I write and teach about the politics of knowledge production, in particular how bodies and matter participate in environmental, biomedical, technological and artistic practices. My research and teaching interests include feminist and queer theories, technoscience studies, environmental politics, body theory, new materialisms and visual culture.
I am a visiting researcher at the Rhizome Project on Gender & Science at the Image Knowledge Gestaltung cluster and I teach at the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin. I hold a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and a graduate certificate in Art and Philosophy from Stony Brook State University of New York, where I defended a dissertation titled "Vital Differences: Indeterminacy & the Biomedical Body" (ProQuest, 2017). My research has appeared in the peer-reviewed journals European Journal of Women’s Studies, Women's Studies Quarterly, Feral Feminisms, International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, and is forthcoming in a special issue of Somatechnics I am co-editing.
In parallel with my academic research, I work on interdisciplinary projects across mixed media, experimental writing, performance and the digital humanities. Current projects include the Radical Encounter podcast with Patricia Silva, the NYC Feminist Film Week at Anthology Film Archives, and Harmattan Theater, an environmental performance collective where I am associate director. My poetry has appeared in various magazines and periodicals and I received an Underground Poet of the Year Award in 2002. My chapbook Natural Language was published in 2017 by dancing girl press & studio.
I'm always happy to hear from people interested in my work! I am open to collaborating in joint ventures, especially decolonialist, anti-racist, environmental, queer, feminist, trans and intersex projects. You can reach me via email at info [at] sofiavarino.com or simply use the form below.