Round table discussion “Untangling Gender— the Socialist Viewpoint”

11.05.2023, 15:00 – 16:30 (CEST)

Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO)
Speck’s Hof, Reichsstraße 4-6, 04109 Leipzig

Prof. Dr. Keti Chukhrov
Ph.D. Candidate Sasha Talaver
Dr. des. Marina Vinnik
Ph.D. Candidate GWZO Lisa Füchte

This panel will address gender undersocialism as a complex and multifaceted issue, with different perspectives on gender-based structures in the Soviet Union.
Prominent author and Professor Keti Chukhrov will discuss parts of her recently published book Practicing the Good. Desire and Boredom in Soviet Socialism (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) that deals with the impact of socialist political economy on the epistemes of historical socialism.
In her presentation, Keti Chukhrov will present the chapter: “Gender and its Social Paradigms”.
Another perspective will be presented by Ph.D. candidate from CEU Sasha Talaver. In her research
Sasha focuses on the history of the women’s movement in the Soviet Union and in the discussion
she will address the topic of “Reproductive justice as the perspective for women’s movement in
(Post-)Soviet Russia”, comparing the Soviet and post-Soviet policy-making. Dr. des. Marina Vinnik
from Leipzig University on the material of her dissertation Reimagining the Canon: Women Artists
in the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Federation will talk about women artists
in the revolutionary and early Soviet years, analyzing their visual representation on the axis of
gender and national identity.
In the moderated discussion, the three guest speakers will address broader questions such as
potential pathways towards ‘untangling’ gender in research and curatorial practice, ways of
grasping the ‘socialist viewpoint’ in a global perspective, and, ultimately, following an actor-centered approach, give examples of strategies of individual actors and groups of actors to
challenge pre-existing structures.
The discussion is open to the public. Please register by 8 May at

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