Dr Redi Koobak

Chancellor'S Fellow And Senior Lecturer

Journalism, Media and Communication

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I'm a feminist cultural studies scholar and specialize in critical studies of postcolonial and postsocialist Europe. My expertise includes global perspectives on gender, race, and sexuality, visual and art activism, transnational feminism, and the intersections between postcolonial and postsocialist feminist theorising and practice.

I joined Strathclyde as Chancellor's Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies in 2022. I have previously held positions at Linköping University, Sweden (Postdoc and Assistant Professor in Gender Studies) and University of Bergen, Norway (Postdoctoral researcher in Gender Studies). I have been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Santa Cruz, USA and at the University of Western Cape, South Africa.

My monograph Whirling Stories: Postsocialist Feminist Imaginaries and the Visual Arts (2013) offers an account of 3-year long (auto)ethnographic engagement with the work of Anna-Stina Treumund, Estonia’s first artist to put queer feminist and lesbian sexuality centre-stage.

My postdoctoral work, funded by the Swedish Research Council, examined 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. The collaborative project, which resulted in a jointly researched book Gendering Military Sacrifice: A Feminist Comparative Analysis (2019, Routledge) edited by Cecilia Åse and Maria Wendt, combined in-depth contextual analysis of parliamentary debates, media narratives and artistic representations with cross-country comparisons of six European national contexts to identify national differences and similarities in justifying war deaths of European soldiers.

I'm the lead editor of the volume Postcolonial and Postsocialist Dialogues: Intersections, Opacities, Challenges in Feminist Theorizing and Practice (2021, Routledge). Growing out of the work with the network I established together with co-editors Madina Tlostanova and Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, the book brings together scholars, activists and artists from a variety of disciplinary, geographical and historical specializations to conceptualize the resonances and dissonances between the postcolonial and the postsocialist in transnational feminist scholarship and activism. Apart from developing new ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, trans and queer identities, race, migration, diasporas, indigeneity, and disability, this volume tackles theorizing from non-dominant locations beyond complicity and advocates for a politics of “deep coalitions” against racial capitalism.

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 (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.

I have served as the Co-Director of the National Research School for Gender Studies in Norway and led the interdisciplinary and interfaculty research group Foundational Questions in Gender and Sexuality Research at the University of Bergen.

As of May 2022, I'm the co-editor of European Journal of Women’s Studies (SAGE) together with madeleine kennedy-macfoy.

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Publications

Loving coalitions : seven texts on feminist resistance
Kawesa Victoria, Knobblock Ina, Vlachou Maria, Koobak Redi, Mehrabi Tara, Tlostanova Madina, Lykke Nina
Janus Unbound: Journal of Critical Studies Vol 3, pp. 28-63 (2023)
The magic of feminist bridging : a mosaic of anti-racist speech bubbles about othering in Swedish Academia
Kawesa Victoria, Knobblock Ina, Vlachou Maria, Koobak Redi, Mehrabi Tara, Tlostanova Madina, Lykke Nina
Kvinder, Køn & Forskning Vol 36, pp. 147-161 (2023)
https://doi.org/10.7146/kkf.v36i2.134731
Pluriversal Conversations on Transnational Feminisms : And Words Collide from a Place
Lykke Nina, Koobak Redi, Bakos Petra, Arora Swati, Mohamed Kharnita
Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality (2023)
Decolonization, the university and transnational solidarities : a conversation
Arora Swati, Koobak Redi, Lykke Nina
Pluriversal Conversations on Transnational Feminisms And Words Collide from a Place (2023) (2023)
https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003378761
From affective pedagogies to affected pedagogues : a conversation
Bakos Petra, Koobak Redi, Mohamed Kharnita
Pluriversal Conversations on Transnational Feminisms And Words Collide from a Place (2023) (2023)
https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003378761
Colliding words and worlds : pluriversal conversations on transnational feminisms
Lykke Nina, Koobak Redi, Bakos Petra, Arora Swati, Mohamed Kharnita
Pluriversal Conversations on Transnational Feminims And Words Collide from a Place (2023) (2023)
https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003378761

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Dr Redi Koobak
Chancellor'S Fellow And Senior Lecturer
Journalism, Media and Communication

Email: redi.koobak@strath.ac.uk
Tel: Unlisted