Part of the online series, Intersectionality in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated pre-existing institutional, structural, and systemic discrimination and inequality in societies across the world. Furthermore, continued campaigns against gender and LGBTQ equity in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, racism in the United States, and the social protest movements that rose in response to such exclusionary projects have reinforced calls for intersectional approaches in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (SEEES). Class, ethnicity and race, dis/ability, gender and sexuality, and other identity markers interweave to produce inequality differently in Eastern Europe and Eurasia than in the Americas or Western Europe. Yet, it is these very differences that provide a rich ground for intellectual conversations in our field.
PEDAGOGY AND PRACTICE:
Addressing Intersectionality Through Course Design
2-3:30 pm (ET) | 1-2:30 pm (CT) | 12-1:30 pm (MT) | 11am-12:30 pm (PT)
Thomas Garza is the UT Regents' and University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Gaza received his doctorate from Harvard University. During his 30-year tenure at UT, Prof. Garza has received multiple awards for teaching excellence and diversity inclusion. His research interests span a broad array of topics from Russian language teaching methodology to the Chechen Wars. Prof. Gaza's current project (Bandits No More: Marginal Masculinities in Contemporary Mexican and Russian Popular Cultures) explores gender theory and masculinity studies in the portrayal of Russian and Latino men in the 1990s and 2000s. In addition, Prof. Garza serves as Director of the Liberal Arts Texas Language Center and Affiliated Faculty in the Program in Comparative Literature and the Center for Mexican-American Studies.
Frank G. Karioris is a Visiting Lecturer of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. They received their Ph.D. in Comparative Gender Studies with a Specialization in Sociology & Social Anthropology from Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, he worked as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan where he created and directed the first academic program in Gender Studies in Central Asia. His work has been published in various peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Gender Studies, The Journal of Men's Studies, Institute for Development Studies (IDS) Bulletin, and Culture Unbound. They are currently working on a co-authored monograph with Dr. Jonathan A. Allan title The Full Package: Aesthetics, Masculinity, and the Market which is under contract with the University of Chicago Press. His sole-authored monography Educating for Marriage: The University's Role in Sex and Sexuality on Campus will be published by Lexington Books in 2019. He is editor - with Dr. Jonathan A. Allan and Dr. Chris Haywood - the of the Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities, published by Berghahn Journals starting 2020.
S.A. Karpukhin is a Lecturer in the German, Nordic, and Slavic Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having studied at Irkutsk State University, Dr. Karpukhin received a Ph.D. from UW-Madison in Russian Literature. Her research interests include classical antiquity and tradition, theories of reception, gender and sexuality, the Russian Silver Age, and novels by Vladimir Nabokov. In an essay titled, Lost in Trasition: Can Inclusivity Cross a Language Barrier? (Los Angels Review of Books), Dr. Karpukhin explores Cultural authenticity and sociolinquistics to compare inclusive language differences and Russian attitudes towards American cultural trends.