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History On Tap: ‘From Bride Price to Gay Propaganda: 90 Years Of Sexuality Legislation In Central Asia’

on December 6, 2017 - 11:13am


Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap, with an engaging discussion led by Samuel Buelow. History on Tap, part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District, is 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square ... don't forget that UnQuarked now serves food!

Buelow will speak on the topic “From Bride Price to Gay Propaganda: 90 Years of Sexuality Legislation in Central Asia” Control of gender and sexuality has featured heavily in modernizing projects across the globe. The Soviet Union was no exception regarding those efforts. From banning traditional practices, such as bride price, to present-day attempts to curb the "spread" of "non-traditional sexuality," both Russia and the Central Asian republics have legislated sexuality in the name of modernity.

Drawing on historical accounts of Soviet-era legislation and ethnographic research on LGBT issues in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, this talk provides an overview of the relationship between gender, sexuality, modernity and law in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Russia from early Islamic and Soviet reforms to post-Soviet sexual revolution and today's gay panic.

Buelow recently earned his PhD in cultural anthropology from Indiana University. He has worked off and on in Central Asia for 15 years and researched LGBT issues there for 10 years.

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