Gender Symp.: "Pussy Riot: Turning Point in Russian History"
Fri, September 7, 2012 • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM • GAR 1.102
*This event has been moved to GAR 1.102*
The Department of History's Graduate Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality presents:
"Pussy Riot: Turning Point in Russian History"
A talk by Dr. Joan H. Neuberger, Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin
"In August 2012, the trial and conviction of three members of the Moscow performance group, Pussy Riot, became an international sensation, and marked a major turning point in recent Russian History. Presidents and rock stars, journalists and tattoo artists, and Facebook and Twitter pundits copied their signature style and protested the cruel conditions of their detention and the harsh two year sentence they received for singing a blasphemous, political protest song on the altar of Moscow's central cathedral. Their performances, both on the street and in prison during their trial were highly original in the Russian context, though much less popular, at home than abroad. For the Gender Symposium, I will talk about Pussy Riot's unflagging insistence on their right to free speech and their feminism in light of the history of these discourses in Russia. I'll also talk about of the state of Russian feminism today and some of the less-obvious reasons Pussy Riot generated so much sympathy outside Russia."
The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality has been a fixture in Department of History since 2001, offering a forum for graduate students and faculty to present papers and works-in-progress for discussion in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere.