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Eastern European, Balkan, and Middle Eastern Female Artists: Finding Their Own Voices in Writing, Cinema, and Art

Mar 21, 2019 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies as they host a 2-day international symposium which will bring together multiple female artists for a poetry reading, film screening, art exhibit and roundtable.

The symposium will introduce the works of culturally diverse female artists from Belarus, Bosnia, and Turkey to the Pittsburgh community, and, by including them into an academic discussion, will open up a new perspective on the ways of coping with the ideological breaks with everyday life, the tragic past, and the unpredictability of the present. A film screening, a poetry reading, and an art exhibit, presentations, and a roundtable discussion will focus on the challenges of analyzing womanhood, intersectionality of gender, religion, ethnic cultures, state regulations, and the realities of everyday life, making the category of woman less monolithic and more diverse in these cultures. During the two days of the symposium, participants and guests will explore the questions that have not adequately explored in these specific cultural-geographical regions—women’s voices, women’s creativity, women’s self-exploration, women’s bodies, women’s sexuality, and, overall, a fast-changing category of womanhood across the wide cultural landscape of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Middle East. The invited guests include Asja Bakić, a Bosnian writer and poet, Darya Zhuk, a Belarusian film director, and Münire (Mimi) Kırmaci, a Turkish artist and industrial designer.


Thursday, March 21, Alumni Hall 7th Floor Auditorium & Cathedral Views Gallery:

Poetry Reading and Discussion

Film Screening of Crystal Swan (2018)

Exhibit: Munire Kirmaci “Finding Her Own Voice: Beauty in the Mundane”



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