Tuesday, July 10, 2018

CFP: Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe Workshop

Deadline: July 15, 2018


“Gender in the Era of Illiberal Populism”

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 2018-2019, we are particularly (but not only)
interested in speakers addressing gendered dimensions of
such issues as ageing, employment, immigration, environment,
technology, health, reproduction, sexuality, education, and
violence. The rise of illiberal populism and “anti-genderism”
has rolled backed progress on many issues, but women and
feminist groups have also fought back, including with their
own #MeToo movements and against full criminalization of
abortion in Poland. What impact have both feminist and anti-
feminist movements had on political practices and institutions?
What are the moral and ethical implications of these issues
and related policies?

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 Mieke Verloo and Julie A. Cassiday.

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. UPDATE: The
Harriman Institute at Columbia has offered to help pay
for applicants' travel, if a significant part of your research
is on Russia and you are willing to also give a talk at
Columbia University.

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 http://gendertransformationeurope.wordpress.com.

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