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2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars
2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars Fellow
Brendan McElmeel (he/him/his)
Comrades in Love: Intimacy and Morality in Soviet Institutions and Everyday Life
“Comrades in Love” is a study of intimacy and morality at various levels of Soviet society—official ideology, professional discourse, everyday practice, and the spaces in between. Using published professional sources, Komsomol (Communist Youth League) and popular media, archival materials, and oral interviews, I examine the terms of debate around intimacy in the postwar decades, including what was sayable (or not) in professional and state discourse, and how people engaged with or repurposed authoritative norms.