Call for Papers for 2016-7

“Gender and the Crises in Europe”


The GENDER and TRANSFORMATION: WOMEN in EUROPE Workshop invites speakers to submit proposals for Friday afternoon talks for the academic year 2016-2017 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 2015-2016 we are particularly (but not only) interested in speakers addressing theoretically and/or empirically the crises in Europe and the threats of rupture of the European Union: resurgent populism and nationalism, responses to the massive migrations, the rise of so-called anti-genderism, and the impact of these developments on gender policy and practice, including on reproductive rights, gender violence, and gender equality laws.

The workshop’s focus is on the postcommunist countries of East and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, including the Baltic countries and Central Asia, and in Europe and the European Union more widely. Recent workshop included topics such as the women’s court as a new form of feminist justice in former Yugoslavia, the sexuality and agency of the Balkan Roma, feminism on the streets and in art in Ukraine, and intermarriage in divided Germany–and speakers such as Dubravka Ugrešić.

The workshop is an informal and friendly group of about 20 feminist scholars, activists, and journalists who have been meeting for more than 20 years 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 for 2016-2017, please email the following to Janet Elise Johnson ( and Mara Lazda (

  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 onto 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 20: Indira K. Skoric,“The Women’s Court and Gender Justice after the Last Wars in the Western Balkans”

Dr. Indira Kajosevic Skoric, Ph.D.

adjunct professor, Kingsborough Community College/CUNY
and SUNY/Plattsburgh

“The Women’s Court and Gender Justice
After the Last Wars in the Western Balkans”

Please join us for the final meeting of the Spring 2016 term.
**RSVP is required to for this workshop.**

Indira KIndira K. Skoric holds a Ph.D. in human development from Fielding Graduate University and two master’s degrees, in international relations and gender studies). She is an aSdjunct assistant professor at the City University of New York’s Kingsborough Community College and Guttman Community College, where she launched the Immigration HUB, started an immigrant women’s support group, founded Immigration Day, and participated in the Brooklyn Public Scholars Project. She is also an adjunct professor at SUNY/Plattsburgh. Indira has extensive development experience with large organizations, such as the International Organization for Migration, and advises a number of community-based and women-led groups and organizations, including the Reconciliation and Culture Cooperative Network and Women in Black. Her work has been recognized through awards and fellowships: a Revson Fellowship (Columbia University), the Union Square Award for Organizing in New York City, and an AAUW Fellowship. In 2013, she was awarded the President’s Voluntary Service Award by President Barack Obama. Indira is working on two book projects: on gender and sexual violence in war, and on women and immigration. And she is the mother of a 12-year-old athlete and avid snowboarder.
She acknowledges a grant from the Network of East-West Women for this presentation and research.

Friday, May 20, 2016, 4:30—6 p.m.
NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies
285 Mercer Street, 7th Floor