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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

“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.


Call for proposals, Spring 2018



“Gender and Resistance in Europe”

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.

April 18, 2014: Current Events in Ukraine and Russia

Please join us for a discussion on April 18, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Olena Nikolayenko
assistant professor, political science, Fordham University

“Women’s Engagement in Anti-Government Protests: The EuroMaidan in Ukraine”

Janet Elise Johnson
associate professor, political science, Brooklyn College, CUNY

“’I had to be a real man,’ and Other Reasons Why Putin Took Crimea”

Olena Nikolayenko Olena Nikolayenko received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto in 2007 and was an SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law in 2007-2009. Her research and teaching interests include comparative democratization, social movements, public opinion, and youth, with regional focus on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. She published the book, Citizens in the Making in Post-Soviet States (Routledge, 2011), and articles in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, International Political Science Review, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Youth and Society, and other journals. Her current research focuses on nonviolent youth movements in the post-communist region.

Janet Elise Johnson is a co-moderator of the Gender & Transformation in Europe workshop.  Her most recent book is Gender Violence in Russia (Indiana, 2009).  Her current project is on gender and informal politics in Russia.

Ukrainian pop star Ruslana on the Kyiv barricades in February 2014. She received the secretary of state's Women of Courage award this year.

Ukrainian pop star Ruslana on the Kyiv barricades in February 2014. She received the secretary of state’s Women of Courage award this year.