Wednesday 24 April, 6.30pm, TC014, University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH. Refreshments, 5.30pm, Elwes Reception.

When Professor Melanie Ilic delivers her inaugural lecture at the University of Gloucestershire on Wednesday 24 April she’ll bring to the floor a wealth of knowledge and research experience into Soviet women’s history.
Entitled: A Researcher Like Any Other, Professor Ilic’s lecture will discuss Soviet writer Natalya Baranskaya’s novella, A Week Like Any Other, which draws on her interest in Soviet women’s everyday lives. Melanie will also offer a personalised insight into conducting research in Russia’s libraries and archives, and share findings from her recent interview project on Life Stories of Soviet Women.
Melanie has published on topics ranging from the labour protection of women workers during the early Soviet period to the revival of local women’s organisations under Khrushchev, and from the victims of the Great Terror in the 1930s to the Soviet beauty contests of the late 1980s. Her current research projects focus on Soviet women’s participation in transnational women’s organisations during the Cold War and on the practice and ethics of conducting oral history interviews in the post-Soviet context.
Professor Ilic said: “”The lecture offers a platform to share the years of research work I have done in Soviet history with an audience of staff, students and the wider community. I will not only be revealing the everyday lives of Soviet women but I will also talk about the changing political context in which this research has been conducted.”
Melanie has taught Russian and Soviet History and Women’s History at the University of Gloucestershire for more than twenty years. During this time she was History Course Leader and, more recently, she has been Research Degrees tutor for postgraduate students in the Humanities. Melanie was also one of the designers of the Women’s Studies and the Politics and Society modular degree programmes in the 1990s.

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