Christian Sarmiento is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Social Sciences from the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. His research involves the study of gender performance in the romantic comedy cinema using the categories put forward by Connell and Messerschmidt, taking as a case of study the movie Silver Linings Playbook (2015). This follows his dissertation entitled “Hitch: On the discursive and semiotic manifestations of masculinity” which deconstructed the film Hitch (2005) and was presented to obtain his Master´s degree in Social Development from the Universidad del Norte, where he also earned his bachelor´s degree in Electronics Engineering, and a specialization in contemporary philosophy. He´s been a professor at the Universidad del Norte, teaching the course Communication and Philosophy of Science. His research interests include cinema, gender, art, performance, social development, social sciences, philosophy of science and semiotics.
Wojciech Smieja is currently an associate professor in the Department of Philology at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. His interests include Polish literature and culture of the 20th century on, gender and queer studies, critical studies of men and masculinities. Currently he's working on a book about medical discourses of masculinity in interwar Poland. He received his M.A, in 2001 on the basis of his thesis Homosexuality in Jarosław Iwaszkiewcz's S hort S tories, followed by his Ph.D. on the basis of his work Polish Homosexual Literature after 1980. Since then he has published three books (in polish): "Literature which Doesn't Exist. Essays on Polish Homosexual Literature" (Cracow, 2010), "Homosexuality and Modernity. Essays on History, Theory and Literature" (Katowice, 2015), "Hegemony and trauma. Literature and the Fictions of the Masculinity" (Warsaw 2017). He has also authored numerous articles. Smieja participated in the 4-year project, "Masculinities in Polish Culture and Literature of the 19th and 20th century," which resulted in 3-volume anthology of texts ( Forms of Masculinity 1, 2, 3, Warsaw 2018). He has lectured in gender studies at various universities including Lille, Greifswald, Naples, and Warsaw. Dr. Smieja has participated in many national and international scientific conferences and he co-organized T he Biopolitics of Masculinity, Katowice 2018 conference.