Eurasian Female Ancestor Project (EFAP)

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What is EFAP?

We are a group of academic/activist women who have come together to ensure that at a time when countries in the Eurasian region engage in multiple conversations with the global community, we can help shape important discourses on national development and social progress, giving a hearing to diverse voices on the kinds of societies to which women (and men) aspire. Our editorial collective comes from various Eurasian countries and from the membership of the International Gender Studies Centre, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.

Why undertake this project?

Most importantly, the project is putting women and gender firmly and prominently on the map of Eurasia. We want to unlock new knowledge which comes from listening to the voices of women who made a difference to the world around them but who do not appear in the records of our grand historical narratives. We want you to identify such women, whether public figures or little known women, whether you discovered them in historical documents or they are alive today. What all these chosen women will have in common is that they have not been brought into the mainstream of history. Their lives, choices, thoughts, actions and contributions have not ever been celebrated. We ask you to become narrators of inspirational lives of women who, by sharing their stories with all of us, become all our ancestors. Thus we make our ancestors. The women whose lives we wish you to make known to us are not ancestors by blood but ancestors because they provide us, all of us, with a legacy of their inspirational lives.

Please see our call for submissions page for more details.

EFAP Editorial Collective (ever expanding)

Maia Barkaia, Tbilisi State University (WEF alumna)
Shafag Dadashova, Baku University (WEF alumna)
Maria Jaschok, IGS director
Ani Kojoyan, Yerevan State University (WEF alumna)
Jarkyn Shadymanova, Bishkek Humanities University (WEF alumna)
Salome Tsopurashvili, Tbilisi State University (WEF alumna)
Paul Woods, IGS Research Associate
Holly Combe, Managing Editor (
Claire Peckham, technical assistance

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