Lecture «Romantic adventures description: The diary of a Soviet-Latvian queer-man and Minsk episode in 1952»

March 6, 7.00 pm

Presented by a Doctor of Historical Sciences, a senior researcher at Institute of History of Latvia of State University, Ineta Lipsha.

Male homosexuality was persecuted in Soviet Latvia during the republic lifetime (1940s-1980s). Over the course of decades the homosexuals’ history was based on investigation of official acts, which had a purpose of the control and the tracking, but the situation has recently changed.

In 2016 Ineta Lepsha found a diary of soviet queer-man. The author kept it from 1906 till 1996 and described there his romantic stories to recollect them in the old age. Besides his own experience the author depicted systematic supervision of homosexual groups in public places of Riga. The notes covers the period of authoritarian independent Latvia (1934-1940), Soviet (1940-1941) and Nazi (1941-1944/1945) occupation, World War II and  the whole period of Soviet occupation, which started with Stalin’s administration and end in Gorbachev’s Perestroyka (1944/1945-1990). In 1952 the author arrived in Minsk, spent three months there and kept on  recording his adventures.

The Doctor of Historical Sciences, a senior researcher at Institute of History of Latvia of State University, Ineta Lipsha has publications on the subject of sexuality history and social control in Latvia (1914-1939), investigates gender order and sexuality in Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic.

The lecture will be held in the Russian language.

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