The discordant voices in the feminist choir: post socialist feminism between “going back”, “starting from scratch” and a “post-East” re-existence

Madina Tlostanova

In her article Tlostanova analyses the options of post socialist Eastern European feminisms in today’s neoliberal condition in which they have become the semi periphery of the West. She suggests three trajectories: going back (either to pre-socialist, often patriarchal models or nostalgic memories of the Soviet period), starting from scratch, imitating Western feminism but always remaining secondary to it and finding a “post-East” existence. The roots of the latter should be in border thinking and practice as well as critical and dynamic intersectionality.