Nov. 17: Cassiday on gender/Putin

CassidayPhotoJulie A. Cassiday
Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian Williams College

“Charisma, Camp, or Kitsch?
Gender in Putin’s Russia”

Co-sponsored by the
Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia

Friday, November 17, 4:30 to 6:00PM

Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU
53 Washington Square South, 3rd floor
(the new location)

Everyone is welcome, but please RSVP to Johnson@brooklyn.cuny.edu so that we can leave your name at security.

Julie Cassiday is a Professor of Russian at Williams College, where she has been a member of the Department of German and Russian for over twenty years.  She currently serves as the department Chair, as well as Chair of the Executive Committee of Williams’ Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She is Vice President (and President-Elect) of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.   Her recent work includes a collaboration with Emily Johnson on a study of the cult of personality surrounding Vladimir Putin and published on Russia’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest.  Cassiday has also written on performance artist Vladislav Mamyshev-Monro, widely hailed as Russia’s first drag queen, and she anticipates discussing drag, camp, kitsch, and charisma in a book-length study of gender during the Putin era. Cassiday advocates diversity of all types in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and she works actively to promote the inclusion of underrepresented groups in the field.

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Call for proposals, Spring 2018

**UPDATED DEADLINE**

GENDER AND TRANSFORMATION: WOMEN IN EUROPE WORKSHOP
NYU CENTER FOR EUROPEAN AND MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES
CALL FOR PAPERS *SPRING 2018*

“Gender and Resistance in Europe”

**DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:
NOVEMBER 10, 2017**

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 Spring semester at the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies.
As usual, we are looking for speakers to discuss gender, sexuality, or women in Europe or Eurasia. For Spring 2018, we are particularly (but not only) interested in speakers addressing
resistance to the many threats to gender equality and gender studies in Europe, such as
— “anti-genderism,”
— attempts to roll back gender equality policy and practice (such as on reproductive rights and gender violence),
— attacks on gender studies,
— gendered attacks on refugees and asylum seekers.
the relation of anti-women/anti-gender and anti-immigrant campaigns,
analysis of these movements, as part of right-wing populism, nationalism, or the global right, addressing such questions as
— How has the right organized its campaigns?
— What is the relation between the anti-immigrant and anti-gender campaigns in EE?
— In what ways has the history of fascism in Europe played a role in these developments?
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. We are interested in papers on these issues in western European countries and Turkey as well. We are also interested in comparative accounts.
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 Dubravka Ugrešić, Katherine Verdery, Hana Havelkova, and Barbara Havelkova.
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 e-mail the following to Nanette Funk (Nfunk@brooklyn.cuny.edu) and Sonia Jaffe Robbins (sjr1991@gmail.com):

•  a title for your talk
• an abstract of less than 200 words describing your proposed talk
• a one-page curriculum vitae or resume.
• your schedule clarifying which weeks or months you plan to be in or near New York City and would like to present

All proposals are welcome from the region and experts from the U.S. or elsewhere, activists or scholars. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Book launch Friday, Oct. 13

Janet Elise Johnson, Professor, Political Science, Brooklyn College, CUNY

“The Gender of Informal Politics:

Russia, Iceland and Twenty-First Century Male Dominance”

 

Co-sponsored by the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia

Friday, 4:30 to 6:00

CEMS, 53 Washington Square South, 3rd floor (new location)

Janet Elise Johnson is Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and Visiting Scholar, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University.  Her books include Gender Violence in Russia: The Politics of Feminist Intervention and Living Gender after Communism.  In the last few years, she has published articles in Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Social Policy, Politics & Gender, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, and Signs: Journals of Women in Culture and Society as well as online in The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, Boston Review, and The New Yorker.

http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319602783

 

First workshop this Friday, Sept. 8 at 4PM at Jean Monnet Center

Barbara Havelková
Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law, Lincoln College and Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

Book talk: “Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism”

http://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/gender-equality-in-law-9781509905867/

Session Chair: Grainne de Burca,  Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law &  Director of Jean Monnet Center

Discussant: Melissa Feinberg, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University

Co-sponsored by The Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice

Friday, September 8, 2017
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Jean Monnet Center
22 Washington Square North

Note: Special place and time
All are welcome!  Please RSVP to Mara Lazda (mara.lazda@bcc.cuny.edu) Janet Johnson (johnson@brooklyn.cuny.edu) so that we can put your on the list to get in the door.

Barbara Havelková is the Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law at Lincoln College and Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. She teaches EU Law, public law, human rights, comparative equality law and feminist jurisprudence. Her research concentrates on regulation of gender during State Socialism and in post-communist transition in Central Europe.

Barbara completed her first degree in law at the Charles University in Prague, and also holds an LL.M. from Europa-Institut of Saarland University and a DPhil from Oxford. She was previously a lecturer and fellow at the University of Cambridge and visited several law schools as a guest researcher, including Harvard University and University of Michigan as a Fulbright scholar.

Barbara acts as an advisor to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic on issues of gender and law.

Fall 2017 workshops start Sept. 8

Barbara Havelková
Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law, Lincoln College and Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

Book talk: “Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism”

http://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/gender-equality-in-law-9781509905867/

Session Chair: Grainne de Burca,  Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law &  Director of Jean Monnet Center

Discussant: Melissa Feinberg, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University

Co-sponsored by The Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice

Friday, September 8, 2017
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Jean Monnet Center
22 Washington Square North

Note: Special place and time
All are welcome, but please RSVP to Mara Lazda (mara.lazda@bcc.cuny.edu) Janet Johnson (johnson@brooklyn.cuny.edu).

 

Other Fall 2017 workshop talks:

October 13

Janet Elise Johnson, Professor, Political Science, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Book talk: “The Gender of Informal Politics:
Russia, Iceland and Twenty-First Century Male Dominance”

https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319602783

Co-sponsored by the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia

November 17

Julie A. Cassiday, Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian, Williams College

“Charisma, Camp, or Kitsch? Gender in Putin’s Russia”

Co-sponsored by the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia

December 1

Zorica Sirocic, Ph.D. Student, University of Graz

“Varieties of Post-Yugoslav feminist Resistance against Contemporary ‘Anti-gender’ Mobilizations

Fridays, 4:30 to 6:00

CEMS, 53 Washington Square South, 3rd floor (new location)

2017-18 Call for Papers: “Gender and Resistance in Europe”

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: JULY 10, 2017

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 2017-2018, we are particularly (but not only) interested in speakers addressing resistance to the many threats to gender equality and gender studies in Europe that have come as part of the rise of illiberal populism, nationalism, or the global right.  This can include resistance to “anti-genderism,” to attempts to roll back gender equality policy and practice (such as on reproductive rights and gender violence), to attacks on gender studies, and to gendered attacks on refugees and asylum seekers.

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 Dubravka Ugrešić and Katherine Verdery.

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)

All proposals are welcome from the region and experts from the U.S. or elsewhere, activists or scholars.  We will get back to you as soon as possible.

May 5: Isabel Marcus, “Legal Education and the Violation of Women’s Human Rights: A Critique of Law Faculties in Eastern Europe”

Please join us for our final meeting of the spring semester.

Isabel Marcus

Professor, School of Law, SUNY Buffalo

“Legal Education and the Violation of Women’s Human Rights:
A Critique of Law Faculties in Eastern Europe”

Isabel MarcusIsabel Marcus has been teaching at the law school of SUNY Buffalo since 1982, during which time she has also been director of graduate and international programs, associate dean, and chair of the university’s department of women studies, among other duties. In 2002 she co-founded the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute in Sofia, Bulgaria, training young women’s rights lawyers from eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to develop and litigate women’s human rights in their own countries, before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and at the international level, and she has continued to lecture at the institute to the present.

We meet at the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies,
285 Mercer Street (between Waverly and Washington), 7th floor,
4:30 p.m.–6 p.m.

March 10: Jennifer Ramme , “Feminist discourse, nationalism, and women’s popular political resistance in Poland today.”

Please join us for our third meeting of the spring semester.

Jennifer Ramme

Ph.D. candidate, European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder,Germany ), Collegium Polonicum, Slubic, Research associate, Faculty of Cultural Studies, European University, Viadrina.  

Talk: “ Feminist discourse, nationalism, and women’s    popular political resistance in Poland today.”

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In her Ph.D. project Jennifer Ramme conducts research about the feminist movement and conflicting gender orders in Poland.  She applies a spatial and aesthetic perspective on social struggles. She received a master’s degree in multimedial communication from the Art Academy in Poznan (Poland) and works as an artist and photographer as well (https://kulturystka.wordpress.com). One of her teaching projects is about artistic research and artistic methods of protests (https://kunstprotest.wordpress.com).  She has been active in social movements and doing street performance in Poland from the early 90s until the late 2000s. During that time she organized variousfestivals, was active in several feminist initiatives/groups and co-founded a cultural center in Warsaw. Since 2007 she lives in Berlin.

 We meet at the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies,
285 Mercer Street (between Waverly and Washington), 7th floor,
4:30 p.m.–6 p.m.

February 10: Katherine Verdery, “What I Learned from My Secret Police File”

Please join us for our second meeting of the spring semester.

Katherine Verdery
Julien J. Studley Faculty Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology,
the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

“Talk: “What I Learned from My Secret Police File”

katherine-verderySince 1973, Professor Katherine Verdery has conducted field research in Romania, initially emphasizing the political economy of social inequality, ethnic relations, and nationalism. With the changes of 1989, her work shifted to problems of the transformation of socialist systems, specifically the changing property relations in agriculture. From 1993 to 2000 she did fieldwork on this theme in a Transylvanian community; the resulting book, The Vanishing Hectare: Property and Value in Postsocialist Transylvania, was published by Cornell University Press (2003). She then completed a large collaborative project with Gail Kligman (UCLA) and a number of Romanian scholars on the opposite process, the The resulting book, Peasants Under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949–1962, was published by Princeton University Press (2011).

Professor Verdery’s most recent project takes off from her secret police file, which she received from the Romanian government in 2008.

We meet at the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies,
285 Mercer Street (between Waverly and Washington), 7th floor,
4:30 p.m.–6 p.m.

January 27: Johanna Schuster-Craig, “Rhetorical Strategies of Women in the AfD: Frauke Petry and Alice Weidel”

Please join us for our first meeting of the spring semester, January 27, 2017.

Johanna Schuster-Craig

Assistant Professor of German and  Global Studies, Michigan State University

“Rhetorical Strategies of Women in the AfD:
Frauke Petry and Alice Weidel”

schuster-craig3Johanna Schuster-Craig earned her Ph.D. in German and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She is an assistant professor of German Studies in the Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages and a Core Faculty of the Program of Global Studies in Arts and Humanities (GSAH). Her book project, The Demands of Integration: How One Word Shapes a Nation,  focuses on integration politics in Germany, both from the top-down (government policies and programs) and the bottom-up (social work projects and artist responses). Immigration and refugee politics, race/racism/whiteness in Germany after 1989, ethnographic fieldwork methods, and the far-right (PEGIDA/AfD) responses to refugees are also part of her teaching and research.

We meet at the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies,
285 Mercer Street (between Waverly and Washington), 7th floor,
4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.