As an organization that promotes research on gender and marginalized groups in Russia, the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, AWSS supports work that will create a more equitable and humane world through our scholarship, teaching, service, and ways of life. It is in this spirit that we have issued a series of letters in response to developments in our field and beyond that concern not only the scholars we represent, but also our students, colleagues, and institutions. Around the world, the social conditions for those who identify as women or LGBTQIA are inextricably tied with race, socioeconomic status, and social location. Thus, we have an interest in making a commitment to challenging sexist, homophobic, transphobic, racist, classist, and ableist structures that reproduce injustice. On this page you will find our statements on these issues in response to current events or developments in our field.
Statement From the Board in Response to the Eruptions of Hate Speech on the SEELANGS Listserv
The AWSS Board unanimously supports this letter on inclusive communication. A new listserv, Seee News, has been created. It is a moderated listserv and is for announcements about events, publications, jobs, conferences, CFPs, etc. It has a zero tolerance policy for harassment and hate speech. Posts are sent to the list after they are approved by the list moderators. You can sign up here: https://lists.osu.edu/mailman/
Statement From the Board in Response to the March 16, 2021 Atlanta Spa Shootings
The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS), in tandem with our peer institutions and organizations, condemns the recent incidences of anti-Asian violence and especially the recent attacks targeting women. For Asian American and Pacific Islander women, Asian women, and women of Asian descent in settler colonial settings and elsewhere, misogyny and racism are inextricably linked. The mission of AWSS is to promote research and teaching on women and gender in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. This includes supporting and highlighting research and teaching, which exposes what Georgia State Rep. Bee Nguyen described as the brutality experienced “at the intersection of gender-based violence, misogyny and xenophobia." This type of violence has no national or state boundaries. AWSS deplores such acts and stands in solidarity with victims of this gendered and racialized violence as well as those who research it.
The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) has signed the American Council of Learned Societies Statement Condemning Anti-Asian Violence. AWSS, as an affiliate organization of ASEEES, supports this decision.
We also extend our support to the Association for Asian Studies Statement on Anti-Racism and Violence and encourage our members to review the materials provided by AAS about racist violence.
Past advocacy statements from the AWSS President and Board can be found at the below links: