Friday, 31 March 2023 to Sunday, 2 April 2023

Academic Hierarchies and Public Intellectuals: The Role of Women in Soviet and Post-Soviet Philosophy

Fri31  Mar02:30pm(15 mins)
James Watt South Room 355
Dr Tatiana  Levina


Tatiana Levina1
1 Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen, KWI, Germany


In 2020-21 conservative commentators and politicians have devised an anti-feminist agenda in order to challenge demands for gender and racial equality, the decriminalization of domestic violence, and the struggle against harassment. Vladimir Putin openly criticizes the concept of gender. As women’s role in society is reduced to the traditional values of motherhood, it should be noted that women in Russia have little opportunity to influence state politics. We now see what ideological schemes are used in propaganda, who broadcasts them and how this shapes public consciousness. That said, philosophy and its conditions are important to society. There are only a few women in Russian philosophy and science who are considered influential. The same is with women public intellectuals. Despite the war in Ukraine, that changed life enormously, the hierarchy survived; the voices of Russian-speaking male academics are mostly heard. An interesting case about the state of the field of Soviet, and Post-Soviet philosophy is the book series, devoted to the works of prominent Russian and Soviet philosophers. The first series consists of 21 volumes. 37 volumes are planned to be published in the second. The only woman mentioned, Lubov Akselrod, is not a hero of the whole volume. How the exclusion of women in philosophy point to political processes in Russia?