Previous Speakers


February 28
Irina Gewinner, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg, Institute of Education and Society; affiliated scholar with Institute of Sociology, Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany
“Gender Norms, Sexuality and Postsocialist Identity After Migration: Cultural Resocialization of Russian-speaking Women in Germany”
January 31
Justyna Wierzchowska, Fulbright Senior Scholar, NYU, 2019–2020, University of Warsaw, Institute of English Studies
“Addressing History Through Lived Experience: Healing Transgenerational Trauma in Joanna Rajkowska’s Born in Berlin and A Letter to Rosa
December 13
Alexandra Novitskaya, Doctoral Candidate, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Visiting Scholar, Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, New York University
“From Homophobia to Homonationalism… and Back?: Russian-speaking LGBTQ Migrants in New York City in the Pursuit of the American Gay Dream”
November 8
Elisaveta Dvorak, PhD Candidate in Art History and Theory of Photography, Department of Art and Visual History, Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin
“Resistance, Activism and Feminist Art in the GDR: Visions – (In)Visibilities – Commodification”
October 25
Oksana Kis, Ph.D.  History/Ethnology, Senior Research Associate, Senior Scholar Department of Social Anthropology Institute of Ethnology national Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
“Feminism in Independent Ukraine: From an Allergen to the Last Hope”
October 4
Eliot Borenstein, Ph.D. Slavic Languages and Literatures, Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, Collegiate Professor,  New York University
“Post-Soviet Masculinities: Sex, Power, and the Vanishing Subject”

May 10
Leda Sutlovic, Ph.D. student, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
“The Impact of Neoconservative Activism on Backsliding of Croatian Gender Policies”

April 5
Dr. Voichita Ileana Nachescu, Global Scholar, Women’s Institute for Research on Women; Lecturer, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Rutgers University
“Beyond Mail Order Brides: Eastern European Women Immigrants in the United States”
February 22
Dr. Dessie Zagorcheva, Adjunct Assistant Professor, CUNY
“How the Far Right Uses ‘Gender Ideology’ to Fight Equal Rights for Women and Other Minorities. The Case of Bulgaria”
February 1
Niina Vuolajarvi, Ph.D. student, Rutgers University
“Governing in the Name of Caring: The Nordic Model of Prostitution and Its Punitive Consequences for Migrants Who Sell Sex”
December 14
Pavel Vasilyev, Polonsky Academy Fellow, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
“Red Days on the Calendar: The Politics of Menstruation in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia”
November 2
Agnieszka Koscianska, Associate Professor,  Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw
“From ‘the ordinary recklessness of girls’ to #MeToo:  Tracing changes of legal and discursive practices around sexual violence in Poland”
October 12
Christopher Edling, Lecturer, Expository Writing Program, New York University
“Bride Kidnapping in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan: Parallels and Divergences”
September 28
Betul Balkan Eksi, Robert G. James Scholar Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Harvard University
Elizabeth A. Wood, Professor, Department of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Charismatic Masculine Leadership and Right-Wing Populism in Turkey and Russia: The Cases of Vladimir Putin and Recep T. Erdogan”
April 27
Olena Nikolayenko, associate professor of political science, Fordham University
“Women on the Maidan: Gender and the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine”
March 26
Mieke Verloo, professor of Political Science, Comparative Politics, and Inequality Issues, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands; director, Multidisciplinary Research Hotspot, Gender and Power in Politics and Management; affiliated with Gender and Diversity Studies
“Understanding Varieties of Opposition to Gender Equality in Europe”
March 9
Natalie Cornett, Ph.D. candidate in Modern European History, Brandeis
“TV-PiS: The Right Wing Takeover of Polish Media from a Feminist Perspective”
February 16
Catalina Florescu, Department of English and Modern Languages, Comparative Literature, Purdue University
“Back to Shame: A Talk About Reproduction and Violated Rights”
January 26
Eser Selen, artist and associate professor, Department of Visual Communication, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Namalie Jayasinghe, Ph.D., School of International Service at American University; Women’s Rights Researcher, Oxfam, America
“Mapping Gender Equality and Violence Discourses in Turkey”
December 1
Zorica Socic, Ph.D. student, University of Graz.
“Varieties of post-Yugoslav feminist resistance against contemporary ‘anti-gender’ mobilizations”
November 17
Julie A. Cassiday, Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian, Williams College
“Charisma, Camp, or Kitsch? Gender in Putinâ°Ë?s Russia”
Co-sponsored by the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia
October 13
Janet Elise Johnson, Professor, Political Science, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
“The Gender of Informal Politics: Russia, Iceland and Twenty-First Century Male Dominance”
Co-sponsored by the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia
September 8
Barbara Havelkova, Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law, Lincoln College and Faculty of Law, University of Oxford
Book talk: “Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism”
Chair: Grainne de Burca,  Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law &  Director of Jean Monnet Center
Discussant: Melissa Feinberg, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University
Co-sponsored by The Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice
May 5
Isabel Marcus, professor, School of Law, SUNY Buffalo
“Legal Education and the Violation of Women’s Human Rights: A Critique of Law Faculties in Eastern Europe”
April 21
A panel on anti-genderism
Weronika Grzebalska, Ph.D. candidate in sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences
“War on ‘Gender Ideology’ in Europe: Anti-genderism and the Crisis of (Neo)liberal Democracy”
Nona Shahnazaryan, University lecturer, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Armenia; 2017 Carnegie Research scholar
“Eurasian Family versus European Values: Geopolitical Roots of Anti-Genderism in Armenia”
March 10
Jennifer Ramme, Ph.D. candidate, European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder,Germany ), Collegium Polonicum, Slubic, Research associate, Faculty of Cultural Studies, European University, Viadrina
“Feminist discourse, nationalism, and women’s popular political resistance in Poland today.”
February 10
Katherine Verdery, Julien J. Studley Faculty Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
“What I Learned from My Secret Police File

January 27
Joanna Schuster-Craig, Assistant Professor of German and  Global Studies, Michigan State University
“Rhetorical Strategies of Women in the Alternative fur Deutschland: Frauke Petry and Alice Weidel
December 9
Marina Kingsbury, Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of AL at Huntsville
“Let’s Have More Russian Babies: How Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Shapes Family Policy in Russia”Ð
November 11
Victoria Apostol, founder, the Group of Feminist Initiatives, Moldova
“The Rise of Religious Populism in Eastern Europe”
October 7
Fabio Mattiolli, Assistant Professor, Anthropology; Fellow at Center for European & Mediterranean Studies, New York University
“Manhood and Authoritarian Financialization in Macedonia”
September 16
Ausra Park, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Siena College
“Shattering the Glass Ceiling in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Female Presidents (Lithuania, Latvia, Kosovo, Croatia)”
May 20
Dr. Indira Kajosevic Skoric, adjunct, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY; and SUNY/Plattsburg
“The Women’s Court and Gender Justice after the Last Wars in the Western Balkans”
April 15
Carol Silverman, Professor, University of Oregon, Department of Anthropology and Folklore Program
“Gendered Migration of Muslim Balkan Roma:  Work, Sexuality, and Ritual in NY and Germany”
March 11
Dr. Jessica Zychowicz, Postdoctoral Fellow, Munk School, University of Toronto.
“Why Art Now? Kyiv Artists’ Visual Narratives of Identity, Gender, and Conflict in Ukraine”
February 19
Diana Mincyte, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Science. New York City College of Technology, CUNY.
“Gender Politics in the Shadows: The Racialization of the Rural/Urban Divide in Europeanizing Lithuania?”
January 22
Julia Woesthoff, Associate Professor of History, DePaul University
“Race, Religion, Nation: Debating Intermarriage in 1960s West Germany
Dec. 11
Emily Channell-Justice, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
“‘These aren’t your values’: Feminism, Nationalism, and Conceptualizations of Europe in Ukraine”
Nov. 13
Mariya P. Ivancheva, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Equality Studies Center, University College Dublin
“The Spirit of the Law: Mobilizing and/or Professionalizing the Women’s Movement in Bulgaria”
Oct. 30
Dubravka Ugrešić, a freelance writer based in Amsterdam
“Women, Gender Image Building and Failures of Feminist Movements in Post-Yugoslav States”
Sept. 11
Jane Freeland, Ph.D. Candidate, Carleton University
“Engaging Citizens in Domestic Violence Intervention and German-German State-Making”
May 8
Ermira Danaj, Ph.D. candidate, Center for the Understanding of Social Processes,
University of Neuchatel; women’s rights activist
“Exploring Practices and Strategies of Women in the Post-1990 Albanian Migration”
April 17
Louise O. Vasvári, Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University, Comparative  Literature and of Linguistics; Editor-in-Chief of Hungarian Cultural Studies
“Hungarian Women’s Holocaust Life Writing
in the Context of Hungary’s Divided Social Memory, 1944-2014”
March 6
Ia Iashvili, Associate Professor of Human Geography and director of the American Studies Center, Akaki Tsereteli State University, Kutaisi, Georgia
“Split Families and Family Members Left Behind: Migration from Georgia”
Feb. 13
Brigid M. O’Keeffe, Assistant Professor of History, Brooklyn College
“Pornography or Authenticity?
The Politics of Romani Women’s Performance on the Early Soviet Stage”
Jan. 30
Aslihan Aykac, Department of International Relations, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, and Visiting Scholar, School of Management and Labor Relations,
Rutgers University
“Ideological Roots of Gender Inequality in Turkey”
Dec. 5
Khushnuda Shukurova, Independent Filmmaker and Women’s Rights Activist from Tajikistan
“Exploring the Complex Life of Rural Women in Tajikistan
through Film”
Nov. 7
Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Head of Gender Studies, University of Wrocław
“From Solidarity to Backlash: Engendering Polish Revolution and Transformation in Women’s Life Writing”
Jill Massino, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
“We Want Rights, not Charity:” Gender and the Meanings of Citizenship in Post-Socialist Romania”
Oct. 10
Aleksander Berezkin, sociologist and Russian LGBT and intersex activist,
“Russian Intersexuality: Resistance and Conformity”
Sept. 12
Ulrika Auga,
associate professor, theology and gender studies, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer visiting professor and research fellow, Union Theological Seminary
“Resistance, Religion, Gender, and the Radical Social Imaginary: A Genealogy from Eastern European Dissidence to New Social Movements”
May 2
Ethel Brooks, associate professor, departments of women’s and gender studies and sociology, Rutgers University,
“Fraught Intimacies: Entwined Histories — Jews, Romani, Germans — of the (Post) Holocaust”
April 18
Olena Nikolayenko,
assistant professor, political science, Fordham University,
“Women’s Engagement in Anti-Government Protests: The EuroMaidan in Ukraine”
Janet Elise Johnson, associate professor, political science, Brooklyn College, CUNY
“’I had to be a real man,’ and Other Reasons Why Putin Took Crimea”
March 28
Kristen Loveland, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, Harvard University
“Rethinking the Neoliberal State: West German Feminists Confront New Reproductive Technologies”
February 28
Melissa Feinberg, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University
“We Don’t Have It Now, But We Will: Fear, Shortage and Family Values in Stalinist Eastern Europe”
January 31
Meltem Müftüler-Baç, Professor of International Relations and Jean Monnet Chair at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
“Pandora’s Box: Gender-Based Discrimination in Turkey”
December 6
Magdalena Grabowska, Assistant Professor and European Commission Fellow, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Warsaw University
“Demystifying State-Socialism: Women’s Agency, Socialist State and the Formation of Feminist Movements in Poland and Georgia”
November 15
Tatjana Aleksić, Associate Professor of South Slavic and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
“The Victims of Post-Socialist Economic Transition in the Western Balkans: A Socio-Cultural Panorama”
October 18
Nadia Kaneva, Associate Professor, Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies, University of Denver
“Pin-Ups, Strippers, and Centerfolds: Gendered Mediation and Post-Socialist Political Culture in Central and Eastern Europe”
October 4
Thorgerdur Einarsdóttir, Professor, Gender Studies, University of Iceland; Gyda Petursdóttir, Ph.D., Gender Studies, University of Iceland; Jyl Josephson, Associate Professor, Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University; and Janet Elise Johnson, Associate Professor, Political Science, Brooklyn College
“The Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Post-Crisis Iceland”
May 17
Patricia Melzer, Assistant Prof. German and Women’s Studies, Temple University;
Research Fellow, NewhouseCenter for the Humanities, Wellesley  College
“Women Who Fight are Women Who Live”: Left-wing Political Violence as Feminist Resistance during the 1980s in West Germany”
April 19
Alexandra Hrycak, Visiting Fellow, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute,  Harvard University; Professor of Sociology, Reed College
“Gender Violence Prevention Campaigns and the Orphanage System in Ukraine”
March 8
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.”
February 15
Judith Szapor, Assistant Professor,  Department of History and Classical  Studies, McGill University
“Between Democracy and Dictatorship:  Hungarian Gender Politics in the 1920s and Today “
January 18
Marta Kichorowska Kebalo, Ph.D. Anthropology, CUNY; Lecturer, Anthropology, Sociology and Linguistics, CUNY
“Ethnicity, gender, and class in Interwar Galicia: The Ukrainian women’s movement of the 1920s-30s and beyond”
December 7
Jane Gary Harris, Professor of Russian Literature and Culture, University of Pittsburgh
“We are not all Buronovskie Babushki: Gender, aging, and social policy in Russia Today”
November 9
Anna Hajkova, Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of Toronto (winner of the 2013 Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship)
“Sexual Barter in Times of Genocide: Negotiating Sexual Economy of the Theresienstadt Ghetto”
October 12
Ana Lukatela, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at University of British Columbia, Programme Specialist in Peace and Security Cluster at U.N. Women
“Women’s Mobilization in Tajikistan: Navigating between the State and Religion”
September  28
Natasha Lamoreux, Center for Global Affairs, New York University; Independent human rights consultant
“The Hated Poor in Crisis: Roma Women as Reproducers of a Despised Class”
May 18
Delina Fico, Director for Civil Society Programs, East West Management Institute, New York, NY; Board Chair, Albanian Women’s Empowerment Network; Women’s rights activist, Albania
“On Mainstreaming Gender in Political Activism in Kosovo and Albania: How Women’s Groups Contribute to Political Debate and Activism.”
April 5
Andrea Kriszan, Research Fellow, Center for Policy Studies, Central European University
“Institutionalizing Intersectionality? Changing European Equality Policies: A Comparison of Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovenia.”
February 17
Katalin Fabian, Associate Professor, Government and Law, Lafayette College
“Overcoming Disempowerment: The Home-Birth Movement in Hungary”
March 9
Anabela Zigova, Filmmaker, Director, Inside out Media Productions
Film:  Salto Mortale: On confronting  the communist past, the “legacy of silence” and young Slovaks
January 27
Oksana Kis, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, President of the Ukrainian Association for  Research in Women’s History
“Reclaiming the Political: The Meaning of Women’s Day. Feminist Activism in Ukraine Today”
December 2
Katerina Liskova, Assistant Professor, Gender Studies Program, Masaryk University
“Beyond Belief?  Religious Conservative
November 4
Anna Louie Sussman, freelance journalist, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
“Sex and the State: The Disappearance of Turkey’s Legal Sex Trade”
October 14
Ann Snitow, Associate Professor of Literature and Gender Studies, Director of the Gender Studies Program at the New School, co-founder of the Network of East-West Women in 1991; Malgorzata Tarasiewicz, Director of the Network of East-West Women
“Reflections on 20 years of East-West collaboration” (followed by a 20th birthday party for the Network East-West Women)
September 9
Katherine Gregory, Ph.D., author of The Everyday Lives of Sex Workers in the Netherlands
“The Everyday Lives of Transgendered Sex Workers in the Netherlands”
June 3
Mirjana Dedaic, Visiting Assistant Professor, Culture and Technology Program,  Georgetown University
“What Language Can Tell Us About Print Media Positioning of  Female Politicians in Croatia”
May 13
Nadieszda Kizenko, Associate Professor of Russian History, SUNY Albany
“The Reinvention of Tradition:  Russian Women and the Reconstruction of Orthodoxy”
March 18
Panel on Gender, Politics and Heteronormativity in Croatia Today
Vesna Kesic, Croatian feminist activist, journalist, researcher
“Activism and Culture as Spaces of Resistance, Provocation and Integration”
Gordan Bosanac, the Centre for Peace Studies and The Center for LGBT Equality
“Queer Croatia – Rights, Politics and Culture”
Zvonimir Dobrović, director and producer of Queer Zagreb and Perforations Festival
“Decentralizing Queer Art”
February 11
Mara Lazda, Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts
“The Discourse of Military Occupation: Gender in World War II Latvia and Recent Conflicts”
January 28
Kristen Ghodsee, Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard; The John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, Bowdoin College
“The Feminist International: Communist Mass Women’s Organizations and Second World/Third World Alliances during the U.N. Decade for Women, 1975-1985”
December 10
Susanne Cohen, Instructor, Department of Intellectual Heritage at Temple University
“Image of a Secretary: Civilizing Russian Business Through Gendered Self-Presentation in Post-Soviet Russia”
November 5
Marina Beyer-Grasse, co-founder and director of OWEN- (Ost-West Europaeisches  Frauen Network) Berlin, former government commissioner of equality of women and men in the only freely elected German Democratic Republic Government 1990
“Peace Network OMNIBUS 1325: Experiences and lessons learned after five years of a German-Caucasian cooperation”
October 15
Katalin Fabian, associate professor of government and law, Lafayette College
“Contemporary Women’s Movements in Hungary: Globalization, Democracy and Gender Equality”
October 1
Valentina Uspenskaya, director, Center for Women’s History and Gender Studies, Tver State University
Julie Hemment, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
“The Rise of State-Run Youth Organizations in Putin’s Russia: A report from a second-generation post-socialist (East-West) feminist collaboration”
May 21
Meri Kulmula, Ph.D. candidate, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, department of political science, Brown University
“Women’s Activism in Russian Karelia”
April 23
Jill Massino, independent scholar, Chicago; adjunct professor, De Paul University, and Shana Penn, visiting scholar in Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union,  Berkeley, California
“Gender Politics and Everyday Life under State Socialism: Stories from Poland and Romania”
March 5
Mirjana Dokmanovic, international lawyer and member of the International Action Network on Small Arms
”Serbia, “Gender, Small Arms Control and Armed Violence Prevention in the Western Balkans”
February 5
Indira Kajosevic, Ph.D. candidate, Fielding Graduate University; executive director, RACCOON, Inc.
“Survivors and Organizing around Sexual Violence in Bosnia- Herzegovina and Kosovo
December 18
Michaela Mudure, professor of English literature, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania
“Eastern-European Feminisms: Zeugmatic Spaces”
November 20
Djurdja Bartlett, research fellow, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London
“From Pretty to Sexy: Socialist and Post-Socialist Femininity”
October 16
Malgorzata Tarasiewicz, executive director, Network of East-West Women Polska
“Women in Poland: 20 Years of Transition, an Update”
September 25
Anna Kirey, co-founder and senior adviser, Labrys, in Kyrgyzstan; 2009 participant, Human Rights Advocates Program, Columbia University
“Women Loving Women, and Transgender People: LGBT Organizing in Central Asia”
May 8
Cheryl A. Thomas, Director, Women’s Human Rights Program, The Advocates for Human Rights
“Violence Against Women Campaign: Strategies, Successes, and Questions”
April 17
Veronika WoehrerPh.D. University of Vienna, Researcher and Lecturer , University of Vienna, Sociology and  Gender  Studies
“’We were not Westerners giving gifts, but we did give books’: The Network of East West Women as an example of East-West feminist cooperation in the early 1990s”
March 20
Eniko Magryi-Vincze, professor, Institute for Cultural Anthropology, European Studies, Babes-Bolyai University (Cluj, Romania)
Iustina Ionescu, Romanian lawyer and fellow at Center for Reproductive Rights
October 17
Cynthia Simmons, professor of Slavic Studies, Boston College
“Spheres of Influence in Postwar Bosnia: The Contribution of Women in the Arts to the History of War, Reconciliation, and Recovery”
September 26
Katerina Liskova, assistant professor, gender studies, department of sociology, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
“Strange Bedfellows: Feminist, Sexological and Criminological Discourses on Pornography”
June 4
Magda Grabowska, doctoral student, department of women’s and gender studies,  Rutgers University
“Gender and Religion in Poland”
May 16
Selma Leydesdorff, professor of oral history and culture, department of arts, religion and Culture, University of Amsterdam
“When Your Friends and Neighbors Become Enemies: Listening to the Tales of the Survivors of Srebrenica.”
April 18
Marian Rubchak, chair, modern European studies, Valparaiso University
“Collective Memory in Ukraine and Women’s Identity”
March 28
Anna Wilkowska, human rights lawyer
“Gender Equality Legislation in the CEE and CIS. Enforcement mechanisms and strategies: Do they really work?”
February 29
Sonja Lukar, coordinator of the CEE Network for Gender Issues and chair of the Stability Pact Gender Task Force
“Gender Empowerment Strategies in Georgia, Armenia, Western Russia, and the Balkans”
January 18
Rasa Erentaite, Renata Blumberg, Arnoldas Blumberg, co-founder and members, New Generation of Women’s Initiatives, Vilnius, Lithuania
“Feminism, fun across generations: Young feminist movements in Lithuania and the region”
December 7
Voichita Nachescu, postdoctoral fellow with the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. Rice University
“The Visible Woman: Interwar Romanian Women Writers, Modernity, and the Public/Private Divide”
November 16
Wanda Nowicka, founder and executive director, Polish Federation for Women and Family Planning
“Poland: More Catholic than the Pope? An update on recent changes in reproductive rights, the October 21 election, and the country’s role in the EU”
October 26
Emily E. Schuckman, adjunct instructor, department of modern languages and literatures, Montclair State University
“Doubly Other”: The Prostitute as Lesbian: Representations of Prostitution in Contemporary Russian Literature and Film”
September 28
Jasmina Lukic, visiting associate professor, Central European University, Budapest, Department of Gender Studies
“Gender, War and Postwar Trauma: Women’s Writing in the Balkans in the 1990s”
May 11
Medea Badashvili, Tbilisi University, Georgia
“Recent Changes in Family Structure in Multi-ethnic Georgia”
April 6
Jennifer Suchland
“Beyond the Woman Question?: Legal and socio-political aspects of sexual harassment law in Russia”
March 23
Debra Schulz, acting director, Network Women’s Program, Open Society Institute, “Romani Women Activists : Challenging European Right Movements”
February 9
Janet Elise Johnson, Jean Robinson et al.
“Living Gender After Communism”: book presentation by the editors
December 8
Adriana Lamackova, intern, Center for Reproductive Rights, LLM student, University of Toronto
“Conscientious Objection and Women’s Access to Reproductive Health Services: Analysis of Pichon and Sajous v. France”
November 3
Justyna Wlodarczyk, Fulbright scholar
“Made in the USA: (Imported) Strategies of the Pro-Choice and Anti-Choice Movements in Poland”
September 22
Sreca Perunovic, assistant professor, sociology, John Jay College/CUNY
“Understanding the Yugoslav Experience of War: A Personal Story”
June 2
Jirina Siklova, founder, Prague Gender Center, professor of social work, Charles University, Prague
“Women’s Issues in the Czech Republic since EU Accession: An Update”
April 28
Sandra Bitusikova, director and senior research fellow, Institute of Social and Cultural Studies at Matej Bel University, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia; Slovak expert for the European Union’s European Commission, directorate general research in Brussels, “What Women (Don’t) Want? Civic and Political Participation of Women in Slovakia”
March 24
Karen Kapusta-Pofahl, doctoral candidate in sociocultural anthropology with a feminist studies minor at the University of Minnesota
“Academic Feminists, Activist Intellectuals and Governing Experts: Dilemmas of Czech Gender Studies”
Marta Kolarova, Czech Republic, Fulbright scholar
“Women’s and Feminist Activities in the Radical Left- and Right-Wing Movements in the Czech Republic after 1989”
February 24
Anca Gheaus, Ph.D., Central European University
“On Feminist Theory of the Welfare State: Some Romanian Feminist Arguments”
January 27
Andrea Krizsan, research fellow, Center for Policy Studies of the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
“Gender Mainstreaming in the EU Accession Process. The Case of Hungary”
December 9
Leyla Keough, doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology, University of Massachusetts
“‘Should I stay or should I go?’: The representation, experience, and politics of Gagauz (Turkic-speaking Orthodox Christian) Moldovan women’s labor migration”
November 18
Krista Marie Minteer, M.A. student, Graduate Program in International Affairs, New School University
“Towards Women’s Rights in Bosnia: A Case Study in Women’s Organizing”
October 28
Feride Zurikashvili, associate professor of geography at Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia, and director of the Women’s Study Center
“Identity, Gender, and Cultural borders in a Transitional Society: The Case of Georgia”
September 23
Patricia Eszter Margit, Hungarian journalist; founder, Women’s Media Lobby Association
“Through the Media Lens: The Influence of EU Accession on Women in Hungary”
April 22
Kristen R. Ghodsee
“Feminism-by-Design: Emerging Capitalisms, Cultural Feminism, and Women’s Nongovernmental Organizations in Post-Socialist Bulgaria”
March 1
Panel, Jasmina Tesanovic, Elena Mashkova, Galina Petraiashivili, Muborak Sharipova, participants at U.N. Commission on the Status of Women
February 18
Vesna Kesic, journalist and founder, B.a.B.e.
“Women Recollecting Memories: The Politics of Public Memory in Former Yugoslavia”
November 19
Agnieska Graff, assistant professor, American literature and gender studies, American Studies Center, Warsaw University
“The Land Where Men Are Men and Women Are Women — Reading Gender in Polish Media at the Time of EU Accession”
October 22
Janet Elise Johnson, assistant professor, political science, Brooklyn College
“How the U.S. compelled Russia to adopt sex trafficking legislation (and what this tells us about the Russian women’s crisis center movement and transnational feminism)”
September 24
Malgorzata Fuszara, co-director of Gender Studies at Warsaw University
“Gender and European Union Enlargement”
September 17
Liliana Proskuryakova, Institute of Social and Gender Policy, Moscow
“Mainstreaming Gender in Transition: The Role of World Bank Country Offices in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Bosnia i Herzegovina”
June 4
Monika Baer
“Invented Identities – Lived Subjectivities. Anthropological Reflections on the Category of “Women”in Post-Socialist Poland”
May 7
Michele Rivkin Fish
“The Politics of Reproduction and Nationalism in Russia”
April 23
Carmen-Francesca Banciu, Romanian author and novelist
“On Motherhood and Women: with Readings from her novels, including Flight From Father”
April 2
Elaine Weiner
“Liberalization and Liberation: Gender, Class and the Market in the Czech Republic”
March 5
Muse Dobroglio
“19th Century Russian Philosophers’ Views of Women as a Political Subject”
January 30
Mihaela Miroiu
“State Men, Market Women: The effects of Left Conservatism on Gender Politics in Romanian Transition”
January 23
Oksana Kis
“Current Models of Femininity: the creation, promotion, and application of two main images of the ‘new’ Ukrainian women, Berehynia and Barbie”
December 5
Olga Petrosheva
the abortion fight in Slovakia
November 7
Marina Malysheva
“The social interaction between legislative bodies and women’s NGOs in Russia”
October 3
Beata Kowalska
“Gender Relations, Society and War from the Perspective of Chechnyan Women”
September 26
Julie Hemment
“Gendered Interventions: Women’s Activism and Action Research in Russia”
Andrea Peto
January 24
Indira Kajosevic, Stephanie Domhoff, Nanette Funk
“On the Writings of Belgrade feminist Zarana Papic 1950–2002”
December 6
Magda Grabowska, Elmira Shishkaraeva, Lenka Simerska
“Women’s Issues in Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, and Poland: What means have been most effective in addressing women’s issues in these countries? Are the right issues being addressed?”
November 1
Natalie Stepanova
“Women & Politics in Russia: From Practice to Academe”
June 6
Karin Alexander, librarian, Humboldt University
“Women and Gender Relations in the GDR and the New German States: Reflections on creating a bibliography”
April 26
Rada Ivekovic
“Post-Partitional Transition and Gender Reconfiguration”
March 8
Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh
“Rethinking Gender in Transition: the Central Asia Experience”; Nurgul Djanaeva, “Women in Kyrgyzstan”
February 8
Jill Lewis
“Living for Tomorrow: Challenging gender issues in sexual safety and HIV awareness with young people in Estonia”
December 14
Fran Bernstein
“ ‘Nervous People’: Sexual Dysfunction and the Crisis of Nervousness in post-Revolutionary Russia”
November 9
Isabel Marcus
“Dark Numbers: Law and Public Policy Regarding Domestic Violence in Eastern Europe” (Poland, Romania, Russia, and Hungary)
October 19
Maria Nemenyi
“The Anatomy of the Borderline Case: The Intersection of Gender, Ethnicity and Professional Identity” (perceptions of Roma in Hungary)
September 28
Group discussion of post-Sept. 11 and feminist response
April 13
Petra Bless
“A Feminist View from the German Bundestag”
March 23
Irina Liczek
February 16
Ralitsa Muharska
“Discourses of Power in High School Literature Textbooks in Bulgaria”
December 15
Valentina Uspenskaya
“May the Circle Be Unbroken?: The Current Status of Women’s Studies in Russia and How Women’s Studies at Tver State University (Tver, Russia) Started as a Feminist Project”
November 10
Ellen Friedman
“Is the Category ‘Woman’ the Same as the Category ‘Frau’?”
October 11
Chris Corrin
“Gender and Transition in Kosovo. Women’s political participation and citizenship”
September 22
Marija Lukic
“Strategies for Promoting Women’s Political Activism in Serbia Before the September 2000 Elections”
May 5
Salvatore Engel-DiMauro
“Gender and Science: The case of soil science in Hungary late 1960s–present”
April 7
Nadejza Cacinovic
“Lost in Translation: Where are we while thinking? A report on theory and displacements between East and West”
March 31
Jill Brzezinski
February 4
Jirina Siklova, founder, Prague Gender Center, professor of social work, Charles University, Prague
“Gender Studies and the Development of Post-Communism”
January 10
Lucia Briscan
“Organizing Women in Romania Today”
& Olivia Carrescia, excerpt from film “Diamonds in the Dark”
December 10
Valerie Sperling
“Resisting Feminism in Contemporary Russia”
November 19
Darya Zavirsek
perceptions of disability in Slovenia
October 22
Ralitsa Mouharska
“Parodies and Silences: East-West Feminism”
May 21
Vesna Kesic and Ali Miller
“Human Rights and Women’s Human Rights, Locally and Internationally, with a special look at Croatia and Bosnia”
April 2
Irene Frieze
“Changing Beliefs About Appropriate Roles for Women and Men in University Students in Central and Eastern Europe”
March 5
Marianna Pavlovskaya, Ph.D. candidate, Hunter College, CUNY
“Other Transitions: Gender, Class, and Urban Change in the City of Moscow”
February 19
Julie Hemment
December 4
Zoya Khotkina, Moscow Gender Center
November 6
Larissa Titarenko, sociologist. Minsk, Belarus
“Women at a New Stage of Transition in Belarus”
October 16
Feride Zurikashvilli, Women’s Studies Center, Tbilisi State University,
“Gender in Georgia”
May 13
Djurdja Knezevic
April 24
Manuela Dobos
April 3
Lynne Haney
December 12
Irina Jurna
November 14
Marina Liborakina
19th century women’s philanthropy in Russia
October 10
Delina Fico
May 29
Zorica Mrsevic
May 2
Julie Mostov and Dasa Duhacek
January 24
Gosia Tarasiewicz
November 15
Monica Ciobanu
October 18
Barbara Reeves-Ellington
September 13
Kornelia Merdjanska
“Does Eastern Europe Speak Feminism?”
April 17
Urszula Nowakowska
March 15
Larissa Titarenko, sociologist. Minsk, Belarus
February 16
Isabel Marcus
On domestic violence in Poland
October 26
Kristi Long
April 21
Anastasia Posadskaya and Barbara Engel
Researching and writing their book, A Revolution of Their Own: Voices of Russian Women in History
“Gender and Human Rights”
February 17
Karen Malpede, playwright
Discusses her play The Beekeeper’s Daughter, about a Bosnian refugee and a human rights activist
January 13
Vesna Kesic
November 18
Renata Salecl
October 22
Tatiana Boehm,
Eva Kunz, Petra Bless
Spring 1994
April 22
February 18
January 28
Spring 1993
April 9
Ulrike Helwerth, journalist, West Berlin; Gislinde Schwarz, journalist, East Berlin
“On a Joint Research Project and Collaborative Writing Project”/”Geteilte Schwestern”
January 22
Anastasia Posadskaya, Moscow Center for Gender Studies

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