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PhD, Visual & Cultural Studies, University of Rochester, 2023
Dissertation: “Artist Run Athens: Mapping Spaces of Critical Practice between Two Crises, 2009-2022”

M.A. Visual & Cultural Studies, University of Rochester, 2019

M.A. European Ethnology, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2013
Thesis: “Aesthetics of Crisis: Political Street Art in Athens in the Context of the Crisis”

B.A. Social and Cultural Anthropology, Free University Berlin, 2011

Professional Appointments 

Emory University, Institute of the Liberal Arts, Assistant Teaching Professor, August 2023-present

University of Rochester, Adjunct Professor in Art History, Spring 2023

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Adjunct Professor in Media and Society, 2022-23

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

2022 Prosser Award for Outstanding Work by Beginning Scholars in Visual Methodologies, International Visual Sociology Association

Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 2021-2022

Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Teaching Fellowship, University of Rochester, Spring 2021

Andrew W. Mellon Digital Humanities Fellowship, University of Rochester, 2017-19

Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Research Grant, University of Rochester, 2018

Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fellowship, University of Rochester, 2015-17

Slattery Fellowship, University of Rochester, 2015-17                                              

PROMOS Research Mobility Grant, German Academic Exchange Service, 2013

ERASMUS Study Abroad Grant, University of Leiden, Netherlands, 2009-10


Edited Volumes

Julia Tulke, ed. Aesthetics of Crisis: Political Street Art and Graffiti in Athens, 2013-2023 (under contract with the Digital Press at the University of North Dakota for Fall 2023 publication)

Patricia R. Zimmermann and Scott MacDonald, eds. Flash Flaherty: Tales from a Film Seminar. Indiana University Press, 2021. (Research assistant with cover credit)

Journal Articles (refereed)

“Figuring crisis: The performative politics of street art in contemporary Athens,” City: Analysis of Urban Change, Theory, Action 25, no 3-4 (2021): 436-452. Scenes & Sounds Special Feature: Inscriptions of Crisis: Street Art, Graffiti and Urban Interventions. Edited by Anna Carastathis & Myrto Tsilimpounidi (2021): 1-17.

“‘Wall for sale, with Acropolis view!’ Street Art, Graffiti und die Archäopolitik der Krise.” In Forum Kritische Archäologie 8 (2019). Thematic issue “Subalterne Räume/Subaltern Spaces,” edited by Reinhard Bernbeck and Vera Egbers. 167–82.

Book Chapters

“‘Just because I move through a public space doesn’t mean that my body is a public space’: Queere und Feministische Positionierungen in Athener Street Art,” in: Gegen die Wand: Subversive Positionierungen von Autorinnen und Künstlerinnen, edited by Julia Freytag, Astrid Hackel, and Alexandra Tacke. 313-337. Berlin: Neofelis Verlag, 2021.

with Hend Alawadhi, “Reigniting the Revolution: An Interview with Abu Malek Al-Shami,” in Political Graffiti in Critical Times: The Aesthetics of Street Politics, edited by Ricardo Campos, Andrea Pavoni, and Yannis Zaimakis, 302-23. New York City: Berghahn Books, 2021.

“Of Silo Dreams and Deviant Houses: Uneven Geographies of Abandonment in Buffalo, New York,” in Buffalo at the Crossroads: The Past, Present, and Future of American Urbanism, edited by Peter H. Christensen, 63-85. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2020.

“Archiving Dissent: (Im)material Trajectories of Political Street Art in Istanbul and Athens,” in The Aesthetics of Global Protest: Visual Culture and Communication, edited by Aidan McGarry, Itir Erhart, Hande Eslen-Ziya, Olu Jenzen, and Umut Korkut, 121-39. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019.

“Visual Encounters with Crisis and Austerity: Reflections on the Cultural Politics of Contemporary Street Art in Athens,” in: Greece in Crisis: The Cultural Politics of Austerity, edited by Dimitris Tziovas. 201-19. London: I.B. Tauris, 2017.

“Tales of Crisis from the Walls of Athens: An Exploration of Urban Austerity Through the Cultural Practice of Street Art,” in Urban Austerity: Impacts of the Global Financial Crisis on Cities in Europe, edited by Barbara Schönig and Sebastian Schipper, 257-70. Berlin: Theater der Zeit, 2016.

Journal Articles (non-refereed)

“Beyond Festishization and Co-Optation: Notes on Survival, Infrastructure, and Knowledge Production,” The Τελος Society: Educational Heurism 2 (2022), 7.

with Myrto Tsilimpounidi, Anna Carastathis, Sarah H. Awad, Konstantinos Avramidis, Paridhi Gupta, Susan Hansen, Piyarat Panlee, and Oksana Zaporozhets, “Graffiti & Street Art: Queer Feminist Approaches,” Nuart Journal 3, no. 2 (2022): 126–133. 

“Dear Documenta, 5 Years On: A Conversation with Eirene Efstathiou,” Greek Studies Now Cultural Analysis Network, May 10, 2022. 

“#StayAtHomeProtest: DIY Banners in Berlin,” Nuart Journal 3, no. 2 (2021): 80-87.

with Myrto Tsilimpounidi, Aila Spathopoulou, Penny Travlou, and Anna Carastathis, “Knowledge from Below: A Roundtable Conversation with the Co-Directors of the Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research in Athens,” Barricade: A Journal for Antifascism & Translation 3 (2020): 119-53.

“Aesthetics of Crisis. Notes on the Athenian Street Art Scene.” Form Design Magazine 254 (2014).

“Feeling the Crisis. Beobachtungen zu Emotion, Krise und Protest auf den Straßen Athens.” Cargo – Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 33 (2013).

“Welcome to Athens. Ein Photoessay zur Ästhetik der Krise.“ Sub\urban. Zeitschrift für kritische Stadtforschung 1 no. 2 (2013)

Conference Proceedings

“Tags of Crisis: Polysemic Performances on the Walls of Athens.” In TAG: Name Writing in Public Space, edited by Edward Birzin, Javier Abarca, and Matthias Hübner. Berlin: Possible Books, 2022.

“Aesthetics of Crisis. Street Art, Austerity Urbanism and the Right to the City.” In Lisbon Street Art & Urban Creativity 2014 International Conference, edited by Pedro Soares Neves and Daniela V. de Freitas Simões, 102-8. Lisbon: Universidade de Lisboa, 2014

Book Reviews

Review of Conflict Graffiti (2022) by John Lennon and Urban Art Mapping, Winterthur Portfolio, forthcoming 2023

Review of Graffiti and Street Art: Reading, Writing and Representing the City (2017), edited by Konstantinos Avramidis and Myrto Tsilimpounidi. Space and Culture. 26 November, 2018

Review of Political Street Art: Communication, culture and resistance in Latin America (2016) by Holly Eva Ryan. Journal of Visual Culture 17 no. 2 (2018): 256-9

Invited Talks and Lectures

As Keynote Speaker

“Street Art in Athens: Aesthetics of Crisis and the Political Imagination,” Second International Workshop on Visual Research, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, March 29, 2017

As Speaker

“Visual Politics of Crisis,” Conversations Across Screen Cultures, with Leah Shafer, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, March 23, 2023

“The Great Intervention: Anti-Graffiti Campaigns as an Aspirational Performance of Post-Crisis,” Greek Studies Now: Local Cases, Global Debates, University of Amsterdam, 15-17 June 2022

“What Do We Get Wrong About Crisis and Creativity?” Fisher Center 2021-2022 Speaker Series: Beyond, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, March 10, 2022

“Archiving Crisis,” Workshop Political Graffiti, Universität Paderborn, Germany, Feb 17-18, 2022

“Living Archives of the Present: On the Historical Value of Political Street Art and Graffiti,” Department of Art History, University of St. Thomas, March 21, 2021

“Activating Space,” Workshop held at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 13-14, 2019

“Aesthetics of Crisis: Political Street Art in Athens,” Hellenic Cultural Society of Rochester Annual Guest Lecture “Look to Listen,” Rochester (NY), USA, December 8, 2018

“‘Just because I move through a public space doesn‘t mean that my body is a public space’: Queere und Feministische Positionierungen in Athener Street Art,” Lecture Series “Gegen die Wand: Subversive Positionierungen von Autorinnen und Künstlerinnen,” Viadrina University, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, July 9, 2018

“Precarious Subjects, Subaltern Spaces: The Performative Politics of Street Art and Graffiti in Athens,” Subaltern Spaces, Workshop hosted by Excellence Cluster TOPOI – The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations, Free University Berlin, Germany, June 19-20, 2017

Second Athens Public Art Festival: Survival-Art in Public Space, Athens, Greece, May 6, 2017

“Die Ästhetik der Krise: Politische Street Art in Athen im Kontext von Krise und Austerität,” Lecture Series “Leben in Zeiten der multiplen Krise,” University of Kassel, Germany, December 15, 2015

“Visual Encounters with Crisis and Austerity: Reflections on the Cultural Politics of Contemporary Street Art in Athens,” Greece in Crisis: Culture and the Politics of Austerity, Workshop hosted by the Networking Project “The Cultural Politics of the Greek Crisis” University of Birmingham, UK, May 23, 2014

“Ästhetiken der Krise: Eine Ethnographie zu politischer Street Art in Athen,” Lecture Series “Verortungen. Ethnologie in Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit,” Werkstatt Ethnologie e.V., Berlin, Germany, March 28, 2014

As Discussant and Respondent

“Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, Materiality,” Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, September 28, 2019.

“Literary Salon: Graffiti Grrlz” with Jessica N. Pabón-Colón, Hudson Valley LGBT Community Center, Kingston, NY, September 23, 2018.

“Aesthetics of Protest,” Centre for Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy, December 6, 2017.

Conference Activity

Conferences (Co-)Organized

“Representation: The Second WALL\THERAPY Conference,” Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, July 28, 2018.

The Humanities and Technology (THAT) Camp Rochester 2018, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, March 23, 2018.

“Arts and Activism: The Inaugural WALL\THERAPY Conference,” The Little Theatre, Rochester, NY, July 29, 2017.

Papers Presented

“Beyond Legitimacy: Burning Boundaries in Graffiti and Street Art Scholarship,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 3-6, 2022.

“Assemblages of Possibility: Artist-Run Spaces in Athens,” European Association of Social Anthropologists 17th Biennial Conference, Queen’s University of Belfast, July 26-29, 2022

“Figuring Crisis: The Performative Politics of Street Art in Athens,” 10th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Arts of the Present (ASAP), New Orleans, USA, October 17-20, 2018

“Polysemic Performances: Tags of Crisis on the Walls of Athens,” Name Writing in Public Space, A Conference about Tagging, in History and Today, Free University Berlin, Germany, September 14-15, 2017

“Figuring Crisis: The Performative Politics of Street Art in Contemporary Athens,” Annual Meeting of RC21, the Research Council on Urban Studies within the International Sociology Association, “Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An International Academic Conference for Critical Urban Studies,” University of Leeds, UK, September 11-13, 2017

“Visual and Performative Protest Repertoires: The Cultural Politics of Street Art in Athens,” Everyday Revolutions in Southern and Eastern Europe, University of Manchester, UK, May 19-20, 2017

“Austerity Urbanism and Insurgent Creativity: Tales of Crisis from the Streets of Athens,” Urban Austerity: Impacts of the Global Financial Crisis on Cities in Europe, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany, December 4-5, 2014

“Aesthetics of Crisis: Street Art, Austerity Urbanism, and the Right to the City,” Urban Creativity and Street Art, University of Lisbon, Portugal. July 3-5, 2014

“A Tale of Morality and Debt: Exploring German Exceptionalism in the European Economic Crisis,” States of Exceptionalism: Globalization, Difference, Power, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Germany, May 8-9, 2014

“Aesthetics of Crisis: Political Street Art in Athens in the Context of the Crisis,” Graduate Conference of the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, January 17, 2014

“Aesthetics of Crisis: Observations from the Greek Streets” Uneven Development. Geographies of Crisis, Spaces of Resistance, Association for Critical Social Research, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, June 27-19, 2013

Editorial Experience

Advisory Board Member, Nuart Journal, 2018-present

Managing Editor, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture, 2020-2021

Editorial Board Member, Reviews Editor, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture, 2015-2021

Exhibitions and Curatorial Experience

Solo Exhibition, “Aesthetics of Crisis,” Founders Hall Gallery, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA March-April 2017.

Video Contribution, “Aesthetics of Crisis,” Video Essay exhibited as part of the Seminar “Art, Expression, and Democracy,” Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK, April 27-29, 2016

Photo Contribution, “The Street is my Gallery,” National Hellenic Museum, Chicago, USA, May-October 2015

Co-Curator, “Athens Berlin Caen – A Transeuropean Dialogue on the Crisis,” R. Raum für drastische Maßnahmen, Berlin, Germany, March 2015

Photo Contribution, “ART Lounge: Club der Europäischen Versager,” Koerber Foundation, Hamburg, Germany, September 2014

Curator, “Aesthetics of Crisis, Research Exhibition,” R. Raum für drastische Maßnahmen, Berlin, Germany, July 2013