I contribute to the analysis of various modes of power and geopolitics of knowledge production in contemporary transnational contexts, in particular in relation to postsocialist Eastern Europe, through a keen focus on the visual arts, culture, media and activism.
My work has been published in Gender, Place and Culture, Feminist Theory, Feminist Review, European Journal of Women’s Studies and Frontiers.
In Whirling Stories: Postsocialist Feminist Imaginaries and the Visual Arts (2013), I offer an account of my 36-months long ethnographic engagement with the work of Anna-Stina Treumund, Estonia’s first artist to put queer feminist and lesbian sexuality center-stage. Through a partial focus on her photographic self-portraiture, the study explores the role of geopolitics and visual arts in producing knowledge about time, space, gender and sexuality, and contests the fantasy, prevalent within Western theorizing, about a ‘lag’ between Western and Eastern Europe.
With Madina Tlostanova and Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, I co-edited Postcolonial and Postsocialist Dialogues: Intersections, Opacities, Challenges in Feminist Theorizing and Practice (Routledge, 2021). Staging dialogues between scholars, activists and artists from a variety of disciplinary, geographical and historical specializations, this volume brings together attempts to understand if and how postcolonial and postsocialist dimensions of the human condition – historical, existential, political, and ideological – intersect and correlate in feminist experiences, identities, and struggles. The contributions engage with issues of gender, sexuality, race, migration, diasporas, indigeneity, and disability, and address the emergence of new political and cultural formations as well as circuits of bodies and capital in post-Cold War and postcolonial era in currently re-emerging neo-colonial and imperial conflicts.
In a co-researched volume Gendering Military Sacrifice: A Feminist Comparative Analysis (eds Cecilia Åse and Maria Wendt, 2019), I focus on the intersections of gender, nation and war in Estonian media discourses, parliamentary debates and state-commissioned art projects in relation to the ISAF-mission in Afghanistan.
Together with Nina Lykke, Petra Bakos, Swati Arora and Kharnita Mohamed, I co-edited the volume Pluriversal Conversations on Transnational Feminism: And Words Collide from a Place (forthcoming in 2023, Routledge) which focuses on transnational feminisms in conversation with intersectional and decolonial approaches. The collaborative research, editorial and pedagogical work in the project cuts across boundaries between academic and affective-creative writing that engage more personal, poetic, and narrative ways of transgressing methodological nationalisms.
In my second monograph Implicated Aesthetics: Postsocialist Europe and Global Coloniality (in preparation), I reframe the concept of European whiteness and its relationship to racism through considering the implication of postsocialist Eastern Europe in global coloniality and transnational racialized imaginations. I explore this relation of implication through aesthetic media to understand how historically constituted racial formations organize the ground of Eastern European politics in the present and how Eastern Europe might figure in the current decolonizing efforts to contest racial hierarchies on a global scale.