Guldana Salimjan is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Her research interests include ethnicity and gender in China and Postsocialist Central Asia, women’s history, power and representation, identity, memory, oral tradition, and performance. Guldana has translated for National Geographic and Xinjiang Social Science Journals in Chinese, Kazakh, and English. She is also a visiting scholar at the Institute of Ethnic Literature at the China Academy of Social Science from 2015-2016.


Guldana Salimjan has published journal articles in China discussing gender relations and translation issues of Kazakh proverbs. Her current research focuses on women’s changing roles and agencies in Kazakh people’s customary life-cycle rituals and communal gatherings in the historical and political contexts of China’s Central Asia in the past sixty years. Taking a feminist stance, she looks into intergenerational women’s oral histories, oral tradition, material culture and personal archives to explore women’s shifting subjectivities and strategies during drastic social changes. This research investigates the discontinuities in intergenerational women’s gender and moral discourses due to shifted social structures for the Kazakhs, as well as the impact of ethnic minorities’ cultural (re)production on women’s everyday life and gender politics in Post-Mao China.


Debating gender and Kazakhness: memory and voice in poetic duel aytis between China and Kazakhstan:

Pan Tianshou Scholarship, Vancouver Chinese Culture and Arts Foundation and Institute of Asian Research
Graduate Student Research Award, University of British Columbia
“Outstanding Thesis of the Year”, Xinjiang University, China
Graduate Student Fellowship, Department of Education of Xinjiang Province, China
Institute of Asian Research Graduate Student Travel Grant
Central Eurasian Studies Society Best Graduate Student Paper Award
2017 Zora Neale Hurston Travel Award, The Association for Feminist Anthropology