In May 7, 2015, NGO “Quadrivium” organized a panel discussion “Study of Women’s Experience in the Second World War: Everyday Life in the Extraordinary Historical Circumstances”, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
In May 7, 2015, NGO “Quadrivium” organized a panel discussion “Study of Women’s Experience in the Second World War: Everyday Life in the Extraordinary Historical Circumstances”, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. It was organized with the assistance of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, the Students Scientific Historical Society of the Department of History, Political Science and International Relations, and with financial support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
The event was held as an alternative to traditional lectures on the events and consequences of World War II. It aimed at rethinking the women’s experience of the war that largely remained ignored by historians.
The main experts and participants of the panel discussion were:
– Oksana Kis, Ph.D., senior scientific worker, doctoral candidate of the Ethnology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, president of the Ukrainian Association of Women’s History Researchers;
– Olena Stiazhkina, Dr., professor at the Department of Slavic History of Donetsk National University, writer, member of the Ukrainian Association of Women’s History Researchers and the Ukrainian Association of Oral History;
– Marta Havryshko, Ph.D., junior scientific worker of Ivan Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, scientific worker of the Center for Research on the Liberation Movement.
Discussion on women’s experience of World War II by professional experts and scientists made it possible to obtain the deep information that exceeds the traditional stereotype vision of a woman within a triangle traitress – victim – heroine.
Participants of the discussion revealed a complex picture of women’s everyday life in the extraordinary historical circumstances: women’s participation in combat operations and peculiarities of being in the military captivity, gender dimensions of women’s experience in the Soviet and national underground movement, life within occupied territories, the complex issues of violence against women and women’s participation in violence during the war etc.
During the discussion there was a presentation of the newly published collection of scientific papers “Women of the Central and Eastern Europe in the Second World War: the Gender Specificity of Experience in Times of Extreme Violence” edited by Helinada Hrinchenko, Kateryna Kobchenko and Oksana Kis (Kyiv, 2015).