A lecture by Dr. Maria Mayerchyk (Ethnology Institute of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) & Olga Plakhotnik (Open University)
Analyzing the 2013-2014 events in Ukraine - the peaceful #EuroMaidan protests, the violent Maidan conflicts, annexing of Crimea, civil unrests in Eastern regions of Ukraine and Russian military aggression towards Ukraine - became a big challenge for transnational feminist theory. What kind of critique did Ukrainian feminists elaborate for violent protests, nationalist excitement, and war? How could an interpretation of Ukrainian events by feminist, left, and liberal democratic intellectuals be situated at the intersection of national, post-Soviet, and post-colonial perspectives, and in the context of critical feminist/ queer studies?
Our study is an endeavor to open a critical feminist dialogue about feminisms in post-Maidan Ukraine. We analyze the discursive mechanisms of empowerment and othering, resistance and commodification of the protest conducted by different communities within different forms of civic activism. Juxtaposing a postcolonial feminist critique and a feminist theorising of temporality, we call for deconstruction, de-naturalization, and de-essentialization of the concepts of nation, women, Ukrainians, feminist, contesting their historical-geopolitical localities, temporalities, and contextualities.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures and Human Rights in Transit.