Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Fifth Biennial Conference of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies

Fri, April 1, 2011 | Garrison Hall, University of Texas campus.

University of Texas, Austin, April 1-2, 2011

As we approach the 20th anniversaries of the break-up of Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union respectively, this conference offers a timely opportunity to consider the causes and legacies of these historic events from the perspective of gender analysis and by examining women's lives in particular. The conference will enable us to consider critically the extent to which gender as an element of identity formation, social relations, politics, economic activity, culture, and warfare has become—or has still yet to become—an essential category of analysis. Potential questions of engagement might include (but are not limited to): To what extent has gender become an important means for understanding conflict (military, political, social, economic) in the region? Are 'women's issues' still just that, or has there been a scholarly shift in agenda and perspective in the last two decades to consider them more generally as 'human issues'?

In framing analyses of gender and conflict how can we nuance women's (and men's) experiences, so that they are seen as agents of transformation or even destruction, rather than "re-victimizing" them as mere objects? The conference will not focus solely on Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union/CIS; indeed, we encourage prospective participants to think more broadly and thematically about the origins and legacies of these breakups and the shared historical experience of communism and the transition for the whole Eurasian and Eastern European region.

The Conference is co-sponsored by the University of Texas, Austin, Indiana University, Bloomington, and Ohio State University, Columbus, and organized under the auspices of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies.  Mary Neuburger (University of Texas) and Maria Bucur (Indiana University) want to thank our staff and our co-organizer, Nicole Monnier (University of Missouri) for their hard work on this project.

Conference Program 
All panels and the keynote speech will be held in Garrison Hall, University of Texas campus.

Friday - April 1
Panel 1, 8:30-10:15, Love, Sex and the Body 

“Erotic Fiction”? Gender, Sex and Eroticism in Vladimir Sorokin’s and Viktor Erofeyev’s Prose, Alexei Lalo, Comparative Literature, University of Texas 
Gender Differences in Expressions of Love in Contemporary Croatia
Tatiana Kuzmi
č, Slavic and Eurasian Studies, and Ted L. Huston, Psychology, University of Texas
Issues of Space and Agency in HIV Transmission Among Males in Russian Prisons, Jamie Severson, CREEES, University of Texas
Panel 2, 10:30-12:15, Gender and Agency 

Women and Everyday Citizenship in Twentieth Century Romania:  Work and Care, Maria Bucur, History, Indiana University
Agency and Autonomy: the Curtailed Power of Female Terrorists in Russia
Justine Gill, Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Alberta

Emancipation, the Press, and the Women's Liberation Movement in Russia
Angela Linhardt, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Duke University


Panel 3, 1:30-3:15, Gender Dis(order)

Gender, Age and Major Depressive Disorder in Ukraine
Margaret Chamberlin, CREEES, University of Texas
The Absence of the M/other: Maternal Abandonment, Feminine Identity and Post-Soviet Psychosis as Explored in Kira Muratova’s Ophelia (1997)
Megan McCullough, Radio, Television and Film, University of North Texas
Women on the Move: Gender and Travel in Albania
Chelsi West, Anthropology, University of Texas
Panel 4, 3:30-5:15, Patriarchy in the Bloc

“For Women it is a Duty to Give Birth, For Girls an Honor:” Patriarchy and Pronatalism in Early Communist Hungary, 1948-1956, Karl Brown, History, University of Texas
Gendering Socialist Internationalism, Kristen Ghodsee, , Gender and Women's Studies, 
Bowdoin College

Smoke-Filled Wombs: Gender and Smoking in Socialist Bulgaria, Mary Neuburger, History, University of Texas

Keynote:  6:00-7:00

Suffering and Survival: Gender in the Balkans Beyond State and Religion

Yana Hashamova, Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University t of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures and East European Languages and Literatures
Saturday April 2
Panel 1, 8:30-10:30, All in the Family 
Gendering Family Frames:  One Family’s Twentieth Century Balkan Odyssey, Melissa Bokovoy, History, and Natasha Kolchevska, Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of New Mexico 
Cultural Fundamentalism and the Traditional Family in Poland, Andrew Wise, History and Government, Daemen College
The Construct of Family and the Construction of Family in Evgeniia Ginzburg's Memoirs, Katheryne Duda, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago
Panel 2, 10:45-12:30, Gender and Violence after Communism 

Gender as a Vocation, Gender as a Crime
, Libuse Heczkova, Institute of Czech and Comparative Literature, Charles University
Violence against Women in Macedonia: Legal Equality for Unequal Citizens, Ali Musliu, Tetova State University 
Croatian Women - Breaking out of a Patriarchal Society through the Fall of Communism, War and the Road to Democracy, Kelly Lostroscio, REEI/SPEA, and Jagoda Malbasa, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Indiana University
Panel 3, 1:45-3:30, Gender in Revolutionary Times

Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams: Identity and Behavior Strategies of Women in Revolutionary Russia, Tatiana Saburova, Fulbright visiting scholar, Indiana University

Zoia Kosmodemianskaia 1986-2011: The Execution and Rebirths of the Komsomolka 
Adrienne Harris, Modern Foreign Languages, Baylor University 
Building Bridges Across Conflicts 
 The Role of Women Journalists, Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Journalism, Moscow State University
Panel 4, 3:45-5:45, Gender and War

Narrating Wartime Subjectivity: Women’s Experience in WWII, Tetyana Dzyadevych, Literature and Foreign Languages, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
Heroines in Conflict: Soviet Women, Red Army Newspapers, and Wartime Gender Discourse, Steven Jug, History, University of Illinois
More than Binding Men’s Wounds: Russian Nurses of World War I, Laurie Stoff, History, Louisiana Tech University
7:30, Reception at Littlefield House 

The conference is no longer accepting paper proposals.  The keynote session and all panels are free and open to the public.  Dinner receptions, however, are limited to conference participants and UT faculty and students, unless a special request is made by March 10th. Attendance at such events will require a $50 registration fee.  To register please send your name, affiliation, and email address along with a $50 check made out to the “Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies” to Olga Macha, 1 University Station, F3600; University of Texas at Austin; Austin, Texas, 78712.  For more information email

View Preliminary Program.

Sponsored by: the University of Texas, Austin, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ohio State University, Columbus, the department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, the University of Texas at Austin.

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