Women’s Emancipation in Central Asia
Wednesday, February 26, 2020Time
Taylor Hall 203-Auditorium
Women’s Emancipation in Central Asia: The Soviet "Traditional" Oriental Woman and the Problem of Saving Her
The history Department’s Mildred C. Thompson lecture will be presented by Professor Alima Bissenova of Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev University.
The lecturer explores the history of women’s emancipation in Soviet Central Asia and its troubled colonial logic. Soviet attempts to eradicate bridewealth, veil wearing, and polygamy were celebrated as empowerment but brought massive and violent interventions in women’s lives. The lecture will show how these legacies affect present day discourses about tradition and women in Kazakhstan and the entire region.
Sponsored by the History Department