Project Team


Katharina Wiedlack

Katharina Wiedlack is an American Studies scholar. Her research fields are primarily queer and feminist theory, popular culture, postsocialist, decolonial and disability studies. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Vienna and was Post-Doc Fellow at Humboldt University, Berlin and at the Europa-Universität Flensburg, and Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Currently, she is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna.

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Masha Godovannaya

Masha Godovannaya is a visual artist, experimental filmmaker, and queer-feminist researcher.  Approaching art production as artistic research and collective action, Masha’s artistic practice draws on combinations of approaches and spheres such as moving image theory, experimental cinema and DIY video tradition, social science, queer theory, decolonial methodologies, and contemporary art.

Masha holds an MFA degree in Film/Video from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, New York, and an MA in Sociology from European University in St. Petersburg.  Currently, she is a candidate in the PhD in Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria.

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Ruthia Jenrbekova

Ruthia Jenrbekova is an artist, writer and researcher based in Kazakhstan and Austria. She was born in Almaty city, Kazakhstan. She graduated from Kazakh State University as an ecologist. Since 1997 she has been involved in various types of activist, artistic, literary and curatorial initiatives. An employee of the imaginary art institution named krёlex zentre. An author, an educator, a performance artist and a curator, she is also a noticeable trans*feminist and queer activist from Central Asia. Often works in a duet with her partner artist Maria Vilkovisky. Lives in Almaty and Vienna.

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Tania Zabolotnaya

Tania Zabolotnaya is an activist, translator and researcher. Coming from Novosibirsk, Russia, and currently living in Vienna, Austria, she has been active in queer-feminist activism and community building in both countries since 2014. She holds a diploma in public relations and is currently studying transcultural communications at the University of Vienna. Her research interests include queer theory, community interpreting and community building, the East-West divide.


Masha Neufeld

Masha Neufeld is a project consultant. She holds a degree in Psychology and Gender Studies from Dresden Technical University, Germany and Vienna University, Austria.  As a scientist she works on health policy research in the areas of mental health and substance use with a special focus on former Soviet Republics. She also serves as a technical consultant and as a scientific advisor for various projects in the field.