CALL FOR PAPERS 2018-2019 “Gender in the Era of Illiberal Populism”


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 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.

To propose a talk, 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 on to the spring coordinators Nanette Funk and Sonia Jaffe Robbins)

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