My name is Sofia Varino and I am a feminist academic and writer currently based in Berlin.
I work on social and cultural histories of embodiment, especially the instrumentalization of bodies, disabilities, and sexualities in the production of biomedical knowledge. My research can be situated at the intersection of gender & sexuality studies, feminist technoscience studies, visual culture and environmental theory. Currently I am a fellow at the Rhizome Project on Gender & Science at the Image Knowledge Design interdisciplinary laboratory, and a guest researcher at the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin, where I will be teaching a graduate seminar in the M.A. Gender Studies program during the Winter semester 2017.
My research has been published in the peer-reviewed journals Women's Studies Quarterly, Feral Feminisms, International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, and is forthcoming in Somatechnics and in the book collection Feminist Food Studies: Exploring Intersectionality by Women's Press, Canada. In parallel with my academic research, I am an experimental writer working across poetry, multimedia, performance and the digital humanities. Current projects and collaborations 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 is forthcoming from dancing girl press in Fall 2017.
I studied media and cultural studies at Middlesex University in London and I hold M.A. degrees in Theater from Hunter College at the City University of New York, and in Cultural Studies with a graduate certificate in Art & Philosophy from Stony Brook at the State University of New York. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in Cultural Studies at Stony Brook.