Madina Tlostanova is an internationally known scholar whose writing critically examines questions of epistemology, history, geography, power and identity. She has published widely and in multiple languages. She presently is a full professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Her book Gender Epistemologies and Eurasian Borderlands (2010) is widely regarded as an important intervention in feminist studies and decolonial theory. She also co-authored with Walter Mignolo, Learning to Unlearn: Decolonial Reflections from Eurasia and the Americas (2012). Her current work-in-progress is a book tentatively entitled Unbinding the Imaginary: Post-Soviet/Post-Dependence/Post-Colonial Intersection in Contemporary Arts.
In a recent post on the site LeftEast, I posed several questions to this provocative scholar regarding the crisis in Crimea, postsocialism and moving beyond Cold War epistemologies.