Dr. Magdalena Górska PhD

Universitair docent

Magdalena Górska is Assistant Professor at the Graduate Gender Programme, Department of Media and Culture Studies and at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON), Utrecht University. Together with Dr. Jamila Mascat she is also a co-coordinator of MA Gender Studies Programme.


Interview introducing my work on feminist politics of breathing. The interview was conducted by Sophie Fransman for MCW YouTube channel:



Magdalena Górska's research focuses on feminist politics of breathing and vulnerability. Her book Breathing Matters: Feminist Intersectional Politics of Vulnerability develops a feminist engagement with breath and breathing through a nonuniversalizing and politicized understanding of embodiment where human bodies are conceptualized as agential actors of intersectional politics. Her work offers intersectional and anthropo-situated while posthumanist discussions of breath, human material agency and focuses on the quotidian bodily and affective practices of living as political matters. She is the founder of the Breathing Matters Network.


Together with Milica Trakilovic, Magdalena Górska is currently preparing an edited volume on Social and Political Suffocations that turns attention to how intersectional dynamics of social and environmental power relations operate in constituting whose lives and what forms of living are currently un/breathable. The volume builts on the NOISE Summer School we organized in 2018. 


Together with Lenart Škof, Magdalena Górska is editor-in-chief of the Routledge Critical Perspectives on Breath and Breathing book series. It is a project entirely dedicated to the topics and phenomena of breath, breathing, air, and atmosphere. Starting from 2022, we will be publishing monographs, edited books and short creative works. The series’ main objective is to bring together ideas and offer a strong collection of original work centered on air and breath, breathfull and/or breathless life-worlds and breathable futures as the basis for a respiratory intervention in the humanities and social sciences.


As a reflection on current times, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandeic Magdalena Górska started Breathable Futures Today project - a series of interviews on what kinds of different, counter-hegemonic futures could the current situation of the corona pandemic lead to. Inspired by Arundhati Roy's "The Pandemic is a Portal”, this mini project asks - from critical feminist, queer, anti-racist, and anti-ableist perspectives - what kind of portal(s) we're in at the moment and what the 'next' world could be? The interviews are available on the project's website and more varied information related to the topic is shared on the project's Facebook page.



Górska, Magdalena. 2016. Breathing Matters: Feminist Intersectional Politics of Vulnerability. Linköping: Linköping University Press.