Join us for webinar series: Gender and Sexuality in (Post)Socialist Europe and the Validity of “East/West Divides”

WIDE+ cordially invites you to these hybrid lecture series that are part of: Gender and Sexuality in (Post)Socialist Europe and the Validity of “East/West Divides”. Diverging Perceptions from Difference to Entanglement.” The series is organized by the Chair of European Studies in cooperation with WIDE+ and IFES. And with the kind support of the Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences of the European University Viadrina.

The events can be accessed live at the European University Viadrina in FrankFurt, Germany, and on zoom. See for information on all the events:

Webinar: “Polish Communist Women in the Long Sixties: What Is Left of Their Experience for Leftist Feminism in Today’s Poland?”, 6.15-8.00 PM, 9 January, Monday, 2023, in ENG/ESP


Stalinism, despite its authoritarian or even totalitarian practices, brought radical social, economic and cultural changes to post-war Poland. In this lecture – contrary to the popular thesis of a post-Stalinist backlash – Agnieszka Mrozik highlights that Polish communist women politicians, intellectuals and activists, who after the war pursued a program of socialist modernization, one of the main pillars of which was the emancipation of women, did not give up the struggle to realize their ideals in the years between the mid-1950s and mid-1970s.

This lecture will lead to reflecting on questions like: ‘Do contemporary leftist feminists want to remember the activism of political radicals of the not so distant past – their achievements and failures?’, ‘What lessons do they draw from the experiences of their predecessors? Does the promise of equality for all people have a chance to continue in our current reality?’. Natali Stegmann will help deepen the reflection on the present condition and future of the left and leftist feminism.

LECTURER Mrozik, Agnieszka
Assistant Professor at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

She is affiliated with two research teams: The Centre for Cultural and Literary Studies of Communism, and the Archives of Women. She holds a PhD in Literary Studies and an MA in American Studies. She was a fellow of the Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena (2017), the Institute for Advanced Study CEU (2018-19) and the DAAD programme at the University of Hamburg (2019). She is the author of Architektki PRL-u. Komunistki, literatura i emancypacja kobiet w powojennej Polsce (Wydawnictwo IBL PAN, 2022), and Akuszerki transformacji. Kobiety, literatura i władza w Polsce po 1989 roku (Wydawnictwo IBL PAN, 2012). She has co-authored and co-edited several collective volumes, including, Reassessing Communism: Concepts, Culture, and Society in Poland, 1944–1989 (CEU Press, 2021), Gender, Generations, and Communism in Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond (Routledge, 2020), and Historical Memory of Central and East European Communism (Routledge, 2018).


DISCUSSANT Stegmann, Natali
Associate Professor at the University of Regensburg
She studied Eastern European History in Frankfurt am Main and Poznan; 1999 doctorate in Tübingen; 2007 habilitation there; since March 2009 research associate and since 2009 associate professor at the University of Regensburg. Her research focus is the history of East Central Europe, especially Poland and the Bohemian Lands, respectively Czechoslovakia in the 19th and 20th centuries, gender and cultural history, social and post-war politics in the 20th century, late socialism. Her publications are amongst other on war interpretations; state foundations – social policy; feminism and the women’s movement in Poland, 1863-1919; samizdat and alternative ways of communication, communication processes in late socialist Czechoslovakia and Poland; the work of the ILO and East Central Europe in the early Polish and Czechoslovak interwar years.


Webinar: Webinar: “Feminist and LGBTQ Movements in the Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia”, with Libora Oates-Indruchová and Věra Sokolová, 6.15-8.00 PM, Monday 23 January 2023, ENG


In this event, two lectures will be held with ample room for discussion:
Věra Sokolová will talk about: ‘Queer Encounters with Communist Power: Non-Heterosexual Lives and the State in Czechoslovakia, 1948-1989′.
Libora Oates-Indruchová will talk about: ‘Continuities and Discontinuities of Feminist Thought and the “East/West Divide”: the case of Czech Society and Culture’.


Libora Oates-Indruchová
Professor of Sociology of Gender, University of Graz, Austria
See her full bio at:



Webinar: “LGBTQ and Queer lives and struggles in the Ukraine”, 5.15-8.00 PM, Monday 30 January 2023, ENG/ESP

Register here:

•  “The Wonderful Years”: Research and Film Exploration of Heterodoom in Late Soviet Ukraine. Short lecture by Galina Yarmanova (PhD) followed by film screening (English subtitles) with discussion.
• After break from 6.00-6.15: Lecture by Maria Mayerchyk, titled: ‘Pride Contested: Geopolitics of Liberation at the Buffer Periphery of Europe’.
• Commentary by Vanya Solovey

The lectures, movie and discussions will be translated from English into Spanish.

SPEAKER Maria Mayerchyk,
PhD, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine/ currently Fellow at the University of Greifswald
DISCUSSANT Vanya Solovey, PhD, EECA Officer at TGEU


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