Socialist Masculinities

Men in Eastern Europe: Ruptures, Transformations, and Continuities in the 20th Century

International Workshop

"Socialist Masculinities. Men in Eastern Europe: Ruptures, Transformations, and Continuities in the 20th Century."


Coordination : Peter Hallama EHESS, CERCEC


15 September 2017 - - EHESS (Salle M. et D. Lombard) - 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 MasculinitiesChair: 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
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 – EHESS (Salle 11) - 105, boulevard Raspail 75006 Parisd 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)


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


More informations

  • Friday 15 September 2017 - 13:00 to Saturday 16 September 2017 - 13:00
  • EHESS (salle M. et D. Lombard) - 96, boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris (15/09/17) EHESS (salle 11) - 105, boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris (16/09/17)