Eliza Steinbock is Associate Professor of Gender and Diversity Studies at Maastricht University. There they are director of the Centre for Gender and Diversity, a platform that connects all levels of researchers in these fields, networks with societal partners, and enhances public-facing scholarship. ​Driving their multidisciplinary research is the question of how local visual and material cultures can be marshaled to respond to global challenges of inclusion and exclusion mechanisms related to minoritarian identities, foremost to queer and trans identities. This focus has directed their investigation into the politics of cultural production and exhibition in the film, arts, and heritage sectors. The funded projects in these research lines are Shimmering Images: On Transgender Embodiment and Cinema Aesthetics (ASCA/University of Amsterdam PhD 2006-2011), Vital Art: Transgender Portraiture as Visual Activism (NWO Veni postdoc 2014-2018), The Critical Visitor: Intersectional Approaches for Rethinking and Retooling Accessibility and Inclusivity in Heritage Spaces (NWO Smart Culture Research Consortium).

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