meet the team

Founders and Conveners

Hannah Ayres
Convener & Co-founder

Hannah Ayres is a fourth year PhD student in the department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her research interrogates queer re/presentation in museums and seeks to understand how queer individuals create, critique, and internalise these re/presentations. She has previously taught on modules to do with gender, research methods, historiography, education, human nature, politics, and queer theory. Hannah has also helped to produce guidance for the University of Warwick on inclusive teaching for trans and gender-diverse students. She is broadly interested in queer history; public history; queer theory; memory studies; visual sociology; gender and social theory. She is the current convener alongside Nick Cherryman, and helps to manage and oversee the group’s activities.  

Nick Cherryman
Convener & Co-founder

Nick Cherryman is a second year ESRC funded PhD student in the department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. They are also drag performer Ibi Profane. Their work focuses on the disruptive nature of drag and the way it disrupts, destructs, and constructs gender. Currently their focus is on posthuman and post/non-gendered drag performance. They are interested in modern media portrayals of gender and queerness, and has a deep abiding love of both the work of Judith Butler and their Jack Russell, The Miadog (definitive article, like The Mona Lisa and q/d's unofficial mascot). In queer/disrupt they help oversee the group’s activities, executive produce the queer/disrupt podcast and convene alongside Hannah Ayres. 


queer/disrupt team

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Eduardo Cachucho
Committee Member

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 Datta
Committee Member

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.


Ao Huang

Committee Member

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 Jagielski

                                 Administrator                                  @aleksantek 

Aleks is an MA student of Comparative Literature at King’s College London. His interests include researching trans writing and trans histories. Aleks 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 Jansen

 Committee Member  

Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften 

Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies 

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.


Melissa Martin

Committee Member

Melissa Martin is a second-year PhD student in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Her ESRC Wales DTP-funded research explores the social implications of new diagnostic criteria for hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders; a group of rarely diagnosed chronic health conditions. She hopes to apply queer and crip methods and analyses in this research, disrupting not only normative assumptions surrounding illness, disability and medicine but also boundaries surrounding ‘academic’ research and research inclusivity. Broadly speaking, Melissa is interested in all things crip and hopes to bring crip identity to the forefront of queer imaginaries in the queer/disrupt community. 

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Simona Pecserke

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.

Laura Silina
Blog Supervisor

Laura is a third-year undergraduate student of English Literature at the University of Warwick. Her interests include feminism, queer culture and history, and the representation of marginalised groups within mainstream media. She is extremely passionate about supporting and promoting queer voices and she hopes to achieve this through her work as a blog volunteer for queer/disrupt.
Dylan Stebbing-Boulet
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.

James Whitfield
Committee Member

James Whitfield is an MA student in the department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. His MA is being funded by the ESRC and so will his eventual PhD research which will commence in the academic year 2021/2022. James’ research focuses upon prisoner deaths, specifically in how the media frames the lives and issues of inmates. James’ work covers all prisoner representations with a strong focus on cases of transgender and BAME inmates. He is broadly interested in queer criminology, discrimination in the justice system, representations of imprisonment and social theory. As a committee member on queer/disrupt he assists with the running of the group and helps organise events.

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Phoenix Wilks
Social Media Manager

Phoenix is a third-year undergraduate student in the department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. They are particularly interested in sex and relationships education in schools. They are also interested in inclusivity and diversity within teaching topics, particularly as this can help foster a greater understanding of the sexual and gender diverse. As part of queer/disrupt they manage the social media and help put out content for the group.

Andrea Zuliani

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.

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