April 5, Ileana (Voichita) Nachescu, Ph.D., “Beyond Mail Order Brides: Eastern European Women Immigrants in the United States”

Ileana (Voichita) Nachescu, Ph.D.
Teaching Instructor (full-time),
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University

“Beyond Mail Order Brides:
Eastern European Women Immigrants in the United States”

4:30 to 6 p.m.
53 Washington Square South, Floor 3 E

All are welcome, but please RSVP: Nanette Funk NFunk@brooklyn.cuny.edu or Sonia Jaffe Robbins sjr1991@gmail.com so that we can leave your name at the door.

Dr. Ileana (Voichita) Nachescu is currently Teaching Instructor (full-time) in the Women’s annachescu-headshotd Gender Studies Department at Rutgers University. A former postdoctoral fellow with the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University, she is the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching award from the University at Buffalo, where she received her doctorate, and of grants from the Open Society Institute and Central European University.
In 1998, she co-founded the first Women’s Studies Center at her alma mater, the University of the West, Timisoara, Romania. She is currently finishing the monograph titled A Dimension of Humanism: Intellectual Activism and the National Alliance of Black Feminists (1974-1983). This project centers the history of the women’s liberation movement during the long 1970s on the activist and theoretical work of Midwestern African American feminists. Her second book project uses critical whiteness studies and a transnational feminist analysis to explore the experiences of recent Eastern Europeans immigrants dispossessed by their countries’ entrance into the global circuits of neoliberal capitalism after the end of state socialism.
She has chronicled the Romanian LGBTQ movement in both academic writing and journalism. In her creative nonfiction, she attempts to map the fraught and shifting contours of home from an immigrant’s perspective. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and is at work on a book-length project, Memoirs of a Socialist Childhood, in which she seeks to explore the articulations of gender, class, and race in a society of equals.

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Feb. 22: Dr. Dessie Zagorcheva, “How the Far Right Uses ‘Gender Ideology’ to Fight Equal Rights for Women and Minorities. The Case of Bulgaria”

Dr. Dessie Zagorcheva
Adjunct Assistant Professor, CUNY

“How the Far Right Uses ‘Gender Ideology’ to Fight Equal Rights
for Women and Minorities: The Case of Bulgaria”

4:30 to 6 p.m.
53 Washington Square South, Floor 3 E

All are welcome, but please RSVP to NFunk@brooklyn.cuny.edu so that we can leave your name at the door.

Dr. Dessie Zagorcheva teaches International Politics and American Government at CUNY. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, an M.A. from Central European University in Budapest and from Sofia University in Bulgaria. Her main research interests include democracy and democratic backsliding in post-Communist countries; far-right populism; and Russia’s hybrid warfare and disinformation campaigns. She has published in the Journal of Global Security Studies, as well as in International Security, The Journal of Slavic Military Relations, The National Interest, The International Lawyer, and others. She has presented papers at various conferences, including the Association for the Study of Nationalities., and has worked as a researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations and the East-West Institute in New York City.

Feb. 1:

Niina Vuolajarvi
Ph.D. student, Rutgers University

“Governing in the Name of Caring: The Nordic Model of Prostitution and Its Punitive Consequences for Migrants Who Sell Sex”

4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
53 Washington Square South

All are welcome, but please RSVP to sjr1991@gmail.com so that we can leave your name at the door.

niinavuolajarviNiina Vuolajarvi is a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University; her tentative dissertation title is Precarious Intimacies: Migration and Commerical Sex Under the Mordic Model. She has several publications based on her research in this area, including a forthcoming book next year in Finland for a general audience. She’s been invited to speak on this topic at Rutgers University, Columbia University, John Jay College, Stockholm University, the Hailuoto Theater Festival, the Finnish Parliament, among others, as well as a workshop organizer at the 16th Nordic Migration Research Conference and the Finnish Sociological Association’s annual conference in 2011. As well as research, in 2012 she founded the Feminist Initiative Finland, a network promoting human rights–based prostitution policies; she was a lead organizer of the Free Movement-network in Finland, which promotes migrants’ rights, and co-founded the network’s Legal Advice Center for Migrants. Her experience and research has been featured multiple times in the Scandinavian media over the past six years. As well, she has been a board member of the Rights Without Border Association, the Finnish Researcher’s Association, and the Finnish Feminist Association Union, and an expert member for the Anti-Trafficking Network in Finland. She’s had numerous fellowships and grants, including Fulbright grants, the American-Scandinavian Foundation Award, and the Finnish Kone Foundation.

Spring 2019 Workshops

Welcome to our Spring 2019 workshops
at NYU Center for European & Mediterranean Studies
Fridays, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

SPRING 2019 WORKSHOPS

We have an exciting program planned for the Spring. Come join us!

FEBRUARY 1
Niina Vuolajarvi
Ph.D. student, Rutgers University

“Governing in the Name of Caring:
The Nordic Model of Prostitution and Its Punitive Consequences for Migrants Who Sell Sex”

FEBRUARY 22
Dr. Dessie Zagorcheva
Adjunct Assistant Professor, CUNY

“How the Far Right Uses ‘Gender Ideology’ to Fight Equal Rights for Women and Minorities. The Case of Bulgaria”

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Dr. Voichita
Ileana Nachescu
Global Scholar,
Women’s Institute for Research on Women; Lecturer, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Rutgers University

“Beyond Mail Order Brides:
Eastern European Women Immigrants in the United States”

MAY 10
Leda Sutlovic
Ph.D. student, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna

The Impact of Neoconservative Activism on Backsliding of Croatian Gender Policies”

We meet at the Center for European & Mediterranean Studies, NYU, 53 Washington Square South, 3rd floor (3E on elevator button), 4:30 to 6 p.m. After the workshop, we usually continue the discussion over an informal dinner, and all are welcome.

All are welcome, but you must RSVP, either to Sonia Jaffe Robbins (sjr1991@gmail.com) or Nanette Funk (nfunk@brooklyn.cuny.edu).

Dec. 14: Vasilyev on the politics of menstruation in Russia

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Pavel Vasilyev

Polonsky Academy Fellow, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Red Days on the Calendar:

The Politics of Menstruation in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia

(Co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute, with support from a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York)

4:30pm to 6:00pm
53 Washington Square South

All are welcome, but please RSVP to Johnson@brooklyn.cuny.edu so that we can leave your name at the door.

Dr. Pavel Vasilyev is currently a Polonsky Academy Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Junior Research Fellow at Siberian State Medical University. He defended his doctoral dissertation on drug abuse and drug policy in early Soviet Russia at the St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences in October 2013. Between 2014 and 2016, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the History of Emotions in Berlin, where, within the framework of the Law and Emotions research group, he examined the role of emotions in early Soviet legal thought and practice. His most recent publications include articles in Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History, Historical Research and The Journal of Social Policy Studies. His current research project, tentatively entitled Red Days on the Calendar: A Cultural History of Soviet Menstruation, examines various types of knowledge about menstruation, diverse emotions associated with it as well as evolving bodily practices and technologies that the Soviet women used to deal with their menstrual cycles.

Nov. 2: Agnieszka Kościańska on Poland’s #MeToo

Agnieszka KFrom ‘the ordinary recklessness of girls’ to #MeToo:

Tracing changes of legal and discursive practices around sexual violence in Poland

4:30pm to 6:00pm
53 Washington Square South

Agnieszka Kościańska received her PhD in 2007 and habilitation in 2015 in ethnology/cultural anthropology from the University of Warsaw, Poland. She is an associate professor in the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw and a senior researcher in a Humanities in the European Research Area research project (Cruising the 1970s: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures, http://www.crusev.ed.ac.uk/). Her research interests include gender, sexuality, sexual violence, sexology, sex education, religion, and race in Central Europe. In the past, she was a visiting fellow at Harvard University (2010-2011, Marie Curie fellowship), the New School for Social Research (2006, Kosciuszko Foundation grant), the University of Copenhagen (2005, Danish Governmental scholarship), Edinburgh College of Art (2017, European Visiting Research Fellowship by the Caledonian Research Foundation and the Royal Society of Edinburgh), and the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena (2016, 2017-2018).

She is the author of Zobaczyć łosia (To See a Moose. The History of Polish Sex Education from the First Lesson to the Internet, 2017), Płeć przyjemność i przemoc (Gender, Pleasure and Violence: The Construction of Expert Knowledge of Sexuality in Poland, 2014, English version under contract with Indiana University Press, to be published in 2020), Potęga ciszy (The Power of silence: Gender and Religious Conversion. The Case of a New Religious Movement, the Brahma Kumaris, 2009) and (co-)editor of several volumes and journal special issues on gender and sexuality – the most recent being ‘The science of sex in a space of uncertainty: Naturalizing and modernizing Europe’s East, past and present’ Sexualities, no. 1-2 2016 (with Hadley Renkin). Two of her book projects were generously supported by the Network of East-West Women: Gender. Perspektywa antropologiczna (Gender. An Anthropological Perspective, co-edited with Renata Hryciuk, the first Polish handbook in the anthropology of gender, 2 volumes, 2007), and Kobiety i Religie (Women and Religions, co-edited with Katarzyna Leszczyńska, 2006).

More: https://www.etnologia.uw.edu.pl/en/about-us/people/academic-and-non-academic/agnieszka-koscianska

All are welcome, but please RSVP to Johnson@brooklyn.cuny.edu so that we can leave your name at the door.

 

Friday 10/12: Christopher Edling, “Bride Kidnapping in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan: Parallels and Divergences”

Join us Friday October 12: Christopher Edling,“Bride Kidnapping in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan: Parallels and Divergences”

Christopher Edling received his MFA from Columbia University and Edling picworked in Kyrgyzstan as a Fulbright Creative Writing Fellow and as a communications and editing consultant for the United Nations office in Bishkek.

Presentation abstract:
According to survey data, more than half of women in rural areas of Armenia experience some form of bride kidnapping during their lives. But ask representatives of civil society organizations and prominent women’s NGOs about the widespread practice, and the response is perplexing: “We do not have this in Armenia.”

Contrast this with public response to bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan, where recent years have seen federal legal reforms, nationwide initiatives, international media coverage, condemnation by religious leaders, and grassroots activism, including a protest of more than one thousand people in Bishkek on June 6, 2018.

Drawing on original fieldwork and other research for the speaker’s book in progress, this talk will explore the cultural, social, economic, and political complexities surrounding bride kidnapping and attendant public responses in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. What similarities and differences are there in bride kidnapping practices between these two countries? What factors drive and perpetuate these practices? What accounts for the differences in public response? How is this issue mobilized by local and international agencies? What has changed in recent years, and what seems likely to change in the future?

Friday, September 28: Charismatic Masculine Leadership and Right-Wing Populism in Turkey and Russia: The Cases of Vladimir Putin and Recep T. Erdoğan

Join us for our first meeting of the Fall 2018 workshop series

Friday, September 28, 2018
4:30pm to 6:00pm
53 Washington Square South, 3rd Floor East

Betul Eksi (Robert G. James Scholar Fellow,
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study,
Harvard University)

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Elizabeth A. Wood (Professor, Department of History, M.I.T.)

Charismatic Masculine Leadership and Right-Wing Populism in Turkey and Russia: The Cases of Vladimir Putin and Recep T. Erdoğan

Recep T. Erdoğan and Vladimir Putin stand out as two populist leaders who came to power at the turn of the 21st century and continue to rule their countries with ever-increasing power and apparent popular support. Embracing distinctive forms of political masculinities, the two leaders have proved to be strong populist leaders who have appropriated democratic institutions and consolidated their support base through rhetoric that emphasizes their iconic masculine status while demeaning the masculinity of their opponents. This presentation will attempt to understand and explain this political performance of masculinity in the context of populism and the rise of the illiberal right.

Co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute, with support from a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York)

All are welcome, but please RSVP to Mara Lazda mara.lazda@bcc.cuny.edu

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Fall 2018 Workshop Schedule

Welcome to our Fall 2018 workshops
at NYU Center for European & Mediterranean Studies
Fridays 4:30 to 6:00pm

September 28
Betul Balkan Eksi
Robert G. James Scholar Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Harvard University
and
Elizabeth A. Wood
Professor, Department of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Charismatic Masculine Leadership and Right-Wing Populism in Turkey and Russia: The Cases of Vladimir Putin and Recep T. Erdoğan

 (This event is co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University as part of its Russian Studies & Policy series and supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.)

October 12
Christopher Edling
Lecturer, Expository Writing Program, New York University
Bride Kidnapping in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan: Parallels and Divergences​

November 2
Agnieszka Kościańska
Associate Professor,  Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw
From ‘the ordinary recklessness of girls’ to #MeToo: 
Tracing changes of legal and discursive practices around sexual violence in Poland

December 14
Pavel Vasilyev
Polonsky Academy Fellow, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
Red Days on the Calendar:
The Politics of Menstruation in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia

 (This event is co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University as part of its Russian Studies & Policy series and supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.)

We meet at the Center for European & Mediterranean Studies, NYU, 53 Washington Square South, 3rd floor, 4:30-6 p.m. After the workshop, we usually continue the discussion over an informal dinner, and all are welcome.

All are welcome, but please RSVP:
Mara Lazda mara.lazda@bcc.cuny.edu

Update and reminder for CFP 2018-19

Proposals are due July 15.

FOR RUSSIANISTS: the Harriman Institute at Columbia has offered to help pay for applicants’ travel, if a significant part of your research is on Russia and you are willing to also give a talk at Columbia University.