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Moscow Center for Gender Studies (MCGS)
Scientific-educational Project

Address: 117313 Moscow, P.O. box 87
Tel./Fax: (095) 125-6419

The goal of the research and educational project on Russian Summer Schools for Gender Studies (RSSGS) is to promote the development of women’s and gender studies in Russia and their integration into Russian higher education curricula.
Concrete Objectives of the Project:
- promotion of professional contacts between scholars and educators in women’s and gender studies.
- exchange of experience, discussion of research results, and presentation of programs, lectures, and courses on women’s and gender studies.
- development of a community and network of scholars and educators in women’s and gender studies in Russia.
- involvement of the younger generation of graduate and undergraduate students in the new sphere of gender studies within the Russian humanities.
One can judge our fulfillment of these objectives by the comments of the Summer School participants:
- A qualitative breakthrough in the academic community;
- The Summer School granted participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the true atmosphere of academic life - that of great professionalism, commitment, energy, and curiosity;
- Clear progress in the establishment of interdisciplinary methodology in gender studies;
- Our School is a little island of knowledge and spiritual warmth;
- It gave me a clear idea of how gender-based sociology needs to be taught;
- An atmosphere of comradery among colleagues. Freedom to be oneself;
- The school created a feeling of confidence, the ability to persuade colleagues, to extend knowledge further;
- An incredible meeting of brain power and enthusiasm.

The summer schools for gender studies were developed as a joint project between MCGS and universities of the Russian regions.
The first summer school, “Valdai-96”, was organized by MCGS in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and Political Science of Tver State University.
The Foreign History Department of Samara State University took part in the organization of the second Summer School, “Volga-97”.
The  third Summer School, “Azov-98”, was be organized jointly by MCGS and Rostov State University, in the city of Rostov-na-Donu.
The theme of the lectures, papers, and seminars of the Russian Summer Schools bears witness to the fact that the gender approach has allowed an opening for Russian scholars not only of new research themes, but also of the ability to look through new eyes at already familiar problems. Themes of classes at the “Volga-97” summer school included: “The Gender Approach to Russian History” (N. Pushkareva); “Society Through the Prism of Women’s Experience” (O. Zdravomyslova); “The Development of Gender Studies in Russia” (Z. Khotkina); “Postmodernism: Feminist Criticism” (A. Kostikova); “The Social Construction of Gender” (E. Zdravomyslova); “Feminist Criticism of Family Theories” (T. Gurko); “The Correlation of Quantitative and Qualitative Methodologies in Gender Research” (O. Maslova); “Ethical Aspects of Feminism and Emancipation” (O. Domanov); “The Sociology of Everyday Life and Qualitative Research of Gender Stereotypes” (E. Meshcherkina); “Theoretical Discourse of the Family and Sexuality” (E. Yarskaya-Smirnova); “Feminist Epistemology” (A. Tyomkina).

The principal significance of the RSSGS project is that it has created a powerful impetus for a qualitatively new stage of Russian women’s and gender studies, the essence of which lies in the transition from research in separate research and
educational bodies to collaboration and cooperation among researchers and instructors from various regions and universities.
Our dream is to organize an the School for Gender Studies in Internet and to develop courses for improving the qualifications of gender research educators from Russian universities.
In 1996-98, three Summer Schools - “Valdai-96”, “Volga-97”, and “Azov-98” - were held in Tver, Togliatti, and Taganrog, espectively, with over 200 participants, including Russian and foreign researchers, educators, and undergraduate and graduate students from 33 Russian cities as well as from other CIS countries, Europe and the US.
The project has filled some of communication and information gaps in the field of women’s and gender studies by collecting and distributing information on “Who does What, Where and How” in gender studies in Russia today.
The project has facilitated the establishment of a gender studies network which effectively collects and distributes the most recent information about all of the applicants to the 1996 and 1997 open competitions for the summer schools, as well as all RSSGS participants (the network’s mailing list contains 372 addresses).
RSSGS has built a unique information bank on over 50 academic centers and 350 individual researchers, educators, and graduate students active in women’s and gender studies, and on their specific areas of research.
Open competition among applicants has allowed us to identify new scholars and educators from the Russian regions who are active in gender research and education.
We produced two books, called “Materials of the First Russian Summer School for Women’s and Gender Studies - “Valdai-96” - a collection of lectures, reports, diaries, essays, photos, and profiles of the participants from the first RSSGS (1996, 1000 copies published), “Woman Gender Cultur” (1999, 1000 copies published).
We created twenty educational videos from the lectures and seminars of the first RSSGS, and a documentary about the “Valdai-96” school (thanks to a grant from the Ambassy of the Netherlands).
We established the first Russian electronic library of gender research. The library makes available books and papers by Russian scholars in electronic format.
Natalia M. Rimashevskaya, Academician, Full Professor, Moscow, (Head of the Academic Council)
Laura Engelstein, Professor, Princeton University, USA
Kim L.Scheppele, Professor, CEU, Penncylvania University, USA
Serguei I.Golod, Professor, St. Petersburg
Olga A.Khasbulatova, Professor, Ivanovo
Evgeny F.Molevich, Professor, Samara
Natalia L.Pushkareva, Professor, Moscow,
(Vice-Head of the Academic Council)
Zoya A.Khotkina, Associate Professor, Moscow,
(Vice-Head of the Academic Council)
Olga M.Maslova, Ph.D., Leading Specialist in Sociology Institute, Moscow
Ludmila V.Popova, Associate Professor, Moscow
Ludmila N.Popkova, Associate Professor, Samara
Ludmila A.Savchenko, Associate Professor, Rostov-na-Donu
Anna A.Tyomkina, Ph.D., Educator, European University in St.Petersburg
Valentina I.Uspenskaya, Associate Professor, Tver
The Facilitating Committee of the Summer Schools:
Zoya Khotkina, Director of the Summer Schools Project, MCGS,
Valentina Uspenskaya, Co-Director, “Valdai-96”, Tver State University,
Ludmila Popkova, Co-Director, “Volga-97”, Samara State University,
Ludmila Savchenko, Co-Director, “Azov-98”, Rostov State University,
Olga Voronina, Head of Educational Programs, MCGS. (1996-1997)
Project Managers:
Larissa Lunyakova, Ph.D., MCGS,
Tatiana Bychkova, Moscow,
Elena Geveling, Tver,
Olga Talanova, Togliatti,
Svetlana Arkhipova, Moscow.
Sponsored by the Ford Foundation