CFP for 2019-2020: Deadline July 15



CALL FOR PAPERS 2019-2020:


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 2019-2020, on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of state socialism in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, we are particularly (but not only) interested in speakers addressing the question: how do we best advance the field, given the attacks on gender studies and gender activism?

Themes might include (but are not limited to):

  • What new coalitions/new forms of political action have gender activists and scholars created,  e.g., with immigrants?
  • How do political parties, e.g., the Greens and environmental organizations, offer possibilities for collaboration for gender activists and scholars today?
  • How successful has grassroots mobilization been? Have other forms of mobilization been more or less successful?
  • Why and how have questions of intimacy, sexuality, and pleasure become a part of the field and politics now?

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 legal and discursive practices of sexual violence in Poland, the connections between “charismatic masculinity” and populism in Turkey and Russia, the politics of human trafficking, and anti-gender movements. Recent speakers have included  Elizabeth A. Wood, Betul Eksi, and Agnieszka Koscianska.

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)

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.

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