Professor of Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Literature, Gender


I can teach courses in cultural studies, postcolonial and anglophone literature, post-soviet literature and culture, philosophy, gender.

Work History


Presidential academy of national economy and pubic adiminstration

From September 2012

Full professor at the department of philosophy, School of Public Adminstration. I am teaching three-four courses per semester, mostly on the MA and PhD level, but also at least one undergraduate course as a rule. Half of them are based predominantly on my books and articles.

Books in English

Madina Tlostanova, Walter Mignolo. Learning to Unlearn: Decolonial Reflection from Eurasia and the Americas. Ohio State University Press, Columbus, 302 pages.


On Colonialism, Communism and East-Central Europe - some reflections. pp. 130-142.

35. Knowledge Production Systems

In: The Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Ed. Helmut K. Anheier, Mark Juergensmeyer, and Victor Faessel. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2012. 1005-10. Co-authored with Walter Mignolo.

movimento, Roma

39. Immaginario post-sovietico: una prospettiva di genere. - Lettera Internazionale, Rivista trimestrale europea, Edizione italiana, 2 trimestre, 112, Donne in movimento, Roma, 2012, pp. 39-43.

Studia Sociologica IV

40. From Ortiz to decolonial option: transculturation and border epistemology in contemporary socio-cultural thought. - Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis. Studia Sociologica IV (2012), Vol. 1, 2012, pp. 9-16.
41. The Observatory of the Bereaved: Unbinding the Imaginary in Eurasian Borderlands. - Social Text. Periscope. Decolonial AestheSis Dossier. Ed. by Walter Mignolo and Rolando Vasques, July 15, 2013.
42. Post-Soviet Imaginary and Global Coloniality: a Gendered Perspective (Madina Tlostanova). Thasa Kancler's interview. Internet platform July 2013.
43. Transcultural tricksters beyond times and spaces: decolonial chronotopes and border selves. - Language. Literature. Culture, No 2-3, 2013, pp. 9-31.

University of Bremen, Institute for Trans

cultural and Postcolonial Studies. Undergraduate seminar "Introduction to Postcolonial theory" - Spring term, June, in the capacity of the DAAD Visiting Foreign Professor (in the program Internationalization at home).

Diasporic Literature

. In: Changing Words/ Changing Nations. The Concept of Nation in the Transnational Era. eds.J. Kuortti, O. P. Dwivedi. Rawat Publications. Jaipur - New Delhi - Bangalore - Hyderabad - Guwahati, 2011, pp. 172-196
33. On Post-Soviet Imaginary and Global Coloniality: a Gendered Perspective. In: TERRA. Réseau scientifique de recherche et de publication

Madina Tlostanova. Gender Epistemologies and Eurasian Borderlands

(Comparative Feminist Studies). Palgrave Macmillan, 260 pages.

Beyond the state and the market

From January 2010

Trans-modern art as a way of liberating knowledge and being. In: Pavilion. Journal for Politics and culture. No 14, January 2010, Artphoto Asc., Bucharest, pp. 162-169.

Russian Islamophobia

. London, 2010, pp. 165-184.
30. From bio-politics and necro-politics to geo-politics and body-politics of knowledge. In: Dialogue of Civilizations and the Post-crisis World. Materials of International Conference. Moscow. Peoples' Friendship University of Russia Publishing House, 2010. pp. 55-65.

International Summer School Decolonizing Knowledge

Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons. An intensive course: Decolonization of knowledge in the world of imperial difference.

Berkeley University International Summer School Migrations

in the Globalized World, co-sponsored by University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain. An intensive course Culture and Religion in Europe.

Madina Tlostanova. Decolonial Gender Epistemologies

Moscow, Maska, 386 pages.

c) Edited and Co-Edited Volumes

Zayed University

27. On pluritopic hermeneutics, trans-modern thinking, and decolonial philosophy. In: Encounters. An international journal for the study of culture and society. Zayed University, United Arabic Emirate, Vol. 1, Number 1, Fall 2009, pp. 11-27. (co-authored with Walter Mignolo)

Berkeley University International Summer School Complex Societies and Global Dialogue

co-sponsored by University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain: An intensive course Postsoviet societies as a new periphery

main editor

International scholarly Journal Personality. Culture. Society

head of the philology department (2008-2009), scholarly editor (2010-2011), main editor (2011-presently).

Trans-cultural Identities

in Eurasian Islamic Borderlands: religion, race/ethnicity, gender, aesthetics - a course designed for BA level, FOCUS, Duke Center for Islamic Studies DISC.

Courses designed and taught at various universities in Russia:

1. Globalization and culture (MA program in "History of Philosophy"), 2004;
2. Globalization and literature (BA program in Liberal Arts), 2005;

A Ricochet of Desiring Gazes

Inter-racial Eroticism and the Modern Colonial Gender System. In: Interlitteraria Tartu Ulikooli: Kirjastus, No 12, 2007, pp. 73-90

University of Bremen, Institute for Trans

cultural and Postcolonial Studies. Three undergraduate seminars: (1) "From Multiculturalism to Transculturalism: Globalization Through Culture Politics and Literature"; (2) "Transnationality and Local Literatures/World Literature" (3) "Borders and Transculturality: The Shaping of the New Critical Paradigm" - Spring term, April to June, in the capacity of the DAAD Visiting Foreign Professor.

Candido Mendes Editor

Trans-cultural Tricksters

in Between Empires: Eurasian Islamic Borderlands in Modernity". - In: Culture of the Difference in Eurasia. Azerbaijan - Past and Present in the Dialogue of Civilizations. 13th International Conference. Textes de Referance. Candido Mendes Editor. Rio de Janeiro, 2006, pp. 217-253.

Chris Rumford, editor

Geo- Body-Politics of Knowledge

In: European Journal of Social Theory 9/2; 2006, Chris Rumford, editor; pp. 205-221 (co-authored with Walter Mignolo)

The Imagined Freedom

In: The South Atlantic Quarterly. Special issue edited by Walter Mignolo and Madina Tlostanova: Double Critique: Knowledges and Scholars at Risk in Post-Soviet Societies, № 105/3, 2006, pp. 637-660

Soviet non-European

(ex)colonies". In: Desarollo e Interculturalidad, Imaginario y Diferencia: La Nacion en el Mundo Andino.14th Conferencia Internacional de Academia de la Latinidad. Rio de Janeiro, 2006, pp. 296-331.

Life in Samarkand: Caucasus and Central Asia

vis-à-vis Russia, The West, and Islam. In: Human Architecture. Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge. Volume V, Issue 1, Fall 2006, pp. 105-116.
19. The Imperial-colonial Chronotope: Istanbul-Baku-Khurramabad. In: Cultural Studies Volume 21, Numbers 2/3 , Routledge, March 2007, pp. 406-427.
20. The Russian paradigm of lacking freedoms in the context of the global "inversion" of human rights. In: The Universal in Human Rights: a Precondition for a Dialogue of Cultures. XVth Conference of the Academy of Latinity. Rio de Janeiro, 2007, Pp. 307-348.
21. The Logic of Coloniality and the Limits of Postcoloniality. In: The Postcolonial and the Global: Connections, Conflicts, Complicities". University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2007, pp. 109-123. (co-authored with Walter Mignolo)

in Bucharest - in

My international research projects include: a series of conferences organized by various committees of the International Comparative Literature Association (in Bucharest - in 2005, in Istanbul - in 2005); a series of conferences of the Academy of Latinity (Brazil) on the dialogue of civilizations (in Alexandria, Ankara, Istanbul, Quito, Baku, Amman in 2003-2007). From 2003 I have been a member of the international group of modernity/coloniality and have participated in a number of conferences and publications organized by this group. Connected with this is a special project on decolonial humanities which has resulted so far in several conferences (in Bremen and Durham) and a collective work-in-progress. In 2007 I have been invited as a scholar-in-residence at the Institute of International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University (USA) where I worked on the problematic of religious, gender, and racial aspects in the epistemology of the Russian/Soviet non-European ex-colonies (the Caucasus and Central Asia). My current research project-in-process is a future participation (June 2013) by invitation in a scholar in residence program at the excellence center GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Linkoping University, Sweden.

2. Teaching

Courses designed and taught for various grant supported and other programs abroad:

12. Literature and Globalization

Tartu: Tartu University Press, pp. 57-73

A Permanent Transit. Transgression and Metamorphoses

in David Dabydeen's Art. In: No Land, No Mother. Essays on the Work of David Dabydeen. Eds. Kampta Karran and Lynne Macedo. Peepal Tree Press Ltd. 2005, pp. 86-106.

BA in Liberal Arts

Russian Literature

6. From the philosophy of multiculturalism to the philosophy of transculturation (MA programs in Social philosophy and History of Philosophy), 2006 - presently;

Madina Tlostanova. Living Never

Writing from Nowhere: Post-Soviet Fiction and the Aesthetics of Transculturation. Moscow: URSS Publishing House, 416 pages
For this book see two reviews in English:
1. Nina Shevchuk-Murray. Lessons from Ukraine: What happens when Post-Colonial Poetics Goes East. University of Toronto. Academic Electronic Journal in Slavic Studies.
2. Vitaly Chernetsky. Are we postcolonial ? Post-Soviet space. - Publications of the Modern Language Association of America. May 2006, Volume 121, Number 3, pp. 833-836.
• 2008: Madina Tlostanova. From the Philosophy of Multiculturalism to the Philosophy of Transculturation, New York, Severny Krest, 350 pages.

Post-Socialist Eurasia

in Civilization of Fear: Another Christianity and Another Islam. In: Hegemonie et Civilization de la Peur. 9eme Colloque International, Alexandrie, 2004. Academy de la Latinite. Textes de Reference. Ed. Candido Mendes, p. 389-412.
11. Seduced by Modernity: Why Turkey can be/become Europe and Russia can not? In: Islam, Latinite, Transmodernite. 11eme Colloque International Ancara-Istanbul, 12-16 Avril 2005. Academy de la Latinite. Textes de Reference. Ed. Candido Mendes. Rio de Janeiro 2005, pp. 305-335.

Articles in Spanish and Galician

Articles in Spanish and Galician:
1. Semiotica y analysis cultural: una mirada desde los bordes. In: De Signis, № 6, 2004: Communicacion y Conflicto Cultural. Madrid: Editorial Gedisa, pp. 33-43
2. O concepto de 'literatura mundial' no tempo da globalización - una mirada dende o espazo postsoviético". In: Boletin Galego de Literatura. A Literatura comparada hoxe II. Eds. Anxo Abuín González y César Domínguez. No. 34, 2 semester, 2005, Santiago de Compostela: Servizo de Poublicacions Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 2006, pp. 191-220.
3. "¿Por qué cortarse los pies para caber en los zapatos occidentales?": las ex colonias soviéticas no europeas y el sistema de género colonial moderno. In: Genero y descolonialidad. Series El desprendimiento: pensamiento crítico y opción descolonial. Ediciones del Signo and Globalization and Humanities Project (Duke University), Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008, pp. 85-122.
4. Habitar los dos lados de la frontera/teorizar en el cuerpo de esa experiencia. In: Revista Ixchel. Asociación de Literatura Comparada en América Central y el Caribe, Summer 2009, (con Walter Mignolo)
5. La aesthesis trans-moderna en la zona fronteriza eurasiatica y el anti-sublime decolonial. In: CALLE14. Bogota. Volumen 5, número 6 // enero - junio de 2011, p. 10-31. Republished in the collection: Esteticas y opcion decolonial. eds. Walter Mignolo and Pablo Gomez. UD Editorial. Creaciones, Bogota, 2012, Pp. 49-89.

Articles in French:
1. La Vie a Samarkande: le Caucase et l"Asie Central face a la Russie, l'Occident et l'Islam. In: Islamophobie dans le Monde Moderne. Sous la direction de Mohammed Mestiri, Ramon Grosfoguel, El Yamine Soum. Berkeley Department d'etudes Ethniques. IIIT France, 2008, Pp. 61-86.
2. De l'imaginaire postsoviétique et de la colonialité globale: une perspective genrée. In: TERRA. Réseau...


Peoples' Friendship University of Russia

September 2003 - January 2014

Full professor at the department of history and theory of culture (2003-2006), Comparative politics (2006-2008), History of Philosophy (2008-presently, since 2012 - part time). I have been teaching at least 15 different courses at this university mostly based on my work and also took part in many scholarly projects, grant supported work, etc.

Cultural Studies (Moscow Humanities University)

17. Multiculturalism in the new world order (MA level) Russian State University for the Humanities. 2005.

Revis(it)ing Modernism or Surmounting Postmodernism

Tartu: Tartu University Press, v.1, pp. 20-38.
8. Post/neo-imperial myths and Europe's Internal Others. In: (Multiple) Europe. Multiple Identity, Multiple Modernity. International Comparative Literature Association and University of Bucharest, Ararat Publishing House, Bucharest, 2002, pp.43-53.
9. Shades of otherness/vs poles of otherness (from "classic" postmodern to other models of otherness). In: The Same, the Other, the Third. Ed. by W. Kalaga. Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Slaskiego, Katowice 2004, pp.11 - 28.

Being Elsewhere

Tartu: Tartu University Press, p. 63-84.

European Humanities University

Minsk, Belarus. Summer/Winter Seminars sponsored by the Open Society Institute (OSI): (1) A graduate seminar Still More "Others". Many Faces of Postcolonial Discourse. Topic of the Summer School: Discourses of Postcoloniality: United States and Central/Eastern Europe; July 2001; (2) A graduate seminar Cultural Borders as Sites of Comparative Dialogue. Topic of the Winter School: Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism, January 2000.

Institute of English Language

Comparative Studies in Russia. A New Discipline

or a Continuation of a Tradition? In: Comparative Literature Worldwide: Issues and Methods. Vol. II, Montevideo, 2000, pp. 185-203.

While working as a senior researcher

Gorky Institute of World Literature

the sphere of my scholarly interests concentrated more on theoretical and interdisciplinary aspects in the study of contemporary culture and literature, with an accent on the post-colonial, post-national and comparative studies, the post-soviet cultural imaginary and fiction, cultural dimensions of globalization, and trans-cultural aesthetics, etc. I have authored the first in Russia academic study of the US multiculturalism in fiction (2000), and a number of articles for the Academic multi-volume History of the Literature of the US published at Gorky Institute. The main international contacts of that time included a cooperation with the International Comparative Literature Association аs well as with a number of international organizations in American studies, semiotics, etc.

From 2001 the sphere of my scholarly interests has shifted more towards the political and epistemic problematic to focus around the critique of modernity and globalization as its latest phase from the position of the decolonial project and the contesting ethnic, social, aesthetic and gender movements on a global scale. This problematic is regarded within the realm of philosophic and social anthropology, post-national and comparative, as well as critical global studies. In the last few years I have been working closely on defining the nature of trans-cultural gendered subjectivity and aesthetics (see Learning to Unlearn: Decolonial Reflection from Eurasia and the Americas, Ohio State University Press 2012 (co-authored with Walter Mignolo); Gender Epistemologies and Eurasian Borderlands, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010; Living Never; Writing from Nowhere: Post-soviet Literature and the Trans-cultural Aesthetics (Moscow, URRS, 2004, in Russian), Janus-Faced Empire. Notes on the Russian Empire in Modernity Written from the Border (Moscow, 2003), The Sublime of Globalization? Sketches on Trans-cultural Subjectivity and Aesthetics (Moscow, URRS, 2005), From the Philosophy of Multiculturalism to...

Lecturer teaching Russian Language

Summer School at Middlebury College


Senior research fellow

Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences

September 1997 - July 2003

Senior Research Fellow at the Department of modern Western European and American literature . I took part in various academic research projects, wrote many articles for various collections, histories of literature, wrote two books, defended a doctoral dissertation on 2000 while working at this institute.


Directorate of International Cooperation

at the Ministry of General and Professional Education of the Russian Federation in charge of academic and scholarly exchanges between Russia and the U.S.

Official Representative

Ministry of General and Professional Education of the Russian Federation

at the ACC (American Collegiate Consortium), Middlebury College.

Editorial work (journals):

Documentation Manager

"Ashtech Inc"


Caucasus Subjectivity and the Complex of Secondary

"Australism". In: The Global South, vol. 5, No 1. Indiana Univ. Press, Special Issue: The Global South and World Dis/Order (Spring 2011), pp. 66-84.

Qualifications & Certifications

English Department

University of Mississippi

American literature

Bryn Mawr College (PA) and University of Maryland (MD)

American Literature

Gorky Institute of World Literature


Gorky Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences

Germanic and Romance languages and literature

Moscow State University, School of Philology


Gorky Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences

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