AWSS Election Ballot 2013
Candidates for Executive Board (2014-2015): (Vote for Two)
Hilde Hoogenboom is an assistant professor of Russian (PhD, Columbia University, 1996) in the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) at Arizona State University, with research in nineteenth-century Russian literature, women writers, noble culture, Russian francophone writing, lifewriting, and quantitative literary studies. Publications include many articles on Russian women writers, a collection of archival letters by the Khvoshchinskaia sisters (with Arja Rosenholm, 2002), a translation of the memoirs of Catherine the Great from French, with a substantial introduction (with Mark Cruse, 2005), and a festschrift in honor of Marina Ledkovsky (with Cathy Nepomnyashchy and Irina Reyfman, 2008). She is completing a monograph, The Rise of Russian Novels: Sentimentalism, Noble Culture, and the Literary Marketplace, which has been supported by the National Humanities Center (2000-1) and SSRC (2002-3). A second project involves quantitative literary studies and digital humanities, with bio-bibliographic compilations of women writers and the Dutch database project WomenWriters, on the reception of women writers throughout Europe before 1900. At ASU, Hoogenboom is on the advisory board for the Digital Initiative with the Institute for Humanities Research, and part of the Language Partnership initiative to institute Russian Flagship best practices. She serves on the Committee in Support of Slavic and Baltic Scholarship, which is working to restore a curator and staff to the Slavic and East European Collections at the New York Public Library and has served as the Slavic representation to the MLA Delegate Assembly (2001-6), as the president of the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association (2006-8), as the AWSS Graduate Essay Prize Committee (2002-4) and the Liaison to AATSEEL (2007-9). It would be an honor for Hoogenboom to serve on the board of AWSS to continue to promote women in our professions and scholarship. She would be especially interested in promoting digital humanities in our fields, an area in which women and Slavics is underrepresented.
Michele Rivkin-Fish is Associate Professor of Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has been studying women's reproductive health and reproductive politics in Russia since 1993, and is the author of Women's Health in Post-Soviet Russia: The Politics of Intervention (2005), which was awarded the 2006 Heldt Book Prize. She was also honored to receive the 2005 prize for best article in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Women's Studies for “Change Yourself and the Whole World Will Become Kinder: Russian Activists for Reproductive Health and the Limits of Claims Making for Women” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 18(3): 281-304. Rivkin-Fish has served as a jury member for the AWSS graduate paper prize and is eager to contribute to the AWSS by offering perspectives from the social sciences, gender studies, and fields such as public health and demography, which bridge theoretical and applied approaches to scholarship. In recognizing the need for Slavic Studies to adapt to the changing situation regarding federal funding and broader shifts in higher education, Rivkin-Fish believes it is more important than ever to ensure that gender issues remain central to arguments for our field's relevance.
Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock, Assistant Professor of Russian History at Wesleyan University, Connecticut, completed her PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 2010. She is currently working on “‘A Sacred Space Is Never Empty': Scientific Atheism, Socialist Rituals, and the Soviet Way of Life, 1954-1991,” a book that follows two distinct, yet overlapping, stories: that of Marxist- Leninist scientific atheism, as it attempted to transform religiosity and fill the space that had been occupied by religion with a distinctly Soviet spiritual content, and that of Soviet citizens, whose lives were ordered and made meaningful by Soviet beliefs and rituals. Her research interests include everyday life, ritual culture, religion and secularism, and the history of Soviet social sciences. Women are central agents in my research on Soviet spiritual culture, especially within the context of the family, and are an increasingly important subject in the history of the Soviet sociology of religion. As a member of the AWSS, Smolkin-Rothrock would hope to continue the organization's mission of bringing women scholars of different cultural and educational traditions in conversation with one another, and to help build bridges between early career scholars in the FSU and the Anglophone world.
Treasurer (2014-15): (Vote for One)
Sarah D. Phillips is Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University. I have been a member of AWSS since 2002, and from 2009-2011 I served on the AWSS executive board. I was elected Treasurer for 2012-2013, have enjoyed immensely the opportunity to serve the AWSS in this capacity, and would like to continue to do so.
My PhD is in Anthropology with a minor in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. From 2008 to 2013 I was editor-in-chief of the Anthropology of East Europe Review, a biannual edited journal of anthropological scholarship on Russia and Eastern Europe. Many of the articles published in AEER during my tenure focused on women's and gender issues, and I edited three special issues on gender (Spring 2010, Fall 2010 and Spring 2011).
Most of my research has been on Ukraine, and my primary research interests include gender, civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development, medical anthropology, HIV prevention among injecting drug users, disability studies, post-Chernobyl health and healing, and the anthropology of pharmaceuticals. I have future research plans to investigate HIV risk among female commercial sex workers in Ukraine. I have published two books with Indiana U Press, Women's Social Activism in the New Ukraine: Development and the Politics of Differentiation (2008), and Disability and Mobile Citizenship in Postsocialist Ukraine (2011), both of which include a strong gender component. (The latter book was awarded honorable mention for the AWSS Heldt Prize.)
Questions of gender in Eastern Europe also are central to my teaching. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in medical anthropology and the anthropology of Russia and Eastern Europe in which socialist and postsocialist gender formations figure prominently. I have had the pleasure to mentor some wonderful graduate students whose PhD theses focus on gender and women's issues in Ukraine, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Turkey.
I have long been dedicated to the mission of the AWSS. Having managed the accounts of the Anthropology of East Europe Review and its sponsor organization the East European Anthropology Group between 2008 and 2013, and with my year-long experience as AWSS Treasurer, I believe I am well qualified for the position of AWSS Treasurer.
Secretary (2014-2015): (Vote for One)
Heather Coleman is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Imperial Russian History at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is the author of Russian Baptists and Spiritual Revolution, 1905-1929 (Indiana, 2005) and co-editor, with Mark Steinberg, of Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Russia (Indiana, 2007). She is currently working on a book project titled, “Holy Kyiv: Priests, Communities, and Nationality in Late Imperial Russia.” She serves as editor of Canadian Slavonic Papers and as the Director of the Research Program on Religion and Culture, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. AWSS has been an important part of her development as a scholar, from her first meeting with her doctoral advisor (Diane Koenker), who handed her an application form. She was the winner of the graduate student essay prize and has long appreciated the organization's role both in promoting scholarship on and by women and in providing mentorship to scholars at various stages in their careers. As a two-time elected board member of AWSS, chair of the nominating committee for the last two years, and former secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Association of Slavists, she believes she is well-qualified for the position of secretary and would welcome the opportunity to serve the Association further in this way.
Clerk (2014-2015): (Vote for One)
Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild is Professor Emerita of Graduate Studies at The Union Institute and University, a Research Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and a Visiting Scholar at the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center. She is the author of Equality and Revolution: Women's Rights in the Russian Empire, 1905-1917 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), and an editor of Aspasia, The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History. From 1988-1994, she was the Director of the Russian School at Norwich University. She is an executive producer of the documentary film Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge.
Call for Papers
6th Biennial AWSS Conference: Women, Gender, and Revolution in Slavic Studies
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Atlanta, GA
The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is soliciting paper presentations on the theme of “Women, Gender, and Revolution in Slavic Studies” for its 6th Biennial Conference to be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Atlanta, GA. The conference will be held in conjunction with the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS), which opens Thursday evening and runs through Saturday. Participants of the AWSS Conference are encouraged to attend and participate in the SCSS conference as well (a separate CFP will be issued for that conference). AWSS Conference participants are eligible to receive the SCSS rate for the hotel, $165.00/night.
The theme of women, gender, and revolution can be approached in a variety of ways. Most concretely, the these addressed the actions of men and women in political revolution, broadly conceived, including (but not limited to) events of 1848, 1905, and 1917, events leading up to the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, and the post-Community transformations after 1989. The theme also invites the study of gendered representations of revolutionary events, and of significant transformation in gender roles at any time in Russia and East European History.
The keynote talk for the conference will be delivered by Janet Johnson, Associate Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Dr. Johnson (PhD 2001, Indiana University-Bloomington) is an expert on gender, violence, and civil society in post-communist transitions in Eastern Europe. She has published and spoken widely on these subjects. Her talk at the conference will be on “Revolutionizing Gender Studies”: Though not everyone understands it, the study of women in Slavic Studies revolutionized gender studies by clarifying that change of regime--such as from communism to post-communism--radically alters gender. Russia's recent move toward authoritarian should also make us re-think gender, this time by highlighting the role of informal networks, practices, and institutions. Gender-blind social scientists are claiming these notions as their own, even though they have been hidden there all along in gender studies, especially among those of us who study places outside of Western Europe and North America.
The conference organizers invite proposals from scholars at all stages in their careers and in any discipline of Slavic Studies (history, literature, linguistics, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, gender studies, etc.). Proposals should consist of a 250-word abstract of the paper (including the paper's title) and a brief one-page CV that includes author's affiliation and contact information. Proposals are due by December 15 to Sharon Kowalsky, Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Sharon.Kowalsky@tamuc.edu. Participants will be notified of their acceptance approximately four weeks after the proposal deadline.
Now available: WEW v7 July-September 2013.
AWSS is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Heldt Prizes:
Best book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies
Judith Pallot and Laura Piacentini, with the assistance of Dominique Moran, Gender, Geography, and Punishment. The Experience of Women in Carceral Russia (Oxford University Press, 2012)
Honorable Mention: Louise McReynolds. Murder Most Russian. True Crime and Punishment in Late Imperial Russia (Cornell University Press, 2013)
Best article in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies
Yana Hashamova, “War Rape: (Re)defining Motherhood, Fatherhood, and Nationhood” in Helena Goscilo and Yana Hashamova edited, Embracing Arms. Cultural Representation of Slavic and Balkan Women in War (Central European University Press, 2012)
Best book by a woman in any area of Slavic/East European/Eurasian studies
Karen Petrone, The Great War in Russian Memory (Indiana University, Bloomington, 2011)
Honorable Mention: Nancy Kollman, Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Best translation in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies
Vladimir Propp. The Russian Folktale (Wayne State University Press, 2012). Translated and edited by Sibelan Forrester
Find out more information on the receipients work on the Heldt Prize main page.
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Aspasia: International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History
AWSS members receive a 25% discount
ASPASIA is an English-language international peer-reviewed yearbook that brings out the best scholarship in the field of interdisciplinary women's and gender history focused on and produced in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. This region includes such countries as Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, and Ukraine. In these countries the field of women's and gender history has developed unevenly and has remained only marginally represented in the "international" canon. Through its contributions, ASPASIA transforms "European women's history" into more than Western European women's history, as is still often the case, and expands the comparative angle of research on women and gender to all parts of Europe.
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