Alexandra (Sasha) Talaver

Russian Federation
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Sasha's project focuses on the activity of the main state-supported women’s organization in the Soviet Union —the Soviet Women’s Anti-Fascist Committee, established in 1941 (the Soviet Women’s Committee since 1956, SWC further). The organization was active until the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Established initially for the international propaganda of socialism as embodied in the Soviet Union, the SWC comprised women from political elite from all around the country, who also took part in domestic policy-making.
Drawing on the increasingly popular approach to women’s organizations under state socialism as having their own agency (Wang 2017; Ghodsee 2019), Sasha studies the SWC’s tactics of inhabiting existing political structures and promoting “women-friendly” politics (Hernes 1987; Daskalova 2007, 215)—“women-friendly” according to their own understanding, which will also provide an insight into the conceptualization of the “woman question” under late socialism.


Master of Arts (Department of Gender Studies, CEU, Budapest, 2017)
Master of Arts (Department of Cultural Studies, HSE, Moscow, 2014)