2015 – 2019
Ph.D. Slavic Literary Studies (magna cum laude) | University of Passau (DE)
within DFG Research Training Group 1681/2 “Privacy and Digitalization”
2012 – 2015
M.A. Russian and East Central European Studies | University of Passau (DE)
2007 – 2012
Diploma, Teacher of English and Spanish Languages (with distinction)
Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University, Yaroslavl (RU)
2022 – 2027
Research Group Leader (Volkswagen Foundation Freigeist Fellow)
Research group: “Light On! Queer Literatures and Cultures under Socialism," Institute for Slavic Studies, University of Regensburg (DE)
2021 – 2022
Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer Department of Culture and Literature of Central and Eastern Europe, University of Potsdam (DE)
2019 – 2021
Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellow Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto (CA)
2018 – 2019
Postdoctoral fellow (starting grant) DFG Research Training Group “Privacy and Digitalization,” University of Passau (DE)
2018 – 2019
Adjunct Lecturer in Russian Literature and Culture
Chair of Slavic Literatures and Cultures, University of Passau (DE)
2012 – 2018
Adjunct Lecturer in Russian Language Language Center, University of Passau (DE)
2021. Contemporary Queer Plays by Russian Playwrights, ed. and transl. into English by Tatiana Klepikova. London/New York: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.
Edited Volumes & Special Issues
2021. guest eds. Cassandra Hartblay and Tatiana Klepikova, “Digital Selves: Embodiment and Subjectivity in New Media Cultures in Eastern Europe and Eurasia,” special issue of Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media 21, www.digitalicons.org/issue21/ (open access).
2020. Outside the “Comfort Zone”: Performances and Discourses of Privacy in Late Socialist Europe, eds. Tatiana Klepikova and Lukas Raabe, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg.
2018. Privates Erzählen: Formen und Funktionen von Privatheit in der Literatur des 18.–21. Jahrhunderts [Private Narratives: Forms and Functions of Privacy in the Literature of the 18th–21st Centuries], eds. Steffen Burk, Tatiana Klepikova, and Miriam Piegsa, Berlin: Peter Lang.
2018. Privatheit in der digitalen Gesellschaft [Privacy in a Digital Society], eds. Steffen Burk, Martin Hennig, Benjamin Heurich, Tatiana Klepikova, Miriam Piegsa, Manuela Sixt, and Kai Erik Trost, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot.
Single-Authored Refereed Articles and Book Chapters
2022. “A Quare Story of the North Caucasian Lesbian and Trans Women in the Staging of The Voices.” In Queering Russian Media and Culture, ed. Galina Miazhevich. London/New York: Routledge, pp. 95–113.
2021. “Foreword: Landscapes of Russian Queer Drama.” In Contemporary Queer Plays by Russian Playwrights, ed. and trans. by Tatiana Klepikova. London/New York: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.
2021. “(Trans-)Forming Gender Ideologies through Performance in Russia: Cyberfeminist Somatexts of the Maailmanloppu Theatre.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Queer and Trans Feminisms in Contemporary Performance, eds. Tiina Rosenberg, Sandra D’Urso, and Anna Renée Winget. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 303–324. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-69555-2_17
2018. “Digital Russians’ Home and Agora: The Runet Between the Private and the Public Spheres.” In Privatheit in der digitalen Gesellschaft [Privacy in a Digital Society], eds. Steffen Burk, Martin Hennig, Benjamin Heurich, Tatiana Klepikova, Miriam Piegsa, Manuela Sixt, and Kai Erik Trost. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 235–257.
2018. “Privatheit und Überwachung. Vorbemerkungen” [Privacy and Surveillance: An Introduction]. In Privates Erzählen: Formen und Funktionen von Privatheit in der Literatur des 18.–21. Jahrhunderts [Private Narratives: Forms and Functions of Privacy in the Literature of the 18th–21st Centuries], eds. Steffen Burk, Tatiana Klepikova, and Miriam Piegsa. Berlin: Peter Lang, pp. 173–178. https://doi.org/10.3726/b13867
2015. “Privacy as They Saw It: Private Spaces in the Soviet Union of the 1920–1930s in Foreign Travelogues.” Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologie 71 (2), pp. 353–389.
Co-authored Refereed Articles and Book Chapters
2021. Cassandra Hartblay and Tatiana Klepikova, “Bodyminds Online: Digitally Mediated Selves in Regional Cultural Context.” In Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media 21, special issue “Digital Selves: Embodiment and Subjectivity in New Media Cultures in Central Europe and Eurasia,” guest eds. Cassandra Hartblay and Tatiana Klepikova.
2020. Tatiana Klepikova and Lukas Raabe, “On Privacy and Its ‘Comfort Zones’: Revisiting State Socialist Contexts.” In Outside the “Comfort Zone”: Performances and Discourses of Privacy in Late Socialist Europe, eds. Tatiana Klepikova and Lukas Raabe. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, pp. 1–23. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110606874-001
2020. “‘If a Cutie, Then Always Misha’: Evgenii Kharitonov’s Queer Masculinities” In
Go East! LGBTQ+ Literature in Eastern Europe, edited by Alojzija Zupan Sosič and Andrej Zavrl. Ljubljana: Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts, pp. 72–79. doi.org/10.4312/9789610603108
Since October 2022, Tatiana Klepikova has been leading the research group “Light On! Queer Literatures and Cultures under Socialism” at the Institute for Slavic Studies, University of Regensburg. The project has been generously funded by the Volkswagen Foundation within the framework of the Freigeist Program.
Queer cultures make one of the largest gaps in our uneven knowledge about the past due to a long and often continued criminalization and pathologization of LGBT+ expression across the globe. “Light On! Queer Literatures and Cultures under Socialism” emerges from such silences in the formerly socialist East-Central part of Europe and their alarming abuse by the growing right-wing populist movements, which over the past decade have justified introducing anti-LGBT+ laws and initiatives from Russia to Poland and beyond by the protection of respective nations from “non-traditional values.” This project will help debunk a political myth of the “foreignness” of queerness to the region by bringing to light hitherto unknown queer literature that was written in private under the Communist rule and never officially published. This first multi-cultural study of underground queer creativity in the region in the 1940s–1980s will uncover and analyze queer prose, poetry, and drama across four socialist contexts of Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and the GDR. Within these four contexts, the project will focus on four research objectives: 1) exploring underground drama and theater; 2) analyzing gay prose and poetry writing; 3) examining the aesthetics of lesbian and trans sensibilities; and 4) understanding the routes of circulation of queer literature within and beyond national borders. Drawing on documents in state police and literary archives and collections of queer NGOs as well as on community interviews, “Light On!” will examine how and through what literary and linguistic means queerness was represented in literary texts; how these texts were shared, what borders they traversed to reach their reader, and how they did it. It will also question how such literature was censored and policed across socialist contexts. In so doing, “Light On!” will foster a better understanding of the role and poetics of queerness in European cultures and support the diversification of the cultural canon.