The memory and the history of the activities of oppositional dissident groups during state socialism in Hungary has been created so far mostly by neglecting gender aspects. The scholars in the analyses of the emancipation politics of the East Central European ex-Soviet block countries after the transition mobilise gender aspects, ... (Show more)
The memory and the history of the activities of oppositional dissident groups during state socialism in Hungary has been created so far mostly by neglecting gender aspects. The scholars in the analyses of the emancipation politics of the East Central European ex-Soviet block countries after the transition mobilise gender aspects, yet in Hungary the activites of women and their critical literature have not received much attention yet.
The recent paper aims to examine if the gender inequalities, the facts of discrimination and subordinating mechanisms in public and private life which prevailed during state socialism actually formulated part of the discourse of the oppositional circles, the so called “secondary”, samizdat publicity and if not, why? Some oppositional groups genuinely formulated their feminist criticism towards the state-socialist establishment in Soviet block countries in the 1970s and 80s in several countries (including e.g. ex-Yugoslavia, Russia)
Thus the question can be raised: in what way women activists took part in the counter-culture and oppositional initiatives and discussions in Hungary and in what way and why their contribution is left out from the history of these oppositional movements so far?
The research is based on primary sources: including contemporary publications, samizdats, and personal interviews with ex-activists and participants.
Women and Gender
Judit Acsády, PhD, sociologist, senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology at the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her PhD in Sociology was obtained in 2005 (University ELTE, Budapest). Disssertation: ‘Emancipation and Identity’. (2005). She attended post-graduate courses at University of Amsterdam (1990-91) and at EHSS in Paris (1995-96). Her main research fields include gender studies, social history, feminism and social movements. She took part in several international research projects ( e.g. EIGE, GENDERWISE ). She is member of an international research network ‘Aftermath of war’ organized by Ingrid Sharp and Matthew Stibbe. She published journal articles and book chapters in several languages. She organized workshops and international conferences. She gave courses as guest lecturer at Corvinus and ELTE Universities. She is member of the Editorial Board of the Interdisciplinary eJournal of Gender Studies. Mother of a twenty-one year old son.