Christine Löwe

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Dr. Christine Löw is Assistant Professor for ‘Gender and Economy’ at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Kleve.

Previously, she held a position as Deputy Professor for Sociology and Empirical Research at the Department of Society and Economics, Rhine-Waal University and worked as Senior Lecturer in the field of Politics and Globalization at the Department for Political Science, Kassel University.

She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Goethe-University Frankfurt/M. with a dissertation on postcolonial feminism and its critical revisions for transnational Gender Studies and Marxist Political Economy. Research interests include Gender and Feminist Theories, Postcolonial/Decolonial Studies, New Social Movements and Democratization, Climate – and Environmental Policies, International Political Economy, and Critical Theory. In her current research project, she analyzes how subaltern women in India struggle against the financialization of natural resources (land, forests, biodiversity). She is also an editor of Femina Politica – Journal for Feminist Political Science.

Selected Publications

Materialität-Materialismus-Feminismus: Konturen für eine gesellschaftskritische globale Perspektive. In: Christine Löw/Katharina Volk/Imke Leicht/Nadja Meisterhans (Hrsg.): Material turn: Feministische Perspektiven auf Materialität und Materialismus. Reihe Politik und Geschlecht Bd. 28. Opladen, Berlin, Toronto: Barbara Budrich 2017, S. 69-93 (mit Katharina Volk).

Politiken zu Land, Eigentum und Geschlechterverhältnissen im postkolonialen Indien: Kontexte, Kontroversen, Komplexitäten. In: Aram Ziai (Hg.): Postkoloniale Politikwis- senschaft: Theoretische und empirische Zugänge. Bielefeld: transcript 2016, S. 151-169.

From postcolonial studies to post-growth and back – which ways for a feminist materialist critique of capitalism? Essay der DFG-KollegforscherInnengruppe Postwachstumsgesellschaften.

Indigene Frauen in Indien und die Finanzialisierung von Natur: Postkolonial-feministische Interventionen. In: Journal für Entwicklungspolitik/Austrian Journal of Development Studies. Schwerpunkt „Financialization of Food, Land, and Nature“, Heft 2/2014, S. 92-115.

Danijela Majstorović


Danijela Majstorović is Professor of Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Banja Luka’s English department teaching Discourse Analysis and Cultural Studies. After completing her MA at Ohio University (2003) and PhD at the University in Banja Luka (2006), she was a visiting researcher at Lancaster University (2006), a Fulbright fellow at UCLA (2012-2013) and a Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta in 2014. Her research interests involve critical discourse analysis, critical theory, gender and feminism, post-colonial and post- socialist studies. Her most recent work on Southeast European peripheries examines the intersections beteween patriarchy, (ethnic) capitalism, social movements and migrations.

She published over 30 journal articles and co-authored a monograph Youth Ethnic and National Identity in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Social Science Approaches (Palgrave, 2013). She authored Diskursi periferije (Discourses of/on Periphery) (Biblioteka XX vet, Belgrade) and Diskurs, moć i međunarodna zajednica (Discourse, Power and the International Community) (Filozofski fakultet u Banjoj Luci, 2007)She also edited three volumes: Living With Patriarchy: Discursive Construction of Gendered Subjects Acros Cultures (John Benjamins, 2011), U okrilju nacije (In the Embrace of a Nation) (CKSP 2011) and Kritičke kulturološke studije u postjugoslovenskom prostoru (Critical Cultural Studies in Post-Yugoslav Spaces) (Filološki fakultet u Banjoj Luci, 2012).

Flavia Meireles


Flavia Meireles is Full Dance Professor at CEFET-RJ (Brazil) and Ph.D. Candidate in Communication and Culture at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She was visiting researcher of the Angewandte Theaterwissenchaft (ATW) at Justus-Liebeg Universität (Giessen) with a scholarship from CAPES – Brasil (2018-2019). Her main interests are grassroots social movements in Brazil and Latin America, especially urban indigenous movements and the plurality of feminists struggles and discourses; politics of body; contemporary work; feminists economies; conditions and work of the artist; dance, cinema and visual arts and politics of gender and sexuality.

Selected publications:

In English:

Interview about the research platform Themes on Dance, led by the research Flavia Meireles, that gathers texts, vídeo, interviews and documentaries around politics of body and Dance.

Flavia Meireles in Conversation with Abigail Levine – Critical Correspondence

Essay around the lecture performance OCCUPY TREE, from the work with urban indigenous in Rio de Janeiro.

In Portuguese:

“Feminists struggles and the fight for democracy in Brazil” (pt)


Article about OCCUPY TREE, the lecture performance (pt)Árvore_artigo_publicado_no_livro_ARTICULAÇÕES_

Katucha Bento 


Katucha Bento is a Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies at the University of Edinburgh and Associate Director of Race.ED Network and the co-founder of the Free Afro-Brazilian University. Katucha engages with intersectional lenses to develop her pedagogical scholar-activist teaching and researching, focussing on topics related to racialisation and race, gender(ing) politics, formations of nation and nationality, Black diaspora, (de)coloniality and affective economy. Her background is rooted in the Black Movement, samba community and quilombo territory situated in Brazil and its transnational solidarity links beyond geographical frontiers. Her areas of interests are Black Feminisms, (De)coloniality, Critical Race Studies, Queer Studies, Critical Rhetorical Analysis, and anti-racist pedagogies in Education. Weaving such diverse and multidisciplinary background, she particularly enjoys working creatively with subversive language (in translation and neologisms), artistic expressions in Queer and Black subculture, and in collaboration with peers attentive to promoting ethics of caring and power to the people. In the present moment (2020-2021), Katucha is working on research discussing the Covid-19 impact on Brazilian HEIs by looking at the colonial legacies that impact or prevent the development of efficient social policy in the country. Katucha is also working with the quilombola community „Ylê Asé de Yansã“ building transnational solidarity through educative projects, and designing activities related to the constant anti-racist struggle, resistance, and refusal to promote new dialogues and possibilities for (dis)identification.

Selected Publications:

Bento, K. 2017. Weaving Brazilian Blackness in the United Kingdom: Nation, Raceand Migration. Graduate Journal of Social Science. October 2017, Vol. 13 (1), pp. 17–36. Available from:

Bento, K. and Beresford, J. 2017.Affirmative Actions for Indigenous Peoples in Brazilian Universities and Ethnology Studies from a Dialogical Perspective: An Interview with Clarice Cohn. Graduate Journal of Social Science. October 2017, Vol. 13 (1), pp. 37–47. Available from:

Bento, K. 2016. “Invasoras” do Reino Unido: Reenquadrando discursos de colonialidade nas vozes de mulheres negras brasileiras imigrantes. Ponto-e-Vírgula : Revista de Ciências Sociais, [S.l.], n. 18, pp. 21-28. Available from:

Bento, K. 2015. Por mais andares sem vergonha, por mais vadias: Sobre o amor e a agencia na terceira onda do feminismo negro e o

Polina Manolova


Polina Manolova completed her doctorate at the University of Birmingham (UK) under the supervision of Dr Deema Kaneff. Her thesis, entitled ‘On the way to the ‘imaginary West’: Bulgarian migrations, imaginations and disillusionments’, focuses ethnographically on pre-Brexit Bulgarian migration to the UK by juxtaposing the pre-migration motivations and imaginations of two groups of Bulgarians sharing two distinct class-based identities with lived realities of migration. Her PhD was partially funded by the Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS) and Women Graduate Fund.
Her research interests lie in the field of anthropology and sociology of migration with particular focus on the link between individual motivations and imaginations and global social imaginaries, on one hand, and living and working experiences of migrants in urban post-industrial centres, systematic processes of exclusion, precarisation and marginalisation of migrants, on the other. She further seeks to shed light on the embeddedness of intra-EU mobilities in an international system of labour supply, as well as, on everyday experiences of postsocialist transformation and global capitalism in the context of Eastern Europe and Bulgaria in particular.

Furthermore, she is interested in exploring the opportunities for a dialogue between postsocialist and post- and decolonial scholarship with particular focus on Western modernity narratives, collective social imaginaries and Orientalisation.

Polina is a co-convenor of the Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism study group of the British Sociological Association. She is currently working on her first monograph, entitled: The Imaginary West and the Realities of Migration: Dreams, Disillusionments and Determination, scheduled for publication in 2020 with Routledge BASEES Series.

Selected Publications

Special Issues:

Manolova, P., Lottholz, P. and Kusic, K. (2019), eds. From dialogue to practice: Pathways towards decoloniality in Southeast Europe, Special Issue of dVersia (includes an editorial introduction)

Manolova, P. (2017) Special Issue Looking Beyond the Public Discourses on Migration: Experiences of Bulgarians and Romanians in the UK, Euxeinos: Governance and Culture in the Black Sea Region, 22: 1-79

Journal Articles

Manolova, P. (forthcoming) Aspiring, ambivalent, assertive: Bulgarian middle-class subjectivities and boundary work through migration. Special issue on The Middle Class in Post-socialist Europe: Ethnographies of its ‘Good Life’. East European Politics and Societies and Cultures

Manolova, P. (2018) ‘Going to the West is my last chance for getting a normal life’: Bulgarian would-be migrants’ imaginations of life in the UK, Central and East European Migration Review, online first, 1-23

Manolova, P. (2017) From European ‘Free-movers’ to Circular Labourers: Bulgarian Migration Experiences in the UK and Back, Euxeinos: Governance and Culture in the Black Sea Region, 22: 44-59

Book Chapters:

Manolova, P. (forthcoming) Uneasy solidarities: Bulgarian ‘greens’ from socialist revisionism to neoliberal anti-communism. In The Protection of Nature and the Environment in Southeast Europe: Players, Discourses, Strategies of Action, (ed) Sonja Schüler, Berlin: Peter Lang Verlag.

Snezana Vuletic

S. Vuletic

Snezana Vuletic earned her doctoral title at two universities: at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in Germany – under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ansgar Nünning – and at Stockholm University in Sweden – under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Stefan Helgesson. Her dissertation explores literary representations of Igbo identities in modern and contemporary Nigerian Anglophone literature. As a member of the Integrative Graduate Humanities Education and Research Training (IGHERT), she also participates in an international and interdisciplinary discussion on indigeneity. Her research interests include African Anglophone literatures, indigenous literatures and world literature, with particular focus on identity politics. Vuletić currently works as a research and teaching assistant in the English Department at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.

West African literatures. Her research interests are Anglophone Nigerian literature and African diaspora studies, with a particular emphasis on identity.

Selected Publications:

Vuletić, Snežana. 2017. “The Novel as a ‘Crisis Manager’ in Contemporary Nigerian Culture: The Case of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun (2006).” In: Elizabeth Kovach, Ansgar Nünning and Imke Polland (eds.). Literature and Crises: Conceptual Explorations and Literary Negotiations. Trier: Wissenschaflicher Verlag Trier. 239-250.

Vuletić, Snežana. 2017. “Mask Metaphor and Cultural Change: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Imitation’ and ‘The Arrangers of Marriage’, and Chris Abani’s The Virgin of Flames (2007).” In: Stefanie Quakernack, Till Meister, Diana Fulger, and Nathan Devos (eds.). Exploring the Periphery: Perspectives from Applied Linguistics, Language Teaching, Literary and Cultural Studies. Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag. 191-207.

Vuletić, Snežana. 2016. “Constructive Alternative Narratives, Triggering Cultural Change: Functions and Emplotment of Igbo Folklore in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958) and Arrow of God (1964).” In: Ingo Berensmeyer, Herbert Grabes and Sonja Schillings (eds.). Literature and Cultural Change. Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto. 269-288.

Vuletić, Snežana. 2015. “Generating ‘Trans-Language’ in Nigerian Anglophone Literature: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus (2003).” In: Basseler Michael, Daniel Hartley, and Ansgar Nünning (eds.). Emergent Forms of Life in Anglophone Literature: Conceptual Frameworks and Critical Analyses. Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag. 247-257.

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