Basic Info

First Name
Last Name
Washington University in St. Louis
The Baltic States, Central and Eastern Europe
Comparative Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Scholar's Bio

Graduate student, Researcher
Short Bio

Kārlis Vērdiņš is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis and a researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art, University of Latvia. He has edited the book “Queer Stories of Europe” (2016, with Jānis Ozoliņš) and published several articles on Latvian literary culture and queer history. He has published also four collections of poems and two books for children as well as poetry translations mostly from English and Russian.

Latvian, English, Russian
Recent/Major Publications

Vērdiņš, Kārlis & Ozoliņš, Jānis. Latvian LGBT Movement and the Narrative of Normalization. Maryna Shevtsova, Radzhana Buyantuyeva (eds.). LGBT Activism in Post-Socialist Countries [working title]. Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming in 2019).

Vērdiņš, Kārlis. The Harden – Eulenburg Affair and the Latvian Image of Germans. In: Kārlis Vērdiņš & Jānis Ozoliņš (eds.). Queer Stories of Europe. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016, pp. 123–133.

Vērdiņš, Kārlis & Ozoliņš, Jānis. Latvian Queer Kharms? Relations of Sex and Power in “Gossip” by Rihards Bargais. Interlitteraria, 2/2016, pp. 305–317.