‘Our gender is female’: Accidental ethnography during a consultancy for the Council of Europe on Women’s Political Participation in Russia
We are happy to invite you to the next to the last seminar of the spring series, organized by the project group "Women and Gender in Public Administration". Our guest lecturers Marianna Muravyeva and Joanna Pares Hoare will talk about their research “‘Our gender is female’: Accidental ethnography during a consultancy for the Council of Europe on Women’s Political Participation in Russia”.
The practice of international organisations commissioning academic researchers to produce research on different policy issues is well established. The research usually follows a set pattern of a review of international and national ‘best practice’, interviews and focus groups with ‘key stakeholders’, and production of a report with policy recommendations. There is little opportunity in this framework for reflection on findings that fall outside of the policy requirements of the organisation, or on the process of research. In this presentation, we attempt to do just that. We reflect on our experience of carrying out research commissioned by the Council of Europe on women’s political participation in Russia, and the ‘accidental findings’ that we took away from the project on how women political actors in Russia strategically engage with the concepts of gender and equality.
Marianna Muravyeva is a Professor of Russian Law and Administration at the University of Helsinki. Her research is interdisciplinary bringing together history, social sciences and law to examine long-term trends and patterns in social development with a special focus on normativity, gender and violence. Some of her most recent projects focus on violence against women, family violence (violence against parents and domestic violence), the history of crime (homicide and, particularly, femicide), legal history, gender history, and history of sexuality.
Joanna Pares Hoare undertook doctoral research on gender, activism, and international development in Kyrgyzstan. Joanna now works as an independent research consultant specialising in gender and development for international development and human rights organisations, including the United Nations, Amnesty International, Oxfam, the International Center for Research on Women, and the Council of Europe.
The seminar will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 6 pm (MSK).
Working language is English.
Seminar will be online via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 952 2524 1839
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