Calouste Gulbenkian Fondation, Sorbonne University, Paris Nanterre University and Paris 1 University (France). Cristina is also the organizer of an anthology of Brazilian LGBTQ authors, A resistência dos  Vaga-Lumes, which has just been launched in Brazil.

Cristina also coorganized the anthologies “A resistência dos Vaga-Lumes” (with 61 brazilian LGBTQ authors) and “Pandemonium – nine narratives bridging São Paulo and Berlin” (the English version is going to be launched in november). Cristina is one of the Brazilian fiction authors invited for the “2020 Frankfurt Book Fair”, with participation in the “Forum Brasil – Literature as Resistance”, to talk about queer representation in contemporary Brazilian literature.

Ipek Sahinler is a researcher of queer(ing) narratives from Turkish and Hispanic literatures, and a doctoral student of Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. She is originally a translator from Istanbul who has worked with Turkish, Spanish, English and Italian. In 2013, she spent a semester at the University of Amsterdam, working on theories of gender and sexuality, and in 2017, she received her MSc degree from the University of Edinburgh’s Comparative Literature program. Her thesis became the first academic work to comparatively analyse examples of l’écriture féminine from Turkey and Uruguay. In her current doctoral research, she focuses on the intersections between 20th century Middle Eastern and Latin American Literatures, mainly from the perspective of queer theory. In this framework, she is particularly interested in issues such as peripheral and interconnected modernisms, language and identity-formation, word-making/world-making, and politics of dissensus. An experienced language teacher who has taught Spanish, English, and Turkish in different cultural contexts such as Bolivia, Peru, Britain and Turkey, Ipek’s scholarship emerges from Queer Hispanic Studies to seek new perspectives on the Middle East, with the goal of developing queer studies in Turkey both as a methodology and as a new form of critical engagement within literary texts and other forms of cultural production.

Alongside her studies, she delivers seminars in different cultural venues of Istanbul about what she conceptualizes as “müphem Türkçe edebiyat (queer Turkish literature). Amongst the lecture series she has organized so far are “Queer Turkish Literature” (June 2020) at Moda Sahnesi, Istanbul; “Queer Theory Summer Seminars” (July 2019) and “Looking at Turkish Literature from the Lens of Queer” (Dec 2018 to June 2019) at SPoD Istanbul.  Finally, Ipek is a member of Sabanci University’s Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence and contributes to the annual Purple Certificate Program.

Saboura M. Naqshband studied Arabic Studies, Political Science and Social and Cultural Anthropology in London, Cairo and Berlin. She works as an anti-discrimination and empowerment trainer especially for associations of and for LGBTI * Q refugees and migrants in Berlin and nationwide. She also works as a translator for w_orten and meer, a publishing house of anti-discriminatory action. In particular she is concerned with the topics of (anti-Muslim) racism, Muslim feminism and religion, gender and sexuality. Saboura translated Lana Sirri’s book Introduction to Islamic feminisms (2017) into German.

Antke Antek Engel received their PhD in Philosophy at Potsdam University and works as independent scholar and guest professor in the fields of queer, feminist and poststructuralist theory, political philosophy, and visual cultural studies. They have published numerous essays, and the monographs Wider die Eindeutigkeit (2002) and Bilder von Sexualität und Ökonomie (2009).

For a while a particular interest was on sexual justice and the intersection of sexuality and economy. 2007-2009 Engel was visiting fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI) in Berlin, where she pursued a research project on imagery of pluralized genders and sexualities under conditions of neoliberal economy, published (in German) under the title Images of Sexuality and Economy. Queer Cultural Politics in Neolibealism (2009). She co-organized the international conference Desiring Just Economies – Just Economies of Desire (Berlin 2010), which led up to the co-edited volume Global Justice and Desire: Queering Economy (Routledge 2015), and also co-edited Hegemony and Heteronormativity: Revisiting ‘The Political’ in Queer Politics (Ashgate 2011). A research fellowship at the Gender Institute of the LSE (London School of Economic) in 2017/18 opened the path into their current project called The Sexual Political. It explores queer reconceptualizations of desire and desire’s constitutive role in and of the political. In 2019 an Asa Briggs Fellowship at the University of Sussex, Brighton, provided the opportunity to develop conceptual ideas on queer cultures of conflict and the principle of queerversity.