What Happened in 1917?: (No) Sex in the USSR? 1917 and Sexual Liberation

As part of The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolution, Calvert 22 Foundation is hosting a series of lively debates about the lasting impact of the “ten days that shook the world”.

What Happened in 1917? will bring together leading UK scholars and theorists with their counterparts from across the New East for critical explorations of the legacy of the Russian Revolution and our shifting views across the last 100 years.

Join us at these dynamic evenings for lively discussions and new perspectives on social history, economics, sex, media, alcohol and fashion.

(No) Sex in the USSR? 1917 and Sexual Liberation

Was 1917 the original Sexual Revolution?

The Russian Revolution brought with it the decriminalisation of male homosexuality and female prostitution, the introduction of secular marriage and access to sexual health and abortion… But what was the real impact on the lives of men and women? This panel will discuss how sex, gender and politics were transformed by new attitudes following 1917, and what connections we can see with present day attitudes and struggles for personal and sexual freedoms.

Participating speakers:

Chaired by Dr Richard Mole, Senior Lecturer in Political Sociology and the Politics and Sociology Programme Coordinator at SSEES, UCL.

Ilia Kalinin is Associate Professor at the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences, State University of St Petersburg. His research focuses on the self-fashioning of the Soviet subject as well as identity in contemporary Russia. He has published widely on Russian cultural topics and is editor-in-chief of the Moscow-based journal Emergency Rations: Debates on Politics and Culture.

Olga Khoroshilova is an Assistant Professor at the St Petersburg State University of Technology and Design. She is the author of several books on the connections between politics and fashion, including The Young and The Beautiful. Fashion in the 1920s (2016). She regularly writes in art and fashion publications in Russia.

Olga Matich is a Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UC Berkeley, California. Her research interests include Russian Modernism, the modern city, Russian diaspora and representations of the body and sexuality. Her books include Erotic Utopia: The Decadent Imagination in Russia’s Fin de Siecle (2005).

Organised in partnership with the European University at St Petersburg.

Booking terms & conditions

A deposit of £5 will be taken in lieu of a ticket, which will be fully refunded when you attend the event or send someone else in your place. Not attending the event and not sending anyone else in your place will mean you lose your deposit.

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We have a 12-hour cancellation policy, meaning you can cancel your ticket up to 12 hours before the event start time by emailing [email protected] and the deposit will be refunded to your account. For any cancellations made outside this time frame the deposit becomes non-refundable.