ZOiS Research Colloquium

Securitisation of sex work and coping strategies of female sex workers in Tajikistan

Karolina Kluczewska is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen

State actors in Tajikistan view sex work as a threat to the nation in the context of two concurrent processes: nation-building centred around the family unit, and the fight against HIV/AIDS. Drawing on critical security studies and feminist perspectives on security research, I explore the narratives, laws, and practices that are deployed to limit sex work, but also consider how security frameworks are experienced and navigated by female sex workers on a very local level. 

ZOiS Research Colloquium

In cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) is inviting scholars to participate in a new multidisciplinary research colloquium starting in the 2021 summer semester. The colloquium is intended to serve as a forum to discuss work in progress by PhD candidates, postdocs, and established researchers whose work in the social sciences focuses on Eastern Europe. The aim is to establish a permanent meeting point in the Berlin-Brandenburg area for people engaged in research on Eastern Europe. The research colloquium will take place online every second Wednesday at 6pm during the semester. We will send the access data shortly before the beginning of each session.

If you wish to participate, please register with Anja Krüger (events(at)zois-berlin(dot)de).


  • Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse, Zentrum für Osteuropa- und internationale Studien
  • Prof. Dr. Katharina Bluhm, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Kropp, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Silvia von Steinsdorff, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Timm Beichelt, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
  • Prof. Alexander Libman, Freie Universität Berlin


Anja Krüger
Communications Coordinator