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Redi Koobak, Post Doc

As a gender and cultural studies scholar, Redi contributes to analysis of modes of power in contemporary political landscape, in particular in Eastern Europe, through a particular focus on the visual arts, culture and media.


She co-convenes the emerging strand of research on on postcolonial and postsocialist dialogues within GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies. As a result of this work, she organized an international conference Postcolonial and Postsocialist Dialogues: Intersections, Opacities, Challenges in Feminist Theorizing in April 2015.


Redi pursues research along three trajectories: 1) intersections of postcoloniality and postsocialism; 2) visual and cultural representations of gender, war and nationalism; and 3) transnational and local feminisms.


Postcoloniality and postsocialism

With regard to the first trajectory, Redi brings together the critical discourses of postcoloniality and postsocialism with the goal of arriving at a novel approach to gender, race and sexuality in post-Cold War and postcolonial era in currently re-emerging and re-shaping neo-colonial and imperial conflicts. She is currently preparing a co-edited volume, with Madina Tlostanova and Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, on focused dialogues on the theoretical, temporal and spatial intersections of postcolonialism and postsocialism in present-day geopolitical climate.

Gender, war and nationalism

The second related research trajectory puts under pressure how notions of gender, war, nationalism and postsocialism are figured in feminist theorizing through visual arts, culture and media. As part of a research collaboration involving six European countries, Redi approaches these issues through a qualitative analysis of media narratives and visual representations, parliamentary debates and commemoration rituals around the deaths of Estonian soldiers in NATO-led ISAF operation in Afghanistan. A key question for this comparative project asks how these military deaths in countries with different war histories, geopolitical positions and gender regimes transform understandings of national belonging and ideas of women’s and men’s ultimate obligations in democracies.

Transnational and local feminisms

As part of her third research trajectory, Redi traces the question of geopolitics of locatedness as an axis of difference that carries ethical and political importance for contemporary feminist theorizing and discussions of transnational and local feminisms. In a collaborative project between four universities, she looks into how the growing attention towards transnational mechanisms increases the complexity of intersectional gender analysis and how (in)equalities are intertwined with geopolitical positions. Furthermore, in an on-going oral history project, she maps out the emergence of Estonian feminist stories in an attempt to sketch feminism’s changing position within a post-state-socialist context – and its complex interpretation of the intersections between feminist, liberal and neoliberal discourses – and the challenges that these pose for transnational feminist theory.






Phone: +46 (0)13 28 2986

Fax: +46 (0)13 13 3630

Email: redi.koobak@liu.se


Department of Thematic Studies - Gender Studies
Linköping University
SE – 581 83 Linköping



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