UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
Friday, 20 February 2015, London
The aim of this one-day workshop is to engage critically with the under-researched topic of Soviet and post-Soviet sexualities. Prompted by the introduction of laws restricting the rights of LGBTQ citizens and the increase in homophobic violence in Russia and other post-Soviet states, there is a pressing need to understand attitudes towards non-normative sexualities, the lived experience of sexual minorities and the ways in which LGBTQ individuals and groups seek/have sought to negotiate/resist heteronormative structures and homophobia in the specific socio-political, cultural and historic contexts of the Soviet and post-Soviet space. The workshop will comprise papers from and debate among both established academics and research students from a range of disciplines and working on various aspects of the study of non-normative sexualities in the Soviet and post-Soviet space. The aim is to publish a special issue and/or an edited volume of the papers presented.
Confirmed speakers :
Philip Bullock, University of Oxford
Dan Healey, University of Oxford
Alexander Kondakov, European University of St Petersburg
Richard Mole, University College London
Francesca Stella, University of Glasgow
If you would like to participate, please send an abstract of 200-300 words to Richard Mole at UCL (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1 September 2014. Papers from researchers based in the former Soviet Union will be particularly welcome. Funds are available to make a contribution (up to 100%) towards presenters’ travel and accommodation costs. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.