Katarzyna Olga Beilin
Iberian and Latin American Environmental Cultural Studies, New Social Movements Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Rural Studies, Climate Fictions, Science Fiction.
Carson Fellowship, Rachel Carson Center for Environmental Studies, Munich, 2017
Interdisciplinary Research Competition Grant, Graduate School, 2015
Faculty Development Grant to Study Ecological Economics, Spring 2016
Institute for Research in the Humanities Resident Fellowship 2011/2012
Spanish Ministry of Culture Grant 2011/2012
Center for European Studies Research Grant 2011
Wisconsin Teaching Fellow, 2006-2007
UW- Madison, Vilas Young Investigator Award, 2000-2005
In Search of Alternative Biopolitics in Contemporary Spain; Anti-Bullfighting, Animality and the Environment. The Ohio State University Press, 2015.
Ethics of Life; Contemporary Iberian Debates. Ed. with William Viestenz. Vanderbilt University Press, 2016.
Debates on Ethics of Life. Hispanic Issues Online. Ed. with William Viestenz. 2016.
Del infierno al cuerpo; la otredad en la narrativa y en el cine español contemporáneo. Madrid: Libertarias, 2007.
Meteory. (Novel). Agawa, Warsaw, Poland, 2004.
Conversaciones literarias con novelistas contemporáneos. Tamesis: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK, 2004.
"Step out to Shadowtime, Hurry Like a Plant: Corporeal and Corporate Time for the Anthropocene Generation" Transmodenity 6,2, 2016.
“Ecology of a Change: Alternative Economies for Anthropocene in the Multispecies Context.” Ecozon@ 7, 2, (2016): 149-64.
Prof. Beilin’s current research project, led in partnership with Sai Suryan, and tentatively entitled The Rise of the Resistant; Interspecies Cultures and Debates on GE Crops in the Hispanic World integrates approaches from environmental cultural studies and science & technology studies to analyze synergies between biological and social resistance to genetically engineered crops.
Her paralel solo book focusses on alternative economies and cultures of environmental renewal in Spain and Latin America that involve ecological economics, agroecology, permaculture, ecofeminism and feminist economies, as well as, indigenous environmental ethics and philosophies.
Beilin’s previous project, In Search of an Alternative Biopolitics: Antibullfighting, Animality and the Environment in Contemporary Spain (The Ohio State UP, 2015) takes readers on a journey through currents of alternative thought in Spanish culture, weaving through writings, films and life stories whose authors and protagonists are acutely aware that “the question of the non-human,” in particular in the land of bullfighting masculinities, is key not only to environmental sustainability, but also to political freedom, and equality.
Her co-edited with William Viestenz Ethics of Life; Contemporary Iberian Debates. (Vanderbilt UP, 2016) maps discourses of accountability for life manipulation and loss, including debates on oil spills, euthanasia, abortion, bullfighting, war memory and genetically modified organisms in Spain.
In her book, Del Infierno al cuerpo; la otredad en la narrativa y cine español contemporáneo (Libertarias, 2007) Beilin analyzes works that blur divisions between realism and the fantastic in order to subvert socio-political discourses of their times. She coins the concept of "disquiting realism" to define the narrative mood in Spanish fiction of the 80s and 90s that portrays the real as if it were fantastic. Beilin remains very interested in how disquiting realism is currently used in science fictions and climate fictions (cli fi) in the context of environmental crisis and Global Warming.
Her first book Conversaciones literarias con escritores contemporáneos (Tamesis, 2004) is a collection of in-depth interviews with José María Merino, Enrique Vila-Matas, Antionio Munoz Molina, Ricardo Piglia, Cristina Fernández Cubas, Pedro Zarraluki, Juan José Millas and Ray Loriga, focussed on visions of reality and the fantastic.