Through staging dialogues between scholars, activists, and artists from a variety of disciplinary, geographical, and historical specializations, Postcolonial and Postsocialist Dialogues explores the possible resonances and dissonances between the postcolonial and the postsocialist in feminist theorizing and practice.

While postcolonial and postsocialist perspectives have been explored in feminist studies, the two analytics tend to be viewed separately. 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. In the three sections that probe the intersections, opacities, and challenges between the two discourses, the authors put under pressure what postcolonialism and postsocialism mean for feminist scholarship and activism.

The contributions address the emergence of new political and cultural formations as well as circuits of bodies and capital in a post-Cold War and postcolonial era in currently re-emerging neo-colonial and imperial conflicts. They engage with issues of gender, sexuality, race, migration, diasporas, indigeneity, and disability, while also developing new analytical tools such as postsocialist precarity, queer postsocialist coloniality, uneventful feminism, feminist opacity, feminist queer crip epistemologies. The collection will be of interest for postcolonial and postsocialist researchers, students of gender studies, feminist activists and scholars.

chapter Chapter 1|10 pages


Uneasy affinities between the postcolonial and the postsocialist
ByRedi Koobak, Madina Tlostanova, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert

part Part I|79 pages


chapter Chapter 2|15 pages

Locating postsocialist precarity in global coloniality

A decolonial frame for 1989?
ByJennifer Suchland

chapter Chapter 3|11 pages

A conversation on imperial legacies and postsocialist contexts

Notes from a US-based feminist collaboration
ByNeda Atanasoski, Kalindi Vora

chapter Chapter 4|13 pages

Bridging postcoloniality, postsocialism, and “race” in the age of Brexit

An interview with Catherine Baker
ByCatherine Baker, Redi Koobak

chapter Chapter 5|16 pages

Queering "Postsocialist Coloniality"

Decolonising queer fluidity and Postsocialist postcolonial China
ByShana Ye

chapter Chapter 6|21 pages

Circassian trajectories between post-Soviet neocolonialism, indigeneity, and diasporic dispersions

A conversation
ByLidia Zhigunova, Madina Tlostanova

part Part II|80 pages


chapter Chapter 7|15 pages

Opacity as a feminist strategy

Postcolonial and postsocialist entanglements with neoliberalism
ByRaili Marling

chapter Chapter 8|12 pages

Anti-colonial struggles, postcolonial subversions

An interview with Nivedita Menon
ByNivedita Menon, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, Madina Tlostanova

chapter Chapter 9|17 pages

Uneventful feminist protest in post-Maidan Ukraine

Nation and colonialism revisited
ByMaria Mayerchyk, Olga Plakhotnik

chapter Chapter 10|17 pages

Postsocialist poetics

Interview with Krëlex zentr1
ByLesia Pagulich, Tatsiana Shchurko

chapter Chapter 11|16 pages

Speaking against the void

Decolonial transfeminist relations and radical potentialities
ByTjaša Kancler

part Part III|88 pages


chapter Chapter 12|10 pages

How to See the Spots of the Leopard

An interview with Quinsy Gario and Jörgen Gario
ByQuinsy Gario, Jörgen Gario, Redi Koobak

chapter Chapter 13|8 pages

Uneasy "posts" and unmarked categories

Politics of positionality between and beyond the Global South and the European East. An interview with Manuela Boatcă
ByManuela Boatcă, Madina Tlostanova

chapter Chapter 14|16 pages

Connecting the "posts" to confront racial capitalism's coloniality

ByAlyosxa Tudor, Piro Rexhepi

chapter Chapter 15|7 pages

“We need to learn about each other and unlearn patterns of racism”

A conversation with Angéla Kóczé
ByAngéla Kóczé, Petra Bakos

chapter Chapter 16|11 pages

Cripping postsocialist chronicity

A conversation with Kateřina Kolářová
ByKateřina Kolářová, Redi Koobak

chapter Chapter 17|16 pages

Grappling with the "China crisis"

Positionality, impasse, and potential breakthrough of Chinese feminist diaspora in post-Cold War North America
ByWeiling Deng

chapter Chapter 18|16 pages

Gendered nationalism in India and Poland

Postcolonial and postsocialist conditions in times of populism
ByKasia Narkowicz, Mithilesh Kumar