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This special issue focuses on gender dynamics in protest movements that occur in patriarchal, authoritarian and semi-authoritarian societies. Themes covered include the place of feminist and gender equality movements in democratically restricted environments, intersections between feminism and nationalism, the relationship between nationality and sexuality, the question of political agency of non-mainstream groups in the context of protest activity, and the dilemmas of conducting qualitative research while participating in a protest.
SPECIAL ISSUE: GENDER, NATIONALISM, AND CITIZENSHIP IN ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN PROTESTS IN BELARUS, RUSSIA, AND UKRAINE
Introduction by Olesya Khromeychuk
Negotiating Protest Spaces on the Maidan: a Gender Perspective
Sexuality and Revolution in Post-Soviet Ukraine: Human Rights for the LGBT Community in the Euromaidan Protests of 2013-2014
Ethical Concerns in Activist Ethnography: the Case of Ukrainian Protest Activism in London and a Russian Female Researcher
Between Being Witty and Being Pretty: Paradoxes of Female Political Participation in Post-Soviet Eastern Europe
“I’m a Feminist, Therefore…”: the Art of Gender and Sexual Dissent in 2010s Ukraine and Russia
Feminist Art in Russia in 2014–15: the Problem of the “Turn to the Right”
“Wait a Minute, You’re a Woman!”.
Interview with Maria Berlins’ka
Women at War
Cai Wilkinson on Francesca Stella;
Katherine Bowers on Jenny Kaminer;
Catherine Baker on Stephen Amico;
Laura A. Dean on Irina Mukhina;
Dafna Rachok on Marian J. Rubchak;
Connor Doak on Russell Scott Valentino;
Rustam Gadzhiev on Valerie Sperling;
Anna Shadrina on Jennifer Utrata;
Anders Åslund on Steven Lee Myers;
Shahram Akbarzadeh on Thomas W Simons, Jr;
Ulrike Gerhardt on Ieva Astahovska et al.
This double special issue investigates the experiences of Soviet Afghan veterans and the ongoing impact of the Soviet-Afghan war (1979-89); and the new and reconstituted narratives of martyrdom that have been emerging in connection with 20th-century history and memory in the post-socialist world.
SPECIAL ISSUE: BACK FROM AFGHANISTAN
Felix Ackermann and Michael Galbas:
Back from Afghanistan: Experiences of Soviet Afghan War Veterans in Transnational Perspective
The Varied Reintegration of Afghan War Veterans in Their Home Society
A Fragile Movement: Afghan War Veterans and the Soviet Collapse in Tajikistan, 1979–92
“Our Pain and Our Glory”: Strategies of Legitimization and Functionalization of the Soviet–Afghan War in the Russian Federation
Veterans of the Soviet–Afghan War and the Ukrainian Nation-Building Project: From Perestroika to the Maidan and the War in the Donbas
Jan C. Behrends:
Post-Soviet Legacies of Afghanistan: A Comparative Perspective
Faces of the Lithuanian Afghanai
SPECIAL ISSUE: MARTYRDOM AND MEMORY IN EASTERN EUROPE
Uilleam Blacker and Julie Fedor:
Soviet and Post-Soviet Varieties of Martyrdom and Memory
War and Martyrdom in the Twentieth Century and After
Martyrdom, Spectacle, and Public Space in Ukraine: Ukraine’s National Martyrology from Shevchenko to the Maidan
The Eternal Martyr: Karen Shakhnazarov’s White Tiger as a
Cinematic Reflection on Russian Martyrdom
In Search of a Modern Mnemonic Narrative of Communism: Russia’s Mnemopolitical Mimesis during the Medvedev Presidency
Holodomor, Amnesia, and Memory-(Re)Making in Post-War Ukrainian Literature and Film
Overcoming Hegemonic Martyrdom: The Afterlife of Khatyn in Belarusian Memory
Karen Petrone on Nataliya Danilova; Philipp Casula on Rodric Braithwaite; Elena Rozhdestvenskaya on E. S. Seniavskaia;
Ivan Kurilla on Polly Jones;
Olga Sasunkevich on Violeta Davoliūtė;
Sergei Akopov on Olga Malinova
The Russian war in Ukraine has been accompanied, fuelled and legitimized by a Russian information war campaign that is unprecedented in its scope and nature. Increasingly lurid in form, sometimes surreal, the Russian state-media propaganda campaign has been surprisingly successful in disguising and distorting the nature of the war and shaping the way it is perceived and understood, both in Russia and beyond.
This special issue sets out to launch an interdisciplinary discussion on the Russian information warfare being waged in parallel with the military war in Ukraine.
How is the war being packaged and narrated for domestic and international audiences? How are these narratives being received in Russia and in the West? What new trends can be observed in the identification and construction of 'enemies'? How do we interpret and explain the imperial hysteria and hatred currently on display on Russian TV? What are the appropriate responses? How can we avoid the trap of allowing Kremlin propagandists to shape the terms and language in which the war is viewed?
Introduction: Russian Media and the War in Ukraine
Putin’s Crimea Speech, 18 March 2014: Russia’s Changing Public Political Narrative
Filtering Foreign Media Content: How Russian News Agencies Repurpose Western News Reporting
Tatiana Riabova and Oleg Riabov:
“Gayromaidan”: Gendered Aspects of the Hegemonic Russian Media Discourse on the Ukrainian Crisis
Historical Myths, Enemy Images, and Regional Identity in the Donbass Insurgency (Spring 2014)
Memory, Media, and Securitization: Russian Media Framing of the Ukrainian Crisis
Combating the Russian State Propaganda Machine: Strategies of Information Resistance
Infiltration, Instruction, Invasion: Russia’s War in the Donbass
Ukraine and the Global Information War: Panel Discussion and Forum
Anne Applebaum; Margarita Akhvlediani; Sabra Ayres; Renaud de la Brosse; Rory Finnin; James Marson; Sarah Oates; Simon Ostrovsky; Kevin M. F. Platt; Peter Pomerantsev; Natalia Rulyova; Michael Weiss; Maksym Yakovlyev; Vera Zvereva
Rasmus Nilsson on Andrew Wilson and Richard Sakwa;
Anders Åslund on Karen Dawisha;
Mykola Riabchuk on David Marples/Frederick Mills