Cultivate is run by a rotating editorial collective.
The current team are –
Lauren Cowling – Editor
After completing a BSc in Psychology, Lauren joined the Centre for Women’s Studies as an MA student in 2014 before continuing on as a doctoral candidate. Their PhD research investigates sociocultural conceptualisations of vulvavaginas with a focus on embodiment and gendered selfhood, exploring ‘what (and how) does it mean to have a vulvavagina?’. Lauren was keen to join Cultivate to help continue to bring the feminist community together, particularly given the current global pandemic. They are looking forward to working with other early career researchers and are excited to showcase the fantastic work of CWS students in this in-house issue.
Nicki Roy – Deputy Editor
Nicole (Nicki) Roy: Originally from Frankfurt, Germany, Nicki studied political science and sociology for her undergrad and spent some time in Lebanon to learn Arabic. She completed her masters in Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on women’s studies and postcolonial studies, then spent a couple of years working in the international cooperation sector in Jordan. In 2019 Nicki moved to York to start her PhD at CWS. In her research she explores the narratives of right-wing women, who join and actively support right-wing-parties in Germany and Austria. She is interested in exploring why women might support these parties, and their thoughts on issues of women’s rights and equality issues in particular. What tensions are there between actively supporting a right-wing party and being female? Nicki is excited to be on the editorial board for Cultivate as it is a great opportunity to engage with other early career researchers and their topics.
Ninutsa Nadirashvili – Deputy Editor
Though she was born and grew up in Tbilisi, Nina has spent a significant amount of time living in the United States and Europe. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at Boston College and is currently undertaking a Master’s in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of York. Her undergraduate thesis was a comparative analysis of Georgian and Irish nationalist poetry, and she plans to continue writing about Georgian nationalism, poetry, and conceptions of gender in the future. Outside of the CWS, Nina works as an editor and content creator on a variety of topics. Considering her love of combining academic and creative work, she is extremely excited to be part of the Cultivate editorial team.
Abby Cook – Associate Editor
Following a BA and MA in Creative Writing, Abby joined the Centre for Women’s Studies and is now in her third year of doctoral research. Her thesis uses creative autoethnography to explore trauma narratives and women’s stories of violence. With a strong background in Creative Writing, Abby is keen to read this year’s creative submissions and to help shape the 2021 issue.
Agnes Kandlbinder – Associate Editor
Agnes Kandlbinder is a current candidate for the M.A. in Women’s Studies at CWS. She has earned her B.A. in Religious Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, with a year of study abroad at the Université de Montréal. She has previously been chairwoman of the student council of Religious Studies at LMU Munich. Since 2018, she holds a scholarship by the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst e.V. Her research interests include body autonomy, reproductive justice, queer family building as well as meaning making of human reproduction with a focus on assisted reproductive technologies.As one of the associate editors of the third issue of Cultivate, she wishes to support early-career researchers in spreading their ideas to a wider audience and facilitating interdisciplinary research exchanges.
Rumana Mehdi – Associate Editor
Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, I knew that the power of the pen can never be underestimated. As an enthusiastic poet and crocheter, I often think about how craftivism is the new revolution and that is why when I saw the opportunity to be a part of Cultivate, I felt like it was my calling!An avid Harry Potter fan as well, I strongly believe in doing our bit to improve this world. As Dumbledore said, “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Siyu Chen – Associate Editor and Social Media Content Creator
Siyu Chen is a PhD researcher (2019—) at the University of York working in the field of media and sexual violence. Her thesis explores Chinese journalists’ role and experience in reporting sexual assault against women and girls via in-depth interview and thematic analysis. Outside of academia, Siyu has worked on several Chinese media platforms (Xinhua News Agency, Shaanxi Radio and Television Station, CCTV, etc.). She looks forward to communicating with more feminist media researchers and journalists from diverse cultural contexts, which motivates her to join the Cultivate Journal, editorial team!
Xiao Ge – Associate Editor and Social Media Content Creator
Xiao GE (Associate editor and Social Media Content Creator):I am currently a first year PhD student at the Centre for Women’s Studies. I received my master’s degree in Anthropology from Durham University in 2020. My doctoral research investigates Chinese women’s postpartum care practices under the influence of Traditional Chinese Medicine and commodification of maternal related products/services. I believe it is important to build a bridge between feminist academia and activism which is my motivation to be a part of the editorial board for Cultivate.
Yue Liu- Associate Editor
I graduated from University College London (UCL) with a MA in Film Studies in 2017 and got a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Shandong University, China. Currently, I’m a PhD student at the CWS, focusing on the autonomy and empowerment of single women in contemporary urban China.
Aurèlia Puigdomènech – Associate Editor and Web Editor
Aurèlia is currently a PhD student at the Centre for Women’s Studies. She graduated in History of Art at the Universitat de Barcelona, where she is a guest lecturer in a module on theatre history. She started incorporating her own artistic practice into her academic work during her MA in Women’s Studies (Humanities) at the University of York, creating a hypertext dissertation incorporating her own own zine creations as part of the text. Her current research is an arts-based research project exploring meanings of femininity in contemporary profane images of the Virgin Mary, accessing images, their production, and their viewing through an arts-based project. She is very excited to joing the Cultivate editorial team and contribute to the CWS community, she is particulary keen to read and promote her peers critical and creative research.
Natalia Tchamiashvili – Associate Editor and Web Editor
Natalia Tchamiashvili is a young professional from Georgia. She is a founder of network of 40 000 women (W4W) which works for empowering women trough education. The aim of the network is to address the main problems that women have on Georgian job market and advocate for change. Natalia has studied International Relations at the Tbilisi State University, Viadrina European University and Endicott College. Now she is a GEMMA student. Natalia is interested in building international feminist communities.
Cultivate was co-founded by O’Dessa Darling and Gemma Gibson in 2017.