Södertörn University has converted to distance education – no teaching on university premises from Wednesday 18 March

The Swedish Government recommends that after 18 March all higher education institutions move to distance education. Södertörn University has followed this recommendation and there will be no teaching on university premises until further notice. This is likely to apply throughout the spring semester. All written examinations will be replaced by other forms of examination for the entire spring semester. Students are asked to stay updated about their course or programme via SH-StudyWeb. Staff and students can access the university premises with their keycards and both Infocenter and the library are open.




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Yulia Gradskova

Associate Professor

Senior Lecturer

I defended my PhD "Soviet People with Female Bodies" (2007). Currently my research is focused on Women's International Democratic Federation, the Cold War and the Third World

Culture and Education


In 2007 I defended PhD dissertation in History (Södertörn University). I also have MA degree in Political Sciences (Central European University, Budapest, 1996). My research interests include Soviet and post-Soviet gender and social history, decolonial perspective on gender and politics as well as global and transnational history. I employ oral history approach in a big part of my research.
In my dissertation, "Soviet People with Female Bodies: Performing Beauty and Maternity in Soviet Russia" in the mid-1930s-1960s" (Stockholm University, 2007), I explored how discourses on maternity and beauty were changing. Also I analyzed how experiences of being a mother of a small child and of making yourself to look nice and attractive were remembered by women living in Moscow, Ufa (Bashkortostan) and Saratov.

My postdoctoral research project in the Center for Baltic and East European Studies,C BEES (Södertörn University, 2010-2012) was dedicated to the critical revision of the Soviet politics of "emancipation" and "culturalization" of women in former imperial borderlands. The special focus of my research was Volga-Ural region and Muslim women. I published several articles and book chapters resulting from this project. In particular, I showed that the Soviet “emancipators” ignored all the national movements’ activism for education and rights of women (Tatar, Bashkir, Mari and other) before 1917 in order to present themselves as “emancipators” of the “docile Muslim woman” and “woman of the East”. Bolshevik practices of emancipation had a lot of similarities with the Russian imperial politics with respect to education of non-Russian women.
I was taking part in two research projects: “Family and the Strong State: Emancipation or Coercion” (2008-2010, financed by the Baltic Sea Fundation, Södertörn University) and “Mourning Becomes Elektra: Gender Equality and Human Rights” (2010-2014, financed by the Swedish Research Council, Stockholm University). These projects resulted in co-editing and co-authoring several books: “Institutionalizing Gender Equality. Historical and Global Perspectives” (Lexington Books, 2015 – with Sara Sanders) and “And They Lived Happily Ever After. Norms and Everyday Practices on Family and Parenthood in Russia and Eastern Europe” (CEU-press, 2012 – with Helene Carlbäck and Zhanna Kravchenko).

Currently I am involved in researching transnational solidarity movement with Chile (1973-1989). Together with Monica Quirico we have published materials of the witness seminar dedicated to solidarity in Sweden – “Solidaritet med Chile, 1973-1989” (Institute of Contemporary History,2016).
I am also involved in research usung comparative - postcolonial and postsocialist - perspective.

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