Satarupa Dasgupta served as an assistant professor and faculty fellow at the College of Nursing, NYU and was a recipient of New York University’s Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity Fellowship. She is an adjunct faculty in the media, culture and communication department at NYU Steinhardt. Her doctoral dissertation examined community mobilization, contextualization of health behavior, and participation in a healthcare intervention initiative among commercial female sex workers in India. She has a series of publications in her research areas which include examination of sexual health behavior among high-risk populations, community health advocacy, gender and HIV/AIDS, and development oriented participatory communication. She teaches courses on health and the media, development communication, gender and communication, and globalization and identity negotiation.
In 2012 Satarupa received NYU’s global public health research challenge grant which she utilized to conduct a study among male and transgender sex workers in India. The project involved an ethnographic study to examine the sexual identity negotiation and socio-cultural contextualization of health behavior of male and transgender commercial sex workers in India. Based on the study findings she is currently writing a book that researches on gender identity negotiation among male and transgender sex worker groups and focuses on STI/HIV transmission reduction. Her work is expected to aid in redesigning future programmatic interventions that can cater more effectively to the needs of the Indian male and transgender commercial sex worker population.
Dana Kaplan is a member of the ‘Eros, Family and Community’ research group of the Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in Jewish Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. She’s studying contemporary mechanisms and practices of class making, and the ways aesthetic experiences play a critical role in delineating class distinctions in highly individualized societies. In her work Dana is particularly interested in the intersection of class, sexuality and personhood under neoliberalism. Her article on “Sexual Liberation and the Creative Class in Israel” has been published in Introducing the New Sexuality Studies (Seidman, Fischer and Meeks eds. Routledge, 2011). She also recently published her work on “Food and Class Distinction at Israeli Weddings: New Middle Class Omnivores and the ‘Simple Taste’” in Food, Culture and Society (2003, 16.2: 245-264).
During her time as a visiting scholar at CSGS, Dana is working on the mediation of the notion of sex as leisure (recreational sex) in Israel’s first lifestyle magazine (Monitin 1978-1988). The publication of this magazine at the end of the 1970s marks a critical point in the rise of neoliberalism and in facilitating the cultural politics specific to the tastes of the rising new middle class. Dana also writes on sex work in Tel Aviv from a spatial-semiotic perspective.
Natalya Lusty is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Surrealism, Feminism, Psychoanalysis (Ashgate, 2007), Dreams and Modernity: A Cultural History (Routledge, 2013) with Helen Groth, and a forthcoming co-edited collection, Modernism and Masculinity: Literary and Cultural Transformations (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her work examines various movements of modernity, including feminism, psychoanalysis, and the avant-garde, as well as cultures and experiences of everyday life.
While at the CSGS Natalya will be working on a new project on “Feminist Manifestos and the Shaping of Political Modernity.” This project will rethink the history of feminism through the genre of the manifesto and to examine how women used and transformed the manifesto at key moments of social and political crisis across first, second and third wave feminism.
The project asks, what kind of counter-history of feminism emerges through the radical speech acts of its manifestos? How has the feminist manifesto both reproduced and contested the relations of power that inform the radical public sphere? If the history of feminism is often conceptualized as a generational battle, fought out between the new and the old, the now and the then, how might an understanding of the discursive and political imperatives of the manifesto disrupt this agonistic framework?
During her stay at NYU, Natalya will be developing work on DIY Feminism in relation to the Riot Grrrl movement (c1989-1996), drawing on the primary resources held in the Riot Grrrl Special Collection at the Fales Library, NYU.
You can email Natalya Lusty at: natalya.lusty(at)usyd.edu.au
Leena-Maija Rossi is a Principal Investigator in Gender Studies at Universty of Helsinki, and Adjunct Professor in Visual Culture at University of Turku, Finland. She is also member of the research project Abusive Sexuality and Sexual Violence in Contemporary Culture (2012-14, University of Jyväskylä). Currently she works as the Executive Director at the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.
My research background is in feminist theories, queer studies, and visual culture. Within the realm of queer studies I have been focused on critical research of heterosexuality, and recently my mind has been occupied by intersectionality of gender, sexuality, class and ethnicity, especially whiteness. During my time at CSGS, I will further my two latest projects:
Under the working title Imagined White People and Different Shades of Pale I will take a look at the parallel and intersecting norms of whiteness and heterosexuality through case studies of both Finnish and American media. My research questions include the following: How do media images and narratives produce the imagined nations of straight white people? What are the used signifiers of respectability? How are the outlines of sameness and difference drawn visually? How are differences within whiteness, different shades of pale, produced?
In my other project I will focus on contemporary North American television, and its audiovisual representations of gendered and sexualized violence in such popular series as True Blood (2008–), Cold Case (2003–), and Gilmore Girls (2000–2007). My aim is to discuss the ways in which representations of gendered and sexualized violence participate in the societal legitimation of violence as problem solution. I will analyze how violence is both treated critically and re-produced as an accepted mode of behaviour: how it is not only shown in its brutality, but also romanticized, and made an outright laudable mode of gendered and sexualized behavior.
“Happy” and “unhappy” performatives of heterosexuality. Australian Feminist Studies. 1/2011. 9-23.
Bad Citations? Adapting the Theory of Gender Performativity. In Jillian St. Jacques (ed.), Adaptation Theories. Rotterdam: Jan van Eyck Press, 2011. 135-167.
Daughters of Privilege. Class, Gender, Sexuality, Affectivity and Gilmore Girls. In Marianne Liljeström & Susanna Paasonen (eds.) Disturbing Differences. Feminist Readings of Identity, Location and Power. London & New York: Routledge, 2010. 85-98.
How to Make (Visual) Trouble Inside a Hetero Factory? In Lena Martinsson & Eva Reimers (eds.) Norm Struggles. Cambridge Scholars Publisher, 2010. 83-95.
Licorice Boys and Female Coffee Beans. Representations of Colonial Complicity in Finnish Visual Culture. In Diana Mulinari et al. (eds.) Complying with Colonialism. Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the Nordic Region. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009. 189-204.
You can email Leena-Maija Rossi at lmrossi(at)nyu.edu.