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Madina Tlostanova - Professor of Postcolonial Feminisms

I am a postcolonial and postsocialist researcher and fiction writer with a decolonial political, epistemic and aesthetic agenda. I have joined the unit for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies in December 2015 when I left my position as a professor in the philosophy department at RANEPA (Moscow) to come to Linköping University. From 2004 to 2012 I held a professorship in the history of philosophy and cultural studies at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia and was a senior researcher of the 20th century American literature at the Gorky Institute of World Literature in Moscow (1997-2003).

Тrained in Moscow State University as an American Studies major focusing on the US Southern fiction, I soon drifted to multiculturalism and transcultural aesthetics to finally shift to post/decolonial interpretations of the post-Soviet space, subjectivities, literature and the arts. From 2001 I have been working closely with the decolonial collective (the modernity/coloniality international group) and most of my research interests have concentrated on the critique of modernity/coloniality and on the post-socialist and postcolonial cultural imaginary, social movements, gender discourses and contemporary art as agents of decoloniality. I address these issues through a distinctly interdisciplinary or at times anti-disciplinary approach based on the critical analysis of the coloniality of knowledge and of thinking which generated all modern/colonial disciplines. This makes the horizontally structured and dynamically intersectional gender unit a much desired and suitable place for my decolonial research, activism and teaching leaving me enough time to continue with several research and teaching collaborations with decolonial thinkers, activists and artists all over the world.  

Decolonial feminism and decolonial aesthesis are the two spheres I have been mostly working on lately. The first area includes investigations of transnational feminism, the North-South-semi-periphery feminist dialogues and debates, problematizing intersectionality and looking at it beyond the original gender, race and class, and including critical ethnicity, migrations and diasporas, indigeneity and subaterneity, the LGBTQ issues stemming from the post/neocolonial situations, and the gender dimensions of the geopolitics and corpo-politics of knowledge, of power, and of perception.

The second sphere intersects with the first but focuses more on decolonizing aesthetics. In the last several years I have developed many collaborations with artists, curators, museums, activist art festivals and exhibitions concentrating on the decolonial art practices and theories. Among them the Media Impact artivist festival in Moscow, Manifesta biennial, Moscow Biennial of contemporary art, the State Center of contemporary art and others.  This has resulted in many invited public lectures  and educational and theoretical  program events including  talks at the Manege Exhibition Center  in Moscow,  at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center  in Moscow, at the AKADEMIE DER KÜNSTE DER WELT in  Cologne.

Even while based in Moscow I have always taught, published and did research abroad.  I was a DAAD visiting foreign professor in the University of Bremen (Germany, 2006, 2011), an international researcher at Duke University (USA, 2007), a visiting international scholar at the Gender Studies department in Linköping University (2013) and at CBEES in Södertorn University (2014).  I have also taught extensively at different international Summer Schools including the  International Summer School “Decolonizing Knowledge:  Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons “ in Tarragona (Spain, 2008, 2009) and annual Decolonial Summer Schools in Middelberg (Netherlands, 2015, 2016).

Madina Tlostanova

Professor of Postcoloinal Feminisms, Ph.D. and postdoc Gorky Institute of World Literature, RAS -1994, 2000, MA Moscow State University - 1991


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