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Feruza Aripova

PhD in History

Feruza Aripova is a PhD Candidate in World History at Northeastern University and a Center Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Currently, Feruza is a Visiting Scholar at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. Her research primarily focuses on gender and sexual politics in late Soviet era. Her doctoral dissertation-in-progress, tentatively titled, “Silencing of Same-Sex Desire in the Post-Soviet Space: Deconstructing the Soviet Legacy” investigates the legacy of same-sex violence in carceral spaces and its profound impact on public perception of associating homosexuality with crime; as well as the medical establishment that subjected individuals with same-sex attractions to psychiatric treatment in the 1950s through the 1980s. Furthermore, it examines the ways in which legal and medical regulations enabled and constituted “alternative” spaces for same-sex desire in the 1960s through late 1980s. By “queering” the Soviet ideological narrative, it seeks to investigate fragments of same-sex existence, subjectivities, spaces and local and transnational networks. Feruza has been awarded the Dissertation Grant from the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies in 2019. Her article “The Ukrainian-Russian Virtual Flashmob Against Sexual Assault,” (with Janet Johnson), was published in The Journal of Social Policy Studies (JSPS) in 2018. Feruza completed her M.A. in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University in 2010. She received her B.A. in Theological Studies from LCC International University, Lithuania in 2008.

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Cohort: 2012

Research Interests: Russian and Soviet History; Contemporary Baltic History; Post-socialism; Gender politics and Queer history

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