Project team

Project leader: Prof. Dr. Marina Gržinić is the principal investigator of the FWF-PEEK project “Conviviality as Potentiality” (AR 679, 2021-2025). She holds a PhD in philosophy, is an artist with a career spanning forty years, and is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She was as well the principal investigator of the PEEK project “Genealogy of Amnesia” (AR439, 2018–2021) that is slowly coming to its end. Her areas of specialization include contemporary philosophy, contemporary art, the study of coloniality and decoloniality, transfeminism, the analysis of racism, antisemitism, nationalism, and research of memory and history in connection with resistance.

Postdoctoral researcher (2021–2025): Dr. Sophie Uitz holds a PhD in political science and has three years of postdoc work experience on the arts- and theory-based research project “Genealogy of Amnesia” (FWF-PEEK AR439, 2018–2021). Her areas of specialization (a.o. decolonial theories, history and memory, violence, political resistance, gender studies, comparative cultural studies) as well as her practical experience in arts-based research directly correspond to the aims and objectives of this project. Her postdoctoral expertise includes editorial and curatorial work, organization of and participation in international academic and artistic events.

Postdoctoral researcher (2021–2025): Dr. Jovita Pristovšek holds a PhD in philosophy and an MA in fine arts. She has over ten years of experience in teaching art and theory practice, and was a postdoc researcher on the research project “Genealogy of Amnesia” (FWF-PEEK AR439, for the period 2019–2021). She is a writer, teacher, and editor. Her research areas include the relationship between aesthetic-public-political, epistemology, decoloniality, racial studies, politics of representation and knowledge production.

Affiliated researchers

Dr Tjaša Kancler is an activist, artist, researcher, and Serra Húnter Professor of Media Arts and Gender Studies at the Department of Visual Arts and Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona. They are a co-founding member of t.i.c.t.a.c. – Taller de Intervenciones Críticas Transfeministas Antirracistas Combativas and co-editor of the journal Desde el margen. Their recent publications include Arte-Política-Resistencia (Barcelona: t.i.c.t.a.c., 2018) and articles on global capitalism, borders, zonification, trans* imaginaries, decolonial feminisms and struggles.

Dr Šefik Tatlić holds a PhD in sociology and is a theorist in the fields of political philosophy, decolonial theory, and cultural critique. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 2019 to 2021. His recent publications include “Atavistic Core of Postmodern Totalitarianism: Depoliticization of Death and the Sovereignty of Capitalism” (AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, Belgrade, 2017) and “‘New’ Fascism: The Aftermath of the Europeanization of the Western Balkans and the Necropolitics of Historical Revisionism” (in Opposing Colonialism, Antisemitism, and Turbo-Nationalism, 2020). He lives in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

Dr Saša Kesić is an art teacher and independent researcher from Belgrade, Serbia. He received his PhD from the Department of Theory of Arts and Media, University of Arts in Belgrade in 2016. In 2020, he published the book Tako se kalio kvir… u savremenoj istočnoevropskoj umetnosti i kulturi (That’s How the Queer Grew … in Contemporary Eastern European Art and Culture), in which he connected queer, performativity and presentation. In 2022 he has been awarded a one-year (01.07.2022 to 30.06.2023) Scholarship of the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria Postdoc, by Austria’s Agency for Education and Internationalisation (OeAD), for the research project “Conviviality of the Queer Community Austria-Serbia: Learning from the Austrian Practice”, which he currently does at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien), in the Post-Conceptual Art Studio, Prof. Marina Gržinić, Institute of Fine Arts.


Valerija Zabret, MA (known professionally as Valerie Wolf Gang) will document and as well research visual and sound documentation (podcast elaboration). She holds an MA in media arts and practices and has three years of experience as a professional associate in arts- and theory-based research (PEEK AR439, 2018–2021). In the project, she will use her professional technological, innovative, and artistic expertise to achieve high-quality technology implementation and documentation for the project, working with the team core members.