Decolonial Aesthesis and Post-Soviet Art

28June2018 15:00 - 17:00


On behalf of the Sublime Imperfections research team we are happy to invite you to a lecture on decolonial aesthetics and post-Soviet art by Professor Madina Tlostanova (Linköping University). Organized by Fabienne Rachmadiev; Joost de Bloois will give a response to the lecture.

Starting from the reflection on the decolonial aesthesis as opposed to normative aesthetics, this lecture will address how decolonial sensibility is implemented in post-Soviet and postcolonial art (particularly from the Caucasus and Central-Asia), resonating with the complex “futureless” human condition of post-Soviet people. Through the prism of art we will consider the changing and flexible cultural and political reality of the post-Soviet world on the verge of its imminent division and reorientation.

Respondent will be Dr. Joost de Bloois (ASCA).

Madina Tlostanova is a decolonial thinker and writer, professor of postcolonial feminisms at Linköping University (Sweden). She focuses on decolonial thought, non-Western feminism, post-socialist studies, and contemporary activist art. She was a DAAD visiting professor at the University of Bremen (2006, 2011), international researcher at Duke University (2007), visiting scholar at Linköping University (2013) and Sodertorn University (2014). She has taught at several decolonial international Summer schools (Middelburg, Tarragona, Telciu). Her most recent books include Learning to Unlearn: Decolonial Reflection from Eurasia and the Americas (co-authored with Walter Mignolo, Ohio State UP, 2012), Postcolonialism and Postsocialism in Fiction and Art: resistance and Re-existence (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017) and the forthcoming What Does it Mean to be Post-Soviet? Decolonial Art from the Ruins of the Soviet Empire (Duke University Press, 2018).

If you would like to attend, please send an email to Fabienne Rachmadiev at

University Library, Doelenzaal

Published by  ASCA