Symposium Chairpersons—Bios

Chairpersons (in the alphabetical order)

Laura Benítez Valero graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2014 with a PhD in Philosophy, specialising in bio-art. She is an independent researcher and curator based in Barcelona as well as an external collaborator on the teaching team for Aesthetics and Art Theory at the Department of Philosophy of the UAB. She worked as a coordinator at the Institute of Humanities of Barcelona; lecturer on the Master’s degree in Research in Arts and Design at EINA; as well as lecturer of Dystopian Thinking at ELISAVA, University of Design and Visiting Professor at the University of Puerto Rico. She also worked as guest researcher at the Ars Electronica arts centre and at the MACBA’s documentation centre. She is currently collaborating on different research projects, academic and autonomous alike. Her current research focuses on processes of bio-resistance, bio-hacking and non-human agents.

Matthew Causey is Professor in Drama at Trinity College Dublin where he is Head of School of Creative Arts and Director of the Arts Technology Research Laboratory. He is author of the Theatre and Performance in Digital Culture (Routledge 2009), co-editor of Performing Subject in the Space of Technology (Palgrave 2015) and Performance, Identity and Neo-political Subject (Routledge, 2013). Prof. Causey is widely published on the topic of theatre, technology and digital culture and his essay ‘Postdigital Performance’ was recently published in Theatre Journal.

David Crowley is Professor of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. His research has a focus on the histories of Eastern Europe under communist rule. His books include Warsaw (2003) and Socialism and Style. Material Culture in Post-war Eastern Europe (2000); Socialist Spaces. Sites of Everyday Life in the Eastern Bloc (2003); and Pleasures in Socialism: Leisure and Luxury in the Eastern Bloc (2010). Crowley also curates exhibitions including ‘Cold War Modern’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2008–9 and ‘Sounding the Body Electric. Experiments in Art and Music in Eastern Europe’ at Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, 2012, Notes from the Underground. Art and Alternative Music in Eastern Europe 1968-1994, at Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, 2017 and Akademie der Kunst, Berlin, 2018.

Jeneen Naji is Digital Media Faculty in the Department of Media Studies in Maynooth University. Dr. Naji’s research is in the area of digital culture specifically exploring the impact of the digital apparatus on poetic expression. She is also a founding member of the Maynooth University Digital Arts and Humanities Research Cluster along with the Department of Music and Computer Science. Dr. Naji is also a member of the international editorial review board of the International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL) and in 2014 received a prestigious Fulbright TechImpact award.

Chrissie Poulter is Head of Drama and the School Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning. She is a director, trainer and mentor. She taught at Birmingham University in the 1970’s, was Drama Officer and Deputy Director of Yorkshire Arts in the 1980’s working in theatre-making and training throughout. This brought her to Belfast in 1979 to work with Neighbourhood Open Workshop, followed in the 80s and 90s with community plays, The Quest (a project with sculptors, primary schools and performance in nine villages in Co Down) and youth theatre shows in Enniskillen. She is author of’ ‘Playing the Game’. She most recently facilitated ‘The Talking Shop’ for young theatre goers during the Stamsund International Theatre Festival in Lofoten, Norway.

Radek Przedpełski received his PhD degree from Trinity College Dublin and is a lecturer in Visual Cultures at National University of Ireland in Maynooth and TCD. He holds an MA degree in Digital Media from Dublin Institute of Technology, where he specialised in Sound Design, and an MA in English Studies from UMK Toruń (Poland), where he specialised in Critical Theory and Post-Colonial Studies. His doctoral dissertation probed the question of metamorphosis in Polish neo-avant-garde technics of the 1970s, seen through the philosophies of Deleuze, Guattari, Simondon, Nietzsche and Spinoza as well as Polish Baroque and the Bronze Age metallurgical art of the Great Steppe. Radek is also a sound artist and freelance photographer. He also worked as a researcher on the project Naughty Nasals by the Slavs and Tatars artistic collective.