Socialist Masculinities – International Workshop – EHESS Paris (15-16 Sept. 2017)




15 September 2017 – Salle M. et D. Lombard, EHESS 96, bd Raspail 75006 Paris


1:00 pm : Welcome

1:30-2:30 pm : Introduction

Chair: Fabrice Virgili (CNRS, UMR SIRICE; Labex EHNE)

Rebecca Kay (University of Glasgow, UK) : Heroes or Villains? Transforming (post-)Socialist Masculinities

Francisca de Haan (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary) : Comment


2:30-3:00 pm : Coffee break


3:00-4:30 pm : Labour & Socialist Masculinities

Chair: Isabelle Ohayon (CNRS, CERCEC)

Kateryna Burkush (European University Institute, Florence, Italy) : Exploring Soviet Masculinities: A Case of Provincial Seasonal Migrant

Olga Isupova (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia) : Being a Man in the Russian North: Lived Experiences and late Soviet and Post-Soviet Masculinity

Marina Yusupova (University of Manchester, UK) : “Golden Hands” or Masculinity and Do-It-Yourself-Culture: Soviet Masculinities in the Post-Soviet Space


4:30-5:00 pm : Coffee break


5:00-6:30 pm : Alternative Masculinities

Chair: Régis Schlagdenhauffen (EHESS, IRIS ; Labex EHNE)

Christian Werkmeister (Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany) : Masculinity in Soviet Rock Music Scenes

Shaban Darakchi (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences / European Association for the Defence of Human Rights, Bulgaria) : Strategic Homosexual Masculinities during Socialism in Bulgaria

Dietlind Hüchtker (Leibniz Institute for History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Leipzig / Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany) : Lech Wałęsa – or the Absent Fatherhood – Opposition, Subculture and Cultural Reproduction in Poland


7:00 pm : Dinner


16 September 2017 – Salle 11, EHESS 105, bd Raspail 75006 Paris


9:00-10:30 am : Men in Everyday Life

Chair: Christine Castelain Meunier (CNRS, CADIS)

Natalia Jarska (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland) : Men in Family Life in post-war Poland: Towards New Masculine Identities?

Eva Schäffler (Institute of Contemporary History, Berlin, Germany) : (Post-)Socialist Masculinities between Work and Family Life: (Dis-)Continuities in Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic from the 1970s to the 1990s

Iva Šmídová (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic) : Men, Death and Grief in the Czech Context


10:30-11:00 am : Coffee break


11:00 am-12:30 : A Crisis of Socialist Masculinity?

Chair: Anne Isabelle François (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

Libora Oates-Indruchová (University of Graz, Austria) : Socialist Masculinities in Czech Culture during the Perestroika

Mathieu Lericq (Aix-Marseille Université, France) : Facing a blocked normality. Problematic cases of Socialist masculinities within Polish cinema (1948-1989)

Alex Boican (University College London, UK) : Socialism and the Crisis of Masculinity: Patriarchy and the Critique of Modernity in Romanian Fiction during Communism


12:30-1:00 pm : Conclusion

Peter Hallama (EHESS, CERCEC Paris)



Scientific committee :

Alain Blum (EHESS, CERCEC; INED), Mona Claro (EHESS, CEMS & IRIS; INED), Juliette Rennes (EHESS, CEMS), Régis Schlagdenhauffen (EHESS, IRIS; Labex EHNE).

Graphic Design: Fabrice Demarthon, CERCEC / Photo: “Czechoslovakia spartakiada 1980, CSS, armada, CSLA, dest”, Credit: CTK.


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