Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2023
2 - 3 p.m. PST
In the ever-changing socio-political climate of Central Asia and in the light of Russia's war in Ukraine, anti-colonial and decolonial thinking gained public visibility anew. These in some instances ambivalent discourses affected queer feminist actors and their activism in the region. In her talk, Saltanat will focus on how (queer) feminist movements work in Central Asia and what strategies activists from the region use in their everyday resistance. It will also look at activist entanglement with contemporary art practices that deal with questions around identity, gender, and sexuality. Saltanat Shoshanova is an independent researcher and activist from Kazakhstan, based in Berlin. Her interests include queer feminist movements, art, activism, and decolonial thinking in Central Asia and beyond.