January 20, 2022

We are excited to announce that the EU Studies Center will host the Gender and Transformation in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia workshop starting in 2022.

The workshop was established in 1993 to discuss the challenges of gender and postcommunism in Europe and Eurasia. Coordinated by Professors Janet Johnson of Brooklyn College and Mara Lazda of Bronx Community College, the workshop meets monthly on Fridays from 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom. The spring 2022 lineup of presenters is as follows:

January 28, 2022
“Gender, War, and Remembrance: ‘Points of Memory’ in the Narratives of Women Participants in the Partisan War (1944-53) in Lithuania”
with Dovilė Budrytė, Georgia Gwinnett College

February 18, 2022
“Failed Adoptions: International Norm Rejections and the Case of Gender Quotas”
Anja Vojvodic, CUNY LaGuardia Community College

April 1, 2022
“Queer/kvir Post-Soviet Diaspora in Germany”
Masha Beketova, Humboldt University in Berlin 
Discussant: Alexandra Novitskaya, SUNY Stony Brook

April 29, 2022
co-sponsored by the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
“Shades of Protracted Displacement: Reconciling Citizenship and the Status of Internally Displaced in Eastern Ukraine”
Oleksandra Tarkhanova, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
“Building transnational feminist solidarities in the times of war: Women’s Dialogue for Peace in Donbas” 
Olga Sasunkevich, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

May 13, 2022
“The Socialist Mother Beyond the ‘Working Mom’: Motherhood in GDR Women’s Literature and Activism”
Yanara Schmacks, Ph.D. candidate, CUNY Graduate Center

The Gender and Transformation Workshop is unique in the New York City area in providing a venue for the continuing discussion of gender and postcommunism. Its members have been women activists, academics, journalists, lawyers, and educators concerned about gender inequality in the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Members of the Network of East-West Women were some of the earliest participants and speakers. The goal is to provide a venue for those from the region and working in and about it, to be able to provide their most recent work, including on western Europe and Eurasia.

Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the workshop continues to provide an avenue for scholars, including young scholars, to present their research to an informed and interested group, as issues of gender still form an important lens through which to view the ongoing changes and transformations.

In related news, the EU Studies Center is broadening its scope to include the entire continent of Europe. We are considering a name change to include “European Studies.” Share your thoughts, ideas, or feedback on this change with Merrill Sovner, assistant director, at