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2005 Roundtable on Post Communism

"Gender and Feminism under Post-Communism"

Co-sponsored by: Russian and East European Institute, the Polish Studies Center, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, the Center for the Study of Global Change, the East Asian Studies Center, the West European Studies Center, the Office of International Programs, the Humanities Institute, and the University Graduate School

On March 31 - April 3, 2005, IU will host an international conference entitled "Gender and Feminism under Post-Communism." This event is based on the University's annual "Roundtables on Post-Communism," which in the past six years have comparatively examined the political left, social inequalities, nationalism, and cultural dissent in Eastern Europe, Russia, and China since 1989. The conference will focus on the development of feminism and the impact of feminist theories on the reshaping of gender roles in public policies, representations, and social and cultural practices.

The conference will bring to campus ten prominent scholars from around the world, who will speak on four panels: "Economic and Social Justice Issues," "Representations," "History and Myth," and "Public and Private Spheres." In the first three, presenters will give position statements in response to a question sent out by each panel coordinator. These materials will be available on this web site electronically two weeks before the event, enabling the discussion to take a roundtable format. A commentator will initiate the discussion for each panel.

Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, as well as the public at large are encouraged to attend.

Conference Description

Panel Topics:
Social and Economic Issues
Representations
History and Myth

Papers:

Panel 1: Social and Economic Issues
Katalin Fabian (Lafayette College, Pennsylvania)
Elena Mezentseva (State University-High School of Economics, Moscow)
Mihaela Miroiu (National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest)

Panel 2: Representations
Jill Massino (IU)
Agnieszka Graff (American Studies Center, Warsaw University)
Joyce Mushaben(University of Missouri)

Panel 3: History and Myth
Krassimira Daskalova (St. Kliment Ohridski, University of Sofia) [unavailable]
Elena Gapova (Centre for Gender Studies, European Humanities University, Minsk)
Magdalena Gawin (Historical Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)

Friday, April 1st

Dogwood Room, IMU
10:00 am - noon
Panel 1: "Social and Economic Issues"
Chair: David Ransel (IU)

Commentator: Jean Robinson (IU)

Presenters:
Katalin Fabian (Lafayette College)
Elena Mezentseva (State University-High School of Economics, Russia)
Mihaela Miroiu (National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania)

This panel will examine how the introduction of a market economy and a measure of democratic political participation in some post-socialist countries has changed the conditions of social and economic justice for women.

1:30 - 3:30 pm
Panel 2: "Representations"
Chair: Owen Johnson (IU)

Commentator: Jennifer Maher (IU)

Presenters:
Jill Massino (IU)
Agnieszka Graff (Warsaw University, Poland)
Joyce Mushaben (University of Missouri)

The participants in this panel will explore important themes in cultural depictions of gender, particularly of women, in post-communist societies.

4:00 - 6:00 pm
Film screening: Chemistry 001
Sexmission (Polish with English subtitles, 1984)
Directed by Juliusz Machulski. Two scientists volunteer for a hibernation experiment and wake to find themselves in an underground world inhabited solely by women.

Saturday, April 2nd

Dogwood Room, IMU
10:00 am - noon
Panel 3: "History and Myth"
Chair: Maria Bucur (IU) Commentator: Jeff Wasserstrom(IU)

Presenters:
Krassimira Daskalova (St. Kliment Ohridski, University of Sofia, Bulgaria)
Elena Gapova (Centre for Gender Studies, European Humanities University, Belarus)
Magdalena Gawin (Historical Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)

The participants in this panel will consider the challenges of the transition from communism, both to scholarship concerning women's lives and gender roles in general.

1:30 - 3:00 pm
Panel 4: "Private and Public Spheres"
Speaker:
Isabel Marcus (SUNY School of Law, Buffalo, New York)
This final roundtable will be an open discussion which will integrate the work presented in the preceding sessions and set directions and goals for future research. The theme will bring together many of the issues raised in the other panels and more broadly engage questions of visibility and the framing of women's/gender problems in both the realm of discourse and also of policy making and activism.

3:30 - 4:30 pm
Film screening: Chemistry 001
Diamonds in the Dark (Documentary, Romania, 1999)
Directed by Olivia Carrescia. From a traditional village bordering Ukraine, to the relatively sophisticated city of Bucharest, this video tells the stories of ten Romanian women living under the old regime and during the post-communist era.