Leverhulme Visiting Fellow – Julieta Vartabedian

JVJulieta Vartabedian has been awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to visit Sociology (GPS) starting in October 2013 and will be an active member of the Gender Research Group. She will be working on issues around ‘race’, beauty, appearance and femininity for travesti and transgender identities based on her previous research on the experiences of embodiment, sexuality and migration of Brazilian travestis. Julieta graduated from the University of Barcelona with a PhD in Anthropology. She holds a European Master in Penal Systems and Social Problems from the same University (2004) and has a Bachelor Degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Buenos Aires (2001). She is member of the board of the Observatory of the Penal System and Human Rights (University of Barcelona) where she works on the research area called “Feminist analysis of penal system”. Her research interests are: the social construction of sex, gender and sexuality; transgender studies; transnational migrations; feminist theory and the study of beauty; sexual work. She will be also presenting at the ‘Beauty, Race and Feminist Theory in Latin America and the Caribbean‘, Wednesday 11th of September 2013.