The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.

Associate Professor Catherine Waldby
School of Social and Philosophical Inquiry
The University of Sydney

Catherine Waldby is Associate Professor (Research) at the School of Social and Philosophical Inquiry, Sydney University, and a senior member of the Global Biopolitics Research Group.  She is currently researching the global biopolitics of embryonic stem cell science and the social implications of biobanking.  She is the author of AIDS and the Body Politic (Routledge 1996); The Visible Human Project:  Informatic Bodies and Posthuman Mediciane (Routledge 2000); co-author of Tissue Economies:  Blood, Organs and Cell Lines in late Capitalism.  She is the author of numberous articles about science, technology and the body.  (Duke University Press 2006); and The Global Politics of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (under contract with Palgrave for 2007).


Associate Professor Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Associate Professor of Women’s Studies
Emory University
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. Her fields of study are feminist theory, American literature, and disability studies. Her scholarly and professional activities are devoted to developing the field of disability studies in the humanities and in women's studies.
She is the author of Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Literature and Culture (Columbia UP, 1997), editor of Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body (NYU Press, 1996), and co-editor of Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities (MLA Press, 2002). In 2000, she co-directed the first National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Disability Studies. She is currently writing a book on the dynamics of staring and one on the cultural logic of euthanasia.

Dr. Susan Stryker
Research Fellow at the Centre for Lesbian and Gay Studies,
CUNY Graduate School
Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies,
UC Berkeley

Susan Stryker is an internationally recognized Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and independent scholar whose theoretical writing and empirical research have helped shape the field of transgender studies. She earned a Ph.D. in United States History from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992, and later held a post-doctoral fellowship in sexuality studies at Stanford University. She is the former Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, which maintains and makes accessible one of the world's foremost collections of primary source material on the history of sexual and gender minorities in the United States. Past projects include Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area, Queer Pulp, the GLQ special issue on transgender studies, and the documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria. Most recently, she co-edited the Routledge Transgender Studies Reader (2006). She currently holds the Martin Duberman Research Fellowship at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY Graduate School, and lectures in the Gender and Women's Studies Department at UC Berkeley.



Assistant Professor Anjali Arondekar
Assistant Professor, Feminist Studies
UC Santa Cruz

Anjali Arondekar is Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include colonial historiography, feminist and queer studies, critical race theory and South Asian studies. She has published variously in GLQ, Journal of Asian Studies, Interventions, Feminist Studies, Victorian Studies and The Journal of the History of Sexuality. Her book For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India is forthcoming from Duke University Press. She is currently working on a second book-project, provisionally entitled, Caste-ing Sex: On Devadasis and Capital Formation in Colonial India.

Professor Barbara DeGenevieve
Chair, Department of Photography
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Barbara DeGenevieve is a transdisciplinary artist and writer who works in photography, video, and performance. She has been awarded grants including a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship, a William and Flora Hewlett International Research Grant, three Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowships, and an Art Matters Fellowship. In 1994 she was awarded a second NEA Fellowship that was subsequently revoked by the National Council on the Arts because of her work’s sexual content. She lectures widely on her visual work as well as topics including sexuality, gender, transsexuality, censorship, ethics, and pornography. Her writing on these subjects have been published in catalogs and periodicals including exposure: The Journal for the Society for Photographic Education , SF Camerawork Quarterly, P-Form: a Journal of Art and Performance, Herotica 4, and Hyphen Magazine. A recent article entitled “Censorship in the US or Fear and Loathing of the Arts” chronicles many of the experiences she has had with her work as well as her thoughts on the current state of artists’ rights in the US. It is forthcoming in the spring issue of Social Identities, published by Routledge. Her work and writings can be found on her website


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