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Queering Paradigms VIII

Queer-Feminist Solidarity and the East/West Divide


Edited By Katharina Wiedlack, Saltanat Shoshanova and Masha Godovannaya

Queering Paradigms VIII brings together critical discourses on queer-feminist solidarity between Western, post-Soviet and post-socialist contexts. It highlights transnational solidarity efforts against homophobia, transphobia and misogyny. It engages grass-roots activists and community organizers in a conversation with scholars, and shows that the lines between these categories are blurry and that queer theorists and analysts are to be found in all spheres of queer-feminist culture. It highlights that queer paradigms and theories are born in street protests, in community spaces, in private spheres, through art and culture as well as in academia, and that the different contexts speak to each other.

This anthology presents some of the radical approaches that emerge at the intersection of activism, community organizing, art and academia, through transnational exchange, migration and collaborations. It is a celebration of alliances and solidarities between activism, community building, art, culture and academic knowledge production. Yet, the collected work also brings forward the necessary critique of Western hegemonies involved in contemporary queer-feminist solidarity activism and theory between the ‘East’ and ‘West.’ It is an important thinking about, thinking through and thinking in solidarity and the East/West divide, setting new impulses to fight oppression in all its forms.

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Notes on Contributors


masha beketova, M.A., studied Gender Studies/Slavonic Studies and contemporary Russian literature in Berlin and Moscow. Masha is currently working on a Ph.D. thesis in Slavonic Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Masha’s research focuses on queer migration and asylum, migrant literature, queer readings of modern Ukrainian and Russian literature, and intersectionality.

aleksander berezkin is currently pursuing an M.S. degree in Nonprofits Management at The New School in New York. He holds an M.A. in Sociology of Internet Communications from the Far Eastern State University and a B.A. in Sociology from the Kemerovo State University. His research fields are Intersex Studies, Narrative Storytelling and Fairytale Therapy, Bioethics, and Human Rights. He is a volunteer/consultant at the UN Program ‘Free and Equal,’ a community development consultant at the community organization ‘Russian Speaking Women in Immigration’ () in Stamford, and the founder of the ‘Association of Russian Speaking Intersex People’ () in Moscow and Astana.

joanna chojnicka holds a Ph.D. in Latvian linguistics and an M.A. in Latvian philology, both from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty 10: Linguistics and Literary Studies of the University of Bremen. She also acts as the Managing Director of the Institute for Postcolonial and Transcultural Studies. Previously, she was a fellow at the Herder Institute in Marburg and a Marie-Curie Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz. Her research interests include language, gender...

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