Williamstown: Panel discussion to explore Russian feminist punk-rock collective

Tuesday February 26, 2013

A panel discussion at Williams College will explore the Russian Feminist Punk-Rock Collective Pussy Riot at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Griffin Hall, room 3. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel members are Eliot Borenstein of New York University, Ksenia Gorbenko of Penn State, Mark Lipovetsky of the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Jennifer Suchland of the Ohio State University.

Pussy Riot was founded in August 2011 and has a variable membership of about 11 women. The group stages unauthorized, provocative guerilla performances, which take place in unusual public locations. The lyrical themes of the collective’s music include feminism, LGBTQ rights, and opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In February 2012, five group members staged a performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The protest resulted in the arrest and later conviction of three of the group members on charges of hooliganism. The trial and sentence of the three members have attracted much criticism, especially in the West.

The panel discussion will explore the public protests that brought the Pussy Riot members to prominence and will look into the ideology behind the punk-rock group and the repercussions of their guerilla performances in Russia and around the world.


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