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Past Visiting Scholars

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.

Dr. Malose Langa is a Psychology Senior Lecturer in the School of Community and Human Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he is teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is also supervising Honors and Masters Psychology Students.

His research interests include risk-taking behaviors amongst the youth and their role in politics, trauma of collective violence and the psychology of men (masculinity) in post-apartheid South Africa. His PhD topic was focused on exploring multiple voices of masculinity amongst adolescent boys in Alexandra Township, South Africa.

Malose has published book chapters and journal articles on violent crime, substance abuse, problems facing former combatants and masculinity. His recent journal articles have been published in the South African Journal of Psychology, Social Science and Medicine, Men and Masculinities, Psychology in Society and British Journal of Substance Abuse. Malose is a P1-rated Researcher by the National Research Fund (NRF) and sits on the Board of the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA), Psychology Division.

José M. Armengol  is an Associate Professor of American literature and Gender studies at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. He obtained his Ph.D. in English (with Honors) from the University of Barcelona, with the thesis Gendering Men: Theorizing Masculinities in American Culture and Literature (2006). He has published on literary representations of masculinity in prestigious academic journals such as Signs, Men and Masculinities, the Hemingway Review, The Journal of Men’s Studies, and Journal of Gender Studies, among others. His latest books include Debating Masculinity (Men’s Studies Press, 2009), Richard Ford and the Fiction of Masculinities (winner of the 2010 literary scholarship prize from AEDEAN-Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies), Men in Color (2011), Queering Iberia (2012), Embodying Masculinities (2013), Alternative Masculinities for a Changing World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and Masculinities in Black and White (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014; winner of the 2015 research award for best monograph from SAAS-Spanish Association for American Studies). He is also one of the Editors, Literary and Cultural Studies of the academic journal Men and Masculinities (Sage Publications) and Editor of the “Masculinity Studies” series at Peter Lang. His latest research focuses on the intersections between masculinities and ageing, particularly cultural (i.e., literary and film) representations of ageing men in U.S. literature and cinema.

Anna Sofie Bach is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The objective of her PhD dissertation is to investigate how structural changes in women’s lives (increased educational levels and economic autonomy) affect everyday life and the construction of masculine identity within the heterosexual relationship. Her empirical work focuses on the male partners of so-called career women and their stories of intimate relationships and family life. The project examines how structural changes have affected the understandings of heterosexuality, couplehood, family and love as well as how the notion of gender equality is given meaning within these stories of intimate relationships. Anna Sofie Bach is a member of the junior editorial board of NORA, Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. She is also one of the editors of the new Danish feminist magazine Friktion.

Antónia Martin Barradas is part of the programme in Law, Justice and Citizenship in the 21st Century at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.  She obtained her Master's Degree in Human Rights from the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in Italy, with the thesis  Quotas for Men in University: breaking the stereotype in European Union Law and Swedish Law.  Her thesis has published in the  Vienna Journal of International Constitutional Law  (2012) ( DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.18297.67682 and Cambridge Scholars Publishing   (2015) , among other publications. Awarded one of the EIUC 2012 internships at UNESCO's Sector for Social and Human Sciences Division of Social Inclusion and Youth in Paris, she was then chosen for one of the EIUC 2012 fellowships, going on to work as a part of the human rights team at the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva.  She is a lawyer, a human rights and gender equality trainer, and has worked with Amnesty International for the past three years. Currently collaborating in human rights lobby and advocacy work with women's and children's rights NGO's in Portugal, her latest research focuses on pornography and European Union laws from an international human rights and gender equality perspective.

Iris van Huis  is a PhD candidate at the Nijmegen School of Management, Department of Political Science and affiliated with the Institute for Gender Studies of Radboud University Nijmegen. In her PhD research, Van Huis studies how social interventions that target disadvantaged men, impact on inequalities, on intersections of gender, ethnicity and class. Van Huis studies inequalities in a multifaceted way: as social locations, identities and as constituted by social norms.  Her research empirically focuses on the practice of male emancipation projects in the Netherlands that both aim to empower disadvantaged men and to involve men in gender equality issues. With her research Van Huis contributes to theory on facets of belonging (Yuval-Davis 2011), and relates the theory to masculinities studies and ‘normalizing’ aspects of (semi-)state interventions (Foucault 1977), as well as on ‘enabling’ or ‘empowering’ angles of social interventions. Van Huis has published a book chapter and articles for Masculinities in a Global Era (Gelfer ed., Springer 2014),  Gender, rovné příležitosti, výzkum (Hearn, Šmídová and Vodochodskýeds. 2015) and  Etnofoor (Balkenhol and Jaffe eds. 2013) .

Muhammadali P. Kasim is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. His current doctoral research focuses on the masculine question vis-à-vis Islamic ethical subjectivities in the context of south-Indian Keralite Mappila life-world. Kasim obtained his M.Phil. degree from the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad where he submitted a dissertation titled “ Imagining the Malayalee Muslim Woman: A Post-Secular Reading of Khadija Mumtas’ Athuram and Barsa”. He earned his Masters in English and PG Diploma in Journalism from Pondicherry University, and both BA and B.Ed from the University of Calicut. Previously he taught English to high school students and undergrads. His research interest includes men and masculinities, gender and women, Islamic civilization, ethnic minorities, semiotics and so forth.

Dr. Anna M. Kłonkowska is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Gdansk. She is a sociologist, psychologist, and philosopher. She specializes in transgender studies, with particular interest in trans masculinities. Dr. Kłonkowska has facilitated one of the few support groups for transgender people in Poland since 2010 and cooperates with the Trans-Fuzja Foundation and Tolerado Gdansk. She is also the editor-in-chief of the sociological journal, Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica.  Selected publications:  Masculinity: Assigned– Reassigned–Socially Constructed: The Social Reception of Trans Masculinity in Poland , Men and Masculinities, Prepublished July 19, 2016; Making Transgender Count in Poland: Disciplined Individuals and Circumscribed Populations, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2015; ( Trans)mężczyźni, (trans)kobiety i seksualność. O społecznym konstruowaniu seksualności w odniesieniu do osób transpłciowych [(Trans) men, (Trans) women and Sexuality. On Social Construction of Sexuality in Relation to Transgender People], InterAlia, Vol. 10, 2015; Płeć: dana czy zadana? Strategie negocjacji (nie)tożsamości transpłciowej w Polsce. [Gender: assigned or reassigned? Strategies of negotiation of transgender (dis)identity in Poland]. Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdanskiego, 2016 (forthcoming); (with K. Bojarska and K. Witek) O płci od nowa. Własna tożsamość oczami osób transpłciowych [On gender afresh. Self-identity in the eyes of transgender people] , Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdanskiego, 2015; co-translator (with A. Czerniak) and editor of the Polish edition of Michael Kimmel’s The Gendered Society [Społeczeństwo genderowe]. Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdanskiego, 2015.

Dr. Jan Kucharzewski is a Junior Professor for American Studies at the University of Hamburg (since October 2013). He received his doctoral degree at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf in 2009 for a thesis titled Propositions about Life: Reengaging Literature and Science (Universitätsverlag Winter, 2011). He has published papers on the novels of Richard Powers, the relationship between literature and science, the writings of Gertrude Stein, and on contemporary American literature. In cooperation with Stefanie Schäfer and Lutz Schowalter he edited the volume Hello, I Say, It's Me: Contemporary Reconstructions of Self and Subjectivity (WVT, 2009). Together with Prof. Dr. Antje Kley (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) he organized the international conference “Ideas of Order: Narrative Patterns in the Novels of Richard Powers” in 2010 (publication of the conference proceedings forthcoming). His current research interests include the construction of masculinity and the representation of crisis in 19th century American literature and 20th century American film.

Martin Monto   (Ph.D., UCLA, 1992) is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Portland (OR) specializing in the intersections between gender, sexuality, deviance, and social psychology. He sees sociology as an indispensable tool for navigating the quagmire of competing truth claims present in contemporary society. His research has investigated a diverse set of topics, including cultural understandings of childbirth, drunk driving intervention, sexual assault prevention, bias against sexual minorities, and the relationship between masculinity and violence. Additionally, he a leading authority on sex buyers. Recent publications include "Boys Doing Art: The Construction Outlaw Masculinity in a Portland, Or. Graffiti Crew" ( Journal of Contemporary Ethnography), "Ordinary or Peculiar Men? Comparing the Customers of Prostitutes with a Nationally Representative Sample of Men" ( International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology), and "A New Standard of Sexual Behavior? Are Claims Associated with the 'Hookup Culture' Supported by General Social Survey Data?" ( Journal of Sex Research), which received the 2015 Hugo S. Beigel Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Research. His work has received support from the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Violence Against Women (USDOJ), and the Avon Foundation. He is recipient of the University of Portland’s 2015 Distinguished Scholar Award. Current projects include a national survey on demand and potential demand for commercial sex and a study using trend data to evaluate contemporary claims about the mental health of college students. 

Krizia Nardini  is a Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology and Gender at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya ( Mediacciones research collective on digital cultures) in Barcelona, and a member of MenEngageEurope. Trained in Philosophy (University of Siena) and in Gender Studies and Feminist Theory (MPhil, Utrecht University), Krizia’s current work addresses the ways in which men’s practices can be reconfigured through the involvement of men into gender justice projects. Her research interests include feminist materialist philosophies, onto-epistemologies, ethnographic theory, social movements and anthropology of the body. With a qualitative and ethnographic approach, her PhD thesis engages with antisexist men’s mobilization in Italy and Spain. Collaborating between academic and activists fields, in 2015 Krizia co-organized the workshop Men in Movement: Trans/forming Masculinities in Politics, Care, and Media in Barcelona, and a follow-up event is in-process to be organized this year in Rome. Emerging from this collaboration, Krizia is currently acting as guest editor with Stefano Ciccone (University of Genoa) for AG About Gender, International Journal of Gender Studies’ special issue on masculinities (call is open until October 15 th) . Krizia is member of the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies, AtGender: European Network for Gender Research and Documentation, and of the American Men's Studies Association.

Fábio Nascimento is a PhD candidate in the Department of English (Linguistic Studies) at the Federal University of Santa Catarina - Brazil and earned both his Major in English and Master's degree in Linguistics at the Federal University of Santa Maria - Brazil. Currently his main research interest is the investigation of discourses of queer men in Brazil and he also works as a collaborator in a project that investigates the representation of female bodies in the media discourse. Other research interests include: Applied Linguistics, especially the analysis of media discourses in the light of Critical Discourse Analysis, Cultural Studies, Queer and Materialist Theories, Gender and Women's Studies, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Multimodality and Reading in English as an Additional/Foreign Language. Two of his selected publications on gender are: Gender performativity and melancholia in Paris is Burning and Angels in America (in English)  and 'Pope attacks blurring of gender': Gender identity and critical reading in the foreign language classroom (in Portuguese).

Marina Yusupova is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. Her PhD project is based on life story interviews with Russian men living in Russia and Russian immigrants in the UK. It explores how ideologies of masculinity inform the lived experience of Russian men living in two different sociocultural contexts and shape individual life trajectories, migration and subjectivities.

Dr. Ferda Zambak  is an Assistant Professor at the department of Turkish Language and Literature, University of Igdır. Her publications focus on Turkish Literature and gender studies. Currently, her research is based on constructions of masculinity in Ottoman Novels. In this project, constructions of masculinity are analyzed both in terms of gender sociology and a political social context. It has revealed differences between the existing masculine awareness and desirable modern Ottoman masculinity. Thus, she tries to understand the transformation of the Ottoman epistemology through the masculine conscience.