This special issue provides a forum for discussion of what Belarusian Studies are today and which new approaches and questions are needed to revitalize the field in the regional and international academic arena. The major aim of the issue is to go beyond the narratives of dictatorship and authoritarianism as well as that of a never-ending story of failed Belarusian nationalisminterpretive schemes that are frequently used for understanding Belarus in scholarly literature in Western Europe and Northern America. Bringing together ongoing research based on original empirical material from Belarusian history, politics, and society, this issue combines a discussion of the concept of autonomy/agency with its applicability to trace how individual and collective actors who define themselves as Belarusianor otherwise have manifested their agendas in various practices in spite of and in reaction to state pressure.
This issue offers new approaches for interpreting Belarusian society as a dynamically changing set of agencies. In doing so, it attempts to overcome a tradition of locating present Belarusian political and social dilemmas in its socialist past.
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About the Author
Julie Fedor is lecturer in modern European history at the University of Melbourne.
Sam Greene is director of the Russia Institute at King's College London and senior lecturer in Russian politics.
André Härtel is an assistant professor and DAAD-Lecturer of German and European Studies at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Andrey Makarychev is guest professor of government and politics at the University of Tartu, Estonia.
Andreas Umland is a researcher of contemporary Russian and Ukrainian politics at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine, and the Eichstaett Institute for Central and East European Studies, Germany. He is also co-director of a master's program in German and European Studies administered jointly by Kyiv's Mohyla Academy and Jena's Schiller University.
Olesya Khromeychuk is a Leverhulme Trust Fellow at the University of East Anglia.
Table of Contents
Introduction, by Olesya Khromeychuk
Negotiating Protest Spaces on the Maidan: A Gender Perspective, by Olesya Khromeychuk
Sexuality and Revolution in Post-Soviet Ukraine: Human Rights for the LGBT Community in the Euromaidan Protests of 2013-2014, by Tamara Martsenyuk
Ethical Concerns in Activist Ethnography: The Case of Ukrainian Protest Activism in London and a Russian Female Researcher, by Darya Malyutina
Between Being Witty and Being Pretty: Paradoxes of Female Political Participation in Post-Soviet Eastern Europe, by Evgenia Ivanova
"I'm a Feminist, Therefore :" The Art of Gender and Sexual Dissent in 2010s Ukraine and Russia, by Olenka Dmytryk
Perspectives & Reflections
Feminist Art in Russia in 2014–15: The Problem of the "Turn to the
Right", by Nadia Plungian
"Wait a Minute, You're a Woman!" Interview with Maria Berlins'ka, by Olesya Khromeychuk
Review Article: East Europe's Women in World War II, by Iryna Kosovs'ka
Francesca Stella, Lesbian Lives in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia: Post/Socialism and Gendered Sexualities, by Cai Wilkinson
Jenny Kaminer, Women with a Thirst for Destruction: The Bad Mother in Russian Culture, by Katherine Bowers
Stephen Amico, Roll Over, Tchaikovsky! Russian Popular Music and Post-Soviet Homosexuality, by Catherine Baker
Irina Mukhina, Women and the Birth of Russian Capitalism: A History of Shuttle Trade, by Laura A. Dean
Marian J. Rubchak (ed.), New Imaginaries: Youthful Reinvention of Ukraine's Cultural Paradigm, by Dafna Rachok
Russell Scott Valentino, The Woman in the Window: Commerce, Consensual Fantasy, and the Quest for Masculine Virtue in the Russian Novel, by Connor Doak
Valerie Sperling, Sex, Politics, and Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia, by Rustam Gadzhiev
Jennifer Utrata, Women without Men: Single Mothers and Family Change in the New Russia, by Anna Shadrina
Steven Lee Myers, The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin, by Anders Åslund
Thomas W Simons, Jr (ed.), Islam in Eurasia: A Policy Volume, by Shahram Akbarzadeh
Ieva Astahovska et al (eds.), Revisiting Footnotes: Footprints of the Recent Past in the Post-Socialist Region, by Ulrike Gerhardt
About the Contributors