Olena Hlazkova

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Olena Hlazkova is a PhD Candidate in Slavic Languages and Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta with research interests primarily in gender/women’s studies and literature of migration. Her current research focuses on textual representation and evaluation of Ukrainian women-emigrants in contemporary literature of migration. Olena has been working as a research assistant on the project “Technologies of Popfeminist Activism” for the past three years. In 2013 she delivered a guest lecture dedicated to the issues of popfeminism entitled Feminism Without Boundaries: Eastern and Western Perspectives (Russia, Ukraine, Germany). In it she compared awkward performances of Pussy Riot, FEMEN, and Lady Bitch Ray discussing the role of mass media in the feminists’ activism and construction of their perception by general public. Her most recent presentation Glocalizing Feminism: Russian Context explored the Russian feminist collective Pussy Riot within the Russian feminist tradition, emphasizing the band’s Russian (Orthodox) identity as well as addressing the role of globalization to their enormous success with the Western celebrities and media. Olena graduated from the State Pedagogical University of Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine with a MA (honours) in English and German Languages/Literature in 2009.