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

Friday, March 6: Ia Iashvili on migration from Georgia and its effect on those left behind

Ia Iashvili
Associate Professor of Human Geography
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
and
Director, American Studies Center
Akaki Tsereteli State University, Kutaisi, Georgia

“Split Families and Family Members Left Behind:

Migration from Georgia”

Ia IashviliIa Iashvili has been teaching at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in Georgia for the past seven years, and director of the American Studies Center at Akaki Tsereteli State University, Kutaisi, Georgia, where she has also taught for 20 years. Her Ph.D. is in human geography. She has published widely in the areas of demographics, migration, environmental management, and tourism, with articles in such publications as Humanities and Social Sciences Review, Academic Journal of Science, Journal of American Studies, and Caucasus Geographical, as well as chapters in Main Issues in Human Geography and Workbook of the First International Conference “Kolheti lowland water ecosystems—protection and efficient use”. She was the project director for creating gender studies centers at Georgian universities, supported by the Open Society’s Georgia Foundation, and a coauthor of Georgia’s CEDAW report in 2002.

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

Friday, February 13: Brigid O’Keeffe on Romani Women on the Early Soviet Stage

Brigid O’Keeffe,
Department of History, Brooklyn College

“Pornography or Authenticity?
The Politics of Romani Women’s Performance on the Early Soviet Stage”

 

Brigid O’Keeffe teaches in the department of history at Brooklyn College specializing in Russian and Soviet history. She is the author of New Soviet Gypsies: Nationality, Performance, and Selfhood in the Early Soviet Union (2013) from University of Toronto Press, and is currently working on a book-length research project examining Esperanto, citizen diplomacy, and internationalism in Russia from 1887 to 1939. She has contributed articles to the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice and Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History and a chapter in Russia’s People of Empire: Life Stories from Eurasia, 1500 to the Present. Fellowships she’s received include from IREX, Fulbright-Hays, and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellowship for Outstanding Teaching. Her blog post at NYU’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, discussed “How (Not) to Talk About Roma.” She’s co-organized panels for the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies on Slavic internationalism in the 1920s, why Roma history is important, Jewish and Romani narratives of their 20th century expriences, and “The Science of Everyday Life in the Soviet Union, as well as presented papers at the Association for the Study of Nationalities; Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; inaugural conference in Romani Studies, and many other meetings. O’Keeffe is an executive board member of the Northeast Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Conference.

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

Friday, January 30: Aslihan Aykac on Gender Inequality in Turkey

Aslihan Aykac,
Department of International Relations, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, and Visiting Scholar, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University

“Ideological Roots of Gender Inequality in Turkey”

Aslihan Aykac is a Turkish sociologist, whose work focuses mainly on contemporary work and labor relations. She works at the Department of International Relations at Ege University in Izmir, Turkey, and is currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations. Her interest on gender issues is mainly from a labor perspective, focusing on women’s labor force particiation and the way political approaches affect women’s work experiences. Her previous work on “The Impact of Social Security Reform on Women’s Labor Force Participation in Turkey” was supported by the Middle East Research Competition, which will be part of a book project on gender politics in Turkey.

 

 

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

Spring 2015 Schedule

New York University
Center for European and Mediterranean Studies
and the Network of East-West Women

present

Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe

Spring 2015 Workshop Schedule

January 30

Aslihan Aykac, Department of International Relations, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, and Visiting Scholar, School of Management and Labor Relations,
Rutgers University

“Ideological Roots of Gender Inequality in Turkey”

February 13

Brigid M. O’Keeffe, Assistant Professor of History, Brooklyn College

“Pornography or Authenticity?
The Politics of Romani Women’s Performance on the Early Soviet Stage”

March 6

Ia Iashvili, Associate Professor of Human Geography and director of the American Studies Center, Akaki Tsereteli State University, Kutaisi, Georgia

“Split Families and Family Members Left Behind: Migration from Georgia”

April 17

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

Hungarian Women’s Holocaust Life Writing
in the Context of Hungary’s Divided Social Memory, 1944-2014”

May 8

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

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