Elizaveta Gaufman – Weaponizing femininity: gendered discourse in Russian foreign policy

Date: 16/05/2023

Time: 17:30 - 19:00

Location: H401

Lisa Gaufman is Assistant Professor of Russian Discourse and Politics in the Department of European Languages and Cultures at the University of Groningen. She is the author of Security Threats and Public Perception: Digital Russia and the Ukraine Crisis (Palgrave, 2017) and Everyday Foreign Policy: Performing and Consuming the Russian Nation after Crimea (Manchester University Press, 2023).



About her lecture:

Feminization rhetoric is a staple in foreign policy discourse. In order to assert their dominance, state leaders often try to project masculinity and diminish femininity. In this presentation, she shows how the discourse of femininity was weaponized by the Russian government in order to legitimize the current invasion of Ukraine.

Related to the topic of gender and securitisation discourse, you can read Gaufman’s art Damsels in Distress: Fragile masculinity in digital war here. 


Please note that this event is free, however its capacity is limited – only via RSVP. If you wish to participate, please send an email to Micol Manunta mentioning your name and the number of people who wish to join.


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This series of lectures took place in the frame of the activities organised for the SPEME partners visiting Amsterdam throughout the whole month of May. Click here to see the full programme.