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'Fading Democracy: The Politics of Gender and Sexuality'

All are invited to attend “Fading Democracy: The Politics of Gender and Sexuality.” As the second of the four-part series on the state of democracy and its challenges at the beginning of the twenty-first century, this panel will focus on the fight for women’s reproductive rights and the rights of LGBTQ+ citizens in authoritarian regimes across Eastern Europe, with comparisons to the United States. This panel consists of professors and activists from Poland, Belarus, and Russia who will discuss the treatment of women and LGBTQ+ citizens by the regimes in their respective countries with the moderator, Prof. Tanya Bakhmetyeva, an associate professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies and the associate academic director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute at the University of Rochester.

Please RSVP by Thursday, April 8. You will receive confirmation of your registration. The link to the event will be sent in a reminder email on the 8th. 

Dr. Tanya Bakhmetyeva is an associate professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies and the associate academic direction of Susan B. Anthony Institute at the University of Rochester. Prof Bakhmetyeva has a wide range of research interests, including masculinity, gender and environment, ecofeminism, and gender and national identity. She is currently working on her next book project which explores political masculinity and natural diplomacy in the Soviet Union.

Dr. Magdalena Grabowska is an Associated Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, in the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is the author of the book Broken Genealogy. Women’s social and political activism post 1945 and contemporary women’s movement in Poland Recently she is co-author with Marta Rawłuszko of the chapter Polish #MeToo: When concern for men's rights derails the women's revolution, published in The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of the #MeToo Movement.

Dr. Elena Lukovitskaya is a docent at Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University in Russia where she works on the intersection of sociology, gender studies, and psychology. Her recent publication is, “Gender equality as a factor of sustainable development- Russia and EU countries comparison.”

Belarus native, Kseniya Kalaur is a current junior at the University of Rochester where she studies Communications and International Relations. During the summer of 2020, she returned to Belarus and participated in multiple protests against the current authoritarian regime. She also used to work for the Coordination Council of Belarusian opposition as a translator and copywriter.

The series continues on Friday, April 23, from 9 am to 10:30 am, when Dr. Rachel Haidu and her guests will discuss contemporary Polish political art. The panel titled “Re-negotiating Conflict” will focus on the work and practices of the contemporary artists seeking to understand why right-wing political movements have secured strong support among working-class and lower-middle-class communities outside of the biggest urban centers in Poland, and why the post-1989 transition promoted the exclusionary politics towards such communities.

The last panel discussions led by Dr. Thomas Fleischman will focus on ecological crises symptomatic of countries increasingly under the influence of nationalist parties and authoritarian governments. It is scheduled for Friday, May 7 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

The series is organized by the Ph.D. students of the Department of History and co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, the Humanities Center, the Art and Art History Department, and the Russian Studies Program.

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Friday, April 9 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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