Stephanie Koziej


Stephanie Koziej is a PhD Candidate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a psychoanalytic candidate at Emory’s Psychoanalytic Institute. She currently holds a Mellon Interventions Public Scholarship teaching fellowship. She is originally from Belgium where she received her Masters and Mphil degree in Philosophy at the KU Leuven. She was a Fulbright grantee at Johns Hopkins’ Humanities Center, before she moved to Emory. Her current research focuses on the forgotten concept of tenderness (Zärtlichkeit) in the history of psychoanalysis and its radical potential for rethinking subjectivity, sociality, and the erotic. Her writings combine psychoanalyst, feminist, queer, postcolonial, affect, performance art and cultural studies lenses. She also explores tenderness through media art and has created interactive visual and sound installations, soundscapes, and music videos with brainwaves, voice, ukulele, and city noises. Her teaching style is equally characterized by an interdisciplinary and multimodal approach. In her classes, students study critical theory in tandem with art, culminating in the creation and public display of their own subversive art pieces.