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) & 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.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS 2018-2019 “Gender in the Era of Illiberal Populism”

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: JULY 15, 2018

The GENDER and TRANSFORMATION: WOMEN in EUROPE Workshop—a project at New York University with support from the Network of East-West Women—invites speakers to submit proposals for Friday afternoon talks for the next academic year at the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies.

As is our usual practice, we are looking for speakers to discuss gender, sexuality, or women in Europe or Eurasia. For the academic year 2018-2019, we are particularly (but not only) interested in speakers addressing gendered dimensions of such issues as ageing, employment, immigration, environment, technology, health, reproduction, sexuality, education, and violence.  The rise of illiberal populism and “anti-genderism” has rolled backed progress on many issues, but women and feminist groups have also fought back, including with their own #MeToo movements and against full criminalization of abortion in Poland. What impact have both feminist and anti-feminist movements had on political practices and institutions? What are the moral and ethical implications of these issues and related policies?

The workshop’s focus is on the postcommunist countries of East, South and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, including the Baltic countries and Central Asia, and their relationship to Europe and the European Union. Recent workshops have included such topics as critique of law faculties in Eastern Europe, women’s protests in Poland against banning abortion completely, and anti-genderism in Germany, Moldova, Armenia, and Russia.  Recent speakers have included Mieke Verloo and Julie A. Cassiday.

The workshop is an informal and friendly group of about 20 feminist scholars, activists, and journalists who have been meeting for more than two decades and are knowledgeable about the region. This is the perfect space to present recent theoretical and/or critical work, empirical research, and critical and scholarly reflections on your activism.

We offer a small honorarium. We regret that we cannot cover transportation expenses to New York City or offer assistance for visas or accommodations.

To propose a talk, please email the following to Janet Elise Johnson (Johnson@brooklyn.cuny.edu) and Mara Lazda (Mara.Lazda@bcc.cuny.edu):

  1.      a title for your talk
  2.      an abstract of less than 200 words describing your proposed talk
  3.      a one-page curriculum vitae or resume.
  4.      your schedule clarifying which weeks or months you plan to be in or near New York City and would like to present (proposals for the Spring semester will be passed on to the spring coordinators Nanette Funk and Sonia Jaffe Robbins)

April 27: Olena Nikolayenko, “Women on the Maidan: Gender and the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine”

Join us for our final workshop this semester, on April 27

Olena Nikolayenko
associate professor of political science,
Fordham University

“Women on the Maidan:
Gender and the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine”

Olena Nikolayenko is associate professor of political science at Fordham University. She is alNikolayenko_photoso an associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. Nikolayenko received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto and has held visiting appointments at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University; the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University; and the Department of Sociology, the National University of Kyiv–Mohyla Academy, Ukraine. Her research interests include comparative democratization, social movements, political behavior, women’s activism, and youth, with a regional focus on Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. In her recent book, Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017), she examined tactical interactions between nonviolent youth movements and incumbent governments in five post-communist states: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, and Ukraine. Her articles have appeared in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Comparative Sociology, Europe-Asia Studies, The International Political Science Review, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Youth and Society, and other journals.

It is ESSENTIAL that you RSVP to Sonia Jaffe Robbins so that we can leave your name with security at the front desk.
We meet at the Center for European & Mediterranean Studies, NYU, 53 Washington Square South, 3rd floor, 4:30-6 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). After the workshop, we usually continue the discussion over an informal dinner, and all are welcome.

Monday, March 26: Mieke Verloo, “Understanding Varieties of Opposition to Gender Equality in Europe”

**Please Note:
The following meeting, March 26, will be on Monday!!**

 Join us for the fourth workshop this semester, on Monday, March 26

Mieke Verloo
professor of Comparative Politics and Inequality Issues,

Radboud University, The Netherlands
director of the multidisciplinary research hotspot Gender and Power in Politics and Management; affiliated with Gender and Diversity Studies

“Understanding Varieties of Opposition to Gender Equality in Europe”

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Professor Mieke Verloo is an expert in the fields of gender and politics. She is professor of Comparative Politics and Inequality Issues at Radboud University in the Netherlands, and nonresidential Permanent Fellow at the IWM, Institute for Human Sciences, in Vienna. In 2015, she won the ECPG (European Conference on Politics and Gender)’s Gender and Politics Career Achievement Award. As scientific director of large research projects on gender equality policy making in Europe, she headed the team that produced the final report for the Quality in Gender+ Policy Project, and has edited Multiple Meanings of Gender Equality: A Critical Frame Analysis of Gender Policies in Europe as part of the MAGEEQ Project. She has extensive consultancy and training experience on gender mainstreaming and intersectionality for several European governments and institutions. Her current research is on feminist politics, the meaning of gender in gender policy, and on the opposition to intersectional gender equality in Europe.

*It is ESSENTIAL that you RSVP to Nanette Funk <nanettefunk1@gmail.com> or Sonia Jaffe Robbins <sjr1991@gmail.com> so that we can leave your name with security at the front desk.
We meet at the Center for European & Mediterranean Studies, NYU, 53 Washington Square South, 3rd floor East, 4:30-6 p.m. After the workshop, we usually continue the discussion over an informal dinner, and all are welcome.

March 9: Natalie Cornett, “TV-PiS: The Right Wing Takeover of Polish Media from a Feminist Perspective”

Join us for our third workshop this semester, on March 9.*

Natalie Cornett
Ph.D. candidate in Modern European History
Brandeis University

“TV-PiS: The Right Wing Takeover of Polish Media
from a Feminist Perspective”

Natalie CornettNatalie Cornett is a Ph.D. candidate at Brandeis University, in modern European history. Her work focuses on women’s groups in 19th-century Europe and the provisional title of her dissertation is “The Politics of Love: Narcyza Żmichowska and the Enthusiasts of Nineteenth-Century Poland.” After intensive study of the Polish language in 2005, she got her B.A. in history at the University of Toronto, a master’s in cultural studies at Jagiellonian University 
in Krakow, Poland, and began her Ph.D. studies at Brandeis in 2014. She has presented talks at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) conference and last year’s Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, as well as being a panelist at the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, and co-organizing and being at panelist at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute’s seminar “Women as Agents of Change? Fresh Perspectives on Gender and Religion.” Her research and teaching interests include nationalism, social power dynamics and the history of women and sexuality. Living in Warsaw, Poland, while completing the research for her dissertation, has prompted her to examine her topic for today’s talk.

*It is ESSENTIAL that you RSVP to Sonia Jaffe Robbins <sjr1991@gmail.com> so that we can leave your name with security at the front desk.
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.

Join us for the second workshop this semester on February 16.*

Catalina Florina Florescu, Ph.D.
Department of English
Pace University

“Back to Shame: A Talk About Reproduction,
Violated Rights, and the ‘Traditional Family’ ”

Catalina Florina Florescu earned a bachelor’s degree in Romanian Literature with a minor in American Literature from the University of Bucharest and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Purdue University, specializing in Comparateu-1ive Theatre & Medical Humanities. She teaches literature, cultural studies, cinema, and writing at Pace University in Manhattan. Her books include Transacting Sites of the Liminal Bodily Spaces (literary criticism in a medical context); Disjointed Perspectives on Motherhood (concerning mothers in literature and motion picture); Inventing Me/Exercitii de retrait, a memoir; and Transnational Narratives in Englishes of Exile. Her first book of poetry is The Night I Burned My Origami Skin, published last year. She has also written three plays, Mia, a drama, which had a reading at the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York City; The After-Tastes of Life, a farce; and a political parable, Suicidal Dog and Laika. The  plays will be published in  Romanian this year and the English version, by PalmArtPress, in Berlin. And she is currently working on a volume of short stories titled Not Yet.

*It is ESSENTIAL that you RSVP to Nanette Funk <nanettefunk1@gmail.com> or Sonia Jaffe Robbins <sjr1991@gmail.com> so that we can leave your name with security at the front desk.
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.

January 26: Eser Selen and Namalie Jayasinghe, “Mapping Gender Equality and Violence Discourses in Turkey”

Welcome to our first speakers for the spring 2018 semester
on January 26*

Eser Selen, Ph.D.
artist and associate professor, Visual Communication Department,
Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Namalie Jayasinghe
Ph.D. School of International Service at American University;
women’s rights researcher, Oxfam, America

“Mapping Gender Equality and Violence Discourses in Turkey” 

Selen Photo-Eser Selen received a master’s degree in fine arts from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (1999), another in performance studies from NYU (2002), and has a Ph.D. in performance studies from NYU (2010). Her dissertation is entitled “The Work of Sacrifice: Gender Performativity, Modernity, and Islam in Turkish Contemporary Performance.” Her research interests include feminisms, performance studies, theories of gender and sexuality, contemporary art, and visual culture. Her work has appeared in edited volumes and such journals as Gender, Place, and Culture, Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, and Kybernetes. She has presented at conferences both nationally in Turkey, and internationally. She is also a visual artist whose work encompasses performance art, installation and video, and has exhibited and performed in Europe, the United States, the Middle East, and Australia.

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Namalie Jayasinghe has held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Gender and Women’s Studies Research Center at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, where she conducted an analysis of discourses of violence against women in Sri Lanka and Turkey. Her Ph.D. is on the gendered impact of natural disasters in Sri Lanka.  She holds a B.A. in economics from NYU and an M.Sc. in environment and development from the London School of Economics. Active in the field of sustainable development, she has worked on integrating gender equality and social inclusion into natural resource management programs in West Africa, monitoring local community approaches to tsunami recovery and biodiversity conservation in Sri Lanka, and supporting women-led organizations focusing on post-disaster reconstruction on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

*It is ESSENTIAL that you RSVP to Nanette Funk <nanettefunk1@gmail.com> or Sonia Jaffe Robbins <sjr1991@gmail.com> so that we can leave your name with security at the front desk.
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.

Spring 2018 Workshops, Starting Jan. 26

Welcome to our Spring 2018 workshops,
at NYU’s Center for European & Mediterranean Studies

January 26

Eser Selen
artist and associate professor, Department of Visual Communication,
Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Namalie Jayasinghe
Ph.D., School of International Service at American University;
Women’s Rights Researcher, Oxfam, America

“Mapping Gender Equality and Violence Discourses in Turkey” 


February 16

Catalina Florina Florescu, Ph.D.
Department of English
Pace University

“Back to Shame: A Talk About Reproduction, Violated Rights,
and the ‘Traditional Family’ ”

March 9

Natalie Cornett
Ph.D. candidate in Modern European History
Brandeis

“TV-PiS: The Right Wing Takeover of Polish Media from a Feminist Perspective”


March 26
***PLEASE NOTE: The following meeting is on MONDAY, at 5 P.M.***

Mieke Verloo
professor of Political Science, Comparative Politics, and Inequality Issues,
Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands
director, Multidisciplinary Research Hotspot, Gender and Power in Politics and Management; affiliated with Gender and Diversity Studies

“Understanding Varieties of Opposition to Gender Equality in Europe”

April 27

Olena Nikolayenko
associate professor of political science,
Fordham University

“Women on the Maidan: Gender and the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine”

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