Evgenia Platonova Participated in a Conference “Constructing ‘Soviet’?” Held in European University in Saint Petersburg
Second year student of the Master’s Programme 'Applied and Interdisciplinary History «Usable Pasts»' tells about her experience in a young researchers’ conference.
The 13th Young Researcher’s Conference “Constructing ‘Soviet’?: Political Consciousness, Everyday Practices, New Identities” was held in the European University in Saint Petersburg on April 26th – 27th. This year young historians, cultural scientists and philologists had a chance to discuss the questions of representation of Soviet everyday practices in movies and literature, problems of soviet gender order and new approaches to studying socialism space and soviet experience memory.
Evgenia made a presentation on topic “Borders of Masculine in Leningrad’s Fashion Discourse during Thaw” in the section on Soviet masculinity models. The presentation concerned the construction of Soviet masculinity through the analysis of the official plot of masculine appearance in 1953-1965, based on materials of Leningrad House of Models.
Evgenia told about the attitude towards masculine body in the Leningrad’s fashion discourse, which things and colors were marked as “masculine” by the Arts Council of the Leningrad House of Models, which things were discussed on debates, and how had the masculine appearance changed during the Thaw. The discussion on Evgenia’s work concerned the questions of European fashion of 1950s’ influence on Soviet imagination on masculine normativity and