Redi Koobak specialises in transnational feminist studies with a focus on discourses of gender, race and sexuality, including postcolonial and postsocialist feminisms, intersectionality, critical race theory, visual culture studies, feminist theory and epistemology, and creative writing methodologies.
At SKOK, she is the Principal Investigator of the UiB Faculty of Humanities funded project “Unpacking the #MeToo Moment: Discourses of Gender, Sexuality and Power in Academia”.
She is also the leader of the interdisciplinary and interfaculty research group "Foundational Questions in Gender and Sexuality Research".
Redi Koobak’s PhD thesis Whirling Stories: Postsocialist Feminist Imaginaries and the Visual Arts was published as an open access monograph by Linköping University Press in 2013 and it can be freely downloaded.
Her postdoctoral work at Linköping University, Sweden was anchored in two Swedish Research Council funded research projects:
- a theoretical project "Feminist Theorizings on Intersectionality, Transversal Dialogues and New Synergies" (2012-2016);
- a comparative empirical and theoretical project "The Politics of Military Loss in Contemporary Europe" (2015-2017).
Course development and teaching
Redi Koobak has been responsible for developing and teaching courses at the undergraduate level at the Department of English, University of Tartu in Estonia and at the undergraduate as well as graduate level in interdisciplinary gender studies at Linköping University in Sweden, the University of California, Santa Cruz in the USA and the University of Bergen in Norway.
At SKOK, in addition to teaching KVIK 201 Contemporary Theories of Gender and Sexuality as part of a team, she developed and teaches KVIK 206 Gender and Sexuality in a Global Context which focuses on the #MeToo moment specifically. While the course is grounded in and builds upon her postdoctoral research, it also serves as a specific site of research for the project.
Dr Koobak is often invited to teach various PhD courses internationally, most frequently on creative academic writing methodologies and the politics of location. She has supervised and examined BA theses at the University of Tartu in Estonia and 1- and 2-year MA theses in interdisciplinary gender studies at Linköping University in Sweden.
She is currently the co-supervisor for one PhD student at SKOK: Dinara Podgornova, who is studying how intersectional feminist discourses travel across borders and how they get used, transformed and appropriated in Russian-speaking feminist online spaces.
Redi Koobak's work has been published in peer reviewed journals including Gender, Place and Culture, Feminist Theory, Feminist Review, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Frontiers and NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, for which she also served as Editorial Secretary and guest editor of special issues in 2009-2012.
Her most recent project, which focused on the intersections of gender, nation and war in media discourses and parliamentary debates in relation to the ISAF-mission in Afghanistan, resulted in a co-researched volume Gendering Military Sacrifice: A Feminist Comparative Analysis (eds Cecilia Åse and Maria Wendt, 2019) published in Routledge Studies in Gender and Security.
Together with Madina Tlostanova and Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, Redi Koobak is currently editing the volume Postcolonial and Postsocialist Dialogues: Intersections, Opacities, Challenges in Feminist Theorizing and Practice (forthcoming in 2021) in the series Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality.
- 2019. "The Postsocialist ‘Missing Other’ of Transnational Feminism?". Feminist Review. 81-87.
- 2018. “Narrating Feminisms: What Do We Talk about When We Talk about Feminism in Estonia?” . Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. 1010-1024.
- 2018. "Soo-ja rahvusnarratiivid Afganistani sõja teemalises kunstis". Ariadne Lõng. 107-132.
- 2017. "Millest me räägime, kui me räägime feminismist Eestis?". Ariadne Lõng. 49-69.
- 2017. "Intersections of Feminisms and Neoliberalisms: Post-state-socialist Estonia in a Transnational Feminist Framework". Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. 1-21.
- 2016. "Border Thinking and Disidentification: Postcolonial and Postsocialist Feminist Dialogues". Feminist Theory. 221-228.
- 2014. "Touching across Time: The Geopolitics of Feminist Knowledge and the Visual Arts". Personality Culture Society. 97-109.
- 2014. "The Decolonial Challenge: Framing Post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe within Transnational Feminist Studies". The European Journal of Women's Studies.
- 2014. "Eesti akadeemiliste soouuringute lugu ajakirjas Ariadne Lõng, 2000-2013". Ariadne Lõng. 8-25.
- 2013. "Anna-Stina Treumund in Drag". Lambda Nordica: Tidskrift om homosexualitet. 189-195.
- 2012. "Beyond the Humanist Imagination". NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. 218-230.
- 2012. "Becoming Non-Swedish: Locating the Paradoxes of In/visible Identities". Feminist Review. 125-134.
- 2008. "Intersektsionaalsusest ehk lugusid feministlikku mõtte rändamisest". Ariadne Lõng. 39-49.
- 2020. Feminist problems with the problem: Unpacking the #metoo moment in academia.
- 2012. Editorial. NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. 163-165.
- 2012. "Re-orienting Nordicness, Again". NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. 75-77.
- 2012. "Nordic Terror Is Not Exceptional". NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. 1-3.
- 2011. "Survival Stories". NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. 1-3.
- 2011. "Post-humanities is a Feminist Issue". NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. 213-216.
- 2011. "Normal People Worry Us". NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. 67-70.
- 2011. "Getting into the Habit". NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. 141-143.
- 2010. "Writing Change in Feminist and Gender Studies: Staging the Political and the Embodied". NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. 223-225.
- 2010. "Comparing Maps". NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. 67-69.
- 2010. "Care to Compare". NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. 149-151.
- 2010. "Meie” Ida-Euroopa, visuaalne kunst ja feminism". Ariadne Lõng. 150-154.
- 2009. "Vabaks autoriteetide ja kaitsejumaluste eestkostest?". Ariadne Lõng. 155-159.
- 2006. "Vaidlused või monoloogid?”. Ariadne Lõng. 159-161.
- 2013. Whirling Stories: Postsocialist Feminist Imaginaries and the Visual Arts.
- 2019. "Determined Disidentifications: Reframing the Limits of the Field Imaginary of Feminist Studies". 18 pages.
- 2019. "Artistic Interventions: Gender and Nation in Contemporary War Art". 27 pages.
- 2014. "Writing the Place from which One Speaks". 15 pages.
- 2014. "Writing in Stuck Places". 13 pages.
- 2014. "Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: How I Came Across My Research Topic and What Happened Next". 15 pages.
1. Postdoctoral project "Unpacking the #MeToo Moment: Discourses of Gender, Sexuality and Power in Academia" (2019-2023)
The project aims to explore the impact of the #MeToo on the stratified institutional structures of academia in Norway and South Africa. The project places the discourses that surround sexual violence within academia into a transnational context. Considering the Global North/Global South binary through the two locations chosen, Koobak traces the dynamics of global production of knowledge and the effect of the #MeToo moment on the local contexts.
The project includes three main elements: institutional practices, critical pedagogies and artistic activist practices:
- Firstly, the project explores how discourses that surround sexual violence are related to gender, sexuality and power as well as regimes of truth and hegemonic practices within higher education settings.
- Secondly, the project engages in dialogues with students and their views on how survivors/victims of sexual violence tell their stories in the context of #MeToo academia.
- Thirdly, the project intends to create an archival and exhibitionary space for forms of activism, performance, and art that disrupt and destabilise everyday gender and sexual injustice because new knowledge is needed on remembering/retelling, representing and resisting practices regarding stories of sexual violence.
2. An international collaborative project "New Tools for Transnational Analysis in Postgraduate Intersectional Gender Research" (2015-2020)
Funded by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT), the project is a collaboration between Linköping University, University of Bergen, Central European University and the University of Western Cape. The project explores how the growing attention towards transnational mechanisms increases the complexity of intersectional gender analysis and how (in)equalities are intertwined with geopolitical positions.
Redi Koobak is one of the co-editors for the volume that will be published as a result of the project in Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality.