Lecture «Short history of homosexuality in Russia (18-20th cent.): marking of researching fiel»
March 5, 5.00 pm
Historian, senior lecturer of School of History in National Research University Higher School of Economics Irina Raldugina.
Queer-history is a rather new phenomenon, which was designed to shed some light on blind spots in mankind history. It is exploring something we can’t (yet) read in textbooks.
Exhaustive history of homosexual inclination in Russia hasn’t been written yet. Before appearing Dan Hili’s book (“Homosexual inclination in revolutionary Russia: regulation of sexual-gender dissidence”, 2008) this topic was absent in academic space at all, this topic was considered both not perspective and illegitimate for science in general. Igor Kon has written about it. There is still a lot of work but it’s already clear that the first systematic treatment to the story manifests numerous archival sources, the demand for which there wasn’t till their creation.
The lecture will be based on specific historical materials collected by lecturer in the still haven’t stoped archival expedition to search for documents, one way or another related to the history of same-sex inclination in the Russian Empire and the USSR.
Ira Raldugina – historian, senior lecturer of School of History in National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow), the author of publications on the history of sexuality and homosexuality in Russia in 18th ,20th cent. She is working on a monograph on earlysoviet queer called «Vernacular queer and shifting power in Russia: from the late Imperial era up to the 1940’s».