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What are we studying

This project explores the changes in representations of non-heteronormative sexuality in post-Soviet Russia over the last 20 years. The main research questions of this study are:


  • How is non-heteronormative sexuality constructed in Russia? 

  • What is the role of mainstream and alternative media in this process? 

  • How have discursive representations of non-heteronormative sexuality in Russia evolved over time (1999 - 2019)? 

How will we do this

This is the first substantive interdisciplinary study in the Russian context, and will result in:

  • Academic publications – journals, books and book chapters.

  • Online database – a vital contribution to the knowledge in the absence of any systematic work on the topic. 

  • Networking events – we will host and participate in events in and beyond academia.

Who will benefit

The research beneficiaries will include:

  • Academics, media practitioners, policy-makers, human rights organisations, LGBT networks, and the general public. 

  • Impacts involves recommendations for media and policy-makers and broader discussions on the role of culture in social cohesion. 

  • A new Post-Soviet Sexualities Forum will be established, in order to provide a sustained collaborative space for research and impact.

Funded by


This Leadership Fellowship is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council project reference number (AH/R00143X/1) and is hosted by Cardiff University.

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