Ekaterina Smirnova holds a BA in Social Sciences from the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (2010) and a MA in Culture Studies, Lisbon Consortium, from the Catholic University of Portugal (2015). Her professional background includes working in the Culture and Events industry in Lisbon for over three years and a previous internship in the Educational department of the Lisbon Marionette Museum.

Ekaterina is currently a PhD student in Culture Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal. She holds a scholarship from the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) that enables her to develop her doctoral project that focuses on the relationship between creativity and censorship. She analyses the effects of power infrastructures and censorship over the individuals in the animation film industry and argues that under specific conditions censorship may foster creativity and lead to the appearance of subversive means of storytelling. Main research interests are: Visual culture, Animation, Worldmaking, Creativity, Censorship, Marionette theatre, Power relations, Subversion and Resistance.