Conference | Oksana Kis – From Allergen to Remedy: (Re)Inventing Feminism in Post-Soviet Ukraine – 31/05/2023

Oksana Kis will give a conference titled « From Allergen to Remedy: (Re)Inventing Feminism in Post-Soviet Ukraine » on 31 may 2023 at 5pm.

This lecture will trace changes in public perception of feminism and in feminist activism in Ukraine from total demonization and rejection in the late 1980s and in 1990s – up to the present-day acknowledgements and adoption of feminist ideas and practices at different levels. Three generations of activists will be identified, various forms of women’s activism will be explored – from “maternalist” initiatives and traditionalist women’s organizations of the early period up to radical anarchist women’s groups and LGBT organizations operating in contemporary Ukraine. Feminist efforts aimed at rehabilitation and public promotion of feminism will be discussed. The effects of the Revolution of Dignity (Euromaidan, 2013-2014) and the Russian war on Ukraine (war in Donbass) on the further progress of feminist awareness amongst women activists and a variety of feminist activities and achievements will be discussed.

📝 Registration (mandatory)

📌 Salle 50, EHESS, Campus Condorcet, 2 cour des Humanités, 93300 Aubervilliers

📆 31 may 2023, 5pm to 6.30pm – A drink is organised after the conference

Oksana Kis is a feminist historian and anthropologist from Ukraine, head of the Department of Social Anthropology at the Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (based in Lviv). She is a President of the Ukrainian Association for Research in Women’s History,  a co-founder and a vice-president of the Ukrainian Oral History Association. She currently is Visiting Professor in the Anthropology department at The New School for Social Research.