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Saltanat Shoshanova


2024 – 2027

Ph.D. Researcher in the Volkswagen Foundation Freigeist project “Light On! Queer Literary Cultures under Socialism”. University of Regensburg.

2021 – 2023

Project Leader at “Unit”- A network of journalists and activists writing about LGBTIQ+ topics in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, and Central Asia. Non-profit organisation n-ost, Berlin. https://unit.n-ost.org/

2016 – 2020

M.A. in Art History in the Global Context, Free University Berlin

2012 – 2016

B.A. in Art History, University of Vienna


Academic Publications

2024 (forthcoming)    “The Asharshylyq in Contemporary and Public Art of Kazakhstan.” In: History & Memory, Vol. 36, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2024).

2021    “Queer Identity in the Contemporary Art of Kazakhstan.” Central Asian Survey 40, no. 1 (2021): 113–31. doi: 10.1080/02634937.2021.1882388  

2020    Edited Volume, Wiedlack, Katharina, Saltanat Shoshanova, Маsha Godovannaya. Queer-Feminist Solidarity and the East/West Divide. Oxford Bern Berlin Bruxelles New York Wien: Peter Lang.
doi: 10.3726/b14797

Research Reports

2024 (forthcoming)    Mapping LGBTIQ+ Activism in South Caucasus and Central Asia, ASTREA Foundation, co-authored with Mohira Suyarkulova, Nukri Tabidze, and Milena Abragamyan.

2021    How to Improve Central Asian Studies?, EISCAS, Jeroen J.J. Van den Bosch et. al.


2023    Collection of Articles | Queer Stories from Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and South Caucasus, Compilers Saltanat Shoshanova, Vika Biran, Pavel Gafarov, Unit. https://unit.n-ost.org/

2022    Exhibition Catalogue | Struggles and Dreams of Central Asia, Centralasiengrupperna Malmö. https://centralasien.org/3d-flip-book/exhibition-struggles-and-dreams-of-central-asia/

2021    “Soldier’s Letters.” In: Soviet Central Asia in 100 Objects. University of Oxford. https://www.cabinet.ox.ac.uk/soviet-central-asia-100-objects

2021    Conference proceedings | “Gay-Art and Super Putin: Subversive Affirmation in Contemporary Russian Art.” In: Open Gender Journal. 10th European Feminist Research Conference.

2017    Article | “Fantasien über Gayropa: Kunst und Politik.” In: Ost Journal. Ausgabe 02/2017 Alte und neue Grenzen in Europa. Ed. Martina Poljak


INVITED SPEAKER (past 3 years)

2023    Panel participant | “Unlearning The Post-Sovet. Discarding Imperial Terminology, Building Decolonial Subjectivities”. De-colonialanguage, Ubuntu e.V. Community Studio. June 30, Berlin.

2023    “Sexual Diversity Beyond Orientalism: Eurasian Voices and Perspectives.” Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco. June 21, Online via Zoom.

2023    Panel participant | PARATAXE Symposium XII: Fluchtpunkt Berlin - osteuropäische Literaturen unter Druck. May 12, Berlin.

2023    “Queer Feminist Art Practices from Central Asia.” Stanislaus California State University. March 21, Online via Zoom.

2022    “Queer Art, Language and Feminist Movements in Central Asia.” Pickle Bar by Slavs and Tatars. November 10, Berlin.

2022    “(Im)possible Solidarity: Decolonial Perspectives from Post-Soviet Asia.” The NYI Global Institute of Cultural, Cognitive, and Linguistic Studies. July 7, Online via Zoom.

2022    “Queer Feminist Movements in Central Asia.” Malmö University, May 25, Malmö (Sweden).

2021    Queer Feminist Movements in Central Asia” at Central Asia Days 2021 by Centralasiengrupperna,  November 2021, Copenhagen (Sweden).

2021    “Decolonizing the Screen: Kazakh Film.” bi’bak, May 11, Berlin.


2018    Panel Coordination “Trans* and Queer in Postsocialist Contexts.”
Gender Studies Conference 'Trans in Transit'. November 22-24, University of Turku und Åbo Akademi University (Finnland).

2017    Conference “Fucking Solidarity: queering concepts on/from a PostSoviet perspective.” September 20–23, Vienna University.

2016    Conference “Lesbian Activist Academy - Queering the Post-Soviet.” June 15-19, Vienna University.

2015    Symposium “Body Discourses Body Politics and Agency.” February 5 - 7, Vienna University.


2021    “Post-Soviet Decoloniality in Art and Activism.” BA and MA Teaching Seminar.  Summer Semester,  Humboldt University Berlin. Together with Victoria Kravtsova.


2023 - present    X3 Podcast - Der erste RD+ und PostOst Podcast, Co-host of the Spin-Off in Russian Language with journalist Elena Barysheva.

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Saltanat Shoshanova

Universität Regensburg
Universitätsstraße 31

D-93053 Regensburg

Sedanstraße 1, Zi. 024