EHI Seminar

On May 11, 2021 from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm we will receive, Jill Massino (Associate Professor, Department of History, University of North Carolina-Charlotte) on the topic: Ambiguous Transitions: Gender, the State, and Everyday Life in Socialist and Postsocialist Romania.

Drawing on oral history interviews, legislation, and media, this talk examines the gendered dimensions of life in state socialist Romania. It demonstrates that gender policies, as well as women’s everyday lives, were characterized by ambiguities: while the state transformed women’s life trajectories through universal education, mass employment, and increased access to consumer goods and leisure, at the same time it undermined women’s reproductive freedom and access to divorce. Moreover, traditional ideas about gender continued to shape ordinary attitudes and behaviors, underscoring the challenges associated with transforming social relationships.  The talk will conclude by considering the ambiguities of postsocialism and underscore the salience of socialism for understanding women’s roles and relationship to the state. 

Front cover, ‘Femeia’ (The Woman) Magazine, 1978