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MemberJulie Thompson

My research focuses on Shakespearean stage performance, Shakespearean literary studies, and gender in Shakespeare analyzed through the lens of psychoanalytic (Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva), feminist (Judith Butler, Kaja Silverman, Sara Ahmed), and postcolonial (bell hooks) theories. I am developing research projects in the areas of trauma theory, YA dystopian fiction, virtual reality, and feminist pedagogies. Currently, I am involved in a research project intersecting all of these areas and I am writing an article deconstructing the Lacanian gaze through operatic performance.   

MemberEva Weinmayr

I am an artist, educator, and researcher based in London (UK) and Gothenburg (Swe) working in the intersections between contemporary art, feminist pedagogies, and institutional analysis by experimenting with intersectional knowledge practices. I currently conduct doctoral research in artistic practice at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg  investigating the micro-politics of publishing and dissemination. More concretely I research through artistic practice the coercive reciprocity between authorship, authorization and authority and this triangulation’s impact on intersectional feminist and postcolonial practice and theory. How to “bridge potentially incompatible cultures between “disciplined”  and “undisciplined” (academic/non-academic) research” ? (Femke Snelting/Kate Rich, 2018) The writing of the thesis is taking place on a mediawiki. Current and recent projects include AND Publishing (with Rosalie Schweiker, London), The Piracy Project (with Andrea Francke, London), and Let’s Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy (with  Feminist Pedagogy Working Group, Valand Academy Gothenburg) and Help! David Cameron likes my art (with John Moseley and Titus Kroder). http://www.andpublishing.org http://www.akademinvaland.gu.se wiki.evaweinmayr.com

MemberJen Riley

Jeannette E. Riley currently serves as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. Professor Riley received her PhD in English in post-1945 American and British Literature and Literary Theory in 1998. Riley’s research interests focus on women’s literature, with an emphasis on contemporary women writers and feminist theory. She has published articles on Eavan Boland, Terry Tempest Williams, Adrienne Rich, and Toni Morrison. Her writings on Adrienne Rich have appeared in ‘Catch if you can your country’s moment’: Recovery and Regeneration in the Poetry of Adrienne Rich; From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born; and Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She is the author of Understanding Adrienne Rich (2016), from the University of South Carolina’s Understanding Contemporary American Literature series. Riley’s work also includes publications on feminist pedagogy and online/blended teaching and learning. During her career, Riley has taught a range of courses including Post-1945 American Fiction, Contemporary Women Writers, American Poetry, Survey of American Literature since 1865, Critical Methods: Theory & Practice, and Introduction to Literature. In the field of Gender & Women’s Studies, Riley teaches Introduction to Gender & Women’s Studies, as well as courses in feminist theory (American feminist theory; Ecofeminism; 3rd Wave Feminism). Prior to joining the University of Rhode Island, Riley was a Professor of English/Women’s & Gender Studies at UMass Dartmouth (2002-2015). She also served as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences there (2012-2017). While at UMass Dartmouth, Professor Riley was recognized for her work in assessment (Assessment of Student Learning with Technology Leadership Award, May 2005); online teaching and learning (Sloan-C’s Excellence in Online Teaching Awards, 2008), and she served as the Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Chair (2011-2013).

MemberLeah Claire Allen

Leah Claire Allen is Assistant Professor in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) and English at Grinnell College. Her current book project In Praise of Bad Critics revisits feminist critics from the 1960s and 1970s who have been labeled “bad critics” or “bad feminists” both within and outside of feminist circles. Her Autumn 2016 article in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society argues that Andrea Dworkin, a quintessential “bad” critic and feminist, is an unexpected ancestor of queer theory. This article won the 2017 MLA Women’s Caucus Florence Howe award for outstanding feminist scholarship. Professor Allen’s research seeks to assess the methodologies and pedagogies that founded academic feminism with the aim of tracing the surprising history of contemporary queer and transgender theory in the forgotten and dismissed figures of the feminist past. At Grinnell, Professor Allen teaches Introduction to GWSS, Theory and Methods in GWSS, Masculinity in American Literature, the capstone Senior Seminar in GWSS, and Queer and Trans Literatures.

MemberFerdinand Stenglein

Currently I am writing about the practices of contemporary anarchist communes. Thereby I am particularly interested in the collective contestation of private property, the performative modes within which communard subjects evolve and the practice of the commune as an interstitial strategy of resistance and anti-capitalist form of life. In general my thinking and practices of writing feed from critical pedagogies, anarchist, feminist and Marxist political philosophies, practice theory, ethnography and critical science studies. In the center of my thought are subjects and their potentials.

MemberBrittni Ballard

(she/her) I’m a a critical, feminist teaching librarian who actively pursues open pedagogy as a student advocate. Game-based learning, specifically gamification and serious games, grounded in constructivism and self-determination theory guide my practice. I received her Master of Library and Information Science from University of Maryland (UMD), College Park and her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from Purdue University. My professional interests are intertwined with my oldest sibling identity, board and video games passion, and rural Midwesterner experiences. Specifically, I strive to promote curiosity by play, celebrate failures through design thinking, center students in participatory design, and foster inclusivity with cultural humility. Learn on, game long, and prosper!

MemberSwati Arora

My work exists at the intersections of theatre and performance, transnational gender politics, decolonial pedagogies, comparative urbanism, visual cultures and performance histories of the Global South. Supported by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, I am working on a monograph on urban performance cultures in contemporary Delhi. I am a co-convener of Performance in Public Spaces working group of IFTR and a Fellow of the International Association of Theatre Critics. I also serve on the Glynne Wickham Scholarship Subcommittee of the Standing Conference of the University Drama Departments, UK.