Lieke Hettinga, PhD candidate, Central European University & Utrecht University
Lieke’s research responds to the fast-paced changes in the cultural visibility of transgender issues across neoliberal Western-European and North-American contexts in the last two decades. It examines the ways in which artists and activists visualize, represent and/or enact non-normative embodiments, more specifically looking at the intersection of trans and disability visual politics and poetics of the body. By exploring how the visual rhetoric of trans and disability activism is complexly entangled with questions pertaining to rights, recognition and appearance, it investigates artistic and activist practices that allow for a reconsideration of the possible connections, affinities, and dissonances between transgender and disability politics.
Lieke has a BA in Liberal Arts with a focus on Cultural Studies from Maastricht University, and a research MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam. Their research interests include intersectional feminist theories of the body, transgender studies, disability studies, visual culture studies, performance studies, and queer theory.
This PhD research is part of the “Intellectual and Activist Cultures of Equality” work package of the GRACE Project (http://graceproject.eu/).