May 15, 2017
Our PhD Candidate, Guldana Salimjan, whose doctoral research focuses on ethnic Kazakhs’ lived experience of dispossession, resilience, and creative self-empowerment in China through oral tradition and storytelling, is this year’s recipient of the Charlotte Douglas Fee Graduate Award. The award recognizes both scholarly contributions and impact in the recipient’s field of research. Taking a feminist stance, Guldana studies intergenerational women’s oral histories, oral tradition, material culture and personal archives to explore women’s shifting subjectivities and strategies during drastic social changes.
The annual award of $1,000 was established in 2009 by UBC Professor Dr. Margery Fee, and honours the memory of her mother Charlotte Douglas Fee, an early feminist and peace activist.
Over the past year, Guldana has finished three chapters of her doctoral dissertation, which focuses on ethnic Kazakhs’ lived experience of dispossession, resilience, and creative self-empowerment in China through oral tradition and storytelling. She published her article “Debating Gender and Kazakhness: Memory and Voice in Poetic Duel Aytis between China and Kazakhstan” in the peer-reviewed journal Central Asian Survey, which was nominated for the Heldt Prize “Best article in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women’s and gender studies” hosted by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies.
Guldana is currently preparing a manuscript for a special issue in the peer-reviewed journal Ab Imperio, and it focuses on how women’s lament songs (joqtaw) generate place-making and kinship making. She is contributing to a translation collection titledEthnicity and Environment: New Voices from Chinese Minority Women Writers, to introduce a Kazakh author’s memoir on collectivization in Maoist era and Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Guldana is working toward dissertation submission and defense in the end of 2017.
To learn more about Guldana and her research, visit her profile here: http://grsj.arts.ubc.ca/person/guldana-salimjan/.