The Gender and Sexualities Forum, in association with Central and East European Studies and the Glasgow Human Rights Network, is pleased to announce the following event:
LGBT equality and the geopolitics of human rights: insights from Russia
Date: Tuesday 11 February 2014, 5:00-6.30 pm
Venue: University of Glasgow, Sir Charles Wilson building, 1 University Avenue, Seminar Room (ground floor).
Speakers: Olgerta Kharitonova and Sabine Hoffman, editors of the Russian samizdat lesbian journal, ‘Ostrov’.
Chair/organiser: Dr Francesca Stella.
Discussants: Dr Francesca Stella, Dr Vikki Turbine and Dr Matthew Waites.
Since the introduction of a law banning the ‘propaganda’ of homosexuality to minors in Russia (June 2013) and a surge in episodes of homophobic violence, LGBT rights in Russia have been widely debated in the UK and beyond (media, academia, political actors, NGOs).
Amidst a flurry of international solidarity campaigns and calls to boycott the Sochi Olympics, the issue of LGBT rights in Russia has become something of a cause celèbre; at the same time, campaigners have often failed to consult with representatives of the Russian LGBT community, to broaden the debate and include other discriminated groups and human rights violations, or to consider how human rights may be used instrumentally in foreign politics. The aim of the seminar is to explore these complexities, and to consider how misconceptions about the Russian context may jeopardise the effectiveness of international solidarity campaign.
The seminar will be opened by Olgerta Kharitonova and Sabine Hoffman, the editors of the samizdat lesbian journal Ostrov, which has been published since 1999 and is the oldest existing lesbian publication in the country.Through their long experience of active involvement in LGBT and feminist circles, Olgerta and Sabine will offer insights from within Russia on current debates.
We are grateful for financial support from the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies, and from the Sociology subject area, University of Glasgow