Yulia Gradskova to speak on 'The Soviet Campaign for Emancipation of "Woman of the East” in the 1920s-1930s, Decolonial perspective"'
As part of the International Seminar Series in Sociology, the School of Sociology will hold the lecture by Yulia Gradskova (Södertörn University, Sweden) on 'The Soviet Campaign for Emancipation of "Woman of the East” in the 1920s-1930s, Decolonial perspective"'.
This presentation is dedicated to the exploration of the contradictory phenomenon of the Soviet gender politics towards so called “woman of the East”. The object of the Soviet emancipation politics was constructed as “backward” and docile; it ignored developments in many Russian imperial borderlands with respect to women’s education and rights on the eve of 1917. I see the Soviet politics of emancipation of the “woman of the East” as combining elements of the civilizing mission of the imperial politics with revolutionary anti-colonial slogans. It makes these politics to be quite unique and difficult for analysis. The use of decolonial perspective helps to deconstruct the narrative on emancipation and to understand present day developments in the national autonomies. In order to explore the Soviet politics I use Soviet publications and silent films.
Date and time: Tuesday, December 3, 6.10 pm
Location: 11 Myasnitskaya, room 325
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