Dr. Arthur Crucq

Title: Studying style and subculture: Towards a shared and global anthropological, art historical and semiotic perspective.

Affiliation: Leiden University.

Biography: Crucq is affiliated to the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society as University Lecturer. He teaches courses in the BA programs of art history/ arts, media and society, as well as in the MA arts and culture. His lines of research broadly concern the relationship between perception and reception, the significance of style in art, architecture, ornament and (sub-) cultures, and the aspect of agency with regard to the relationship between architecture, ornament and sculpture. Read more.

Dr. Stevie Suan

Title of paper: Anime’s Multiple Globalities: From Stylistics to Transnationality.

Affiliation: Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan.

Biography: An Assistant Professor at Hosei University’s Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies, Stevie Suan holds a doctorate from the Graduate School of Manga Studies at Kyoto Seika University and a masters in Asian Studies from University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa. His main area of expertise is in anime aesthetics through which he explores various modes of existence. In his recent research, he utilizes performance/performativity theory and media theory to approach issues of area studies (Japan studies and Asian studies), using anime as an example of the shifting currents of cultural production and consumption in our moment of globalization. Such research will be published in his upcoming book, Anime’s Identity: Performativity, Media-form, and Transnationality, forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press (2021).

Elloit Cardozo

Title of paper: I’m the voice of the streets’: Hyperlocal performances of style in Bombay Hip Hop.

Affiliation: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS)

Biography: Elloit Cardozo is a Junior Research Fellow at Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Elloit’s project at MAKAIAS studies underground Hip Hop culture in India as part of a larger global expressive culture that is simultaneously influenced by local sociopolitical and artistic elements. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Mumbai, where his dissertation comparatively studied Dudeism, and Albert Camus’ Absurdist thought as countercultural worldviews. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as University of Pittsburgh’s CINEJ Cinema Journal and Intellect Books’ Global Hip Hop Studies (GHHS). Elloit is also a coordinator for Show & Prove Mumbai, an upcoming collaborative conference with the University of California Riverside, set to be the first ever conference on Hip Hop Studies in India.



Prof. Dr. Sybille Lammes

Title: Subcultural playgrounds: The ludic production of alternative space-times.

Affiliation: Leiden University

Biography: Sybille Lammes is full professor New Media and Digital Culture at Leiden University. She has been a visiting Senior Research Fellow at The University of Manchester, and has worked as a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick, as well as the media-studies departments of Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam. Her background is in media-studies and game-studies, which she has always approached from an interdisciplinary angle, including cultural studies, science and technology studies, postcolonial studies, and critical geography. She is co-editor of Playful Identities (2015), Mapping Time (2017 fc.) and The Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods (2018 fc.). and The Playful Citizen (2017 fc.). She is an ERC laureate and has been the PI of numerous research projects. She is a member of the Playful Mapping Collective. Read more.

Dr. Alexander Karakachanov; Prof. Dr. Georgeta Nazarska; Dr. Nina Debruyne.

Title of paper: Subcultures as active participants in the transition in Bulgaria.

Affiliation: University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia, Bulgaria.


Alexander KARAKACHANOV, PhD – Associated Professor, Department of General Studies, University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia, Bulgaria. Research interests: political theory, transition theory, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of mind. Scientific publications: 4 monographs and over 30 articles.

Georgeta NAZARSKA, PhD – Professor, Department of Culture, Heritage ant Tourism, University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia, Bulgaria. Research interests: social history, women history, history of gender, history of institutions, ethnic and religious communities and education. Publications: 3 monographs and over 50 articles.

Nina DEBRUYNE, PhD – Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Culture, Heritage ant Tourism, University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia, Bulgaria. Research interests: cultural heritage socialization, protection and valuation; museum studies, private collections Publications: 2 monographs, over 15 articles.

Sarvpriya Raj

Title: Protest, Hope, and a Desire For Distinction: Exploring the Ravidassia Subculture in Punjab.

University: School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

Biography: Sarvpriya Raj is a graduate scholar at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. She is interested in social movements, caste, diaspora, and popular culture.



Guest designer: Cristha Fuentes.

Biography: Cristha Fuentes is a designer based in Guatemala City. Since footwear design studies are not available in her country, she had to gain knowledge from different backgrounds to be able to develop her own shoe brand; a minor in Fashion Design, a minor in Product design, a Bachelor in Business Administration and complemented her studies with courses in art history. One of her most recognized features is the use of national textiles, combined with modern footwear, with the idea of exporting a piece of her country to all parts of the world.

Her brand was born seven years ago, when she was barely 19 years old. Since then the brand has had the opportunity to export shoes to the Czech Republic, the United States and Finland; people from Singapore, Argentina, Israel, Italy, Costa Rica and Spain have purchased her shoes. The brand has been present at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Guatemala in 2018 and 2019, and has appeared in all the recognized newspapers of the country.

Dr. Jennifer Vanderpool

Title of paper: Eleanor Antin: Performing Imaginary Life.

Affiliation: Independent researcher and artist, Liverpool, UK.

Biography: My work thematizes the social construction of place based on the influences of history, race, class, gender, and labor. I investigate these ideas through community-specific and site-responsive installations. Some recent exhibitions include Super Natural, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow; Flores Para El Trueque, Mercadito & Mentidero, Bogotá, and No Lugar-Arte Contemporáneo + La Huerta y La Maquina, Quito; Garment Girl, Hà Nội. I recently presented artist talks at the United Nations regional headquarters, Hà Nội; Universiteit van Amsterdam; California College of the Arts; Virginia Tech University. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Ohio Arts Council, Kunstrådet: Danish Arts Council, and Kulturrådet: Swedish Arts Council have awarded my work grants. Currently, I am a US-UK Fulbright Artist Fellow at the University of Liverpool. I hold a Ph.D. in Art Critical Practices from UC Santa Barbara + UC Regents, co-chaired by Dick Hebdige.

Hamish Lonergan

Title of paper: Viral Architecture: Understanding collective tacit knowledge in an online subculture.

Affiliation: ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Biography: Hamish Lonergan is an architect and doctoral fellow at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at the ETH Zurich, as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action project ‘TACK / Communities of Tacit Knowledge’. His dissertation explores the intersection of tacit knowledge, aesthetics and ethics in online architectural pedagogy today. He has contributed essays—on related issues of authority, heritage, criticism, taste and memes in architecture off- and online—to publications including Footprint, OASE, and Valuing Architecture: Heritage and the Economics of Culture. Before joining the gta, he co-curated the exhibition Bathroom Gossip (Boxcopy ARI, Brisbane, July 2019) and worked at COX Architecture on the design and delivery of cultural projects across Australia.

Oleg Mindiak

Title of paper: Style and Simulacrum: Objects and Subcultural Group Membership in the Performative Photography of Nikki Lee.

Affiliation: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, USA.

Biography: Oleg Mindiak works in Special Collections (SPARC) at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where he recently completed a thesis on the gendered construction of glamour in Weimar visual culture. His work has previously been accepted for presentations at the Freie Universität Berlin, Weimar 20/20 Interdisciplinary Conference, the Northeast Modern Language Association 51st Annual Convention, and the Poetics of Precarity conference at KU Leuven, Belgium. His other academic interests include representations of the ​Neue Frau​ in the paintings of Kate Diehn-bitt, Lotte Laserstein, and Hannah Höch in Weimar Germany; anxious masculinities in the violent depictions of working women by Otto Dix and Heinrich Maria Davringhausen; and ​the construction and deconstruction of femininity in the work of Cindy Sherman.