In late December 2023, 50 years after the scandalous prosecution in an antisodomy case against filmmaker Sergei Parajanov, the Ukrainian authorities officially exonerated him. In this presentation, Averbuch will introduce hitherto unknown archival materials from the artist's case file. This talk will discuss how the Soviet Ukrainian authorities employed sexual dissent as a pretext for political purging. Averbuch will analyze how the Soviet Union inherited Russian imperial approaches to pathologizing queer people, and how the latter resisted oppression and managed to maintain queer life in Ukraine and the USSR at large.
Refreshments will be provided.
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University.
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