Slavic Women, Feminism, Violence, War

WOMR podcasts · Slavic Women and War Marci Shores and Colleen Lucey

A discussion with two experts in Slavic culture and history, exploring history and current realities of Slavic women in the times of the Ukrainian invasion, as well as the prior invasion of Chechnya and the protests in Belarus.

Topics covered are the history and tradition of Slavic feminism leading anti-authoritarian movements, the connection between this war and culture of violence and domestic abuse, how women are participating in the fighting, and ways women are being victimized by the current war.

Trigger warning, this program discusses violence, torture, and sexual abuse.

Dr. Colleen Lucey is Assistant Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona. She is a specialist in Russian literature and visual culture of the long nineteenth century, and has published on works by both canonical writers (Fyodor Dostoevsky, Lev Tolstoy) and the texts of their lesser-known contemporaries (Avdot’ia Panaeva, Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaia). In addition to the representation of commercial sex in literature and art, her research and teaching interests include the history of Russian theatre and performance (from the nineteenth century to the present), and Russian language instruction.

Dr. Marci Shore teaches modern European intellectual history at Yale University. She received her M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1996 and her Ph.D from Stanford University in 2001; she taught at Indiana University before coming to Yale. Her research focuses on the intellectual history of twentieth and twenty-first century Central and Eastern Europe. She is the translator of Micha Gowiskis The Black Seasons and the author of Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generations Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968, The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe, and The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution. In 2018 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her current book project, a history of phenomenology in East-Central Europe, tentatively titled Eyeglasses Floating in Space: Central European Encounters That Came about While Searching for Truth. She is a regular visiting fellow at the Institut fr die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna.