WOMEN IN POLITICS: NEW APPROACHES TO THE POLITICAL

The Educational Feminist Journal, ISSN 1805-4935 (Print), 1805-4943 (Online)

Notes on the Contributors:

 

Svetlana Aivazova holds a Doktor Politicheskikh Nauk Degree. She is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Comparative Political Science at the Russian Academy of Sciences. She is a Member of the Council for Civic and Human Rights Development at the President of Russian Federation. She is an author of several books and articles on the history and theory of the women’s movement, including “Women in the maze of equality (Zhenschiny v labirinte ravnopravia)” (Moscow, 1998), “Gender equality in the context of human rights” (Moscow, 2001), and “Fundamentals of recognition and assessment of women’s discrimination in the labour market” (Moscow, 2007).

 

Veronika Cherkasova (1959-2004) was an independent Belarusian journalist. In her writings, Cherkasova problematized the past and present state of Belarus and called attention to burning issues in Belarusian society. She published widely in independent Belarusian media, including “Belgazeta”, “Belarusskaya Delovaya Gazeta”, “Golas Radzimy”, “Nasha Svaboda” and “Salidarnaść”. Charkasova was brutally murdered in her apartment in Minsk on October 20, 2004; the circumstances that led to her death remain unclear. Cherkasova’s writings are published in a posthumous collection entitled “Krasnym Pobelomu: Stat’i, Ocherki, Esse” (“Red on White: Articles and Essays”) (Moscow, 2005). More information about Cherkasova’s life and works is available at: www.veronikacherkasova.org, groups.google.com/group/veronika-cherkasova

 

Don Collymore landed in Toronto 12 years ago with no plan and very little money but he had a goal of exploring his queer identity. Through his various adventures and misadventures he came to a point of self-acceptance and “diva-ine” strength. He became a grass-roots organizer and social activist in Toronto. He fights against racism and promotes acceptance in Queer Communities and beyond. He works with different social activist groups within bear communities.

 

Elena Gapova is the Founding Director of the Centre for Gender Studies at the European Humanities University. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University.  She also is the editor-in-chief of the electronic newsletter of the International Association for the Humanities “The Bridge-Мост” (www.thebridge-moct.org). Elena Gapova’s research interests include gender, nation and class in post-communist societies; gender politics in the early USSR; post-Soviet intellectuals and the transformation of academia. She has edited four collections of essays "Over the Wall / After the Fall: Post-Communist Cultures through an East West Gaze" (Indiana University Press, 2004), "Women on the Edge of Europe (Zhenschiny na kraju Evropy)" (Minsk, 2003), "Women Histories in Eastern Europe (Zhenskie istorii vostochnoi Evropy)" (Minsk, 2002) and "Anthology of Gender Theory (Antologia gendernoy teorii)" (Minsk, 2000). She is a creator and editor of a series of wall calendars entitled "Women of Belarus: A Social History" (Minsk, 2000-2006). She has published in "Nationalities Papers", "Studies in East European Thought", "Gendernye Issledovania", "ARCHE", "Neprikosnovenniy Zapas" and other academic journals. Website: wmich.academia.edu/ElenaGapova

 

Nikolai Gorbachov is a student in the Master of Arts Program in Cultural Studies at the European Humanities University. His research interests include gender and queer studies, sexuality studies, and issues of normativity in post-soviet countries.

 

 

 

Oleg Gordienko is a Belarusian historian and an editor of the Nasha Niva web-site (www.nn.by). His research interests include Belarusian migration and history of Belarusians in the United States of America. Gordienko authored a book “Belarusian Congress Committee in the Unites States of America” (2009).

 

Galina Gorelova is a woman composer, professor, chair of the Composition Department at the Belarusian State Academy of Music. Born and raised in Minsk, Gorelova graduated from the Belarusian State Conservatory in Dmitry Smolsky’s class of 1977. She continued her postgraduate studies in Anatoly Bogatyrev’s assistantship and Yury Fortunatov’s master classes at the Moscow Сonservatory. Gorelova teaches composition and theoretical music subjects. She won the Belarusian State Music Award for a cantata “Anno mundi ardentis” in 1992. Gorelova’s works are performed in Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and USA.
 

Elena Gutina is a Belarusian woman composer and member of the Belarusian Union of Composers. She graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Music with degrees in piano and composition. Gutina won several international music awards in piano and composition. She writes music for theatre and silent movies.

 

Carol Hanisch is an American feminist, activist, organizer, author, editor, and graphic artist. She studied journalism at Drake University and worked briefly as a reporter before she volunteered in the Mississippi Civil Rights in the 1960s. She was a founding member of New York Radical Women (NYRW) in 1967, had the original idea for the Miss America Protest (1968), wrote the groundbreaking paper “The Personal is Political” (1969), and was an editor of Redstocking's book “Feminist Revolution” (1973), and founding editor of the journal “Meeting Ground” (1978 – 1992). She has participated in local environmental struggles and in movements against racism, U.S. imperialism, and South African apartheid. More information about Carol Hanisch's achievements and writings is available on her website: www.carolhanisch.org

 

Evgenia Ivanova, LLB, has a Masters in Gender Studies and a Masters in the Sociology of Law. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. She is a lecturer, coordinator, and research associate at the Centre for Gender Studies at the European Humanities University. She is a Co-Chair of “ADLIGA” – the International Centre for Gender Initiatives: Women for Full Citizenship. She also is the editor-in-chief of a Belarusian- and Russian-speaking educational feminist almanac "Women in Politics" - "Zhenschiny v politike: novye podkhody k politicheskomu". Her research interests include feminist political theories, human rights, gender and citizenship, body and politics, biopolitics, and Chernobyl. She со-authored several textbooks in gender studies, including “Sex/Gender: A Handbook for Lawyers (Pol/Gender: Posobie dlia yuristov)” (Minsk, 2004) and “Sex. Gender: A Handbook for Social Service Officers (Pol. Gender: Spravochnoye posobie dlia gosudarstvennykh sluzhaschikh)” (Minsk, 2005). Website: oxford.academia.edu/EvgeniaIvanova

 

Uladzislaŭ Ivanoŭ (who sometimes publishes under the pen name of Uladzislaŭ Harbatsky) is a Belarusian political scientist, ethnologist and translator. He teaches at the European Humanities University. His research interests concern Belarus, religious movements, language politics, feminist and queer theories. His works are published in the journals “ARCHE”, “Palitychnaya Sfera”, “Topos” among others. He has also authored a book entitled “Ab feminizatsyi belaruskai movy” (“On the Feminization of the Belarusian Language”) (Leicester, 2012).

 

Margarita Jankauskaite, Ph.D., is an art historian, social activist, and university instructor. She started to work for NGOs dedicated to women’s rights and gender issues in 2003 and demonstrated her expertise in gender equality policies, gender representation in mass culture, and gender biased violence. Jankauskaite led several projects on gender mainstreaming, men in gender equality, and gender equality in education. She served as an expert in gender issues in Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Georgia, and Turkey. In 2009-2011 she worked as a United Nations Development Programme expert and a trainer in Ukraine. In 2004-2006 she was elected as Ambassador for Diversity against Discrimination in Lithuania. The US embassy awarded Margarita the award of Women of Courage in 2011. Jankauskaite was nominated and selected by the European Institute for Gender Equality as one of twelve members of the “Women Inspiring Europe” calendar in 2012.

 

Palina Kachatkova (Stsepanenka), M.A., is a writer, literary critic, and journalist. Kachatkova worked in the Museum of Maksim Bahdanovich; she currently works for the human rights, non-forprofit organisation “Vyasna”. Kachatkova works on issues such as the democratization of Belarus, the development of the non-forprofit sector in the 1980s, and against the death penalty in Belarus. Kachatkova wrote scripts for a number of documentaries and feature films, including “Gastarbeiter” (2008), “Sys pra sysa” (2010), “Pustazelle” (2011), “Prychyna smertsi – prochark” (2011), “Ubyl po prigovoru” (2012), “Shests argumentaŭ sutrats smiarotnaga pakarannia” (2013), and “Liudvika” (2013). She authored literary works entitled “Paet” (1995) and “Matyli” (2012).

 

Olga Karatch is a Belarusian political activist and journalist. She holds a Master of Arts in Political Science. She is the Vitebsk Region Chair of the United Civic Party of Belarus (Ob'edinennaya Grazhdanskaya Partiya) and a Board Member in the United Civic Party. She is co-founder and co-chair of “ADLIGA” – the International Centre for Gender Initiatives: Women for Full Citizenship. She is also chair of the International Centre of Civic Initiatives "Nash Dom". In 2008, Olga was awarded the title of "Human Rights Activist of the Year" from the Belarusian Chapter of Amnesty International. She received an International Award for Civil Courage in Germany in 2010.

 

Natalia Koulinka holds the Kandidat Filologicheskikh Nauk Degree in gender communication from Belarus State University. Currently she is a doctoral student at the Department f History of Conscience of University of California in Santa Cruz. She explores political communication in post-Soviet Belarus and works on the history and theory of the Soviet school of journalism. She is also interested in gender education and is an author, co-author and editor of handbooks on gender for journalists, lawyers and public officials, including “Sex/Gender: A Handbook for Journalists (Pol/Gender: Posobie dlia zhurnalistov)” (Minsk, 2002).

 

Alina Kroushinskaya, M.A. in gender studies, is a Belarusian journalist, photographer, and project coordinator for LitPro (European Humanities university). Between 2005 and 2014 Krushinskaya contributed to a multimedia project “Mag34” (Belarus). She authored a photo-project entitled “Like a Boy” published in “Kvir Seksualnost: politiki i praktiki” collection of essays (2014).

 

mikaela is an anonymous Russian feminist artist and radical feminist. She is a member of the Moscow Feminist Group. mikaela specializes in street art and stencil graffiti. mikaela has created works in the streets of Kiev, Moscow, Barcelona, and Edinburgh. She also participated in the “Feministskiy karandash” (“The Feminist Pencil”) art project. Her art works investigate women’s herstories, the personal as political, gender-biased inequality, social invisibility and the mechanics of power division, and discursive expressions of marginal groups, including women, children, people with disabilities and artists. Website: www.m-i-k-a-e-l-a.livejournal.com

 

Elena Minchenia holds a Master of Philosophy in Gender Studies. She is a lecturer, research associate and board member with the Centre for Gender Studies at the European Humanities University. Her research interests include the sociology of emotions, theories of affect, studies of protest and social movements, the geopolitics of Eastern Europe, feminist theory and the intersectionality of gender, class and citizenship. Elena served as an expert in gender studies for several international educational and non-profit projects. She is the editor of the book entitled “Genderniy likbez”(Vilnius, 2013).

 

Marcos Daniel Moldes has a Master of Arts in Communication and Culture from York University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. His doctoral dissertation analyzes the issues of diaspora, belonging and emotion. His other research interests include queer body politics, and the intersections of race, class, sex and gender. Website: sfu.academia.edu/MarcosMoldes

 

Marina Naprushkina is an artist and political activist from Belarus. She works with various media, including painting, video and installation. Her main current project “The Bureau of Antipropaganda” analyzes mechanisms of political propaganda in present-day Belarus. She had personal exhibitions in Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Italy, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Austria, Germany, and other countries. Website: www.office-antipropaganda.com

 

Aleksey Naumchik is a Belarusian photographer and lecturer in photography. He specializes in documentary photography and reportage. Naumchik’s works were exhibited in Belarus, Canada, Germany, Poland, and Russia. He is featured in the photography book entitled "BY NOW: Contemporary photography from Belarus" (published in Germany in 2013). Website: alekseynaumchik.com

 

Svetlana Naumova (1956-2011) was a Belarusian political scientist, civic educator, and political activist with the campaign “Speak the Truth” (Gavary praŭdu). She held a Kandidat Filosofskikh Nauk Degree and authored several articles and books, including the textbook “What One Needs to Know About Politics (Chto nado znat’ o politike)” (ROSTMiros, 1997) and “Sex/Gender: A Handbook for Journalists (Pol/Gender: Posobie dlia zhurnalistov)” (Minsk, 2002). Naumova published her work in the independent Belarusian analytical online portals “Nashe Mneniye”and “Belintellectuals” among others. After she passed away a Professional Award for Politicians, Analysts and Journalists was established to commemorate her professional achievements.

 

Elena Nizeenko, M.A. in gender studies and M.A. in psychology, is a Russian independent researcher and journalist. She also consults for a telephone helpline. Nizeenko’s research interests are GLBTQ, transgender studies, queer studies, sexuality, gender and power.

 

Serguei Alex Oushakine is an Associate Professor at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, Princeton University. He received his degree of Kandidat of Political Science from St. Petersburg State University and then earned a PhD (with distinction) in Anthropology at Columbia University. His research examines transitional periods in Russia's twentieth-century history. Based on fieldwork in Siberia between 2001 and 2003, his book “The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War, and Loss in Russia” (Cornell University Press, 2009) documents how the social ties to and identification with the Soviet state were gradually replaced by negatively structured forms of patriotic attachment after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Oushakine has also authored a monograph "Pole pola" (Vilnius, 2007) and several edited collections of essays "Semeinye uzy: modeli dlia sborki" (Moscow, 2004), "O muzhe(N)stvennosti" (Moscow, 2002), and “Travma-punkty” (Moscow, 2009).  His areas of interest include the intersection of crime and consumption, postcolonialism in Eurasia, and the symbolization of law and violence in Soviet and post-Soviet popular culture. His articles have appeared in “American Anthropologist”, “Cultural Anthropology”, “Public Culture”, “Ethnos”, “Theory, Culture & Society”, “Europe-Asia Studies”, "Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie", "Ab Imperio" and other journals. Website: princeton.academia.edu/oushakine

 

Almira Ousmanova is a Professor in the Department of Media and Director of the Master of Arts program in Cultural Studies at the European Humanities University. Her major publications include: “Umberto Eco: Paradoxes of Interpretation” (2000); “Gender Histories from Eastern Europe” (co-edited with Elena Gapova and Andrea Peto, 2002); “Bi-Textuality and Cinema” (ed., 2003), “Gender and Transgression in Visual Arts” (ed., 2006), “Visual (as) Violence” (ed., 2007), “Belarusian Format: Invisible Reality” (ed., 2008). Her current book project is entitled “Representation and History: The Cinematic Images of the ‘Soviet’”. Website: www.gender-ehu.org/?193_2

 

Andrzej Tichomirow, M.A. in East-Central European and Post-Soviet Studies, is a Belarusian historian and cultural studies scholar. Currently he is a doctoral candidate in history at Polish Academy of Sciences. Tichomirow’s research interests include history of ideas in the 19th century, national minorities in Belarus and Central–Eastern Europe. His articles are published in “Belaruski histaryczny ahliad”, “ARCHE”, “Przegląd Wschodni”, “Obóz”, “Ukraina Moderna”, “Neprikosnovenniy zapas”, “Belarusian Review” and other journals.

 

Catherine Owen is a doctoral candidate in Russian Politics at the University of Exeter, UK. Her doctoral research focuses on collaboration between the government and non-governmental organisations on matters relating to human rights. Owen’s wider research interests include the effects of neoliberal economic policies on the Russian NGO sector, neoliberal modes of governance in contemporary Russia, and grass-roots social movements in Russia. She blogs regularly in Russian and English for “ThinkIR”, “Cogita.ru” and “Foreign Policy Centre”. Ranting about the injustices of patriarchy is a private, but deeply fulfilling, hobby. Website: eprofile.exeter.ac.uk/catherineowen

 

Alexander Pershái, Ph.D., is the Managing Editor and Communications and Development Executive for the newsletter of the International Association for the Humanities “The Bridge-MOCT”. He is a Lecturer in the Centre for Gender Studies at the European Humanities University. He is the Head Editor of a Belarusian- and Russian-speaking educational feminist almanac “Women in Politics”—“Zhenschiny v politike: novye podkhody k politicheskomu”. Pershái’s research interests include intersectionalities of gender, language and power, linguistic violence, nationalism and diaspora, cultural transformations after socialism, globalization of knowledge, and transgender studies. He specializes in teaching introductory courses in the Humanities, modern culture, gender and women’s studies, language and culture, as well as advanced courses in feminist theory, nationalism studies and Eastern European studies. Pershái authored a monograph entitled “Semantika gendera: Reprezentatsyia gendernykh otnosheniy vo frazeologii [Semantics of Gender: On Gender Stratification in Idiomatic Expressions]” (2014); and an edited collection entitled “Negotiating Space for Gender Studies: Frameworks and Applications” (2005). His works are published in “Nationalities Papers”, “East European Politics and Societies”, “Europe-Asia Studies”, “Slavia Orientalis”, “Neprikosnovennyi Zapas”, “Ab Imperio” and other peer-reviewed journals. Website: ehu-lt.academia.edu/AlexanderPershai, LinkedIn

 

OIga Petrukovich is an independent researcher and social activist. She holds a Master of Arts in Sociology and Gender Studies. She contributes to an educational paralegal project for the Belarusian House of Human Rights in Vilnius and the Centre for Gender Studies at the European Humanities University. Her research interests include gender-related politics, social regulations of reproduction, gender and media, and civic society.

 

Vilana Pilinkaite Sotirovic, Ph.D., works at the Institute of Ethnic Research at the Lithuanian Social Research Centre. She has over ten years of experience working on women’s rights issues, gender equality, as well as in research and expert analysis. She studies the complexities of gender and equality policies in Lithuania. In particular, she focuses on the policies of gender biased violence, gendered aspects of migration, and public discourses on family, gender and equality.

 

Klaus Richter completed his Doctoral Degree in History at the Centre for Research on Anti-Semitism in Berlin. Currently, he is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham. He is an editor for the online journal “Neues Osteuropa”. His research interests include the history of nationalism, anti-Semitism and minorities in East Central Europe, as well as methods and theories of conceptual and praxeological history. He is currently working on a project that addresses the establishment of a post-World War I order in East Central Europe and focuses on how borders and territories were discussed and implemented in practice. His book on “Anti-Semitism in Lithuania – Jews, Christians and the Emancipation of the Peasantry (1889 – 1914)” is forthcoming in German in 2014. His works are published in “Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History”, “Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung”, “Revista Româna de Studii Baltice si Nordice”, and other publications. Website: bham.academia.edu/KlausRichter

 

Snejana Rogach, M.A., is a lecturer in the Department of Politics, Sociology and Social Management at the Belarusian National Technical University. Rogach was one of the first staff members in the Centre for Gender Studies at the European Humanities University when it was located in Minsk (1998–2001). She co-authored, with E. Smirnova, the book entitled “Social, legal, and family status of noble women in France in the 11th-14th centuries” (1996). Her research interests include: mediaeval studies, gender history, history of nationalism in Belarus and North-Eastern Europe.

 

Marina Sagorje holds a Master of Arts in American Studies, Modern German Literature and Russian Language and Literature (Philipps-Universität Marburg). She is also a freelance journalist. Sagorje is currently a Doctorate candidate in the Faculty of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include American women's writing, modern American-Jewish writers, second wave feminism, and the 1930s and 1950s in the United States.

 

Tanja Setsko is a Belarusian artist, director and researcher. She graduated from the Belarusian Academy of Arts; she also holds a Master of Arts in Gender Studies. She authored a puppet play entitled “Ferma (‘The Farm’)” and the documentary films “Devochki/Mal’chiki (‘Girls/Boys’)”, “Dom (’The House’)”, and “Ne Veriu (‘I Don’t Believe’); for details go to her Youtube Channel. Her research interests include feminism, the intersections of art and power, marginality, and cinematography.

 

Anna Shadrina is a Belarusian journalist. She holds a Master of Arts in Sociology and is a Research Associate with the Centre for Gender Studies at the European Humanities University. Her research interests include family transformations, the romantic love phenomenon, history of sexuality, new types of intimacy, new parenthood, media representations of reproductive choices, and single-hood and child-free phenomena. Anna is a creator and moderator of the LiveJournal community entitled “New Singles”. She hosts the series of educational seminars on the issues of sex, love, and family beyond marriage.

 

Kristina Shatikova (1975-2012) was a Belarusian political and human rights activist who worked with the Belarusian Civic Campaign “Nash Dom”. She supported Belarusian political prisoners and participated in various public actions. She died of cancer at the age of 37. Some of her activist and political struggles are reflected in a documentary film entitled “Ryzhaya (The Redhead)”.

 

 

Yana Sitnikova is a Russian trans* activist and trans* feminist. She is a member of the Trans Coalition in the Post-Soviet Space. Her interests include transgender, gender identities, discrimination and intersectionality. In 2010–2013 Sitnikova was a member of the “Yabloko” Political Party but she was expelled for lesbian and transgender propaganda. Sitnikova ran in the elections to the State Duma in 2011. Currently Sitnikova works on her doctoral degree. Website: www.yanasitnikova.livejournal.com

 

Ellen Willis (1941-2006) was an American left-wing feminist and essayist, founder of feminist activist groups “New York Radical Women” and “Redstockings”. She was a Professor at the Department of Journalism at New York University. She authored many books and essays published in “The New Yorker”, “Village Voice”, “The Nation”, “Rolling Stone”, “Slate”, “Salon”, “Dissent” and others.

 

Jennifer Wilson is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University, and a Graduate Certificate student in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies also at Princeton University.  Her areas of research are nineteenth-century Russian literature, queer theory and Feminism. In 2010, she coordinated "Undoing Eros" a graduate student conference at Princeton University on gender and sexuality in Russian culture.  She has taught at the NOISE (Network of Interdisciplinary Women's Studies in Europe) Summer School in Feminist Theory at the University of Utrecht. Website: slavic.princeton.edu/people/graduate-students/jennifer-wilson

 

Anna Zhyn is a Belarusian designer and artist. She works with different media, including photography, painting, soft sculpture and installation. She had personal exhibitions in “The Ў Gallery”, “London”-Gallery, The Art Palace (Dvorets iskusstv) in Minsk, Belarus, and in the Gallery of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation in Toronto. Her art projects investigate gender discrimination and harassment, as well as other types of social and cultural oppression. Website: www.annazhyn.com

 

Olga Zoubkovskaya, M.A., studies post-Soviet women’s nongovernmental organisations. Zoubkovskaya authored a number of publications on gender transformations in post-Soviet countries. She is a mother of two children; she works and lives in Budapest.