Current Bibliography

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Program for AWSS Conference
April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9

7:00 PM: Open House for all AWSS conference participants and attendees in Karen Petrone's Hotel Suite

Thursday, April 10

7:00am: Breakfast and Coffee Service

8:00-10:00am—Session 1:

Moderator: Karen Petrone, University of Kentucky

"Women, Language, and Sacrifice"
Florentina Andreescu, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Sean Quinn, University of North Carolina Wilmington

"Challenges and Prospects for Women Diplomats in Macedonia: How to move things forward?"
Penelopa Gjurchilova, Columbia University

"The Phenomenon of 'OBON' in Political Processes in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan"
Sairagul Matikeeva, The Georgia Conflict Center

"'The Hungarian Siberia': An Intersectional Analysis of Counter-Revolutionary Internment During Hungary's 'Long' World War I
Emily Gioielli, Central European University

"Counter-Revolution at the Front: Red Army Women Struggling for Soldier Status, 1943-1945"
Steven Jug, Baylor University

10:15am-12:15pm—Session 2:

Moderator: Sharon Kowalsky, Texas A&M University-Commerce

"Becoming a New Soviet Woman: Creation of the Meaning of Class and Gender in the Early Soviet Women's Press"
Elena Braginskaya, Georgia State University

"Uzbek Women on the Verge of Modernity: From the Soviet Experience to Contemporary Conventions"
Feruza Aripova, Northeastern University

"The Prostitute as Symbol of the Woman Question and Universal 'Other' in the 1920s"
Emily Schuckman Matthews, San Diego State University

"Lust, Passion, and Terror: The Construction of the Russian Nigiliska in the Fin-de-Siecle Spanish Liberal Press"
Sandra Pujals, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras


2:00-4:00pm—Session 3:

Moderator: Choi Chatterjee, Cal State LA

"Museum of Congresses: Gender, Art-Activism, and Cultural Commodity in Ukraine"
Jessica Zychowicz, University of Michigan

"Sex Education and Contraceptive Acceptance: From the Soviet Union to Russia"
Miriam Lipton, University of Oregon

"Ukrainian Women: Body, Sexuality, and Private Life Before the 1917 Revolution"
Iryna Ignatenko, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

"Delusional Devushkas: How Oppression Affects Petrushevskaya's Heroines"
Nataile McCauley, University of Michigan

"Not From Gogol's Overcoat: Reading Revolutions in Russian Women's Writing"
Katie Kahle, Brown University

"'I am very scared for Russia, and this fear is well-founded': Poet Iuliia Drunina and the Woman Veteran's Identity During Perestroika"
Adrienne Harris, Baylor University

4:15-6:00pm—Keynote Address

Janet Johnson, "Revolutionizing Gender Studies"

6:00-8:00pm—Closing Reception (Joint with Opening Reception for SCSS)

NOTE: registration fees are the same for the AWSS conference and the SCSS (two conferences for one low price—can't beat the deal). If you want to stay for SCSS, there are still spots on the program. Please contact Sharon Kowalsky ( to get included.

Participants are expected and attendees are encouraged to read session papers in advance to prepare for deeper discussion of the works presented. Papers will be made available to participants and attendees through a secure dropbox folder. If you plan to attend, please contact Karen Petrone ( so you can be given access to the dropbox. Participants will automatically be granted access.

2014 Heldt Prizes

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies invites nominations for the 2014 Competition for the Heldt Prizes, awarded for works of scholarship. To be eligible for nomination, all books and articles must be published between 15 April 2013 and 15 April 2014. Nominations for the 2013 prizes will be accepted for the following categories:

  1. Best book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies;
  2. Best article in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies;
  3. Best book by a woman in any area of Slavic/East European/Eurasian studies.

One may nominate individual books for more than one category, and more than one item for each category. Articles included in collections as well as journals are eligible for the "best article" prize, but they must be nominated individually. The prizes will be awarded at the AWSS meeting at the ASEEES National Convention in San Antonio, Texas, in November 2014. The translation prize, which is offered every other year, will be awarded next in 2015 for works published between 15 April 2013 and 15 April 2015.

To nominate any work, please send or request that the publisher send one copy to each of the four members of the Prize committee by 15 May 2014:

Choi Chatterjee, Heldt Prize Committee chairperson
Professor of History
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Yana Hashamova
Professor and Chair
Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
400 Hagerty Hall; 1775 College Road
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210

Ali İğmen, Associate Professor of History and Director of Oral History Program
California State University at Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd. FO2-116
Long Beach, CA 90840-1601

Mary Neuburger
Director, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Chair, Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Professor, Department of History
University of Texas at Austin
128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104
Austin, TX 78712-1739

6th Biennial AWSS Conference: Women, Gender, and Revolution in Slavic Studies

Wednesday evening April 9th, Opening Reception
and Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Atlanta, GA

The 6th Bienniel AWSS Conference will begin with an opening reception on Wednesday, April 9 at 6:30 PM. Please plan to arrive in Atlanta by Wednesday evening. The conference sessions will begin early on Thursday morning, April 10, and run the length of the day. We are planning to have large panels (5-6 presenters) so we will employ a hybrid workshop/conference format. We will be asking presenters to submit their completed conference papers by March 24 to a shared Dropbox folder. During each session, each presenter will be given up to 10 minutes MAXIMUM to present the major arguments of their papers. The remainder of the session will be devoted to in-depth discussion. All those registering in advance for the conference will be given access to the papers, and we hope that this format will encourage deeper discussion of the issues at hand.

The conference will culminate with a keynote address by Dr. 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. Dr. Johnson's talk will be followed by questions and an opportunity to summarize any issues raised and discussed in the sessions. After the keynote/concluding session, we will join the Southern Conference in Slavic Studies for their Thursday evening reception.

I encourage everyone to stay in Atlanta and participate in the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS). If you would like to present at the SCSS as well (or get on the program in some capacity), please let me know. If you have a different paper for the SCSS, please submit it to by January 15. Details for the Ritz-Carleton hotel and reservations for our group discount rate ($155+tax/night) can be found on the registration form.

Please contact Sharon Kowalsky at, or Karen Petrone at if you have any questions.

Download Conference Registration Form

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.

AWSS-L Listserv

The AWSS listserv, located at, is a service provided to AWSS members. The listserv carries bi-weekly job lists and daily announcements of interest to members as well as discussions on current topics and problems in Eurasian/Central/Eastern European women's studies. If you would like to post a job ad, please send the relevant information to Emily Liverman ( June Pachuta Farris and other librarians and scholars are generous with research help.

AWSS on Facebook

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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.

For further information regarding manuscript submissions and subscriptions, click here.