Also Oct. 25: A CELEBRATORY PERFORMANCE OF “ANNCELA EXPRESS” IN MEMORY OF ANN SNITOW

Friday, October 25th – 7:30 p.m.
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall,
66 West 12th Street 
The New School
Please join The New School community on October 25th at 7:30PM at The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, for a performance of The Flexible Orchestra’s “AnnCela Express” for twelve cellos and wind instruments, composed by Ann’s partner Daniel Goode and conducted by Tara Simoncic. The performance is a celebration in music of Ann Snitow, professor emerita of Literature and Gender Studies. A gathering and reception will follow in Wollman Hall, 5th Floor of 65 West 11th Street, where those who would like to do so are invited to share their remembrances of Ann and of her work for justice and pleasure in the U.S. and all over the world. We look forward to gathering together to honor Ann’s extraordinary contributions to feminist thought, action and The New School, including Ann’s three decades of teaching at Eugene Lang College, twenty-five years of teaching in the “Democracy and Diversity” seminar of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, and work over the past ten years to establish and sustain the university’s Gender Studies Program.

Friday, Oct. 25: Oksana Kis on “Feminism in Independent Ukraine: From an Allergen to the Last Hope”

Oksana Kis is a historian, anthropologist, author, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. She is the president of the Ukrainian Association for Research in Women’s History and vice-president of the Ukrainian Oral History Association. She has taught at universities across North America and Ukraine.

4:30-6 p.m.
Center for European & Mediterranean Studies at NYU
53 Washington Square South, 3rd floor

All are welcome, but please RSVP: Janet Elise Johnson johnson@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Friday, Oct. 4: Eliot Borenstein on Post-Soviet Masculinities: Sex, Power, and the Vanishing Subject

Eliot Borenstein is Professor of Russian & Slavic Studies, Acting Chair of East Asian Studies, and Senior Academic Convenor for the Global Network at New York University. He also contributes to the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia’s All the Russias blog. 

Pronouns: he, him  

4:30-6 p.m.
Center for European & Mediterranean Studies at NYU
53 Washington Square South, 3rd floor

All are welcome, but please RSVP: Janet Johnson johnson@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Fall 2019 Workshop Schedule

Please join us for the Fall 2019 series

Gender and Transformation:

Women in Europe Workshop

 NYU Center for European & Mediterranean Studies

Fridays 4:30 to 6:00pm

October 4

Post-Soviet Masculinities: Sex, Power, and the Vanishing Subject

Eliot Borenstein

Ph.D. Slavic Languages and Literatures

Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, Collegiate Professor,  New York University

October 25

Feminism in Independent Ukraine: From an Allergen to the Last Hope

Oksana Kis

Ph.D.  History/Ethnology

Senior Research Associate, Senior Scholar Department of Social Anthropology Institute of Ethnology national Academy of Sciences of Ukraine http://social-anthropology.org.ua/

November 8

   Resistance, Activism and Feminist Art in the GDR. Visions – (In)Visibilities – Commodification

Elisaveta Dvorakk 

PhD Candidate in Art History and Theory of Photography

Department of Art and Visual History | Centre for transdisciplinary Gender Studies 

Humboldt University of Berlin | Germany

December 13

 From Homophobia to Homonationalism… and Back?: Russian-speaking LGBTQ Migrants in New York City in the Pursuit of the American Gay Dream

Alexandra Novitskaya

Doctoral Candidate

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Visiting Scholar, Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, New York University

Workshop Location:  

  Center for European & Mediterranean Studies at NYU

  53 Washington Square South, 3rd floor, 4:30-6 p.m. 

All are welcome, but please RSVP:

Mara Lazda mara.lazda@bcc.cuny.edu

Questions? Contact Mara Lazda or Janet Johnson johnson@brooklyn.cuny.edu

 

CFP for 2019-2020: Deadline July 15

GENDER AND TRANSFORMATION: WOMEN IN EUROPE WORKSHOP

NYU CENTER FOR EUROPEAN AND MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES

CALL FOR PAPERS 2019-2020:

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: JULY 15, 2019

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 2019-2020, on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of state socialism in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, we are particularly (but not only) interested in speakers addressing the question: how do we best advance the field, given the attacks on gender studies and gender activism?

Themes might include (but are not limited to):

  • What new coalitions/new forms of political action have gender activists and scholars created,  e.g., with immigrants?
  • How do political parties, e.g., the Greens and environmental organizations, offer possibilities for collaboration for gender activists and scholars today?
  • How successful has grassroots mobilization been? Have other forms of mobilization been more or less successful?
  • Why and how have questions of intimacy, sexuality, and pleasure become a part of the field and politics now?

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 legal and discursive practices of sexual violence in Poland, the connections between “charismatic masculinity” and populism in Turkey and Russia, the politics of human trafficking, and anti-gender movements. Recent speakers have included  Elizabeth A. Wood, Betul Eksi, and Agnieszka Koscianska.

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.

For more information, see https://gendertransformationeurope.wordpress.com.

May 10: Leda Sutlovic, “The Impact of Neoconservative Activism on Backsliding of Croatian Gender Politics”

Leda Sutlovic
lecturer and Ph.D. candidate
Departent of Political Science, University of Vienna

“The Impact of Neoconservative Activism on Backsliding of Croatian Gender Politics”

4:30 to 6 p.m.
53 Washington Square South,
3rd Floor East, Room 324

All are welcome, but please RSVP to co-moderator Sonia Jaffe Robbins (sjr1991@gmail.com) so we can leave your name at the door.

Leda Sutlović is a Ph.D. candidate in the program of Social Sciences and lecturer at the University of Vienna’s Department of Political Science. She holds a master’s degree in political science from the Central European University and her undergraduate degree is from the University of Zagreb, also in political science. She has been a project coordinator at Zagreb’s Center for Women’s Studies, a member of the working group implementing Croatia’s national policy for gender equality in the city of Zagreb, and an associate for an international development aid project with a Tunisian organization, the Citizen’s Association for Democratic Participation. She is a coeditor of Widening the Scope of the Political—New Perspectives on Political Participation of Women, published by the Zagreb Center for Women’s Studies, as well as contributing chapters to several works, including “The Impact of Neoconservative Activism on Gender Policies and Women’s Movement in Croatia,” to be included in the forthcoming The Gender Politics of Backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe from the Central European University. She has participated in many conferences, including Longing for “Communism”? 21st Century Youth Cultures in Past, Present and Future Eastern Germany, and Southeast and Eastern Europe, where she presented on “The ‘Woman Question’ in Transition: Between Socialist Experience and Future Prospects” and at the House of Europe, Information Office of the European Parliament, where she spoke on “Motivated, Educated, Unemployed? Challenges of the Labor Market for Young Women in Croatia.” She was also at the World Social Forum in 2013. Her Ph.D. research focuses on (post)socialist transformations of Croatian gender policies, bringing together the approach of discursive and historical institutionalism with the role of knowledge and ideas in politics. The working title for her dissertation is “After the Socialist Experience, Beyond Europeanization: Transformations of Gender Politics in Croatia, 1970-2010.”

 

 

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.

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”

APRIL 5
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).