Staff

Kalle Westerling

Kalle Westerling is CLAGS's Global Coordinator for the IRN. He has an M.A. in Performance Studies from Stockholm University, Sweden (2007), and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Stockholm University and a Ph.D. in Theatre from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has previously published articles in Swedish about the history of drag, and also a monography, La dolce vita: Trettio år med drag, about the history of the Swedish drag company After Dark. He has also worked as a Research Assistant in a project examining the diva cult around Zarah Leander, and been a theatre and performance practitioner in the young queer theatre group KUNQ. His current research project, "The Potential of Difference: Drag Show and the Aesthetics of Resistance" (working title) revolves around how contemporary drag shows can express resistance against heteronormative power and norm structures with the help of different aesthetic strategies.

Angelique V. Nixon

Angelique V. Nixon is an Afro-Caribbean woman writer, scholar, teacher, community worker, and poet, born and raised in The Bahamas. She earned her Ph.D. in English specializing in Caribbean and Postcolonial studies with an emphasis in Women's Studies and Gender Research at the University of Florida. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Africana Studies at New York University. Currently, she teaches in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. She teaches and writes about Caribbean and postcolonial studies, African diaspora literatures, feminist and postcolonial theories, and gender and sexuality studies. Her work as a scholar and poet has been published widely in academic and creative journals, namely Anthurium, Black Renaissance Noire, MaComere, ProudFlesh, and small axe salon. She recently published a limited-edition chapbook collection of art and poetry titled Saltwater Healing - A Myth Memoir and Poems with Poinciana Paper Press. Alongside her academic and creative work, Angelique is deeply invested in grassroots organizing and is involved with many community-based projects. She is co-chair of Caribbean regional board of the International Resource Network, which connects community-based activists, teachers, researchers, and artists who do work on diverse genders and sexualities. She is co-editor of their online multi-media collection Theorizing Homophobias in the Caribbean: Complexities of Place, Desire and Belonging. Furthermore, she is on the core organizing team of the grassroots healing collective Ayiti Resurrect—which successfully led a delegation of artists, community builders, farmers, and healers (in collaboration with local Haitian organizations) to facilitate psychological and emotional healing for earthquake survivors in January 2012, and is currently planning its third delegation in 2014. Angelique is also on a New York based, curriculum building team with fellow educators and activists developing a social and environmental justice curriculum for high school and college courses. Angelique works through her writing and activism to disrupt silences, challenge systems of oppression, and carve spaces for resistance and desire.

Vidyaratha Kissoon

Vidyaratha Kissoon lives and works in Guyana. He is the coordinator of the Caribbean IRN. He works primarily in information technology and is also active on social justice issues, especially related to gender equality, child protection and equality for LGBT. Vidya is also the website editor for irnweb.org.