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”


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”


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”


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.”


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.

Spring 2017 Schedule — All Welcome

We have an exciting program planned for this spring. Join us beginning January 27

January 27: Johanna Schuster-Craig, Assistant Professor, German and Global Studies, Michigan State University

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

February 10: Katherine Verdery, Distinguished Professor, Department of Anthropology, City University of New York

“What I Learned from My Secret Police File”

March 10: Jennifer Ramme, Ph.D. candidate, European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder,Germany ), Collegium Polonicum, Slubice, Poland

“When ‘the Nation’ Takes Over: Ambivalences of Feminist (Counter)Discourses in Poland”

April 21: a panel on anti-genderism
Weronika Grzebalska, Ph.D. candidate in sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences

“War on ‘Gender Ideology’ in Europe: Anti-genderism and the Crisis of (Neo)liberal Democracy”

Nona Shahnazaryan, University lecturer, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Armenia; 2017 Carnegie Research scholar

“Eurasian Family versus European Values: Geopolitical Roots of Anti-Genderism in Armenia”

May 5: 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”

We meet at the Center for European & Mediterranean Studies, NYU, 285 Mercer Street, 7th floor, 4:30-6 p.m. After the workshop, we usually continue the discussion over informal dinner, and all are welcome.

December 9: ​Marina Kingsbury, “Let’s Have More Russian Babies: How Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Shapes Family Policy in Russia”

About the Speaker: kingsbury_2016

Marina Kingsbury earned her PhD in Political Science from the University of New Mexico in 2015. Dr. Kingsbury currently teaches Comparative Politics and International Relations at Alabama A&M University. She specializes in comparative social policy, with a focus on state responses to population dynamics, politics of benefit allocation, and gender equality. Her research interests include pronatalism and gender inequality in Europe, xenophobia and immigrant integration in post-communist European countries, the influence of radical-right politics on social policies, and Russian domestic and international politics.

November 11: Victoria Apostol-Marius, “The Rise of Religious Populism in Eastern Europe”

About the Speaker:

Victoria Apostol-Marius is the co-founder of the Group of Feminist Initiatives from Moldova. She graduated from Central European University, Hungary in 2014, where she accomplished her second Master of Arts specializing in Internationa1956766_586364758122248_549596927_ol Criminal Justice and Human Rights. Victoria is also a graduate of the Master program on Policies, Gender and Minorities from the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania. She is a former Open Society Justice Initiative Fellow and regularly publishes on www.Platzforma.md on topics related to gender equality, reproductive and sexual rights, feminism and activism.

About the Talk:

Well before Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, or the Leave Campaign in the UK, in post-Soviet Eastern Europe, particularly in Moldova, the Orthodox and Baptist churches entered the political arena in a wave of populist-nationalism. Although post-Soviet states remain constitutionally secular, in recent years, politicians of both the left and the right turned to the Orthodox church as well as Baptist church for populist appeal, and the churches re-entered the political arena in alliances supporting “pro-life” and homophobic agendas. The patriarch of the Moldovan Orthodox church, in a speech to Parliament, recently called for the repeal of anti- discrimination legislation because “it protects homosexuals and it is offensive for 98% of Orthodox Christians to be equal to 2% of LGBT people and their supporters.” Baptists attempted installing an anti-abortion monument in the public space with the “aim of helping women with abortions to find forgiveness.” The Group of Feminist Initiatives from Moldova, through litigation, successfully thwarted their plan. This talk will first retrace the emergence of the Orthodox church and the Baptist church as state actors. It will then delineate the detrimental consequences for gender equality and reproductive rights, and discuss feminist grassroots strategies to respond to this phenomenon.

Location and Time: NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, 285 Mercer St., 7th Floor. 4:30 to 6:00pm

Call for Papers Gender – Power – Eastern Europe in Berlin

Subject: Conference Berlin

 CFP: Gender-Power-Eastern Europe – Berlin  10.20.2016, Berlin
 Osteuropa-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin 

Deadline to submit Proposal : 10.20.2016

Call for papers for an international interdisciplinary conference, June 20-23, 2017 in Berlin 

Gender – Power – Eastern Europe Changing Concepts of Femininities and Masculinities and Power Relations

The rise of right wing populist parties and conservative movements in Eastern Europe , from Poland to Hungary and Russia, has dramatically affected discourses about and concepts of gender. The “turn to the right”  has also ushered substantial shifts in policies concerning women’s rights as well as gender studies as an academic and educational project.   Arguably, in some cases right wing political victory was facilitated by usage of anti-gender equality rhetoric (anti-genderism;anti-gender mobilization).  These worrisome developments demand exploration in broader contexts. Yet, the situation in East European societies is quite diverse if scrutinized from a gender perspective.After the transformation process of the early 1990s, increasing participation and liberation of women in public spheres can be observed in various countries. Other countries like Poland and Hungary experienced setbacks at several points of their history and in diverse spheres of society. There, traditional gender roles re-entered the discourse and practice. In other countries again, new problems arose with political and territorial tensions. In Ukraine, for example, spaces of violence and war are forcing us to monitor gender roles, women’s rights, and participation from a new perspective. In Russia, Ukraine and Belarus strong anti-authoritarian protests are renegotiating gender roles and concepts in multiple ways , and creating new potentials for feminist and LGBTQ movements. The role of gender within power relations of new political and social constellations, the participation of women in politics, economics and warfare, as well as spaces of violence need to be scrutinized and explored. The Institute of Eastern European Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin is inviting scholars from different disciplines to debate these questions in an interdisciplinary conference entitled”Gender – Power- Eastern Europe” to be held in June 2017 in Berlin. Our aim is to open up a space for discussions not only about recent developments, but also to investigate the cultural, sociological and historical patterns of these developments in the longue durée. Above all, we focus on the agency of women and thus we move away from describing the status of women solely as an objects of discrimination in economic and societal structures. Similarly important are the new roles and models of masculinities exercised by men in Central and Eastern Europe, which are being shaped within and outside of family. Finally, we intend to explore how power relations are negotiated in diverse societies and what role gender plays therein.  Three thematic panels are planned: 1) The new conservativism and changing concepts of masculinity and femininity 2) Gender and participation in politics and economics 3) Gender, sexuality, and violence

Panel descriptions:

1) This panel will explore the gender dimension of the new political configuration – right wing populism. Concepts of masculinity and femininity and their historical, political, sociological and cultural heritage and legacies will be at the focus of attention. Papers focusing on the interconnectedness of gender concepts and national discourses are welcome. We are intending to debate mechanisms of inclusion, exclusion and instrumentalization of certain images and concepts of femininity and masculinity and their re-figurations in contemporary East European discourses. Both theoretical and  empirical papers are invited for this panel.

2) Participation of women will be the key issue in this panel. We welcome papers addressing  political participation of women in Eastern Europe, especially formal and substantive representation in parliament,official institutions or the role of political quotas. Economic factors are vital to understanding how gender roles and gender relations of power are constructed. Powerful economic actors can influence not only discourses, but also economic realities of men, women and families. In2009 Nancy Fraser’s critique of the neoliberal market policies and the consequences of financial crisis brought about an important debate on the role of women’s social movements in neoliberal landscapes.  Numerous scholars have shown the profound effects of neoliberal policies  on the socio-economic position of women in Eastern Europe during and after the transformation. On the one hand, economic policies contribute to the rise of new gender regimes and change the nature of activism.  On the other hand, also pro-family and social policies are capable of creating new economic realities.

 3) This panel addresses the power relations in both public and private spheres, where gender is discoursively produced and reproduced, but also where violence is perpetuated. Several countries in the Balkan region and post-Soviet republics serve as source countries for traffickers in women, which has been recognized by Human Rights Watch as one of the most severe examples of human rights violations in Eastern Europe. Other types of relations between gender, power and violence can be observed in the case of Euromaidan protests in Ukraine, where women actively participated in military formations. Additional topics, which are welcome in this panel, might include: domestic violence and the fight against it, gender in right-wing violence, gender and militarization,alternations in abortion laws, changing landscape of LGBTQ movements in Eastern Europe.  

 Scholars from a wide range of disciplines are invited to participate.Comparative papers are very welcome in order to reveal intertwined processes occurring in different East European countries.

Please send your abstract of around 500 words and a CV to the following email address until 20th of October 2016: a.wierzcholska@fu-berlin.de.

The organizing committee:

Prof. Katharina Bluhm, Dean of the Institute of Eastern European Studies

Prof. Gertrud Pickhan, Head of History Department at the Institute of Eastern European Studies

Dr. Justyna Stypinska, Department of Sociology at the Institute of Eastern European Studies

Agnieszka Wierzcholska, Department of History at the Institute ofEastern European Studies

Dr. hab. Agnieszka Graff, American Studies Centre, University of Warsaw  ————————————————————————Agnieszka Wierzcholska Osteuropa-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, Garystr. 55, 14195 Berlin +4930-83853181 a.wierzcholska@fu-berlin.de 

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