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Lecture Series: Doing Gender in Eastern European Art | Colloquium

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Technische Universität Dresden, Department of Slavic Literatures


Cultural studies Gender studies Literary studies Other Slavic studies


Central and Eastern Europe Contemporary history


About the Series

In Eastern Europe of the 2010s and early 2020s, the notion of gender became the focus of social debates and political actions. Art performances, interactive exhibitions, pedagogical projects, poetry interventions and other multimedia projects has been and are not only an essential part of the intellectual boom of feminist (sub)cultures and queer communities today. They are also a major crossroad and a mirror of other current discussions: on social inequality, political repressions, ecology or the suppression of collective memory. At the same time, the topic of gender provides an important impetus for the formation of communities with shared identities that run counter to the ideological mainstream and the politics of populism and propaganda.

In this lecture series, academics, activists and artists from different countries and various research fields will analyze peculiarities of aesthetic gender landscapes in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland. The focus will be on the recent and most recent periods (2010-2020s), when in a number of regions of Eastern Europe conservative and sometimes even patriarchal-sexist laws has been adopted, which discriminated sexual minorities and legalized domestic violence.

We will be interested in the following questions: What is the most topical agenda of artistic gender practices today? What is post-feminism, ecofeminism or digital queer? How does gender relate to other social and political issues in Eastern Europe? What does the culture of art participation look like today from a gender perspective (for example, within the framework of the so-called aesthetics of motherhood and care)? How are these practices mediatized and what public spaces do they engender?


The lectures will be held online on Zoom. No registration is required to attend on our meetings. You are cordially invited to participate!

Summer Term 2022, Monday 6:30 PM (CET)First lecture starts on April 25


Meeting-ID: 842 6285 0737Code: $T=ND6=C


April 25, 2022Opening Lecture From the Revolution of Dignity to War: Critical Art Practices and Gender in Ukraine since 2013 - Jessica Zychowicz (Kyiv) 

April 25, 2022Opening Lecture From the Revolution of Dignity to War: Critical Art Practices and Gender in Ukraine since 2013 - Jessica Zychowicz (Kyiv) 

May 16, 2022Care and Horizontality: Ukrainian, Russian and Belorussian Women‘s Art Today- Anastasia Spirenkova (Paris)

May 23, 2022Russian Feminist Poetry: From Trauma to a Political Manifesto- Yulia Podlubnova (Moscow)

May 30, 2022Is Feminism Born Between Highbrow and Lowbrow Art? The Testiminies from Belarus- Irina Solomatina (Minsk) & Victoria Schmidt (Graz)

June 13, 2022Cyberfeminism in Theory and Practice: From the 1990s to the 2020s- Alla Mitrofanova (Saint-Petersburg)

June 20, 2022Russian Feminism in the Last Decade: From Feminist Art Exhibitions to AntiWar Resistance- lla Rossman (London)

June 27, 2022People and Plants in Wartime: Alevtina Kakhidze‘s Art Practice and the (Im) possibility of Dialogue- Vitaly Chernetsky (Lawrence, Kansas)

July 4, 2022Care Outside the Comfort Zone: The New Gender Politics of Performance Art in Russia- Angelina Lucento (Moscow)

July 11, 2022Demasculinize or Castrate? Only Weak Images Will Survive- Roman Osminkin (Saint-Petersburg)

Further details

Dr. Tatiana Vaizer
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