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MemberNikos Pegioudis

…die Professionalisierung des modernen Künstlers?’, in Bernd Hüttner and Georg Leidenberger (eds.), Bauhaus – 100 Years: Critical Contributions and Perspectives (Berlin: Metropol, 2018), forthcoming.

• ‘The Designer as a Gesamtkünstler: Crisis and Transformations of Artistic Labor in the Early Twentieth-Century German Applied Arts Movement’, proceedings of the 5th Conference of the Society of Greek Art Historians (Athens, 2018), forthcoming.

• ‘The crisis of Intellectual Labor and the German Arts and Crafts Movement of the Early Twe…

Nikos Pegioudis is an art historian. He has received his PhD from the Department of History of Art at University College London (UCL) in 2015 with a dissertation titled ‘Artists and Radicalism in Germany, 1890-1933: Reform, Politics and the Paradoxes of the Avant-Garde’. In 2017-2018 he obtained a DAAD fellowship for a postodoctoral research project at the Freie Universität Berlin which was titled ‘Cultural Transfer in Architecture and Urban Planning: German Architecture and the Making of the Architect’s Profession in Greece, 1930-1950’. He has written various articles on the history of art, design and architecture in peer-reviewed academic journals and volumes. His main research interests are in German and Greek visual culture, architecture, the sociology of the avant-garde, politics of artistic professions, artistic labor and economic precarity.

MemberVeronica Popp

Veronica Popp is an activist and writer from Chicago. She has a Bachelor’s from Elmhurst College in English and History, a Master’s in Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and a Master’s in English with a concentration in Literary Studies from Western Illinois University. Popp is an Organizer for the United Academics Campaign, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers. She has been published in The Collagist, PenCambria, Popular Culture Studies Journal, Journal of Fandom Studies, Journal of Popular Culture, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Gender Forum, Rag Queen Periodical, The Last Line, Bitch Media, and Bust. Popp was Essayist in Residence for Rag Queen Periodical, nominated for the Silver Pen Writers Association Writing Well Award and longlisted for the New Welsh Review Writing Awards 2017 AmeriCymru Prize. Last year, she was a Teaching Artist and Co-Editor of student writing for Young Chicago Authors. The resulting work titled The End of Chiraq will be published by Northwestern University Press this Fall. Popp also teaches composition at Elmhurst College. Her research interests include feminist film studies, queer theory, creative writing and pedagogy. Popp recently completed her first novel, The Longest Summer, out for submission to literary agents. Popp serves on the Modern Language Association Committee for Contingent Labor in the Profession and believes the feminization of adjunct labor is a growing concern. Popp has given public readings across Chicago including, Reading Under the Influence, Strange Hour, and Bring Your Own Diary.

MemberAnna Sagal

I have two ongoing research projects. The first, entitled Resisting Gardens: Pedagogy & Natural History in Eighteenth-Century Women’s Literature, examines a selection of works of literature and art by women that engage with scientific subjects; genres include periodicals, textbooks, paper mosaics (collages), paintings, and conduct of life works. Utilizing the framework of critical plant studies, this project makes the argument for a radical tradition of women’s naturalist labor that challenges prevailing models of human-nature dynamics. I have also begun preliminary research on a second project, Flora Abroad: Eighteenth-Century Women and Colonial Botany. While still in its early conceptual stages, this project traces the intellectual and artistic productions of women who studied the natural world in the Caribbean, America, Canada, and other European colonies.

MemberJuliet Guzzetta

I am jointly appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University where I teach courses on theater, performance studies, film, Italian language and Italian culture. My forthcoming book, The Theater of Narration: From the Peripheries of History to the Main Stages of Italy (Northwestern University Press, 2021), explores a form of contemporary solo theater in its historical, political, and performative dimensions. I have published on this practice in several peer-reviewed journals and edited collections including Theatre History Studies, Annali d’Italianistica, and Spunti e ricerche among others. My research has been supported by a year-long Fulbright grant to Italy, and Harvard’s Mellon School for Theater and Performance Research.

MemberJina Kim

I am currently a Consortium for Faculty Diversity postdoctoral fellow in the program in Critical Social Thought at Mount Holyoke College. In Fall 2018, I will be Assistant Professor of English and SWG (Study of Women and Gender) at Smith College. I received my PhD in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the summer of 2016, and my BA in Studio Art and English from Agnes Scott College in 2007. My research lies at the intersection of critical disability studies, contemporary multi-ethnic US literature, and women of color feminisms. I am at work on a manuscript titled Anatomy of the City: Race, Infrastructure, and US Fictions of Dependency, which examines how multi-ethnic U.S. literatures situated in post-Reagan cities recuperate the maligned condition of public dependency. Drawing together ethnic literary, feminist disability, women of color feminist, and urban sociological studies, it re-conceptualizes the pathologized cityscape disabled by anti-welfare policy, and positions dependency as an underexplored yet vital analytic for ethnic American cultural critique. Attending to infrastructure as thematic, formal, and analytic concern, I argue that writers, artists, and activists like Karen Tei Yamashita, Helena María Viramontes, Toni Cade Bambara, Anna Deavere Smith, and Grace Lee Boggs salvage dependency by highlighting public support systems: healthcare, transportation, education, sanitation, and food welfare. In doing so, they emphasize our contingency on human and material infrastructures alike—the often-obscured pipes, wires, roads, and labor networks that regulate metropolitan life. Through their engagement with infrastructural support, the texts in my study register, contest, or overwrite dominant rhetorics of dependency, which selectively equate racialized and gendered deviance with state parasitism (i.e. the “illegal” migrant, the welfare queen). City infrastructure, in the literary-cultural afterlife of 1996 U.S. welfare reform, operates as a figure of condensation for a counter-discourse of dependency—one that documents the disabling violence of state divestment while foregrounding a public ethics of care. My work has appeared in Disability Studies Quarterly, the anthology Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities, and Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association. In 2012, I received the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies.