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Art, Gender and Protest

The aim of this round table is to discuss the post-Soviet long-durée from the perspective of gender, art and political activism. What does the “post” bring into the constructions of gender and in the forms of artistic expression in different post-Soviet countries?
The end of the Soviet Union usually is associated with the beginning of the transition to democracy as well as with opening space for the new styles, names and techniques in art. The Soviet ideas on equality between man and woman were challenged, while the new perspective of research on “gender” invited exploration of the interpretations of “man” and “woman” as constructed categories. However, the fascination with the promises of transition and the boom of women’s NGOs and gender studies soon seem to give space to some social skepticism about future and to criticism of the difficulties of application of “gender” to a post-Soviet realities. At the same time many Soviet objects, spaces and customs became not only subject for nostalgic feelings, but also an arena for the new activism and new constructions of gender and art. The growth of gender conservatism and the authoritarian control over freedom of speech, artistic production and gendered selves not rarely contributed to a new(?) use of the strategies and forms of resistance that were propagated by the Soviet authorities.

Viсtoria Lomasko, artist, author of the book "Other Russias" (2017) – a collection of graphic journalism illuminating the inequality and injustice at the heart of contemporary Russian society. She currently works on the new book on post-Soviet space.

Dr. Diana T. Kudaibergenova is a Lecturer in Political Sociology at the
Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. She's the author of
Rewriting the Nation in Modern Kazakh Literature (Lexington, 2017) and
Toward Nationalizing Regimes (U of Pittsburgh Press, 2020) and currently
works on a forthcoming book on protest art and selfhood under state/regime

Antonina Stebur, curator, researcher. Graduated from the European Humanities University, "Visual and Cultural Studies", School of the involved art "What to do?" (St. Petersburg). One of the organizers of the art-activist initiative #дамаудобнаявбыту, aimed at researching and analyzing gender inequality in the post-Soviet space. One of the members of the international research group AGITATSIA/Агитация, which studies art activism and political art. One of the organizers of the art-activist research platform

Dr. Nadezda Petrusenko, post-doctoral researcher in contemporary history at Södertörn University (Sweden). Her project “Narratives of Revolutionary Struggle and Construction of Post-Soviet Identities in Russia (1991-2018)” financed by The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies deals with the place of Russian revolutionary heritage in the memory politics of post-Soviet Russia. She is the author of Creating the Revolutionary Heroines: The Case of Female Terrorists of the PSR (Russia, Beginning of the 20th Century) (Stockholm, 2017).

• Martin Englund, PhD student, Södertörn University
• Dr. Yulia Gradskova, researcher, Södertörn University

Join the roundtable in Zoom Länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster.
Meeting ID: 667 6677 6429
Passcode: 665945

Tid och plats

26 augusti 13:00-15:00


Online via Zoom


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Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES)



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