Gay & Lesbian Slavists Caucus
The Gay & Lesbian Slavists Caucus is an informal community of scholars.
We Slavists have been behind our colleagues in other languages as far as
women's studies are concerned, to say nothing of queer theory! In part this
has to do with the target culture, as well as with the dominance of more
conservative emigre Russians in the field. For years the only serious scholarly
work in Russian gay studies was that of Prof. Simon Karlinsky, who began
writing about gay topics in the 70s. At professional meetings we had cocktail
parties for gay Slavists, but they were by invitation only and word of mouth.
Papers on gay or lesbian topics were few and far between.
It was only in 1992 that we initiated the first panels on alternative
sexualities in Russia and Eastern Europe, first at AATSEEL, then at AAASS
and began advertising our cocktail hours openly.
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