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Center for Civic Engagement Presents

Monday, March 13, 2017
Division of the Russian Academia on LGBT Issues: Police Science vs Human Rights 
Olin, Room 205
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Alexander Kondakov
European University at St. Petersburg, Russia
Please join us for a talk with Alexander Kondakov, Assistant Professor, European University at St.Petersburg, Russia & Researcher, Center for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg & Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Social Policy Studies, Higher School of Economics, Moscow. 

This talk draws on research of Russian sociologists as well on the speaker's analysis of academic publications generated in the aftermath of legal ban of the so-called “propaganda of homosexuality” in Russia. The studies suggest that Russian scholars assume a specific role in relation to various governmental initiatives characterized by police functions rather than academic rigor or empirical argumentation. Nevertheless, there are academic institutions that engage in critical examinations of current policies. It is especially evident from the writings about LGBT rights as human rights in Russia. This presentation offers an overview of the political and historical circumstances in which the Russian academia functions and provides an insightful account of this sort of division.

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Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Olin, Room 205