Digital Book Launch "Superfluous Women: Feminism, Art, and Revolution in 21st Century Ukraine"

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This book launch draws upon over a decade of research toward the book, Superfluous Women: Feminism, Art, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine (University of Toronto Press, 2020), by Dr. Jessica Zychowicz. Joining the conversation with the author will be three discussants: anthropologist Dr. Nataliya Tschermalykh (Université de Genève),  historian Dr. Matthew Kott (Uppsala University), and Research Director at IRES, Uppsala University, Dr. Ann-Mari Sätre (Uppsala University). Using firsthand interviews, archival documents, historical context and theoretical frameworks, the author tells the unique story of a generation of artists, feminists, and queer activists who emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union, but whose ideas and actions were forged in the tumultuous decade between the two revolutions of the 2000s. Gender and sexuality are at the forefront of these activists’ experimentations with the body and public space, circulated online, but locally rooted in 18th - 20th century Ukrainian, Polish, Russian and Soviet aesthetics. Mapping out several key historical changes in independent Ukraine, Zychowicz identifies discursive links across eras in order to investigate the deeper shifts driving social relations, politics, and international human rights discourse today.

Dr. Jessica Zychowicz (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta) was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Area Studies 2017-2018 to the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She is currently based at the University of Alberta in the Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program (CUSP). She has been a Fellow at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs, a Visiting Scholar at Uppsala University’s Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies in Sweden; and has participated in talks and residencies at the University of St. Andrews in Edinburgh; NYU's Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and others. She earned her doctorate at the University of Michigan.