Olga Trufanova is a PhD student and a scholarship holder at the Graduate School of East and Southeast European Studies at the University of Regensburg. She studied Art History and Liberal Arts at Saint Petersburg State University, Bard College in the US and Free University of Berlin (2012-2016). For her Master’s, she studied Applied and Interdisciplinary History at the Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg and Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (2016-2018). In her current research project “Absorbing the Asian Frontier: Food and food-related knowledge in seventeenth and eighteenth century Siberia” she investigates the role that food and food-related practices and knowledge played in the process of exploration of Siberia and its appropriation by Muscovy and the Russian Empire in the 17th and 18th centuries. Practices and discourses around food are thereby situated in the broader context of colonial bodily practices and are complimented by the analysis of sexual practices and gender aspects of Siberia’s colonization. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, Russian and Soviet history, (post)colonial history, gender studies and body history.