Mar. 13, Anna Ehrhart, “Women’s Organizations in Contemporary Turkey: Linking Formal Politics and Civil Society in Times of Undemocratic Uncertainty”


Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe Workshop
NYU Center for European & Mediterranean Studies

Friday, March 13

Anna Ehrhart
PhD candidate in political science,
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Mid-Sweden University/Sweden;
Research Fellow at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (SRII)

“Women’s Organizations: Linking Formal Politics and Civil Society in Times of Undemocratic Uncertainty—Experiences from Contemporary Turkey”

53 Washington Square South,
3rd Floor East,
4:30–6 p.m.

Anna Ehrhart is a PhD candidate in political science at Mid-Sweden University Photo Anna Ehrhart_2019in Sundsvall, Sweden, and a visiting PhD researcher at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2018–2019, Ehrhart was a research fellow at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (SRII), conducting fieldwork in Turkey as part of her PhD research. Her research interests include women’s political representation, women’s civil society engagement, de-democratization processes, and gender politics. In her PhD dissertation, “Women’s political representation and civic engagement in contexts of democratic transition,” Ehrhart studies practices of linking and building relationships drawing on the experiences of women’s organizations and women politicians in contemporary semi-democratic Turkey.

All are welcome, but you must RSVP to Sonia Jaffe Robbins
The workshop meets at NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies
53 Washington Square South, 3rd floor East
4:30–6 p.m.
For details on the workshop series, see our blog:



Spring 2018 Workshops, Starting Jan. 26

Welcome to our Spring 2018 workshops,
at NYU’s Center for European & Mediterranean Studies

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” 

February 16

Catalina Florina Florescu, Ph.D.
Department of English
Pace University

“Back to Shame: A Talk About Reproduction, Violated Rights,
and the ‘Traditional Family’ ”

March 9

Natalie Cornett
Ph.D. candidate in Modern European History

“TV-PiS: The Right Wing Takeover of Polish Media from a Feminist Perspective”

March 26
***PLEASE NOTE: The following meeting is on MONDAY, at 5 P.M.***

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”

April 27

Olena Nikolayenko
associate professor of political science,
Fordham University

“Women on the Maidan: Gender and the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine”

We meet at the Center for European & Mediterranean Studies, NYU, 53 Washington Square South, 3rd floor, 4:30-6 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). After the workshop, we usually continue the discussion over an informal dinner, and all are welcome.


Call for proposals, Spring 2018



“Gender and Resistance in Europe”

NOVEMBER 10, 2017**

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 Spring semester at the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies.
As usual, we are looking for speakers to discuss gender, sexuality, or women in Europe or Eurasia. For Spring 2018, we are particularly (but not only) interested in speakers addressing
resistance to the many threats to gender equality and gender studies in Europe, such as
— “anti-genderism,”
— attempts to roll back gender equality policy and practice (such as on reproductive rights and gender violence),
— attacks on gender studies,
— gendered attacks on refugees and asylum seekers.
the relation of anti-women/anti-gender and anti-immigrant campaigns,
analysis of these movements, as part of right-wing populism, nationalism, or the global right, addressing such questions as
— How has the right organized its campaigns?
— What is the relation between the anti-immigrant and anti-gender campaigns in EE?
— In what ways has the history of fascism in Europe played a role in these developments?
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. We are interested in papers on these issues in western European countries and Turkey as well. We are also interested in comparative accounts.
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 Dubravka Ugrešić, Katherine Verdery, Hana Havelkova, and Barbara Havelkova.
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 e-mail the following to Nanette Funk ( and Sonia Jaffe Robbins (

•  a title for your talk
• an abstract of less than 200 words describing your proposed talk
• a one-page curriculum vitae or resume.
• your schedule clarifying which weeks or months you plan to be in or near New York City and would like to present

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.


Spring 2015 Schedule

New York University
Center for European and Mediterranean Studies
and the Network of East-West Women


Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe

Spring 2015 Workshop Schedule

January 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”

February 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”

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”

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”

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”