Sofia Varino is a writer, activist and interdisciplinary scholar based in Berlin, Germany. Her research and teaching interests include feminist technoscience studies, environmental politics, cultural histories of the life sciences, and feminist & queer methodologies. Her current research is primarily concerned with the intersections between environmental and biomedical thought, and the multiple genealogies of concepts of life, self, and difference in biomedical practice.
She received a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies with a graduate certification in Art & Philosophy from Stony Brook State University of New York, and is currently a fellow at the Image Knowledge Gestaltung cluster at Humboldt University in Berlin. Her dissertation Vital Differences. Indeterminacy & the Biomedical Body (ProQuest, 2017) proposes an environmental model of multispecies immunological activity, examining how indeterminacy haunts and unsettles biomedical knowledge with the contingency of economic, political and material forces. Her research has been published in the European Journal of Women's Studies, Women's Studies Quarterly, and Feral Feminisms, and is forthcoming in Somatechnics journal.
Alongside her academic research, she works more or less intermittently across multimedia, performance, public art and experimental writing. Her chapbook Natural Language was published by dancing girl press in 2017.
Vital Differences. Indeterminacy & the Biomedical Body. Stony Brook State University of New York.ProQuest, 2017.
"Liminal politics: Performing feminine difference with Hélène Cixous." European Journal of Women's Studies, "Femininity Revisited" Special Issue, 2018.
"Aquapelagic Assemblages: Performing Urban Ecology with Harmattan Theater." (with May Joseph). WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, "At Sea" Special Issue. Vol. 45, No. 1, 2017.
"Moving Dangers: Motion, Danger, and the Queer Body in Performance." Feral Feminisms. Issue 5: Untimely Bodies, 2016.
"Incorporeal Conditions: Elizabeth Grosz's Ontoethics" review of The Incorporeal by Elizabeth Grosz. Freiburger Zeitschrift Nr. 24, 2018. (forthcoming)
"The Brain’s Body: Neuroscience and Corporeal Politics by Victoria Pitts-Taylor." Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien Bulletin Info Nr. 53, 2016.
Natural Language. dancing girl press, 2017.
TALK "A Kind of Derangement: The Pathogenic Temporalities of Chemical Sensitivity" SLSA Society for Literature, Science & the Arts 32nd Annual Conference | Toronto, Canada. 15-18 November, 2018
TALK “Material (Dis)Unities: historicizing celiac disease as a disorder of malabsorption in Willem Dicke's Experimental Studies 1948-49” European Society for the History of Science Biennial Conference | London, U.K. 14-17 September, 2018
INVITED LECTURE NOISE Graduate Summer School, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. 28 August, 2018
TALK "Aquatopia: Performing Ecology as Community in Urban Spaces" Interspecies Entanglements panel. "Urban Matters: Material Engagements with Communities and Borders in Times of Movement" 9th Annual Conference on the New Materialisms | Utrecht University, The Netherlands. 22 June, 2018