Dr. E.A. (Eliza) Steinbock

Position:
  • Assistant Professor
  • Researcher
Expertise:
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • Visual Culture
  • Aesthetics


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7160
E-Mail: e.a.steinbock@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Literatuurwetenschap
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
van Wijkplaats 2
2311 BX Leiden
Room number 1.02a
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7160
E-Mail: e.a.steinbock@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Literatuurwetenschap
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
van Wijkplaats 2
2311 BX Leiden
Room number 1.02a


Fields of interest

I work as a cultural analyst with expertise in (trans)gender studies, sexuality, film and visual arts, critical theories of embodiment, and continental philosophy. My research is guided by the question of how visuality shapes knowledge about bodies. I also explore this question through programing, curating and collaborating with visual artists. I have a strong affinity with transnational activism as well as international scholarly networks that focus on LGBTIQ2S issues and (post-)porn.

Research

My current NWO-funded VENI research project, “Vital Art: Transgender Portraiture as Visual Activism”, examines the worlds created in contemporary visual art practices that harbor at-risk trans subjectivity and critique the discrimination of gender non-conforming bodies. With this project I incorporate qualitative research methods, such as interviewing and ethnography, into my practice of visual interpretative methods based on hermeneutics. Throughout my research projects I’ve been interested in how affecting/affected bodies interact, whether they be human animals, non-human, art objects, ideas or things. These trajectories come together in a special issue of Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities (Taylor & Francis, 2017), which I'm co-editing together with Marianna Szczygielska and Anthony Wagner. It is provisionally entitled "Tranimacies: Intimate Links between Animal and Trans* Studies".

I am committed in my work to map out the interconnections of social realities with cultural productions, that is, how art-making can be socially embedded and culturally responsive. This synergy is also my lived reality as I have long collaborated on film festivals and art exhibitions that aim to improve the visibility of gender diversity (2003-present). Since 2013, I serve as the first arts and culture review editor for TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly.

Teaching activities

I believe the classroom is a workshop for rethinking the world. My teaching philosophy consists in finding ways to create an environment and supply the tools that enable students to question fundamental categories of knowledge, such as primary differences of gender, ethnicity, or what can be considered culture.

I am the coordinator of the minor "Gender en seksualiteit in maatschappij en cultuur" (Gender and sexuality in society and culture).

In 2015 I will teach "Voyeurisme en exhibitionisme: Gender in beeld" (Voyeurism and Exhibitionism: Gender in images) (Spring), "Geschiedenis van Gender en seksualiteit" (Histories of Gender and Sexuality) (Fall with Y. Horsman) and in 2016 "Actuele visies op Gender en seksualiteit" (Contemporary Visions on Gender and Sexuality) (Spring with E. van Alphen).

Curriculum vitae

For full CV information see www.elizasteinbock.com

Employment -

  • Assistant Professor of Film and Literary Studies at Leiden University: Department of Film and Literary Studies, Leiden University Center for Arts in Society (from Nov. 2014)
  • Lecturer of Literature, Arts, Media/Cultural Studies & Research Fellow at Maastricht University: Department of Literature and Art, The Centre for Gender and Diversity, member of inter-department research groups Arts, Media, Culture; Media and Aesthetics (Jan. 2012-Nov. 2014)
  • Lecturer of Art History and Academic English at Amsterdam University College: Faculty of Humanities, (Sep. 2010-Sep. 2012)
  • Lecturer of Media and Culture at University of Amsterdam: Department of Media Studies, (Sep. 2008-Jan.2009)

Education -

  • PhD: Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam (2011)
  • MA Cultural Studies [with distinction]: School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, (2004)
  • BA Liberal Arts: The Evergreen State College, degree with emphasis on American Studies, Literature & Film, Gender & Sexuality (2003)
  • IB: The Mahindra United World College of India, International Baccalaureate (1999)

Last Modified: 10-12-2015