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Queer Focus Series • Activism

March 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The impacts of war can be felt far outside the actual battlefield. Russia’s war against Ukraine has set off historic levels of migration, in addition to huge environmental and economic impacts. Modern war also disproportionately affects gender and sexual minorities, something we are seeing in Ukraine even as Putin’s anti-LGBTQ+ agenda seeks to relentlessly drive support for the war at home. How can a queer-studies focus advance conversations about decolonization in East European and Eurasian Studies? To address this question, Queer Focus will have six virtual panels featuring speakers from various disciplines and institutions. Panelists and participants will explore how gendered regimes were constitutive of Russo-centric relationships of power, defining the region and how we study it, as we collectively grapple with what it means to re-examine our current research, teaching, and institutional practices.

Panel 6 of the series will examine the role and impact of queer activism within the region. Join Zoom Webinar.


Lyosha Gorshkov, Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives, Colgate University


Shota Kincha, Staff Writer, Open Caucasus Media
Zhanar Sekerbayeva, Co-Founder, Kazakhstan’s LGBTQ Feminist Initiative “Feminita”
Mohira Suyarkulove, Associate Professor, Department of International and Comparative Politics, American University of Central Asia
Tatsiana Shchurko, Post-Doctoral Scholar, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexualities, Ohio State University

This series was developed and implemented by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and the Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies at the Ohio State University with support from the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies. Additional financial support has been provided by:

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan
Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington
Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, The George Washington University
Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies, Arizona State University
Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington


March 15
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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