Seminar "Roles given to women or taken by women in Russia?"

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
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  • Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Phone: 018 471 1630
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Linda Cook, Professor of Political Science and Slavic Studies and Olga Kryshtanovskaya, Professor/Director Centre of Elite Studies, State University of Management, Moscow

On the local level Russian women have actively contributed civic organisations as well as local and regional politics. In recent years we have noticed a conservative  turn in the Russian society and it appears that questions of gender equality are not really on the official agenda. At the same time, there is a clear trend of an increasing number of women in the Russian parliament and even the speaker of the Russian parliament is now a woman. Does it mean that women also reach more power and do they in that case use it to work for improving women’s situation in the Russian society? The seminar will be devoted to discuss these issues. During this seminar two distinguished professors will discuss the role of women in Russian politics with reference to women’s positions in the Russian parliament and in policy making.

The seminar will be followed by an informal mingle where light refreshments will be served.

Olga Kryshtanovskaya is a Professor and director of the Centre for Studies of the Russian Elites, State University of Management in Moscow. Professor Kryshtanovskaya is a leading Russian sociologist with a specialization in political and business elites. She has published widely on Russian elite politics, including the book “Anatomy of Russian Elite”. Kryshtanovskaya has been a Visiting Professor at Glasgow University, UK.

Linda J. Cook is a professor of political science and Slavic studies at Brown University and an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. Her main research interests are welfare regimes in the Russian Federation, Central and Eastern Europe and on a global level. Cook is author of The Soviet Social Contract and Why it Failed (Harvard, 1993) Postcommunist Welfare States (Cornell, 2007, 2013) and articles in Comparative Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs, Voluntas, Europe-Asia Studies and other publications.