Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi
A book reading and discussion with author Dan Healey, Professor of Modern Russian History at the University of Oxford.
Join us at Gay's the Word for what will be a fascinating, considered and vital discussion about the roots and politicization of Russian homophobia.
A Free event. RSVP here on Facebook so we have a sense of numbers.
Examining nine 'case histories' that reveal the origins and evolution of homophobic attitudes in modern Russia, Dan Healey argues that the nation's contemporary homophobia can be traced back to the particular experience of revolution, political terror and war its people endured after 1917.
The book explores the roots of homophobia in the Gulag, the rise of a visible queer presence in Soviet cities after Stalin, and the political battles since 1991 over whether queer Russians can be valued citizens. Healey also reflects on the problems of 'memorylessness' for Russia's LGBT movement more broadly and the obstacles it faces in trying to write its own history. The book makes use of little-known source material - much of it untranslated archival documentation - to explore how Russians have viewed same-sex love and gender transgression since the mid-20th century.
Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi provides a compelling background to the culture wars over the status of LGBT citizens in Russia today, whilst serving as a key text for all students of modern Russia.
“A thorough, impeccably researched portrait of persecution.” – Attitude
“Dan Healey's expert analysis of homophobia's history in Russia uses riveting case studies of lesbian and gay life and the law to paint a vivid picture of queerness and its persecution from the 1930s through to the Putin era. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the uphill battle for LGBTQ rights and recognition in contemporary Russia.” – Valerie Sperling, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, Clark University, USA
“In this meticulously researched and highly readable book, Healey draws on a lifetime of ground-breaking research on homosexuality in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia to trace the roots of Russia's antipathy towards sexual deviance from the anti-homosexual politics of Stalin to the politicisation of homophobia and 'gay propaganda' under Vladimir Putin. A fascinating insight into sexual politics in Russia.” – Richard Mole, Senior Lecturer in Political Sociology, University College London, UK
Dan Healey is Professor of Modern Russian History at the University of Oxford, UK. He is the author of several books and articles on modern Russian history, including Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia: The Regulation of Sexual and Gender Dissent (2001) - which was designated proxime accessit for the Royal Historical Society's 2001 Gladstone History Book Prize - and Bolshevik Sexual Forensics: Diagnosing Sexual Disorder in Clinic and Courtroom, 1917-1939 (2009). He is also the editor of Soviet Medicine: Culture, Practice, Science (2010), with F. Bernstein and C. Burton, and Russian Masculinities in History and Culture (2002), with B. Clements and R. Friedman.