Yulia Gradskova

Yulia Gradskova


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Works at Department of History
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 D, plan 9
Room 995
Postal address Historiska institutionen och Kulturvetarlinjen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

My research is  mainly dedicated to Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet social and gender history. I am also interested in Postsocialism, decolonial and transnational history.

My current project is dedicated to the Women's International Democratic Federation (WIDF) - an organization created in 1945 in Paris with  the aim of promoting women's rights and defence of peace. I work mainly with the archive materials  of the WIDF preserved in the Moscow archive of federation's Soviet member - the Committee of Soviet Women. With the help of these documents I explore the Soviet role in the organization. But, my particular focus is the WIDF's with for and with women from countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America (called the "Third World" during the Cold War period). I am interested in how much could they influence the organization's work and decision-making. The project uses transnational approach and postcolonial theories for analysing agency of women from the "Third world".


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2020. Yulia Gradskova. Women's History Review 20 (2), 270-288

    This article examines the work of the Women's International Democratic Federation (WIDF) with women from Africa, Asia and Latin America. It analyzes their role in the WIDF's decision-making process and activities during a period marked by decolonization and the intensification of women's rights activism outside Europe. This analysis contributes to a better understanding of the extent to which the WIDF's official position on support for the rights of women in the Global South was translated into the practical work of organization. The article is based on materials from Moscow archives that have hitherto not been explored in research on the WIDF. It shows that, in spite of the WIDF's formal anti-colonial stance, women from the Global South were not always given a voice or able to insert their demands into WIDF policy.

  • 2018. Yulia Gradskova. Turismhistoria i Norden, 71-84
  • 2013. Yulia Gradskova.

    The article is dedicated to the study of the cinematographic representations of two early Soviet emancipation projects: the emancipation of women and the emancipation of national minorities. In what ways did these two emancipation projects intersect? How were women of the “dominated” nations addressed and treated in the post-revolutionary years? In order to answer these questions I analyze three newsreels and six thematic films connected to the mentioned topics and produced between the mid-1920s and 1931. Films dealing with the “emancipation” of women not infrequently showed women from different regions, but, in addition to this intra-Soviet perspective on an all-Soviet dimension, I focus on several films dealing with the Volga-Ural region in particular. Soviet films from 1920 to the early 1930s give us more complex and multilateral information about both “emancipations” than do other Soviet documents. At the same time, they show that racialized images of “other” women were frequently used by Soviet filmmakers in order to emphasize the progress of the Soviet modernizing project.

  • 2013. Yuliya Gradskova. Ab Imperio (4), 113-144

    The article explores the cross-section of gender differences and colonial/imperial differences on the example of the Soviet campaign of emancipation of the minority women in the Volga-Ural region during the 1920s and early 1930s. Drawing from Soviet publications and archival documents on the Commission for the Improvement of Work and Everyday Life of Women, the article shows that in spite of its emancipatory potential, the official campaign censored alternative projects of women's emancipation that had emerged in the region before the Bolshevik revolution. At the same time, the institutionalized campaign for women's equality privileged female activists on ideological rather than ethnic grounds. However, the existing structure of socialization in reality promoted mainly those of Russian and in general, Slavic background, thus reifying the old colonial disposition.

  • 2010. Yulia Gradskova. Journal of Family History 35 (3), 271-285

    This article explores the role preschools played in state politics aimed at the family in Soviet Russia. The study is inspired by Foucault’s theory on governmentality and is based on an analysis of Doshkolnoe vospitanie, the largest Soviet magazine on preschool education. This article shows that Soviet children were analyzed scientifically and that parents in Soviet Russia were not freed from the responsibilities of bringing up and educating their children. The central function of preschools was to remind the parents of their responsibilities and to control their performance of them.

  • 2012. Yulia Gradskova. Nordic Fashion Studies, 3-18
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Last updated: August 2, 2020

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