Tatsiana Shchurko

Tatsiana Shchurko

Tatsiana Shchurko

Ph.D. Candidate


Areas of Expertise

  • Critical race studies
  • Postsocialist studies
  • Politics of solidarity
  • Queer Studies
  • Decolonial theories
  • Transnational feminism


  • 2001 - 2006 BA, Psychology (specialization: Medical Psychology); Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus
  • 2006 - 2008 MA, Sociology: Visual and Cultural studies: Gender Studies; European Humanities University; Vilnius, Lithuania

Tatsiana Shchurko is a PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Associate at the Ohio State University in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Her MA thesis was about the construction of eating ‘disorders’ based on a case study of women’s Internet communities. As an independent researcher and activist, she engaged with the critical studies of the relationships between health and gender, race, class, sexuality, citizenship. Particularly, she focused on the reproductive politics,  gender and sexual education in the post-Soviet Belarus. Tatsiana also conducted a research about the Soviet state’s ideologies towards peoples from the Caucasus, Central Asia, Siberia, the Far East and the North. She explored the Soviet politics related to women of Central Asia in the 1920s-30s.

Tatsiana’s PhD research focuses on internationalist feminist solidarities. Specifically, she focuses on how transnational solidarities may play a fundamental role in establishing cross-cultural connections and a sense of agency within conditions of restraint. Tatsiana aims to reevaluate internationalist solidarities in order to consider why they are largely forgotten and how they can help us imagine contemporary forms of protest and activism for social justice today.

Publications in English

2019, forthcoming. “(Re)thinking Postsocialism: Interview with Neda Atanasoski and Kalindi Vora” (co-authored with Lesia Pagulich). Feminist Critique: Breaking with Transition: Decolonial and Postcolonial Perspectives in Eastern Europe (special issue with Balkan Society for Theory and Practice).

2018. “‘Gender Education’ in the Post-Soviet Belarus: Between Authoritarian Power, Neoliberal Ideology, and Democratic Institutions.” Policy Futures in Education: Educational Policies in Central and Eastern Europe: Legacies of State Socialism and Challenges of Semi-Peripheral Contexts (Sage Publication), 16 (4): 434—48.

2017. “Women’s Health – Nation’s Health: The Policies of Reproduction in Post-Soviet Belarus.” Gender Panic, Gender Policy, edited by Vasilikie P. Demos and Marcia Texler Segal, 24: 45—66. Advances in Gender Research. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited.

2015. “Gender Sector and Civil Society in post-Soviet Belarus.” Civil society in Belarus 2000 – 2015, edited by Valier Bulhakaŭ and Aliaksej Lastoŭski, 147—160. Warsaw: East European Democratic Center.

2014. “Children’s Rights in post-Soviet Countries: The Case of Russia and Belarus” (co-authored with Victoria Schmidt). International Social Work, 57 (5): 447—458.

Publications in Russian and Belarusian


2014. Queer-Sexuality: Politics and Practices. Edited by I. Solomatina, T. Shchurko. Minsk: Galіyafy.


2016. “’Woman of the East’: Soviet Gender Order in Central Asia between Colonization and Emancipation.” Concepts of the Soviet in Central Asia: STAB Almanac, edited by Oksana Shatalova and Georgy Mamedov, vol. 2, 178—209. Bishkek: SHTAB Press.

2016. “Representation of Women in the Textbooks on ‘History of Belarus’ (2009-2012).” Political Sphere, 24 (1): 56—77.  

2015. “‘Reproductive Labour’ as a Form of Violence: Art Practices of Resistance in Local Contexts.” Feminist (Art) Critique, edited by Olga Shparaga and Irina Solomatina, 296—321. Kaunas: Taurapolis.

2015. “‘Gender Sector’ and Civil Society: Feminist/ LGBT/ Queer – Initiatives and Practices of Implicit Discrimination.” ARCHE, 4: 152—167.

2014. “(Bio)political Games: Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Belarus.” Topos, 2/3: 108—126.

2014. “‘Hudzhum’: The Emancipation of Women in the Period of Early Soviet ‘Experiments’ in Soviet Kyrgyzstan (1918-1930).” Regain the future: STAB Almanac, edited by Oksana Shatalova and Georgy Mamedov, vol. 1,126—145. Bishkek: SHTAB Press.

2014. “Child Protection in Belarus: the Toolkit of Social Control.” Family and Childhood Policies in Post-Socialism, edited by Victoria Schmidt, Elena Yarskaya-Smirnova and Zhanna Chernova, 187—209. Moscow: Variant, Center for Social Policy and Gender Studies.

2013. “Gender analysis of the Belarusian Primary School Textbooks.” In: "Pictures in my Primer": Pedagogical Semantics of Illustrations in Primary School Textbooks, edited by Natalia Barannikova, 258—286. Moscow: Russian Academy of Education, Institute of Theory and History of Pedagogy, Russian State University for the Humanities.

2012. “‘Compulsory Motherhood’: the Female Reproductive Body as Regulated by the State (Based on the Analysis of the Newspaper ‘Sovetskaia Belorussiia’).” Laboratorium, 2: 69—90.

2009. “Focusing on Women Body: Physicians, Sociologists and Female Internet Communities about ‘Eating Disorders’.” The Journal of Social Policy Studies, 7 (3): 381—404.