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Sanna Turoma
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Kaarina Aitamurto
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Maarit Elo-Valente
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Miikka Piiroinen
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Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Irina Yukina & Irina Sokhan (Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Russia)

Modern Intellectual Women: Corporal Practices of Self-Care and Academic Discourse

Metaphysical philosophical tradition and the traditional socio-cultural discourse viewed man as a binary being. The body and the mind were in conflict - the life of the body had been unworthy of man as a homo sapiens. Primarily, it referred to men. In this tradition, women looked as beings which were absorbed by bodily tasks and worries about everyday things completely and therefore were perceived as weak in spirit and mind beings. As a result, when women found themselves beyond the borders of the traditional female life they set the task of deconstruction of this pattern. Many ambitious women in the history of Russia, from the revolutionaries of modern intellectuals refused from traditional practices of female corporal care-of-yourself female practices of everyday life, so they represented their capabilities and abilities to intellectual and creative life. It is possible to say that the late imperial and Soviet society a specific female tradition of self-presentation and self-perception of intellectual women, whoever they were, politicians or scientists, has emerged. Today, despite of the changed philosophical discourse and within the postmodern discourse negation of physicality by intellectual women persists as a tradition. Women` practices of care-of-themselves have become the prerogative of glamor and popular culture, and intellectual woman still sacrifices herself and her body in the name of the "seriousness" of the male perception of themselves.