Women’s Emancipation in Central Asia


Wednesday, February 26, 2020


5:30 pm


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

Michelle Whalen

History Department