Convener & Co-founder
Nick Cherryman is a second year ESRC funded PhD student in the department of Sociology at the University of Warwick and drag performer Ibi Profane. Their work focuses on the performative nature of drag and the way it disrupts boundaries of gender. Currently their research is on posthuman and post/non-gendered drag performance. They have presented their work on how to make difficult topics accessible for general audiences on several panels, and have been nominated for a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (2022). In queer/disrupt they help oversee the group’s activities, executive produce the queer/disrupt podcast and convene alongside Hannah Ayres. They are interested in the work of Judith Butler and have a small Jack Russell/Corgi cross, The Miadog.
Eduardo Cachucho is an artist, ex-architect and creative sector worker based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His interests lie in the digital art space, particularly stemming from the countries of Africa where he has worked in the arts management space to develop projects and programmes that support the incredible talent coming from the continent. A queer focus lies in wanting to tell more nuanced stories about queer experiences (often pained with one brush across Africa) to the world, with a particular focust on art making and performance.
Sayantan is a Faculty Teaching Associate at the Centre for Writing and Pedagogy, Krea University. Originally trained as a neuroscientist, they now dip their feet in science writing, communication, and journalism. Their current work critically evaluates science and science practice in India, and lies at an intersection of science, caste, gender, sexuality, and health. They are also interested in investigating the relationship between close reading of scientific texts and how that leads to new scientific questions.
Born and raised in China, Ao Huang is now a second-year PhD student in History at SOAS, University of London. Exploring the tensions and interactions between East Asian historical queerness and modern, western understandings of gender and sexualities, his PhD project traces the histories of non-normative gender groups in early modern China and aims to discover new forms of human subjectivities and desires that have been concealed and marginalised by dominant epistemes and historiographies. In addition to Chinese history, his research interests also include queer theory, the history of the Chinese diaspora and transnational Chinese sexuality. He has recently joined queer/disrupt as a committee member.
Aleks is an MA student of Comparative Literature at King’s College London. He is interested in global trans and queer literatures and histories. He completed his undergraduate degree in Arts and Sciences at UCL, and submitted an interdisciplinary dissertation on trans identity and the poetry of the Polish modernist writer Piotr Odmieniec Włast. As part of queer/disrupt, Aleks provides administrative and video subtitling support.
Wikke is a third-year PhD student at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, and is affiliated with the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt University. Her research focuses on the experiences of queer Indonesians at the intersections of activism, religion, and everyday life. She is broadly interested in queer(ing) religion in Southeast Asia and Europe, mobility theory, media studies, research ethics, and collaborative anthropology.
Hannah is a London based queer artist & illustrator who completed her MA in Gender, Media and Culture at Goldsmiths University in 2019. She situates her research within the domain of femininity studies, and is particularly interested in queer femininities, girlhood, and the transformative potentialities of vulnerability. She is drawn to the relationship between art and activism, D.I.Y. approaches to creation and her feminism and artistic practices have been especially inspired by the riot grrrl movement. Since 2017, she’s been an organising member of the Devil’s Dyke Network, a queer feminist poetry and arts collective in Brighton, running poetry, art and performance events and workshops that amplify the voices of queer marginalised artists. As part of queer/disrupt, Hannah assists with social media.
Paola Medina-Gonzalez is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of History at the University of Warwick. Her research focuses on perceptions of masculinity and queerness within the military during the World Wars through the usage of amateur photography. She is interested in queer history, history of photography, queer theory, cultural studies, gender theory, integration of WW2 in fiction and photographic representations of war.
Simi is a second-year undergraduate student in the department of Statistics at the University of Warwick. She is interested in gender data gap in medical research and clinical trials, and is planning to focus her research on the implications of these on healthcare provision. As part of queer/disrupt she helps with video subtitling and podcast editing.
Flexi Marketing Coordinator
Dylan is a recent graduate from Goldsmith University’s MA programme Critical and Creative Analysis. They are interested in exploring and imagining possibilities for queer futures and worlds via music. Dylan’s particular focus is on how music can help to envisage different worlds and create different futures as well as new ways of inhabiting the current world in relation to non-binary gender identities. More broadly, Dylan’s research interests are in the generative possibilities that queer worldmaking can inspire focusing on music and media portrayals of queerness with an aim to celebrate and create archives of queer joy. As part of queer/disrupt, Dylan manages the marketing side to help spread the word on everything queer/disrupt.
Phoenix is South Wales based and works as a Social Media Co-ordinator for Pride Cymru. They are particularly interested in sex and relationships education in schools and gender and sexuality representations in media such as video games, books and TV. They are an avid podcast listener and currently work as the primary podcast editor for queer/disrupt.
Andrea is a third-year History and Politics undergraduate student in the department of History at the University of Warwick. He is interested in queer history, more specifically at the relation between gender and sexuality. He is passionate about the importance of queerness in determining different social relations in both the past and nowadays society. As a part of queer/disrupt he mainly concentrates on providing admin support as well as helping with subtitling some of our work.