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Ms Olga Plakhotnik

Profile summary

  • Research Student
  • PHD Student
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology & Counselling
  • Psychology

Professional biography

I am currently a doctoral researcher at the Open University. My PhD project is focussed on the narratives of belonging of LGBT+ communities in contemporary Ukraine. My supervisors are Prof Darren Langdridge and Prof Jacqui Gabb.


Research interests

My primary research interest surrounds feminist studies and queer theorising. My PhD is looking at the narratives of belonging of LGBT+ communities in Ukraine through the concepts of citizenship. I use queer-feminist discourse analysis method in order to understand, how do discourses of normativity, nationhood and citizenship become constituted in the narratives of Ukrainian LGBT+ communities? How do LGBT+ communities frame and constitute themselves within the discourses of nationhood, citizenship, and normativity?

My further research interests relate to a broader area of feminist studies and queer theorising. I study epistemologies and knowledge economies, feminist and LGBT+ activism in Ukraine and in post-socialist societies, in general. I have authored and co-authored articles and chapters on "gender and education" topic, queer pedagogies, gender politics and feminist activism in Ukraine. 

I am an Editor-in-chief of the Feminist Critique: East European Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies

Feminist Critique is a new scholarly peer-reviewed open-access journal that publishes papers in English, Russian, and Ukrainian. We aim to provide a platform for the exchange of the ideas in the sphere of critical knowledge and encourage debates on socially important issues related to the East European region among global academic-activist communities.