Miriam Tola joins Northeastern’s WGSS program for the 2015-2016 academic year as a visiting scholar. Miriam is completing her PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, and her writing is already published or scheduled to appear in journals such as Theory & Event, Hypatia, and Teoria. Previously, she has worked as a journalist, film programmer, and documentary producer in both Italy and the United States and has also worked as a lecturer for the Cinema Studies program at Northeastern.
She became interested in WGSS after being a part of feminist collectives while in Rome, where they worked on various issues including women’s reproductive labor and sex work. She was inspired after discovering feminist theory through Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto, finding the integration of Marxist feminism, science studies, and speculative fiction fascinating.
Currently, Miriam’s research focuses on the concept of the common, which she argues has been revitalized by recent social movements such as Occupy and climate justice groups. She explores the intersection of anthropocentrism with hierarchies of gender and race in political philosophies of the common. She aims to disrupt the “binary of nature and culture” and bring forth the tangible practices that will lead to political action.
While at Northeastern, Miriam plans to complete a scholarly article on her research on the politics of the common. She looks forward to discussing her work with WGSS, as well as joining the Collaborative Research Cluster on Gender and Carceral Complexes.