11th International Summer School “Gender and precariat” will take place in Moldova on 10-24 July 2022. Organisers of the summer school are Ivanovo Center for Gender Studies (Russia), Moldova State University, Moldova National Coalition “Life Without Violence” and the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.

During the summer school we will focus on two topics: gender-based violence during the war and precariat.

Russia’s war in Ukraine has changed the life of millions of people and especially of women and children within a few minutes. Women become victims of gender-based violence and even war crimes. Feminism sees war as a result of national policies which are elaborated by men. From this perspective, organised gender based-violence is a product of the existing hierarchical gender system.  

The programme includes several topics on gender and war:

  • Why it is difficult to gather evidences on gender-based war crimes
  • War and trafficking
  • Transitional justice.

Another issue in society that concerns women most is precarity. In the book “The Precariat: the New Dangerous Class” published in 2011, Guy Standing developed a new theory of precariat by studying the changes on the labour market due to globalisation and implementation of new technologies in all spheres of labour. These changes caused the emerging of precariat as an agglomerate of different social groups, especially immigrants, youth, and women, who suffer the most from these processes and whose position become insecure. In the contemporary world, precarity is embracing more and more people, and COVID-19 and Russia’s war in Ukraine, having influenced catastrophically economies of many countries, have led to the situation that labour in most spheres has become precarious, and social inequality has deepened.

Such feminist scholars as Butler, Puar, McRobbie and Zheng influenced greatly the development theory of precariat. Our summer school proposes to address the question of precarity on various levels. The programme includes four topics on gender and precariat:

  • Feminist approach to precarity
  • Gender, precariat and labour
  • Gender, precariat and academia
  • Precarity and migration.

Target audience: researchers, teachers, graduate students, undergraduates, activists of civil society, women’s and trade union organisations (20-25 participants).

Aims:

– to give the participants an overview of feminist approaches to the precariat theory

– to discuss the existing and new forms of cooperation between academia, NGO and trade unions in order to mobilise ourselves in the face of the current and looming crises;

– to decide how we can address this moment of extreme precarity, which also exists in academia, and transform it into a moment of inclusion in which civil society institutions will have space for various subaltern voices to be heard.

The lectures will be held from Monday to Friday, from 9.30 to 15.30-16.00. At weekends, to comply with the participants’ request, excursions to the historical and cultural sights of Moldova are held what will allow to get acquainted with the culture and history of this ancient country.

Summer school venue: the first week – university hotel in Chisinau, the second week – in the famous agritouristic region Orhei.

Deadline for application: 15 May, 2022.

If you would like to participate in the Summer School please send an email to Olga Shnyrova: oshnyrova9@gmail.com.

The participants who will complete the course successfully will receive certificates.