Sex and gender during communism

Sex and gender during communism

Thursday, 11 June 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Venue: 
Pavilion Room
Speaker(s): 
Kateřina Lišková (Gender Studies Program, Department of Sociology Office for Population Studies, Czech Republic)
Convenor: 
Dan Healey (St Antony's)

Centre for Gender, Identity, and Subjectivity (History): Graduate Research Group

This is the latest in a series of graduate student seminars in the CGIS. All are welcome. Participants are urged to examine the Suggested readings below.

‘Sex and gender during communism‘

This will be led by Katerina Liskova (Gender Studies Program, Department of Sociology Office for Population Studies, Czech Republic). NB this will be held in the Pavilion Room, St Antony's College, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, Thursday 11 June 2015.

We will explore sex and gender in a communist country through the prism of expertise. Sexology advised people how to live happy married lives and also managed sexual deviants. I will focus on the ways in which the understanding of who sexual deviants were shifted over time and connect these changes to the broader rearrangements of the regime in Czechoslovakia between early and late stages.

Suggested Readings:

  • Herzog, Dagmar. 2005. Sex after fascism: memory and morality in twentieth-century Germany. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
  • Video: Do communists have better sex?

A copy of the reading is available from Naomi Pullin (naomi.pullin@history.ox.ac.uk).