We are extremely excited to announce our 2 fantastic keynote speakers

Professor Jack Halberstam

Professor Jack Halberstam is Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University and Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, who will be discussing Queering Utopia.

The author of seven books, Halberstam’s latest book, out in 2020, is titled Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire. Places Journal awarded Halberstam its Arcus/Places Prize in 2018 for innovative public scholarship on the relationship between gender, sexuality and the built environment. Halberstam is now finishing a second volume on wildness titled: The Wild Beyond: Music, Architecture and Anarchy.

Professor Raffaella Baccolini

Professor Raffaella Baccolini is a Professor in the Department of Interpreting and Translation at Bologna University, and will be discussion her paper ‘Hope in Dark Times’.

Her research areas are contemporary and twentieth-century American and English Literature as well as gender studies. In particular she has published on women’s literature; feminist criticism; utopia, dystopia and science fiction; modernism; memory and nostalgia; trauma studies; young adults’ literature, cinema.

She is a member of MeTRa; she is co-editor of the “Ralahine Utopian Studies” series (Peter Lang) and of the online journal mediAzioni.