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Dr. Savage Bear

Dr. Savage Bear is the Director for the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute, an Assistant Professor within the Indigenous Studies Department and the National Director of Walls to Bridges. Bear won the Governor General Gold Medal for her outstanding 2016 PhD dissertation. In 2023 Bear was appointed to the Order of Canada.

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Dr. Soichi Kozai

Dr. Soichi Kozai is a linguist and an associate professor at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka. His major interests are pragmatics and sociolinguistics with consideration to cognitive linguistics in Japanese. Currently, he is working on Japanese gay men’s talk – onee kotoba. He is an apprentice of Aikido and Jodo.

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Deena Ronayne

Mrs. Deena Ronayne is a second year Doctor of Liberal Studies student through The University of Memphis Global Studies online program. Her dissertation research will be focused on gender as the connecting thread between performance art and marketing throughout history. She is the recipient of The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and a recent inductee to her high school alumni hall of fame in Chelmsford Massachusetts USA. Her theatrical company, Hardly Working Promotions LLC, has won 14 awards for outstanding playwrighting, producing, and performances. She resides in Aberdeen, South Dakota USA and currently instructs interdisciplinary courses at Northern State University.

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Dr. Seline Keating

Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in Dublin City University (DCU) Institute of Education

Dr. Seline Keating is the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in Dublin City University (DCU) Institute of Education. She lectures in Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and Wellbeing. Seline was the Principal Investigator of a multi-partner, interdisciplinary, international project titled Gender Equality Matters (GEM) which won a National Education Award in 2021 for Best International Collaboration Project. In February 2022, she was invited to present at the European Commission’s discussion on Gender Equality In and Through Education. Seline was the lead author of the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) research paper commissioned by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and was co-opted by two NCCA Development Groups: SPHE and RSE Development Group (2020); and Wellbeing Development Group (2022). Seline was awarded funding by the Irish Research Council (IRC) to engage in a collaborative knowledge exchange with the Frixos sexuality programme developers in Crete. Most recently, she has been awarded funding from SCoTENS and the Norwegian Research Council to progress her current research in her Nuts&Bolts: Anti-Bullying Policy Reflective Framework and in Life Skills Education. Seline is a Research Fellow at DCU’s Anti-Bullying Centre (ABC) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

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Dr. Lorraine Stigar

Dr. Lorraine Stigar is a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Public Health at Purdue University. Earning their Doctor of Public Health in Public Health Leadership from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Their research focuses on health education, equity and inclusion, and access to LGBTQIA+ affirming care.

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Dr. Sresha Yadav nee Ghosh

Dr. Sresha Yadav nee Ghosh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at IIIT-Raipur, India. She was a recipient of MHRD scholarship assistance during her Ph.D. tenure at IIT Roorkee and has published several research articles in edited books and reputed journals. She is a member of ELTAI, Cognitive Science Society, and British Council India. She is presently working in the field of language and cognition, interdisciplinary studies in language and literature and ELT.

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Dr. Eric D. Hess

Dr. Eric D. Hess (he/him) is a gender and sexuality researcher, specializing in gender expression, sexual identity, and identity politics found within religion and education. Eric teaches courses in gender and sexuality and also leads queer initiatives at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. His dissertation Links to an external site. is a qualitative, interview-based analysis of queer men navigating masculinity and policy in fundamentalist Christian colleges.

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Dr.Eduardo Alves Vieira

Dr.Eduardo Alves Vieira is an Assistant Professor of Portuguese Language and Linguistics at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. Their current research project, A double-edged sword: religious discourses and LGBTQIA+ inclusion, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), focuses on how inclusive religions influence the identity construction of LGBTQIA+ Brazilians.

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Dr. Ayobami Adekola

Dr. Ayobami Adekola, PhD in Public Health, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of South Africa. His expertise lies in health literacy, sexual and reproductive health, health equity, determinants of health, and gender studies. With a notable record of 12 peer-reviewed articles in high-impact journals, he contributes significantly to advancing knowledge in his research domains.

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Dr. Henry James Nichols

Dr. Henry James Nichols is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology and Head of the Department for Education Foundations at the University of the Free State in South Africa. His teaching and research mainly focus on gender and sexuality studies with a specific interest in Comprehensive Sexuality Education. To date, his research worked around issues of LGBTIQ+ youth, gender, and sexual diversity, and parental attributes towards children with same-sex sexualities.

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Prof. Dr. Annalisa Fabretti

Prof. Dr. Annalisa Fabretti is an Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. She holds a PhD in Mathematics for Economic and Financial Applications. Her research activity encompasses nonlinear dynamical models, agent-based models, random probability theory, epistemology and gender studies. Several results of her research have been presented at international conferences and workshops and published in peer-reviewed international journals.

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Asst. Prof. Astrid Van Weyenberg

Asst. Prof. Astrid Van Weyenberg is Assistant Professor in Cultural Analysis at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society. She wrote The Politics of Adaptation: Contemporary African Drama and Greek Tragedy (2013) and co-edited Special Issues for Politique européenne (2020) and the Journal of European Studies (2022).

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Dr. Albert Ikhile

Dr. Albert Ikhile is a public health Ph.D. fellow with vast experience in managing and leading programs that advocate access to health for key and marginalized populations across Africa. His impactful influence spans across Africa, collaborating with numerous LGBTI organizations. He frequently presents best practice models at local and international conferences.

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Dr. Jill St George

Dr. Jill St George is a lecturer in law at the Open University, UK. Jill’s research interests are in gender, sexuality and slavery in the Commonwealth Caribbean.

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Prof. Aroch-Fugellie

Prof. Aroch-Fugellie is former Society-for-the-Humanities Fellow (Cornell), and Professor at UAM-Cuajimalpa (Mexico). Since her PhD at ASCA (Amsterdam), she combines cultural analysis, political-economy, psychoanalytic, critical and postcolonial theories. With forty-plus publications including two authored and two edited volumes, her latest line of inquiry is ‘Polymaternal Families, Biopower and Late Capitalism’.

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Dr. Susana Fernandez Blanco

Dr. Susana Fernandez Blanco is a Spanish artist & Assistant Professor at PMU University in Saudi Arabia, holds an international PhD in Fine Arts from the UCM University of Spain. She specialises in Encaustic art, sustainability, and interdisciplinary research spanning 3D printing and artificial intelligence, skilfully integrating traditional techniques with modern innovations.

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Prof. Dr. Germano Couto

Prof. Dr. Germano Couto holds a Doctor of Nursing Sciences degree from the University of Porto, Portugal. He has expertise in Maternal and Obstetric Health Nursing (Midwifery) and currently serves as a Coordinating Professor at Fernando Pessoa Health School. Additionally, he is a member of the research unit Cintesis, with a particular focus on sexuality.

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Dr. Juan Filipe Stacul

Dr. Juan Filipe Stacul is a Professor at the Federal Institute of Goiás and Local Representative for International Relations. He holds a Ph.D. in Literature from PUC Minas with post-doctoral tenure at the Federal University of Viçosa. He was also a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois. With a keen interest in feminist criticism, men’s studies, and queer theory, his recent research delves into contemporary writers such as Caio Fernando Abreu and Rubem Fonseca, focusing on their exploration of issues related to subjectivity, gender, and alterity.

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Dr. Alberto Grandi

Dr. Alberto Grandi, a graduate in Philosophical Sciences, is currently a PhD student in gender studies at the University of Bari. My research project concerns the analysis of masculinity and linguistic performativity, with the aim of developing appropriate communication strategies to counter discrimination and produce inclusive environments, all through a philosophical perspective.

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Asst. Prof. Judit Balatonyi

Asst. Prof. Judit Balatonyi is an assistant professor and vice-head of the Department of European Ethnology – Cultural Anthropology (University of Pécs, Hungary). She received her PhD degree from the Interdisciplinary PhD School, Program for European Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology in 2016. Her major research interests include: anthropology of marriage; ritual and religion; love and friendship. Awards: “Jankó János” Award by Hungarian Ethnographic Society (2018); Award for Young Scientists of the MTA PAB (2020)

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Dr. Khonzi Mbatha

Dr. Khonzi Mbatha is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Africa. He teaches social psychology, ecosystemic psychology, and supervises masters and doctoral students. His research interests include Foucauldian discursive work. He is also a former fellow of the University of California, Los Angeles Tirisano program.

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Ms.Maryam Rahmani Tehrani​

Ms.Maryam Rahmani Tehrani is a member of the Women’s Studies Department of the Iranian Sociological Association of Iran from 2019 to now. Her articles are about women’s sexuality, domestic violence, and women’s representation in the media. Maryam received her MA from Alameh Tabatabaii University in Tehran, and she is studying sociology at the Iran Academia.

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Ms. Karolien Gebruers

Ms. Karolien Gebruers is a white female Belgian feminist who has been working as a sign language interpreter since 2012. Karolien has a background in ‘Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences’ and ‘Interpreting’. She is a PhD candidate at Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), focusing on gender in the International Sign conference interpreting context.

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Ms. Antonia Heil

Ms. Antonia Heil is a research associate in the field of gender and political science at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology. Her research interests include gender studies and the study of political parties. In her work, she explores social structures and power relations, voting behaviour and extremism. In the research project “GEiO – Gender Equitable Interactions Online”, she investigates gendered interactions in online work meetings. Antonia Heil holds a BA degree in Political Science and Public Law from the University of Tübingen and an MA degree in Political Science from the University of Salzburg where she worked as an assistant at the Chair for Politics and Gender, Diversity and Equality. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Salzburg.

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Ms. Victoria Kopperschmidt

Ms. Victoria Kopperschmidt completed her studies in human medicine at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in 2023. Since then, she has been working as a doctor in the emergency department and studying dentistry at the same time. She began her doctoral study in 2018 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ponseti at the Institute of Sexual Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. Her goal is to construct a fixed system in sexual medicine, as in emergency medicine, in order to optimize procedures and diagnostics.

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Ms. Shraddha Jha

Ms. Shraddha Jha is a Ph.D. student at the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, focusing on Gender Studies in Dystopian Fiction. She authored ‘Hegemonic Masculinity, Oppressed Femininity and the(Un)Gendered Loss of Identities in a Dystopia’ (2021) in ‘Academia Letters’ and co-authored ‘Sarah Macdonald’s Holy Cow as an Autoethnography Locating Cultures in Cityscapes’ in ‘Other’ Voices in Education: (Re)Stor(y)ing Stories (2023) by Springer Nature. She is passionate about exploring new perspectives on gender and dystopia in postmodernist fiction.

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Ms. Nicolina Fusco

Ms. Nicolina Fusco is a current doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Her research focuses on bias-based harassment in adolescence through US nationally representative sampled data, specifically related to identity formation in sexual and gender minority youth.

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Ms. Kirsty Rackliff

Ms. Kirsty Rackliff is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham, funded by the UK ESRC. She holds a first-class BA degree in Sociology, and an MA (Distinction) in Social Science Research Methods, both obtained from the University of Nottingham. Kirsty’s research explores online representations of detransition.

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María Auxiliadora Castillo Soto

María Auxiliadora Castillo Soto is a PhD candidate in Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. She works within the EUTERPE Project, funded by the European Union. She holds an M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and an M.A. in World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics. Her research interests span literary criticism and gender studies.

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Mx. Rachel Lofton

Mx. Rachel Lofton, a Ph.D. candidate at Pepperdine University, focuses on LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, public policy, sport and society, and race/ethnicity. They are the project coordinator at the Global Sport Institute at ASU. They earned a master’s from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and a bachelor’s from UCLA.

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Mr. Matt Broadway-Horner

Mr. Matt Broadway-Horner is a Nurse Consultant and is currently a Ph.D student at the University of Bolton, UK. He has a career history in innovative development, management and training in health services. He is interested in health inequities, challenging the structural, political and representational aspects within societies.

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Ms. Jana Dilger

Ms. Jana Dilger (she/her) is a Research Analyst at Trilateral Research focussing on gender/gender-based violence, research ethics concerning innovative technologies as well as AI, and modern slavery. Most recently, she delivered workshops on gender mainstreaming to research teams at Trilateral Research. She holds an MA in Conflict, Security and Development.

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Ms. Megan William

Ms. Megan Williams is a Master’s student of Afrikaans at North-West University in South Africa. Her research focuses on the intersection of language and identity within the South African LGBTQIA+ and gender-queer communities. I explore how these communities express and construct their identities through language, delving into a niche area of sociolinguistics that has received minimal attention in Afrikaans studies.

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MSC. Yuchen Li

MSC. Yuchen Li has an interdisciplinary and intercultural academic background at the intersection of political science, sociology and gender studies, currently studying for a MSc in the Social Studies of Gender at Lund University. Areas of interest are posthumanism, body theory and China studies.

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Ms. Almira Sharafeeva

Ms. Almira Sharafeeva, a PhD candidate at the University of Munich, earned her Master’s
degree from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Her current research focuses on the
concept of “women’s health” in early Soviet biopolitics, with a particular interest in the history of
medicine, gender, and social history. Fellow of the Gerda Henkel Foundation. 

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Ms. Natasha Gilani,

Ms. Natasha Gilani, a second-year doctoral student at the University of Toronto, focuses on Social Justice Education and Comparative International Education. With a background in Pakistan’s development sector and Canada’s tech industry, she’s now based in Paris, balancing her work in the tech sector and research in gender, decolonization, and South Asian studies

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Ms. Safia Iftikha

Ms. Safia Iftikhar is a PhD. Candidate at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia. Her research interests include, qualitative methods, culturally and linguistically diverse population, promoting inclusion, addressing marginalization, disadvantages and understanding the impact of patriarchal cultural violence for women’s well-being. She is also assessing the impact of culture, race, immigration, and gender on women’s experiences of violence, emphasizing prevention and intervention in Domestic violence. She is critical feminist who is interested to understand the complex interaction and processes of modernity and traditionality and their implications for women. She received a Ph.D. Research Grant under the Research Training Program in Australia, affiliated with Edith Cowan University, spanning from November 2021 to November 2024.

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Mx. Hsu Sun

Mx. Hsu Sun is an M.A. student in the Department of Social Work at National Taiwan University. Hsu Sun is a transgender activist in Taiwan with research focusing on discrimination, microaggression, trauma, resilience, and transnormativity of transgender people. Hsu Sun also won the 3MT Competition of Taiwan in 2023.

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Ms. Cláudia Sofia Bastos Carvalho Novais

Ms. Cláudia Sofia Bastos Carvalho Novais has a degree (2015) and a master’s degree (2018) in History from the University of Minho, Portugal. She is currently studying for a PhD in History at the same institution, with a project on women’s history, gender and criminality.

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Mr. Baguma Ivan James

Mr. Baguma Ivan James has Bachelors degree in social work and social administration (MSM) at Uganda Christian University graduated in 2012. Baguma is a social worker by profession, and he has worked in the department of gender studies with Gabula Royal Foundation since 2019 to date. Baguma ‘s areas of interest in gender studies are feminist theory, women’s history , social history, women’s health and feminist psychoanalysis. Baguma was recognized in his role for advocating for gender responsive budgeting (GBR) certificate for gender and Equity awarded in 2022.

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Ms. Rasmika Naidu

Ms. Rasmika Naidu is an English lecturer at Stadio Higher Education. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude (UKZN), a Bachelor of Arts Honours, cum laude (UKZN), and a Master of Arts in English Studies (UKZN). She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria. Rasmika is also a published poet.

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Ms. Rama Singh

Ms. Rama Singh recently graduated from the postgraduate program in English literary studies at Exeter University and she is preparing to start her PhD. Her research interests are primarily in the field of Queer Theory and Post-structuralist Theory, with a focus on language and discursive practices surrounding the etymology of terms used to describe gender and sexual identities and their consequences.

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Ms. Mary Oluwatobiloba Odetoyinbo

Ms. Mary Oluwatobiloba Odetoyinbo is a 2nd-year Doctoral Researcher and Graduate Teaching Associate from Lancaster University Management School, Bailrigg, Lancaster. Her research focus is in the areas of equality, diversity, and inclusion; gender studies; management and Leadership; social and behavioral change, and qualitative research. She is keen to explore the factors that create differential experiences and outcomes for persons and groups and how these can be bridged for equity and inclusiveness. Her doctoral research explores the lived experiences and career trajectories of mothers in the academic profession.

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Ms. Liya Ai

Ms. Liya Ai is currently a Ph.D. student in Gender Studies at Nagoya University, Japan. She holds an MA degree in Gender Studies from Charles University, Czech Republic. Her research focuses on the study of LGBT+ individuals, allies, and the cultural significance of pride parades within the context of Japan.

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Mr. Robert Mugambwa

Mr. Robert Mugambwa is the Coordinator of the Center-Left Think Tank in Africa, with 12 years of expertise in research, M&E, youth development, and strategic planning. Robert’s educational background is in policy development, research & forestry, and is committed to promoting inclusive equitable solutions through rigorous evidence-based research and policy engagement.

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Ms. Manisha Mohanty

Ms. Manisha Mohanty is currently pursuing her PhD in English from the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. Her broad area of research is Food and Gender Studies. She did her M Phil and M.A (English) from Utkal University, Vani Vihar and was the recipient of the University Gold Medal for securing highest marks in English at the Master’s level. Her academic interests include cultural studies, food writing, and women’s writing.

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Dr. Gavan Patrick Gray

Professor at Tsuda University’s College of Policy Studies in Tokyo

Presentation Topic

Threat to Life: The Unacknowledged Dangers of Marginalised Women in Japan

Dr. Gavan Patrick Gray is a Professor at Tsuda University’s College of Policy Studies in Tokyo, one of Japan’s oldest private women’s universities. He holds a Ph.D in Politics and International Relations from Leicester University and is currently engaged in a Japanese government-supported, multi-year research project comparing responses to gender violence in Japan and other countries. His latest writing on the subject appears in ‘Gender Violence, the Law, and Society’ (Emerald, 2022).

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Dr. Andreas Aceranti

Professor at LIMEC University in Milan

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Sex and love: differences in orientation and activation of the dopamine and serotonine systems

Dr. Andreas Aceranti is a Professor at LIMEC University in Milan, one of Italy’s most exclusive private universities. He holds a Ph.D in Neuroscience of human Behavior from trinity College and is currently engaged in a multi-year research project investigating the different aspects of human sexuality and, especially, sexual orientation. He’s an international congress speaker and has written, so far, more than 23 books.

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Dr. Gabriel Knott-Fayle

Dr Gabriel Knott-Fayle is a Postdoctoral Scholar of Masculinities Studies in Education at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. His research primarily addresses gender, body image, allyship, masculinities, sport, and communication with a particular interest in challenging prejudice and discrimination.

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Dr. Abdelnacer Ben Abderrezak

Dr. Abdelnacer Ben Abderrezak is an Associate Professor in English department at Mohamed Khider University, Biskra: Algeria. He holds PhD in gender studies and sexualities from the University of Djillali Liabes, Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria. He publishes a number of articles and participates in different inter/national conferences and study days.

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Dr. Shiho Hansen

Dr. Shiho Hansen has a PhD in International Health, Graduate School of Medicine, Tohoku University Her current Position is Research & Development Advisor, Sámi Norwegian National Advisory Unit for Mental Health and Substance Use (SANKS), Finnmark Hospital Trust Her areas of Interests are adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Central America (Guatemala & Nicaragua)

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Dr. Dale Moodley

Dr Dale Moodley is a registered psychologist and lectures in the Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University. His collective research output addresses the politics of formal and informal sexual socialisation practices such as sexuality education and popular music, respectively, and their role in promoting norms and values that police gendered sexualities.

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Mrs. Linda Catalina Villamarín

Mrs. Linda Catalina Villamarín is a graduate in fine arts with a master’s degrees in creative writing and in performing arts. Furthermore, she is actively pursuing a PhD in Art and Heritage at the University of Seville. Linda is the creator of the project Artistas Lunáticas where she publishes research on art and its effects due to the menstrual cycle, and the author of the novel Atadas.

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MSC. Jordan Donovan

MSC. Jordan Donovan (MSc) recently graduated from the University of Glasgow. She is currently working as a development manager and youth programs lead at a nonprofit organization that offers arts-based wellness and social justice programming to equity-deserving youth. Her work often centers on youth participatory action, resistance, and queer joy.

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Ms. Amelyn Laro

Ms. Amelyn Laro is a social worker, educator, researcher, and gender advocate who has traveled extensively throughout the Philippines and has been a delegate to Kazakhstan, Canada, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, South Korea, the United States, and Germany for her work on gender and women’s issues. She specializes in issues concerning women and girls, as well as refugees and internal displacement. She is a Community Solutions Fellow through the US Department of State, an ASIAN Gender Trainer through the Korean Institute for Gender Equality Promotion and Education, and a Fellow at the International Sustainable Academy in Hamburg, Germany, for her project Teach for Gender Equality. She previously founded the Advocacy on Women’s Education and Empowerment (AWE) Project, a capacity-building leadership development project for young women social work students and professionals in the Philippines’ Davao region. In 2019, she began the Social Work Program at the Southern Philippines Agribusiness Marine and Aquatic School of Technology. She is frequently invited to give presentations as a resource person on Gender Responsive Case Management, Gender Sensitivity, Handling Violence Against Women, and Creating Safe Spaces.

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Mr. Semih Yararoglu

Mr. Semih Yararoglu graduated from Kocaeli University, and received his MA degree at Yeditepe University, Department of English Language and Literature in July, 2022. Also, he pursues his doctorate in the same department at Yeditepe University. His current academic interests are gender (queer) studies in English literature, philosophy and rewritings.

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Mr. José Baptista

Mr. José Baptista has a Masters in Organizational and Work Psychology from the University of Coimbra. He is a PhD Candidate in HR Development Policies at the University of Lisbon, studying the integration of trans people in the labour market in Portugal. His main areas of interest are D&I and LGBTQIA+ Studies.

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Ms. Corinna Canali

Ms. Corinna Canali is currently a research associate and PhD candidate at UdK Berlin/Weizenbaum Institut, working with multidisciplinary methodologies developed from critical theory and artistic practice, after an MPhil at UCL’s History of Art Department. Her research traverses digital technologies, gender and sexual bias, censorship, biopolitics, and visual culture studies.

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Ms.Hanane Benchama

Ms.Hanane Benchama holds an MA in English literature and civilization. In 2020, she joined the university of Strathclyde as a PhD student. Her PhD was funded by the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Her main focus is on (comparative)literature, translation, feminist studies, gender studies and violence, and film studies. For the last two years, Hanane worked as a tutor of Arabic and Art in Glasgow. Hanane is currently analysing Algerian films and novels.

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Ms.Wirunphat Manitsorasak

Ms.Wirunphat Manitsorasak is currently a PhD candidate at the College of population studies of Chulalongkorn university. She has experience in academic research and population studies. Wirunphat is passionate about exploring new tools with which social papers can be analyzed and seeking new opportunities to expand her academic network.” Please kindly find the photo attached.

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Ms.Cecilia Heil

Ms.Cecilia Heil is a graduate student of Gender Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, after previously completing a Bachelor and Master in Global and Comparative Philosophy. She is interested in theoretical and practical approaches to creating inclusive and accessible environments, for instance for queer bodies in binary gendered spaces.

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Mrs. Khadija Karimi

Khadija Karimi, with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and women’s studies A master’s student in women’s studies in Iran and training manager in an online institution. Interested in researching Afghan women. Winner of two international essay prizes. School principal and women’s rights activist in Afghanistan. When the Taliban attacked Afghanistan, she came to Iran.

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Ms. Arpita Wadhwa

Ms. Arpita Wadhwa is a Senior Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia, where she works on generating evidence for policies through rigorous field-based research. She read Political Science and International Relations at Ashoka University, and has been published by multiple journals including E-IR and Yale. Her research interests include digital democracy, political violence, and critical theory.

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Mrs. Joyce Pires

Mrs. Joyce Pires is currently a doctoral student in Social Sciences at the São Paulo State University, Faculty of Philosophy and Sciences of Marília (UNESP), where she develops research with FAPESP support. Her research interest is especially related to feminist field studies of gender and religion.

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Mr.Alexandre Almeida

Mr.Alexandre Almeida is a PhD candidate at the Doctoral Program in Cultural Studies at the University of Aveiro (Portugal). Researcher at the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Research Centre (CLLC/UA) with a scholarship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (UI/BD/151280/2021). His academic interests intersect Cultural Studies and Queer Studies.

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Dr. Jessie André, PhD, LCSW-S, MEd

An Assistant Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University in Tx, USA

Topic: Cross-Cultural Sexual Encounters & Sexual Migration

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Assistant Professor, Dr. Jessie André, PhD, LCSW-S, MEd, is a clinical social worker, professor, and sexuality advocate. Born in Port-au-Prince, she cites her experiences as a first-generation immigrant as having profound impact in both her professional and personal experiences. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Jessie leaned into her calling as a social worker and graduated from Temple University with an MSW. Like a lot of things in Dr. Andre’s life, after a chance interaction while working with juvenile sex offenders in Philadelphia, she found a PhD program that combined a topic that she has been passionate about since she was 7, sexuality & education.

In her career Dr. André has practiced micro, mezzo and macro social work in North America, Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa. Dr. André ‘s approach to health, mental health, and sexual health stems from a holistic and inclusive approach.  Her work aims to address the unique sexual and cultural needs of first- generation immigrants and people with bicultural identities.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University in the Worden School of Social Service and developing her clinical mental health private practice catering to clients with bicultural identities and sexuality related concerns.

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Dr. Zsuzsa F. Lassú

Dr. Zsuzsa F. Lassú PhD is an associate professor of Psychology at Eötvös Loránd University and also a practising sexual psychologist working with childhood sexual trauma survivors. Her academic interest and counseling practice both focus on importance of sexual education in childhood sexual abuse prevention.

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Dr. Cecilia Herles

Dr. Cecilia Herles, the Assistant Director of the Institute for Women’s Studies, earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Georgia. She is the recipient of the Service-Learning Teaching Excellence Award, the Creative Teaching Award, and the Sustainable UGA Outstanding Faculty Award.

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Dr. Maria Aragonés-González

Dr. Maria Aragonés-González is a Doctor in Gender Studies from the University of Alicante; Social worker; Master in Equality and Gender (Jaume I University). Her current Position is Gender Equality Technician at the Mancomunitat Marina Baixa; and external collaborator in the project: Women in Health Sciences Research (University of Valencia). Also, her areas of Interests are Promotion of gender equality through education.

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Dr. Robert O’Mochain

Dr. Robert O’Mochain is an Associate Professor at Ritsumeikan University’s College of International Relations in Kyoto. His doctoral thesis focused on masculinities and the experiences of LGBT+ stakeholders in education. He is an applicant for an Open Research Area (ORA) for Social Sciences grant to research issues surrounding voyeuristic sexual harassment.

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Dr. Gavan Patrick Gray

Dr. Gavan Patrick Gray is a Professor at Tsuda University’s College of Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently engaged in a Japanese government-supported, research-project comparing responses to gender violence in Japan and other countries. Other research interests include language acquisition, international security, and political propaganda.

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Dr. Helena Louhela

Dr. Helena Louhela is a postdoctoral researcher in Gender Studies, University of Oulu, Finland. Her research focuses on a sexual violence experienced by children and youth. Louhela develops the conceptual framework further by tackling the multi-layered relational aspect of sexual violence, sexual consenting and sexual risky behaviour among adolescent girls.

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Dr. Giuseppina Scotto di Carlo

Dr. Giuseppina Scotto di Carlo is currently researcher in English Linguistics at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” (Italy). Her research interests cover institutional discourse, gender studies, and science popularisation. Among her works: A Discourse Analysis of the ‘Trumpusconi’ Phenomenon: Is Trump our contemporary Berlusconi? (CSP 2021) and “An Analysis of Self-Other Representations in the Incelosphere: Between online misogyny and self-contempt” (Discourse & Society 2022).

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Asst. Prof. Natanaree Posrithong

Assistant Professor Natanaree Posrithong has obtained her Ph.D. from the Australian National University, Australia with the awarded Mahidol Scholarship. Her recent publications have been focused on pivotal roles and voices of women in politics of contemporary Thailand. She is currently teaching gender studies and serves as Program Director at Mahidol University International College, Thailand. 

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Dr. Ly Quyet Tien

Dr. Ly Quyet Tien is a Lecturer and Researcher at Eastern International University (Binh Duong), Doctor Ly Quyet Tien has been guest lecturer at many universities in Vietnam. He holds bachelor’s degrees in History & in English from University of Social Sciences and Humanities. He also holds M.A. degrees in FLE from University of Rouen, in Vietnam History from the Southern Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities in HCMC. In 2008, he received his Ph.D. in Oriental Studies and Humanities from University of Paris 7- Diderot. Specialist in Vietnamese studies, he has participated as presenter in international conferences since 2014

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Dr. Maria Nikkie Saldivar Hodgson

Dr. Maria Nikkie Saldivar Hodgson is a native of the Rio Grande Valley and currently resides on South Padre Island, Texas, USA. She has a Ph.D. in Business and Leadership Studies and has over 30 years of experience in higher education in the Rio Grande Valley. Her roles in higher education have included faculty, student enrollment, student retention, recruitment, employee development and training, organizational development, and organizational operations as director, executive director and associate Vice President. She returned to the classroom as a professor of communication studies Fall of 2016. Her research interest are gender studies, nonverbal communication studies, small group communication, mother-daughter relationships, etc. She is a first-time children’s book author of “Ricky the Raindrop” and is currently working on a sequel.  In addition to her passion for writing, she provides consulting services to local businesses and non-profits in the RGV. She is involved in her community by serving as a board member for the Glady’s Porter Zoo and Sea Turtle, Inc. and in her spare time, she enjoys yoga, running, hiking, gardening and most importantly, spending time with her two young adult children, Giselle and Miguel.

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Dr. Fatma Yaşın-Tekizoğlu

Dr. Fatma Yaşın-Tekizoğlu, Ph.D., now is in the Department of Psychology at the University of Edinburgh as a post-doc researcher and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Ankara Medipol University. Her work focuses on gender, manhood, dehumanization and sexual aggression.

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Dr. Sucharita Maji

Dr. Sucharita Majiis an assistant professor (Psychology) at the Indian Institute of Technology Dhanbad. She received her doctoral degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. Her research interest broadly lies in the area of the social psychology of gender. Her recent projects incorporate topics such as 1. Cyberbullying experienced by LGBT youth in India, 2. Workplace discrimination experienced by Indian LGBT youth, and 3. Gender in STEM education.

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Prof. Dr. Rut Lucas-Dominguez

Prof. Dr. Ruth Lucas-Dominguez is Doctor in Pharmacy from the University of Valencia (UV) (2002).Since 2018 she is associate professor in the Department of History of Science and Information Science (Faculty of Medicine, UV). Currently her research is developed in the field of scientific activity evaluation, data sharing and gender studies.

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Dr. Letsoalo Daniel

Dr. Letsoalo Daniel is a Clinical Psychologist and a Lecturer at the North-West University in South Africa. He holds B.A., B.A. Hons, M.A. (Clinical Psychology) and Doctorate. Areas of interest are Mental Health, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, and Sexuality.

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Dr. Sibusiso Mkwananzi

Dr. Sibusiso Mkwananzi is a Demographer and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Gender Studies at the University of South Africa. She holds a PhD in Demography, Masters in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, postgraduate qualifications in gender, public policy and analysis, project management, marketing management, and employee health and wellness, as well as an undergraduate degree in Dentistry. Her research interests include SRHR, youth-related studies, GBV, menstruation, teenage pregnancy, the application of quantitative research methods to contextual analysis of phenomena as well as the health of vulnerable populations.

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Ms. Anna Caterino

Ms. Anna Caterino holds a BA and MA in European and American languages and literatures. She specialized in English literature and is now pursuing a PhD in Shakespeare studies at Milan State University. Her research interests include: Early Modern drama, Early Modern medical diatribes, Anglo-American poetry, and Eric Kripke’s Supernatural.

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Ms. Brigitta Tóth

Ms. Brigitta Tóth is currently assistant professor and PhD student at Faculty of Primary and Pre-school Education in Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Budapest, Hungary. Her research project is about parents’ views on pre-school children’s gender socialisation and media consumption, focusing on Disney Princess movies.Her areas of Interest are pre-school children, gender differences, media culture, social learning

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Ms. Mikayla Roell

Ms. Mikayla Roell graduated Spring 2022 with her Master of Arts in Communication from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Texas, USA. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She also have a bachelor’s in media arts from Texas A&M-Corpus-Christi with a 3.95 GPA. She was a student athlete while being an undergraduate and graduate student.She ran four total years of Division I track. She was a sprinter, so She ran the 100, 200, and the 4X1 relay. Being a part of track team for over a decade, has made her think about if she would possibly want to coach the sport within her future.

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Mrs.Ranin Daas

Mrs.Ranin Daas is a high school educational counselor and a Ph.D student at the Department of Education at Ben Gurion University, Israel. Her Ph.D thesis examines how Arab educational counselors perceive and work with LBGT adolescents and how they negotiate Western, individual professional norms in a conservative, collectivist society.

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Ms. Lukyantseva Polina A.

Ms. Lukyantseva Polina A. is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, The Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University (Japan) & had Master’s degree, same university, and same department. She has a Bachelor’s degree at Ryukoku University (Japan), The Department of Intercultural Communications. She is currently, work as a “global leader” for the international project “Global Citizenship Program Kurdistan” and the local ISA program in Japan (focusing on SDG5 discussing and teaching high school students about gender inequality and gender-related problems in Japanese society) Her areas of Interest: Two of my most significant interests are gender-related problems and the problem of DV in international marriages in Japan. I love reading about the history of feminism in Japan and reading novels of Japanese female authors like Enchi Fumiko, Tsushima Yuko, and others.

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Mr. Jiru Zeng

Mr. Jiru Zeng (Edward) is a Yenching Scholar of Peking University with research interests in identity & body politics and women’s political participation. He also had a first-class Bachelor’s degree at Beijing Foreign Studies University in journalism. Meanwhile, he was a member of Peking – Lund joint master’s programme in Human Rights, and a visiting student at Lancaster University. Now, he served as an assistant to Lanyuan Centre for Women Studies at Peking University.

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Ms.Salome Thomas

Ms.Salome Thomas have completed post graduate and post graduate diploma in research at Christ (Deemed to be University). She has done her bachelors in Sociology from Stella Maris Chennai and her schooling from Sishya, Chennai. Her area of studies is gender divide in workspace and households, women empowerment, women and child rights.

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Mrs.Birgit Schoeppl Fische

Mrs.Birgit Schoeppl Fischer, is an Executive PhD Student at the University of Antwerp. She is researching the gender quotas in the corporate context and their impact on gender equality in corporations. She started her academic endeavors at the University of Vienna and University of Santa Clara. Currently she is a Sales Director at a multinational FMCG corporation based in Austria.

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Mr.Melusi Mntungwa

Mr.Melusi Mntungwa is a Communications and Gender Lecturer at the University of South Africa. He is currently reading for his PhD on Queer sonic cultures and communities in South Africa. His areas of interest are Black queer identities, visibilities, subjectivities and media representations of the Black queer experience.

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Mrs. Huan Xie

Mrs. Huan Xie’ s research interests focus on gender studies on television and social media, with a specialization on female teenager happiness on live-stream variety shows. She now works as a lecturer at Pingxiang university and continues to conduct research on the teenager social media usage, especially their well-being and self-perception in China.

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Mr. Melvin Shery

Mr. Melvin Shery graduated with an average CGPA of 9.00 and ranked 2nd in the batch. He has also worked with professors of renowned institutes of India like TISS. His research focuses on the life of transgenders and the policies implemented for their welfare in the state of Kerala, India.

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Mr. Gilson Oliveira da Silva Junior

Mr.Gilson Oliveira da Silva Junior is a Business Administration undergraduate at the University of São Paulo, and a Law undergraduate at the University of Ribeirão Preto. Also, he is a scientific researcher with a scolarship by the brazilian governmental institution ‘Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico’ (CNPq).

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Miss. Yang Yiyun

Miss. Yang Yiyun (Yolanda) is a Yenching Scholar of Peking University with research interests in social inequalities and intimate relationships. She received her bachelor ‘s degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University, where she majored in English and international studies. She also dedicates herself to community service, social entrepreneurship, and leadership development.

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Mr. Marton Viktor Zala

Mr. Marton Viktor Zala is a PhD student at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. His research topic is sex education in Hungary (experiences and beliefs of the actors). He learnt at the University of Pecs and ELTE, Hungary, University of Salford, UK. He is a psychologist, focuses on sexual psychology.

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Ms. Lee Moon-Woo

Ms. Lee Moon-Woo is a Ph.D. student at Yonsei University, South Korea. Her master thesis was about 1980s Korean queer films and she keeps studying Korean contemporary queer films. She works with Seoul International Pride Film Festival and published Korean Queer Film History and Korean Lesbian Film History.

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Ms.Sanjana Chakraborty

Ms.Sanjana Chakraborty, Bachelors (2013-2016) and Masters (2016-2018) of Arts in English from Banaras Hindu University, India, NET (2019), is a Research Scholar in Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of National Institute of Technology Sikkim, India under the guidance of Dr. Dhananjay Tripathi. The field of interest is Gender Studies, Masculinity Studies, South Asian Literature, LGBTQA+ Studies.

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Mr. Elio Iannacci

Mr. Elio Iannacci is an award-winning arts reporter and graduate student at York University whose research interests include ethnomusicology and gender studies. Iannacci has contributed to more than 80 publications worldwide, profiling icons such as Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin and Beyoncé. He is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.