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Dr. Jessica Zychowicz: "The Unknown, Uncut Story of Your Feminist Friends You Haven’t Met"
Start Date: 3/26/2019Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Date: 3/26/2019End Time: 6:30 PM
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The Gender Studies Program and Russian Program invites you to a lecture by Dr. Jessica Zychowicz from the University of Alberta, entitled “The Unknown, Uncut Story of Your Feminist Friends You Haven’t Met,” on Tuesday, March 26, at 5 pm, in JBHT 216.
“Nobody Likes a Feminist,” wrote Agnieszka Graff in her book World Without Women in 2001. What does this ironic statement mean today? How has the idea of feminism changed, and where do we want to go from here? Marked by such radical political shifts as the Orange Revolution (2004-2005) and the Maidan Revolution (2013-2014), the decades of protest since the Soviet period have had global impact. Drawing on literature, film, dissident manifestos, performances, art exhibits, news media, and official documents, Zychowicz’s ongoing research seeks a better understanding of the development of oppositional movements in the framework of revolution, theories of democracy, and the linkages and shifts between feminism, nationalism, and globalism. Creative outpourings by feminist artists of Kyiv’s emerging generation can offer us a rare glimpse into the everyday realities of women’s lives in the context of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the Putin and Trump eras. Audiences are invited to engage vocabularies for human rights in the context of over a decade of Zychowicz’s firsthand observations, interviews, and participatory collaborations with feminist activists and art collectives in Kyiv. Texts by imprisoned Soviet dissidents of the 1970s and Polish activists in the Solidarity Movement of the 1980s writing about mind control and propaganda under totalitarian state power argue for empathy in order to emancipate from political and other forms of oppression.
Dr. Jessica Zychowicz is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta in the Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS). Most recently, she was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2017-2018) based at Kyiv-Mohyla University teaching visual culture while researching the cultural history of computing technology in Kyiv.
Her first monograph, Superfluous Women: Feminism, Art, and Revolution in 21st Century Ukraine is in progress at University of Toronto Press. She is co-editing a series at the academic journal Krytyka on questions of race and postcolonialism.
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Main Campus - (JBHT) J.B. Hunt Transport Service Inc. Center for Academic Excellence  (View Map)
J.B. Hunt Transport Service Inc. Center for Academic Excellence
227 N. Harmon Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

Main Campus - (JBHT) J.B. Hunt Transport Service Inc. Center for Academic Excellence  (View Map)
J.B. Hunt Transport Service Inc. Center for Academic Excellence
227 N. Harmon Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States
Room: J.B. Hunt Lecture Theater 216
Contact Information:
Name: Nadja Berkovich
Phone: 479-575-2951
Email: nadezdab@uark.edu
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