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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26
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.

Friday, May 8: Ermira Danaj on women in post-1990 Albanian migration

Ermira Danaj,
Ph.D. candidate,
Center for the Understanding of Social Processes,
University of Neuchatel, Switzerland,
and women’s rights activist

“Exploring Practices and Strategies of Women
in the Post-1990 Albanian Migration”

Ermira Danaj , currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Center for the Understanding of Social Processes at the University of Neuchatel, writes on gender and migration in Albania. Since 2002 she has worked on projects concerning gender, poverty, and migration in Albania with international and national organizations. From 2009 to 2012 she was a lecturer on feminist theory at the European University of Tirana, Albania. She has participated widely in the Albanian print and TV media to promote women’s rights and denounce gender inequalities, and is the coauthor of reports and publications about gender issues in Albania. She was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Transregional Center for Demoracy Studies and Department of Gender Studies at the New School, New York (February-May 2013), and a visiting researcher at the CIES, ISCTE-IUL (Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology at the University Institute of Lisbon), in Portugal (2013-2014).

4:30 – 6 p.m.
at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies
New York University
285 Mercer Street, 7th floor
(between Waverly and Washington Place)
for more information, contact the center at 212-998-3838 or european.studies@nyu.edu

Friday, April 17: Louise O. Vasvari on Hungarian women’s Holocaust life writing

Louise O. Vasvari,
Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University,
Comparative  Literature and of Linguistics;
Editor-in-chief, Hungarian Cultural Studies

“Hungarian Women’s Holocaust Life Writing in the Context
of the Nation’s Divided Social Memory, 1944-2014″

vasvari picture 2015.msgLouise O. Vasvári received her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. She is professor emerita of comparative literature and of linguistics at Stony Brook University.  She has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley; Eötvös Loránd University; the Central European University in Budapest; the University of Connecticut (Storrs); and the Université de Jules Verne (Amiens). Currently she teaches one course yearly in the linguistics department at NYU. She is also affiliated professor in American and English studies at the University of Szeged, Hungary. She works in medieval studies, historical and sociolinguistics, translation theory, Holocaust studies, and Hungarian studies, all informed by gender theory within a broader framework of comparative cultural studies. Related to the Holocaust, she has published, with Steven Tötösy, Imre Kertész and Holocaust Literature (2005), Comparative Central European Holocaust Studies (2009), and Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies (2011). She has also published in Hungarian on memoirs of Hungarian women survivors (2009) and on women prisoner doctors (2012). She is editor-in-chief of Hungarian Cultural Studies and currently she is working on a volume titled War and Life Writing (Purdue University Press, 2015).

4:30 – 6 p.m.
at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies

New York University
285 Mercer Street, 7th floor
(between Waverly and Washington Place)
for more information, contact the center at 212-998-3838 or european.studies@nyu.edu