Postdoctoral fellow at CBEES.

Yulia Gradskova

Postdoctoral fellow at CBEES. Received her PhD in 2007 with the dissertation Soviet People with Female Bodies: Performing Beauty and Maternity in Soviet Russia.

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Articles by Yulia Gradskova

  1. An innovative guidebook to St. Petersburg. Breaking through the invisibility of Muslim history and culture

    Renat Bekkin and Almira Tagirdz-hanova, Musulmanskii St. Peterburg.Istoricheskii putevoditel. [Muslim St. Petersburg: Historical Guidebook; The Life of Muslims in St. Petersburg and Its Suburbs] Renat Bekkin and Almira Tagirdzhanova. Moscow and St. Petersburg, 2016, 639 pages.

  2. Female shuttle trade between Belarus and Lithuania. Dissertation review

    Volha Sasunkevich, “From Political Borders to Social Boundaries: History of Female Shuttle Trade on the Belarus–Lithuania Borderland (1990—2011)” (PhD diss., Greifswald University, 2013).

  3. Translating “gender equality” Northwestern Russia meets the global gender equality agenda

    The unsuccessful “translation” of “gender equality” into Russian reveals numerous difficulties and indicates that the realization of the transnational feminist agenda could meet with serious obstacles not only in the countries of the “Third World”, but also in some former “Second World” countries.


    In the first post-revolutionary years the Bolshevik government saw Tatar and Bashkir women as important allies. Muslim women from the Volga-Ural region were to be educated and taught about their rights, and this educational campaign was seen as contributing to the development of the new socialist society. Women’s ignorance was seen by the Soviet authorities as an obstacle to progress which had to be overcome with the help of the new institutions like Commissions for the Improvement of the Work and Everyday Life of Women.

  5. Pussy Riot and Femen: Strategies of Symbolic Violence

    Comment written jointly with Irina Sandomirskaja on Pussy Riot: Reflections on Receptions However, in the post-modern Russian society, radical protest […]

  6. War, masculinity, and memory. Recruited into a foreign army

    Ene Kõresaar (ed.)Soldiers of Memory World War II and its Aftermath in , Estonian Post-Soviet Life Stories, Amsterdam & New York Rodopi 2011, 441 pages

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