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In the third lecture of the Gossips series, Russian theorist Oxana Timofeeva discusses slut-shaming as a phenomenon that can be traced back to the 16th century.

19:30 – 21:00
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite 

Entrance to the museum is free of charge from 17:00-21:00 


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


This programme has been cancelled

During the third lecture in the Gossips series, Russian theorist Oxana Timofeeva will think through the writings of Russian revolutionary and proto-feminist Alexandra Kollontai.

While early communist ideology is better known for its project of a gender-neutral ‘new man’, Alexandra Kollontai anticipated the birth of a ‘new woman’ in the process of historical emancipation. What would this new woman look like? And if this woman is free, how does she navigate a world that is not?

A sexually emancipated woman in a sexist, unemancipated world is still a victim of blame, accusations and moral attacks. In her talk, Timofeeva will develop a philosophical critique of the phenomenon of slut-shaming, introducing the idea of a deep connection between polyandry and comradeship.

Oxana Timofeeva

Oxana Timofeeva is a professor in the department of sociology and philosophy at the European University, St. Petersburg, a member of the artistic collective Chto Delat? (‘What is to be done?’), a deputy editor of the journal Stasis, and the author of the books History of Animals and Introduction to the Erotic Philosophy of Georges Bataille.


This lecture series aims to bring women together to breathe new life to the concept of the 'gossip’, which originally meant female companion, as a support structure for women’s ideas, thinking processes and exchanges. It sets out to collectivise feminist discourses and create a platform through which new utterances can counteract all the words used to define and degrade women. It also aims to establish an open dialogue with its audiences. The series is curated by iLiana Fokianaki. 

Thursday Bite

Before the event you can enjoy a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will serve a light vegetarian meal. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7.70 up to a day before the event via the Tickets link.

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