Claire Chun

Claire Chun is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She received her B.A. in Politics and Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University. Her research is broadly interested in the triangulation of race, technology, and visual culture with a particular focus on beauty, aesthetics, diaspora, and war.

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Mariska Jung

Mariska Jung (she/her) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Free University Brussels (Belgium). She graduated from the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (UK). Prior to pursuing a PhD degree, she worked at various anti-discrimination NGOs in Europe. In 2022 she is a visiting Fulbright Schuman fellow in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley. Mariska is interested in interspecies empathy and kinship, and hopes that her work on (anti)racism, religion and animal politics in Europe will support ways to imagine a less catastrophic world for all. She thoroughly enjoys witnessing the vibrancy of non-human life while taking many, many strolls around town.

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Delaney Mitchell

Delaney is a PhD Student in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her BA from the University of Alaska, MSc from the London School of Economics and LLM from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her research encompasses a range of topics in feminist and queer theory, critical Indigenous studies, and cultural studies. Prior to joining Berkeley, she worked in public humanities and on language access and revitalization projects in Alaska. Delaney is from the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. 

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Miguel Samano

Miguel Samano (they/them) is a Ph.D. student in English at UC Berkeley specializing in comparative U.S. multiethnic art, literature, and performance since the mid-1960s, especially Latinx, Asian American, and queer of color. Their research turns to the arts to theorize the importance of figurations of talk as a response to linguistic racism and heterosexism in the public sphere. They enjoy playing with their cat, Delicatessen Delilah Bean II, and being accoutered with their latest thrifting hauls, and long-distance runner’s legs. 

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Simon(e) van Saarloos

Simon(e) van Saarloos is a writer, artist and curator. They published several books, among which Playing Monogamy and Take ‘Em Down. Scattered Monuments and Queer Forgetfulness. Together with collaborator Kübra Uzun, Simon(e) created an audio installation titled Cruising Gezi Park at Amsterdam Museum, initiated a conference with a catwalk (“The Architecture of Sex”) and organizes “Through The Window”, an online queer art solidarity project between Turkey and the Netherlands. Simon(e) recently started a PhD in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley.

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Kimberly Yu

Kimberly Yu is a PhD student in the History of Art Department who studies contemporary art with a focus on how new media visualize current conditions of capitalism and geopolitical struggles in the transpacific. Her writing and the exhibitions she has contributed to have touched on subjects such as colonial legacies in contemporary Asian and American art, gendered and racialized artistic labor, and Asian American video and performance art.

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