Spring 2013 Signs cluster on women in Russia + Hajkova on sexual barter in times of genocide

Sign Journal of Women in Culture and Society’s most recent issue includes the winner of the 2013 Catharine Stimpson Prize, Anna Hájková’s “Sexual Barter in Times of Genocide: Negotiating the Sexual Economy of the Theresienstadt Ghetto.” Hájková’s article relates a remarkable story about gender power in a transit camp operated by the Nazi SS, in which female sexual and social favors were traded for food, protection, and symbolic capital among inmates. The issue also includes a series of articles on women in contemporary Russia and concludes with a number of explorations of gender in popular culture, from present-date representations of Emma Bovary to burgeoning expressions in hip-hop feminism. Read more about the issue contents here or view the issue on JSTOR.


March 8, 2013. “Women in Democratization and Decision-Making in Macedonia”

 March 8, 2013.

                        New York University

  Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe Workshop

penelopa Gjurchilova                                        

Penelopa Gjurchilova, Visiting Scholar, Columbia University; Co-founder, Macedonian Women’s Lobby; Member, National Council of Women in                      Macedonia.

          “The Role of Women in Democratization and Decision-Making in Macedonia:  A decade and more since the Ohrid Framework Agreement.”

Penelopa Gjurchilova holds a Ph.D. in EU Law (European University Institute, Florence, 2004), a Master in Public Administration  (Harvard  School of Government , 2007), a LL.M. (, University of Connecticut Law School,1995) and Cyril and Methodius University (Skopje, Macedonia, 1993). She is presently a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University.

She has written extensively on Macedonia, the SEE Region and more widely on international relations, international and EU law, human rights including gender, diplomacy, law-making, rule of law and institutional development.  She has been active on projects on regional cooperation in South Eastern Europe, democratization, non-proliferation, institution building, NGOs and is  a UN expert on the Security Council, Second, Fourth and Fifth Committees.

She is a co-founder and member of the Executive Board of the Macedonian Women’s Lobby since 2000, in the European Women’s Lobby and the National Council of Women in Macedonia.

She has worked as a lawyer in New York and Macedonia, as a diplomat in the Macedonian Foreign Service, including as counselor to the Permanent Mission of Macedonia to the UN in New York, as consultant for UNIFEM, WYG International, EuroFund, European Commission, OSCE and ODIHR.

      Friday 4:30-6:00 p.m.

at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies

New York University
285 Mercer Street, 7th floor
(between Waverly and Washington Place)