Kristen Ghodsee

is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College and a Senior External Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). She is the author of five books, including The Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe (2015) and Lost in Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life After Communism (2011), both published by Duke University Press.


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Fantasies of feminist history in eastern Europe

A response to Slavenka Drakulic

Responding to Slavenka Drakulic’s recent Eurozine article on the situation of women caught up in the post-’89 transition, Kristen Ghodsee and Adriana Zaharijevic reconsider notions of “emancipation from above” and the grassroots participation of ordinary women in both the East and the West.