AWSS Ballot 2014 (for 2015-2016)

Candidates for Vice President/President Elect(Select 1)

Betsy Jones Hemenway
Since 2007 I have been the Director of Women's Studies and Gender Studies at Loyola University Chicago, an interdisciplinary program with a major, a minor, and a graduate program. I also teach in the History Department. My research interests include gender and narrative in the Russian revolutions of the early twentieth century (manuscript in progress), gender and performance, and feminist pedagogy. My article "Mothers of Communists: Women Revolutionaries and the Construction of a Soviet Identity" was the winner of the 2006 Heldt Prize for the best article in Slavic/East European/Eurasian women's studies. I am beginning work on a project that will include oral histories with immigrants from the former Soviet Union currently residing in Chicago. I am honored to have been nominated as a candidate for Vice President/President-Elect of AWSS, where I have been a member for over twenty years. I was a graduate student representative in the 1990s, the editor of Women East-West from 2003 to 2005, and have been the book review editor of WEW since 2006. The work of past and current leadership has created a solid, vibrant organization that promotes scholarship of and about women in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. AWSS also provides a forum for networking and mentoring through WEW, the listserv, and other programs. Equally important, the organization provides support for graduate students, independent scholars, and colleagues in the region who may have few connections at their own institutions. As Vice President/President-Elect I would seek to build on these strengths and continue to foster professional interchange at all levels.

Melissa Stockdale
I am an associate professor of History at the University of Oklahoma, as well as affiliate faculty in Women's and Gender Studies. I teach courses in Russian and Soviet history, the history of World War I, and a graduate seminar on "War, Gender, and Society." My research specialty is the revolutionary era in Russia, with particular interest in the intersection of culture, war, and national identity. I am a co-editor of the newly published two volume work Russian Culture in War and Revolution, 1914-1922, part of a multi-volume international scholarly project on Russia's Great War and Revolution. And I am currently finishing revisions on a forthcoming monograph (Cambridge, 2015) on patriotism and national identity in World War I Russia. Winding up those big projects (finally!) means I can devote more time to AWSS, a wonderful organization I am proud to have belonged to since 2004.

Candidates for AWSS Board (3 positions available)

Nadezda Berkovich
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, specializing in Russian and Yiddish literature. I intend to defend my dissertation, entitled "The Emergence of Literary Ethnography in the Russian Empire: From the Far East to the Pale of Settlement, 1845–1917," in May 2015. For the past two years, I served as a graduate student representative on the AWSS Board. As I come to the slow end of writing my dissertation, I am reminded of the pressing matter of securing future employment. My experiences as a graduate student have made me realize how delusional my department is about the current job market. I am truly convinced that it is an ethical responsibility of any professor in any academic field, but particularly in the humanities, to prepare potential graduate students for the distinct possibility of not finding an academic job. I believe that only through making Slavic studies more interdisciplinary can the students make themselves more marketable. Not only is the job market extremely competitive, but the caring and supervising by advisers and professors has become scarce. I would like to start a discussion and establish a dialogue between professors and students regarding this essential problem.

Melissa Feinberg
Melissa Feinberg is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is the author of Elusive Equality: Gender, Citizenship and the Limits of Democracy in Czechoslovakia, 1918–1950 (2006). Her current book project examines fear as a means of political mobilization during the first years of the Cold War. Recent articles related to this project include "Fantastic Truths, Compelling Lies: Radio Free Europe and the Response to the Slánský Trial in Czechoslovakia" and "Soporific Bombs and American Flying Discs: War Fantasies in East-Central Europe, 1948–1956." Another recent article in the Journal of Women's History was inspired by her fascination with a 1944 survey of rural Bohemian women that delved into their housekeeping secrets and home décor. She is currently a fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, an institute for the study of 20th century Eastern Europe. Being one of only two women a group of twelve fellows has emphasized to her the crucial role organizations like AWSS play in the profession.

Jill Massino
Jill Massino is an Assistant Professor of European history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she teaches courses on modern Europe, Communist and Post-Communist Eastern Europe, history and memory, and gender and war. Her publications include: Gender Politics and Everyday Life in State Socialist Eastern and Central Europe, coedited with Shana Penn (2009); "From Black Caviar to Blackouts: Gender, Consumption, and Lifestyle in Ceauşescu's Romania," in Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe, ed. Paulina Bren and Mary Neuburger (2012); and "Something Old, Something New: Marital Roles and Relations in State Socialist Romania," Journal of Women's History (2010). She is currently completing a book manuscript, "Ambiguous Transitions: Gender, the State, and Everyday Life in Postwar Romania," which blends archival, legislative, and media resources with oral history interviews to examine the lived experiences of women and men in socialist and post-socialist Romania. Her new project will explore Romania's relationship with various countries in the Global South during the Cold War.

Erika Monahan
Erika Monahan received her Ph.D from Stanford University in 2007 and is Assistant Professor of Russian history at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Monahan began her historical studies in the medieval field, specialized in early modern history, and worked for years in Russia before beginning graduate school. As such, she delights in teaching the full span of Russian history. She also teaches courses on environmental history of Russia, Russian Empire, Eurasian borderlands, and commerce in the early modern world. Her first book, The Merchants of Siberia: Trade in Early Modern Eurasia, is forthcoming from Cornell University Press.

Valerie Sperling
Valerie Sperling is a Professor of Political Science at Clark University (Worcester, MA), where she has taught since 1998. Her scholarly interests in Russia include the women's movement in post-Soviet Russia and the domestic and international influences on it. She is the author of Organizing Women in Contemporary Russia: Engendering Transition (Cambridge University Press, 1999), the editor of Building the Russian State: Institutional Crisis and the Quest for Democratic Governance (Westview, 2000), and author of Altered States: the Globalization of Accountability (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Her forthcoming book, Sex, Politics, and Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia (Oxford University Press, 2014) explores the use of gender norms, sexualization, and homophobia in Putin-era Russian politics, with a focus on political activists (pro- and anti-Kremlin) and feminist activists. As a founding member of the editorial board of Politics & Gender, and having chaired the American Political Science Association's Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession (2010-12), she shares AWSS's commitment to raising the profile of women scholars and gender studies in the field.

Jessica Zychowicz
Jessica Zychowicz is a Ph.D candidate in the Slavic Department and an affiliate of CREES and IRWG at the Univ. of Michigan. She plans to graduate in May 2015. Her dissertation is on women artists and activists in contemporary Ukraine. She has published in Anthropology of East Europe Review and is currently translating a book featuring photography depicting everyday life just before the demonstrations that took place on Kyiv's Maidan. She served in 2013–2014 as a graduate student representative on the AWSS board.

Candidates for AWSS Board Graduate Student Representative (2 positions available)

Feruza Aripova
Feruza Aripova is a PhD Candidate in World History at Northeastern University, Boston. Her research primarily focuses on gender in the post-Soviet space. Feruza Aripova's academic interests include Soviet and modern Russian History. A graduate in English from the Uzbek State World Languages University, Uzbekistan (2000), she also received a B.A. in Theological Studies from LCC International University, Lithuania (2008), and an M.A. in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University (2010).

Olga Breininger-Umetayeva
My name is Olga Breininger, and I am a second-year PhD student at Harvard University. I was born in Kazakhstan, and I come to Harvard by a long way of living and learning in Russia, Hungary, Germany, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. My research interests lie predominantly in the sphere of post-Soviet literature and politics, and my future thesis will explore the relationship of energy politics and counter-terrorism on cultural production in the Northern Caucasus. Working with, and travelling around the Caucasus is probably one of the things that brings me closer to thinking about gender politics in academia; the other incentive is my interest in the Middle East, traditionally adhering to the more conservative understanding of gender and professional roles. I believe that gender politics is a topic which should be handled tactfully and responsibly, with utter respect towards diverse cultures and societies, and their practices; and as a member of AWSS I would like to contribute to embracing diversity and supporting female scholars in their careers in Slavic studies. In particular, one suggestion I would make is to reach out more actively to young female scholars still working in their degree programs, to make them more aware of the resources and assistance available to them through AWSS.

Melissa Gayan
Melissa Gayan is ABD in history from Emory University. Her research and teaching interests include nationalism and identity politics, Russia and the former Soviet Union (with an emphasis on Georgia and the Caucasus), Eastern Europe, and 20th century world history. While writing her dissertation, she also serves as a lecturer at Georgia Southern University teaching courses on Modern Eastern Europe, 20th century Russia and the former Soviet Union, 20th century War & Technology in addition to modern World History surveys. She is interested in serving with AWSS to support scholars the way she has been supported throughout her graduate programs.

Alissa Klots
I am a Ph.D. student in history at Rutgers University. I am interested in the histories of gender and labor in the Soviet context. Currently I am working on the project I started as a graduate student at Perm State University (Russia) on domestic service in the Soviet Union. In my dissertation, I look at the way the Bolshevik ambition to create a New Soviet Person forged new identities and shaped everyday experiences of women working as household help and their employers. I think AWSS should look for opportunities to work with local W&G history organizations in Central/Eastern Europe and Eurasia to foster academic cooperation across the Atlantic.

Natasha McCauley
Natalie (Natasha) is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the body and power dynamics in post-Soviet and contemporary Russian women's prose. Apart from this, her academic interests include contemporary Russian music, television, and pop culture. She is an active member of AWSS and committed to investing in and helping the community of women scholars and women's studies in Slavic. If elected as a graduate student representative, she hopes to recruit new members and increase participation in the biennial conference.

Mariya Melentyeva
I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Alberta (Canada). I completed my master's degrees at the Kharkiv Pedagogical University, Ukraine, (with Honors in History and Teaching) and at the Central European University, Hungary, (in Eastern European History). My dissertation focuses on the Constitutional Democratic Party during national elections in late Imperial Russia. It analyzes electoral policies toward the Jewish population in the multiethnic and religiously diverse Kiev province. Regarding AWSS, I consider establishing connections with international scholars especially important for advancing gender studies and bringing academic diversity to AWSS. I am particularly interested in promoting the mentoring program as a powerful tool of support for women and women's studies scholars, and also to enhance the visibility of the association and its prestige.


Deadline Extended to December 20!
Call for Papers

7th Biennial AWSS Conference: Women, Gender, and Transnationalism: Theory and Practice

March 4-5th, 2015
Lexington, Kentucky


The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is soliciting paper presentations on the theme of "Women, Gender, and Transnationalism: Theory and Practice" for its 7th Biennial Conference to be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Lexington, KY, with an opening reception on Wednesday, March 4th. The conference will be held in conjunction with the 53rd 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, $109.00/night.

Transnationalism is a new and emerging area of study and AWSS is pleased to hold an inaugural conference that interrogates both the theoretical and practical implications of this approach for the field of gender and women's studies. Participants are encouraged to think about women and gender topics in inter-disciplinary perspective. Papers can be based on comparative gender issues between two or more nations/empires, including those relating to personalities, events, and the circulation and reception of cultural products. Comparative gender studies of social and political phenomena in two or more geographical locales are also welcome, as are topics that trace personal linkages, and how ideas and theories travel across nations and empires. We also encourage submissions that address the history, politics and culture of diaspora communities originating in the Russian, Austro-Hungarian, or Ottoman empires. This conference will give us an opportunity to integrate the history of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia into world history as we explore the gendered intellectual and material linkages that span the globe.

The keynote talk for the conference will be delivered by Dr. Beth Holmgren, professor and chair of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Duke University, a specialist in modern Polish and Russian gender studies, film, and theater/performing arts history. She served as AWSS president from 2003-2005, and AAASS president (now ASEEES) in 2008. Her most recent monograph, Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and America, presents a cultural biography of the transnational actress and impresario Helena Modjeska (Modrzejewska) (1840-1909). Starring Madame Modjeska was awarded the Polish American Historical Association Oscar Halecki Prize, the ASEEES Kulczycki Prize for best on any Polish topic, the AWSS Heldt Prize for best book in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Women's Studies, and Honorable Mention for the Barnard Hewitt Prize in Theatre History from the American Society of Theatre Research. Holmgren's current research focuses on the experience and influence of Warsaw cabaret artists (both Jewish and Gentile) who served in entertainment units attached to the Polish II Corps, informally known as Anders Army, during World War II.

Her keynote lecture, which draws on this new research, is titled "Female Performers on the March with Anders Army, 1941-46: Modeling the Nation and Keeping Up with the Allies Onstage.

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 20, 2014 to Karen Petrone, Chair, Department of History, University of Kentucky, Lexington, petrone@uky.edu and Choi Chatterjee, Professor of History, California State University, Los Angeles cchatte@calstatela.edu. Participants will be notified of their acceptance approximately four weeks after the proposal deadline.

Any questions about the conference or the program should be directed to Karen Petrone (petrone@uky.edu) and Choi Chatterjee (cchatte@calstatela.edu).


2014 Outstanding Achievement Award

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award is Diane Koenker, Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was director of the Russian and East European Center at the University of Illinois from 1990 to 1996, and served as editor of Slavic Review from 1996 to 2006. Last year, she served as president of the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies after having served this organization in many other roles. A distinguished scholar, valued mentor, collaborative colleague, and advocate for gender research and women's place in academia, Dr. Koenker embodies the scholarly and collegial values espoused by the AWSS.

Dr. Koenker has generated path-breaking scholarship that has contributed significantly to modern Russian history, specifically in the fields of women's and labor history. She has published four monographs, six edited books, and numerous articles. Her dissertation project and first book, Moscow Workers and the 1917 Revolution, was one of the first works to explore questions of gender and family in the Soviet context. Throughout her career, she has insisted in her scholarship and in the classroom that gender history not be isolated from the field of Russian history, but inform and be informed by its broader research themes and methodologies. She continues to make gender a central mode of analysis even as she explores new themes, having recently published Club Red: Vacation Travel and the Soviet Dream, a monograph on Soviet tourism and leisure and its relation to family, gender, and sex.

Whether in collaborative research projects, in her department, or among her students, Dr. Koenker pursues collaborative relationships by creating an environment that encouraged mutual support and critique, and by demonstrating the value of respectful dialogue. Former doctoral students of Professor Koenker call her "a model supervisor." Many of her students are grateful for the way that she encouraged them to pursue research topics and ideas that interested them, while generously offering training and expertise in methodology. Her doctoral students have succeeded not just due to her guidance in graduate school, but also beyond it, as she willingly supplied recommendations and advice for the job market, promotions, and grant competitions. She encouraged and pushed her students to achieve their best while modelling a well-balanced life and attention to aspects of life beyond the academy. Many female students praise her as "an unparalleled role model for women in the academy," citing instances of Dr. Koenker's encouragement and defense of their place in academia.

Dr. Koenker has throughout her career worked on the issues central to the Association for Women in Slavic Studies. Not only has her research been "deeply attentive to questions of gender," but she has also questioned and worked against gender inequities in the field of Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. She has also forged new paths, becoming the first female editor of Slavic Review.

For her scholarly achievements, her advocacy of women's and gender studies, and her generous mentorship of students and fellow scholars, we honor Professor Koenker with the AWSS Outstanding Achievement Award.

2014 Mary Zirin Prize

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies is pleased to announce Galina Mardilovich as recipient of the 2014 Mary Zirin Prize.

Dr. Mardilovich received her PhD. from the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) for her thesis "Printmaking in Late Imperial Russia." While working on this degree, she served as an intern at Christie's Russian Art Department, a research assistant in the Department of Drawings and Prints and a pre-doctoral fellow at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The quality of her scholarship has led to grants from the American Philosophical Society, the Getty Research Institute, the Francis Haskell Memorial Fund, Pembroke College, the Gates Cambridge Fund, and Kettle's Yard Travel Fund. Dr. Mardilovich's history of convening academic seminars, chairing panels and presenting at conferences extends to post-degree, invited lectures in London, Oxford, St. Petersburg, and New York, this last lecture scheduled for February 2015.

In awarding the Zirin Prize to Galina Mardilovich, the committee recognizes the high degree of scholarship demonstrated in the essay submitted for our consideration, "Russkie Akvafortisty: The Society of Russian Etchers and Early Artistic Organisation in the Russian Art World, 1871-1875." Dr. Mardilovich's scholarship advances our knowledge of Russian art beyond the well-known schools of painting and into the broader societal structures which fostered, or inhibited, the advance of art in Russia. Of particular interest to the AWSS is her attention to women, expanding our appreciation for the justly celebrated position of women artists in Russia.

2014 Graduate Essay Prize

We are very pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Olga Sasunkevich of European Humanities University, Vilnius, as this year's award recipient. Dr. Sasunkevich received her degree from Greifswald University, Germany in June of 2014, and currently serves as a lecturer in the Department of Media and the executive co-director of the Center for Gender Studies at EHU. She submitted a chapter entitled "Shuttle Trade and Gender Relations: Female World in a Provincial Border Town," from her dissertation on the history of the female shuttle trade on the Belarus-Lithuania borderland between 1990 and 2011.

Dr. Sasunkevich combines the stories of individual women with a sophisticated analysis of the economic gender segregation, the female labor market, and networks of social solidarity that determine the female-dominated world of illegal or semi-legal trading in goods that vary from cigarettes to children's toys. Employing statistical data, regulatory and legal documents, and oral history interviews with eighteen women—and an innovative essay contest—her findings challenge the stereotype of women as passive victims of a post-Soviet patriarchal system, evaluating this informal economy instead as a resource used by post-Soviet women for economic empowerment.

2014 Heldt Prize

Best book by a woman in any area of Slavic/East European/Eurasian studies

Kate Brown. Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

In her outstanding second monograph, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters, Kate Brown advances a shockingly new understanding of the Cold War. Based on her deep research and detailed interviews with survivors and victims at two plutonium complexes: Ozersk in the southern Urals regions of the former Soviet Union, and Richland in eastern Washington state in the United States, Brown writes a transnational account about the nuclear age that challenges most of the conceptual foundations that undergird our field. At one level Brown recounts an exciting story of the nuclear establishments in the United States and the Soviet Union as they raced to produce nuclear grade weapons. While both commandeered labor and resources on a wartime footing, in the United States it led to the unprecedented collusion between state and corporations, and in the Soviet Union there was a belated recognition that the gulag economy had a limited shelf life. Both sides came to the conclusion that the modern consumer society was the best way to motivate people to work hard, without complaints or questions. Brown writes a deeper and counter-intuitive history of modernization where access to consumer goods, good schools, individual living space, and "safe" communities for some comes at the cost of relinquishing democratic rights of freedom of expression, accepting social inequality, and turning a blind eye to the horrific damage to the environment and public health. It is ironic that American economic "plenty" and Soviet "dearth" produced similar ecological and public health results, and not surprisingly, both governments tried to block Brown's access to the records. Brown's new paradigm of the Cold war will inspire debates among Russian and American historians, and scholars of globalization, world, transnational, and environmental history will benefit greatly from her morally compelling and elegantly framed arguments. The AWSS Committee is very proud to award the Heldt Prize in the category of Best Book by a Woman in Slavic/East European/Eurasian Studies to Dr. Kate Brown.
Honorable Mention: Madeleine Reeves, Border Work: Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014.

Border Work: Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia is an extraordinary account of the relationship between the state and society. Its author, anthropologist Dr. Madeleine Reeves, understands the ethnographies of the people and their politicians well in the borderlands of the Ferghana Valley, the meeting place of three former Soviet republics, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Dr. Reeves successfully captures the messy history of territory and border construction during the twentieth-century in Soviet Central Asia. She also illustrates the urgent ways in which the current modes of governance have mutated and sustained in real life circumstances. Her account pays special attention to the intimate and intimidating "gaps" of the "chessboard" or sieve-like borders of the Ferghana Valley. Border Work exposes the complexities and contradictions of the post-Soviet drive for legitimate independence and undocumented realities of everyday labor, trade and movement. Dr. Reeves's deep engagement with the people of these border towns, coupled with her sophisticated theoretical analyses of gendered lives demonstrates the previously unexplored capabilities of the people of this region. This remarkable book enriches the scholarship on the study of borders by engaging everyday practices of rural populations and their interactions with authority figures such as "a pair of conscript soldiers with Kalashnikov rifles, a paper ledger, and a stamp." Dr. Reeves' book has received Honorable Mention in the category of Best Book by a Woman in Slavic/East European/Eurasian Studies.

Best book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies

Jenny Kaminer, Women with a Thirst for Destruction: The Bad Mother in Russian Culture. Evanston, ILL: Northwestern University Press, 2013.

Lucid and accessible, Women with a Thirst for Destruction: The Bad Mother in Russian Culture differs from previous gender studies on the mother archetype in Russian culture not only in its detailed analysis of representations of the bad mother in three crucial periods of Russian and Soviet history, but also in posing two key questions about the multifaceted and intangible central maternal figure in Russian culture. By focusing on the three upheavals, the Emancipation of the serfs, the Russian Revolution, and the collapse of the Soviet Union, which intensely impacted the mother-discourse, and the decades after them, Jenny Kaminer asks whether the bad mother reasserts the centrality of the mother archetype or if it reveals the imperfection of this figure which can no longer sustain the same cultural power as it had in early times. Well worth reading, the perceptive gender analysis of contextualized literary works and its reflective quality build a captivating argument and present a major contribution to Russian gender and cultural studies. This rich, powerful, and thought-provoking account by Dr. Kaminer has been awarded the Heldt Prize in the category of Best Book in Slavic/East European/Eurasian Women's Studies.
Honorable Mention: Paula Michaels, Lamaze: An International History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Dr. Paula Michaels' Lamaze: An International History offers a fascinating recounting of the history of the well-known method of relaxation that so commonly accompanies natural childbirth today in United States. What is less known and offered in detail in this well-researched and beautifully written monograph, is that the practice originated in the Soviet Union during the early years of the Cold War. With an innovative transnational approach, Michaels traces how French scientist, Ferdinand Lamaze visited the Soviet Union in 1951 and "discovered" the method, while witnessing its use in natural (drug-free) childbirth. This technique, psychoprophylaxis (conditioned response), grew largely out of the famous methods developed earlier by the famous Russian/Soviet scientist, Ivan Pavlov. Dr. Lamaze popularized the method in France in the 1950s, and "Lamaze" made its way to the US in the 1970s, where it has retained its popularity. Michaels tells this complex story through her adroit reading of a wide variety of sources, in a history that addresses many of the concerns of social, political and intellectual history, as well as the history of science. Paula Michael's monograph has received Honorable Mention for the Heldt Prize in the category of Best Book in Slavic/East European/Eurasian Women's Studies.

Best article in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies

Francesca Stella, "Queer Space, Pride, and Shame in Moscow," Slavic Review, no. 3 (Fall 2013).

In this nuanced and complex essay about the LGBT movement in Russia and its attempts to achieve inclusion and visibility within Russia as well as abroad, Stella examines the constraints that local movements face when they are endorsed by powerful global actors and transnational organizations in the face of government oppression at home. Based on extensive research in Moscow as well as in the provinces, the article demonstrates that the LGBT community has been able to claim neighborhoods, bars, and cultural spaces in Moscow as their own and has been accorded a level of tolerance as long as their members keep a low profile and do not openly advertise their lifestyle choices. Although Moscow aspires to be a multicultural and diverse global city, the avowed homophobia of the Kremlin and that of the Muscovite cultural and political authorities, prevents it endorsing the vociferous Gay Pride demonstrations that have become customary in cities around the world during the last decade. Stella deftly shows that the LGBT community in contemporary Russia has to navigate the rocky shoals of both local and transnational politics in order to create an authentic movement that is not a replica of global models, while warding off the unwarranted intrusions and violence against them that is covertly sanctioned by the Kremlin. The Committee awards Francesca Stella the prize for the Best Article in Slavic/East European/Eurasian Women's Studies.

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