Vuslat D. Katsanis

Scholar | Curator | Literary Translator


Vuslat D. Katsanis watching the solar eclipse of 2017 in Portland, OR.

Dr. Vuslat D. Katsanis is a scholar of comparative literature, film, and visual culture with focus on post-1989 Turkish and global migrant cultural productions and critical theory. Currently a tenured Professor of Literary Arts and Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, Katsanis is also the cofounder of MinEastry of Postcollapse Art and Culture, an independently run curatorial project and research space in Zurich, Switzerland.


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Postcollapse Art

MinEastry of Postcollapse Art and Culture

An artist-run space in Zurich, Switzerland

A Socially Just Classroom: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching Writing Across the Humanities

Vernon Press


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Teaching: Recent, Current, and Upcoming Courses


Writing Visual Culture: the Image in Cultural and Critical Theory

We live in an image-saturated world. From advertisements to web interfaces to the shaping of our urban spaces and the presentation of own profiles, visual images permeate every aspect of our daily lives. In our visual culture, images play a central role in how we compose ourselves and communicate meaning. We read and think through images and are involved in daily forms of visual contact and exchange. By taking a critical and philosophical approach to the study of visual culture, this program asks: How do we perceive and navigate our ever-expansive visual culture? How do images and visual sign-systems make meaning? What are the histories and politics surrounding ways of seeing, our aesthetic judgments, and our taste? How have artist and scholars challenged vision and visuality? (more)


Comparative Literature and World Cinema: Reading Globalectically

Born in Kenya, author and postcolonial literary theorist, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, coined the term “globalectics” to call for a decentered view of the world, one in which the flatness of the English-speaking order is productively rounded out by the multitude of other languages and expressive traditions. For Ngũgĩ, “Reading globalectically is a way of approaching any text from whatever times and places to allow its content to form a free conversation with other texts of one’s time and place… It is to read a text with the eyes of the world; it is to see the world with the eyes of the text. (more)


Literary Arts & Studies Path: Writing Retreat

This mini-course is for creative writers who'd like a chance to connect and gather for community, conversation, creative play, critique, short workshops, professional skills, and time to write. (more)



Comperative Literature, PhD

University of California, Irvine


Visual Studies, MA

University of California, Irvine


Dual Major in Art & Literature, BA

University of California, Riverside

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