February 19.

Diana Mincyte

“Gender Politics in the Shadows: The Racialization of the Rural/Urban Divide in Europeanizing Lithuania?”

Please join us February 19 for our second meeting of the Spring 2016 semester.

Before joining CUNY, she has held research and teaching fellowships at Harvard University, New York University, Yale University, and the Rachel Carson Center of Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany. Her research examines environmental and justice dimensions of agro-food systems in eastern Europe and the United States. Mincyte’s publications include articles in Environment and Planning D, Agriculture and Human Values, Sociologia Ruralis, Slavic Review, among others, book chapters, and several guest-edited special issues.

Diana Mincyte, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Science. New York City  College of Technology, CUNY.

All meetings take place at NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, 285 Mercer Street (between Waverly and Washington), 7th floor from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.

January 22.

Julia Woesthoff, ” Race, Religion, Nation: Debating Intermarriage in 1960s West Germany”

Please join us January 22 for our first meeting of the spring semester, 2016.

Julia Woesthoff, Associate Professor of History, DePaul University  on debates on intermarriage in 1960s West Germany.


Her talk is part of her ongoing research on ethnicity, migration, and gender after 1945 in Germany. She is currently working on a book on intermarriage debates in the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany).


All meetings take place at NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, 285 Mercer Street (between Waverly and Washington), 7th floor from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.

SPRING 2016 Workshop Schedule

We have an exciting program planned for this SPRING! Come join us beginning January 22!

Spring Schedule 2016

January 22. Julia Woesthoff, Associate Professor of History, DePaul University

“Race, Religion, Nation: Debating Intermarriage in 1960s West Germany”

February 19. Diana Mincyte, Assistant Professor, Department of Social
Science. New York City College of Technology, CUNY.

“Gender Politics in the Shadows: The Racialization of the Rural/Urban Divide in Europeanizing Lithuania?”

March 11. Dr. Jessica Zychowicz, Postdoctoral Fellow, Munk School,
University of Toronto.

“Why Art Now? Kyiv Artists’ Visual Narratives of Identity, Gender, and Conflict in Ukraine”

April 15. Carol Silverman, Professor, University of Oregon,
Department of Anthropology and Folklore Program

“Gendered Migration of Muslim Balkan Roma: Work, Sexuality, and Ritual in NY and Germany”

May 20. Dr. Indira Kajosevic Skoric, Ph.D. Adjunct, Kingsborough
Community College, CUNY and SUNY/Plattsburg

“The Women’s Court and Gender Justice after the Last Wars in the Western Balkans” Read more of this post

Party for Ann Snitow’s new book

Please join us to celebrate the publication of

Ann Snitow’s remarkable new book,

The Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary

(Duke University Press, 2015),

a collection of 40 years of feminist thought and action



Monday, December 14th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The Orozco Room

66 W. 12th Street, Room 712

Wine & light refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by Eugene Lang College, The Gender Studies Program and the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies


December 11: Emily Channell-Justice, “‘These aren’t your values’: Feminism, Nationalism, and Conceptualizations of Europe in Ukraine”

Ps200_emily.channell-justicelease join us December 11 for our last meeting of the fall semester. Emily Channell-Justice, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at the City University of New York will share her research on gender and the Maidan protests in Ukraine.

All meetings take place at NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, 285 Mercer Street (between Waverly and Washington), 7th floor from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.

November 13: Mariya Ivancheva, “The Spirit of the Law: Mobilizing and/or Professionalizing the Women’s Movement in Bulgaria”

Our next meeting is Friday, November 13, when our speaker will be:

Mariya Ivancheva, post-doctoral researcher, Equality Studies Center, University College, Dublin.

 Mariya P Ivancheva obtained a PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology from CEU in 2013. After studying the rise and fall of Eastern European dissidents in the process of transformation in Eastern Europe, Ivancheva went on to explore another process in which intellectuals came to power to take part in processes of social change. Her doctoral dissertation explored the role of socialist intellectuals in the higher education reform in Bolivarian Venezuela.

During her PhD Ivancheva also worked on the project of Dr Andrea Krizsan and Dr Raluca Popa at CEU – “Mobilizing for Policy Change: Women’s Movements in Central and Eastern European Domestic Violence Policy Struggles”. In 2014 Ivancheva joined the School of Social Justice, University College Dublin, as a post-doctoral research assistant. There she works on the IRC funded project Equality of Opportunity in  Practice: Studies in Working, Learning, and Caring. The project explores new inequalities in the Irish higher education system: work-life ballance, gender divisions, and the new ethos of care(-lessness) in the new neoliberal academy. Ivancheva has published on topics as social movements, contentious politics, and intellectual dissent, history and legacy of socialism, gender, university reform and welfare policies in Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Further biographic and bibliographic details can be found here: https://ucd.academia.edu/MariyaIvancheva


All meetings take place at CEMS, 285 Mercer St. from 4:30 to 6:00pm.

October 30: Dubravka Ugrešić, “Women, Gender Image Building and Failures of Feminist Movements in Post-Yugoslav States”

Join us at CEMS on Friday, October 30, from 4:30 to 6:00 as we welcome essayist Dubravka Ugrešić, speaking on:

“Women, Gender Image Building and Failures of Feminist Movements in Post-Yugoslav States”

The NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies is located at 285 Mercer St (Between Waverly and Washington)

Dubravka Ugrešić is a novelist and essayist based in Amsterdam. Ugrešić began her career as an academic and writer at the University of Zagreb’s Institute for Theory of Literature. She was a vocal critic of the war that broke out in the former Yugoslavia in 1991, and left Croatia in 1993. She has held numerous professorships and fellowships including at the Free University of Berlin, Harvard, UCLA, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. For October 2015, she is in residence at Columbia University in the Department of Slavic Languages. ugresic
Ugrešić has received many prizes and awards, including the Jean Améry Essay Prize (Austria/Germany, 2012), the James Tiptree Literary Award (USA, 2010), and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature (1998). She was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize in 2009.
Ugrešić’s most recent publications in English include: Europe in Sepia (trans. David Williams) University of Rochester: Open Letter Books 2014; Karaoke Culture (trans. David Williams). University of Rochester: Open Letter Books 2011; and Baba Yaga Laid An Egg (trans. Ellen Elias-Bursac, Celia Hawkesworth, Mark Thompson). Edinburgh: Canongate 2009; New York: Grove Press 2010.  Karaoke Culture was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.
Source: Dubravka Ugrešić, website: http://www.dubravkaugresic.com/
Photo credit: Zeljko Koprolcec

A reception will follow the talk.

Upcoming related talk on sex, gender, and Russian politics

Janet Elise Johnson, Associate Professor, Brooklyn College, CUNY  

Boxing in Fast-Tracked Women:  Lessons from Russia about How Informal Politics Undermine Women’s Representation.

In the last two decades, authoritarian-leaning regimes have been recruiting women into politics; however, this influx has not led to real political advancement for these women or the broader representation of women’s interests. I examine this puzzle through the case of Putin’s Russia, bringing together new subfields of comparative politics, the study of Russia’s regime dynamics and feminist institutionalism.  I show how women are being informally fast-tracked into politics and then boxed in by informal rules, revealing dynamics probably at work in many types of regimes.

Date: October 22, 2015 – 4.15 – 6.15 pm

Place: The Political Science Lounge, Room: 5200,  CUNY Graduate Center

Manuela Dobos, February 16, 1936 – July 22, 2015

For those who knew Manuela Dobos, I am saddened to let you know that she died on July 22, 2015.

Manuela was a speaker at our Gender and Transformation workshop at NYU in the spring of 1998. She had been active in the 1990s in the Network of East-West Women, and was an expert on the region.  She had lived for some years in the former Yugoslavia and returned to the U.S. to get a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. Her research was in part financed by one of the two Fulbrights she received. She taught for decades at the College of Staten Island, specializing in Russian, East European, and women’s history. Manuela was an activist for the cause of social justice, equality, and human rights. She traveled often  to Bosnia in support of refugees . She was a founding member of Brooklyn Parents for Peace (now Brooklyn for Peace) and helped start Women for Women International, begun as a micro-credit program for groups of Bosnian women in postwar reconstruction. She was also passionately engaged with life on every level.

There will be a Memorial and Life Celebration for her
1:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Friends Meeting House
110 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Reception 4 p.m. at the home of Alan and Carolyne Eisenberg
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

For train directions to the Brooklyn Friends Meeting House here.

All are welcome to come to help us remember and celebrate this wonderful woman at one or both of the gatherings in her name.

A fund is being established in Manuela’s name which will provide a grant for research and travel for selected Antioch College students. Friends can also make a donation payable to Brooklyn for Peace or to Women for Women International.

Please distribute and forward to whomever you think would like to come. All are welcome to help us remember and celebrate this wonderful woman at one or both of the gatherings in her name.

Please feel free to email sashaczar@gmail.com with any questions, Obituary and memorial information can also be viewed at http://www.copelandfhnp.com/obituaries/Manuela-Dobos/.

Visit our community site: Manuela’s helping hands.

Please help out the Network of East-West Women

Dear Friends,

As most of you know, I’ve been working in East Central Europe—it’s been twenty three years now!—to foster discussion and mutual support among feminists through the NGO I co-founded, The Network of East-West Women.

You may also be aware that all the feminist activists and institutions we have worked with in East Central Europe are currently under serious threat as right-wing, openly misogynist governments and movements are attacking what they are calling “gender ideology.”

In these lean and right-turning times, the Network, and its extraordinary Book and Journal Project, can’t continue our work without our far-flung feminist community. Who will fund feminist activists now? It’s got to be us.

Please help!

You can contribute via PayPal or via check. For PayPal, log into your account, and enter newwny@igc.org and the amount you would like to donate.

To pay by check, make it out to the Network of East-West Women and send to:

Ann Snitow
The Network of East-West Women

For more info on NEWW


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