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New Appointments Announcement

We are pleased to announce two new appointments: Dr. Silvia Mazzini, Interim Director of the School, and Dr. Elina Staikou, Dean of Students

Dr. Mazzini and Dr. Staikou

SILVIA MAZZINI, a philosopher and theatre author, works on the intersection of Aesthetics and Political Philosophy. She published on Arts and Politics in Pasolini, Bloch, and Vattimo, on tragic and comic thought and community theatre; currently, she is writing on the Philosophy of Poverty. Before joining IDSVA, she was a research fellow at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry and worked as an Assistant Professor at the Humboldt University (where she also obtained her PhD) and at the Berlin University of the Arts. She taught History of late-modern Continental Philosophy at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands).

"As the Dean of Students and Chair of Dissertation Committees, I enjoyed working closely with the former director, staff, students, and professors of the IDSVA. Now, I am honoured to continue serving as the Interim Director. From this position, I’ll contribute to bringing forth the rhizomatic directions of IDSVA’s various voices, languages, and views. I look forward to joining and enjoying this polyphony that resonates with what I feel are the pillars of the artist-philosopher, such as listening, opening, interpreting, and creating."

ELINA STAIKOU is a philosopher and transdisciplinary scholar who has taught the history of ideas, philosophy, and liberal arts at Goldsmiths, the University of London, and the University of Winchester, UK. Her research is focused on deconstruction, critical maternities, the life sciences, and the ethico-aesthetics of decomposition. She is the author of Deconstruction at Home: Metaphors of Travel and Writing and articles on philosophy, literature, and biomedicine. She is a member of the editorial board of Derrida Today and has participated in numerous international conferences. She has participated in several IDSVA symposia with talks on migration, hospitality, the ethics of eating, and the Nitrogen Anthropocene.

"It is an honour and pleasure to be part of IDSVA and I look forward to working even more closely with the remarkable individuals that make up this unique community in my new roles as Dean of Students and Chair of IS and Dissertation Committees. I am excited and thankful for this opportunity to be able to contribute to its flourishing in the coming years."

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