Emma Goldman Snowball Award 2020
Clarice Gargard was nominated by Amade M’charek for her hope-inspiring work as a TV and newspaper journalist, writer, filmmaker, and activist. Based in the Netherlands, Gargard has published a memoir (Drakendochter, Dragon’s Daughter, 2019) and produced an award-winning documentary about the Liberian civil wars and her father, who worked alongside dictator Charles Taylor (Daddy and the Warlord, 2019). That same year, she also gave a speech on women's rights and the importance of systemic change as the Dutch women's representative at the United Nations General Assembly. Aside from her work as a TV presenter and editor, she has also contributed to Vogue, Vice, South African 702 Talk Radio, de Correspondent, Vrij Nederland and Afropunk, and writes a biweekly column for Dutch newspaper NRC, often tackling thorny issues of social (in)justice, resistance and racism. Together with Hasna El Maroudi, Gargard is the co-founder of the feminist multimedia platform Lilith.
Dominique Haensell was nominated by Akwugo Emejulu for her impressive work as both an academic and an independent writer and editor. Based in Berlin, Haensell earned her PhD from Freie Universität’s Graduate School of North American Studies with a dissertation on contemporary Afrodiasporic literatures, and also is the acting editor-in-chief of Germany’s leading feminist magazine, Missy, where she has been writing about music, literature, cinema, art, and all its political and Afrofeminist intersections since 2011. Her monograph ‘Making Black History: Diasporic Fiction in the Moment of Afropolitanism’ is forthcoming with De Gruyter. She’s currently working on a hybrid memoir about being Afro-German that also tackles the history of German colonialism and her family’s relationship to German colonial Africa.
Dorottya Rédai was nominated by Andrea Kriszán for her interdisciplinary and unwavering work as an independent scholar and activist working on gender in education. Based in Budapest, Rédai received her PhD in Comparative Gender Studies from CEU in 2015. Based on her dissertation, her monograph ‘Exploring Sexuality in Schools. The Intersectional Reproduction of Inequality’ was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019. Since 2015, she has worked as a researcher and trainer in international educational research and development projects at CEU, ELTE, and Anthropolisz Association. Currently she is at the CEU Democracy Institute. Besides her academic activities, she is an active member of Labrisz Lesbian Association, where she works as a trainer in the school program ‘Getting to Know LGBT People,’ and currently as the coordinator of the successful book project ‘Meseország mindenkié’ (Wonderland is for Everyone), which has faced vicious attacks by right-wing political actors and has become a bestseller soon to be translated and published in English and other languages.
Dani Curbelo and Ian de la Rosa
Dani Curbelo and Ian de la Rosa were nominated by Lucas R. Platero for their emerging research, art, and activism related to trans rights in the south of Spain. The Board decided, in consultation with Lucas Platero, to split the award between both nominees, also given that they are both quite early in their more academic endeavors.
Dani Curbelo was born in Tenerife and their way of creating and reflecting is closely linked to the current situation and history of the Canary Islands. Dani Curbelo graduated in Fine Arts in 2017 at the University of La Laguna, Tenerife, and actually is currently combining a master’s degree in Gender Studies and Equality Practices at the same university, with their trans activism and artistic practice. The latter also engages with ‘the archaeology of an identity’ and includes a documentary film collecting memories from canary people who were oppressed under the Francoist regime for their sexuality and gender expression, Isolated Memories (2016) [https://vimeo.com/248336764], as well as performances, zines, collaborations, manifestos, workshops, and short films.
Ian de la Rosa is the director of the short film Victor XX (2015), which won more than 18 awards (including in the Cinéfondation section at the Cannes Film Festival). The film’s success led them to write a variety of projects. Recently they were part of screenwriter team's on the major mini-series Veneno, a biopic about Spanish transgender icon La Veneno. With their most recent short (Farrucas) not yet released due to COVID-19, de la Rosa tells the story about four teenagers proud of their roots, a blend of Moroccan and Spanish Cultures. During 2021 they're going to start his Master’s in Contemporary Cinema and Audiovisual Studies at the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. Currently they are seeking for funding their feature film, Aceitunas (Olives) about a trans man who returns to his village to give birth.
Fabio Andres Diaz Pabón
Fabio Andres Diaz Pabón was nominated by Rossella Ciccia for his trans-disciplinary and prolific work as a political scientist and public intellectual. He is researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, research officer at the African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research (ACEIR) at the University of Cape Town, and Research Associate of Rhodes University in South Africa. His PhD research is on social movements and protests in Colombia and South Africa and their relation to other forms of conflict. In 2018, he edited Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in Colombia: Transitioning from Violence, and since then he has published widely on topics of inequality from a political economy perspective, including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also engages with a wide variety of social movements, including organizations promoting peace and justice in Colombia, and civil-society organizations holding public officials to account for public expenditure and service delivery in Southern Africa.
Nasta Mancewicz was nominated by Marta Rawluzsko for their multifaceted and inspirational work as a feminist and queer activist, poet, translator, and journalist. Based in Minsk, Belarus, they published their first collection of poetry and short prose (Ptushki) in 2012, and two years later co-founded MAKEOUT, a feminist, non-hierarchical project on gender and sexuality for which they researched and mapped LGBT histories across Belarus, collecting both experiences of violence and discrimination as well as of creativity and joy. Though Belarus has no formalized programs in gender studies, Mancewicz has done outstanding ethnographic work on essential feminist and queer categories such as the body, gender transition, violence, masculinity, parenthood, polygamy, and activism, locating them all in the Belarusian context. Mancewicz is also the Belarusian translator of Alok Vaid-Menon, an Indian-American writer, and gender non-conforming artist.