Tag: 2003 Spring

Paradoxical Identities: Status of Women in Turkey

Yakin Erturk
Identity Politics: Secularist and Islamist Discourses
Monday February 3 12:00 noon 8417 Social Science
Can International Regimes Help Transcend Dichotomies? The UN and the Candidacy to the European Union
Wednesday February 5 3:30 pm 8417 Social Science

    Yakin Ertürk has been on the faculty of the Department of Sociology and the Gender and Women’s Studies Programme at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and 2002 became the head of the latter.  She also taught at the Centre for Girls, at King Saud University in Riyadh (1979-1982) and from 1979 to 1981 served as its chair.  Between 1997 and 2001 she took leave from her university post and joined the United Nations, serving first as Director of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Oct.1997- Feb.1999), then as Director of The Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) at UN Headquarters in New York (March 1999 – Oct. 2001).

Engendering the Politics of Belonging

Nira Yuval-Davis
"Gender, Nation, and the notion of ‘Human Security'"
February 17, 2003, 12:00PM, 8417 Social Sciences
"Boundaries, Borders and the Situated Imagination"
February 19, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science

    Nira Yuval-Davis is Professor of Gender & Ethnic Studies at the University of Greenwich, London and Visiting Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of East London. Professor Yuval-Davis has written extensively on theoretical and empirical aspects of women, nationalism, racism, fundamentalism and citizenship in Europe, Israel and elsewhere. She is the author or co-author of ten books, including Gender and Nation, which has been translated into six languages.

The Many Faces of Women's Activism

Amirta Basu
"Women's Purity, Women's Violence: The Case of Hindu Nationalism"
March 11, 2003, 3:30PM, 206 Ingraham
"Negotiating the Space Between the Local and the Global: Women's Movements Transnationally"
March 12, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
March 13, 2003, 12:20, 8108 Social Science

    Amrita Basu is Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College and Director of the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center. Her main areas of interest are social movements, religious nationalism, and women’s activism in India. She is the author of Two Faces of Protest: Contrasting Codes of Women’s Activism in India and the editor or co-editor of four books, including The Challenge of Local Feminism: Women’s Movements in Global Perspective and Appropriating Gender: Women’s Activism and Politicized Religion in South Asia.

Issues of Class, Gender, and Race after the Collapse of Communism

Julia Szalai
"Conflicts of Class, Gender and Race in Hungary's Post-1990 Welfare Policy"
March 24, 2003, 12:00PM, 8417 Social Sciences
"Hungary's EU-Accession from a Gender Perspective: Will Women's Post-1990 Gains Wither Away?"
March 26, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science

    Julia Szalai is Head of the Department of Social Policy and Social History at the Institute of Sociology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at ELTE University, Budapest. She is the Editor of East Central Europe/l’Europe du Centre-Est: Eine Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift (ECE/ECE), a trilingual journal of the social sciences and humanities. She is also Chair of the Max Weber Foundation of the Study of Social Initiative (Budapest-Glasgow), and advisor to the Hungarian Ministry of Welfare. Her main research interests are: the history of social policy in East Central Europe; ‘old’ and ‘new’ poverty in Central Europe; women’s changing situation on the labour market in post-1989 Hungary; ‘recognition struggles’ of the Gypsy and  the deficiencies of the post-communist embourgeoisement process and their consequences for new class and ethnic relations in Hungary.

Women's Movements in Europe and North America: Political Challenges and State Responses

Amy Mazur & Dorothy Stetson
"Are Women's Movements Feminist?," Dorothy McBride Stetson
April 1, 2003, 3:30PM, 206 Ingraham
"The Varieties of State Feminism," Amy G. Mazur
April 2, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
April 3, 2003, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Amy Mazur is Associate Professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice at Washington State University and co-convener of the Research Network on Gender Politics and the State. Professor Mazur is the author or editor of four books, including Gender Bias and the State and most recently, Theorizing Feminist Policy.  She has published articles in Political Research Quarterly, French Politics and Society, Policy Studies Journal, West European Politics, European Journal of Political Research, and Contemporary French Civilization.  

    Dorothy Stetson is Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University and co-convener of the Research Network on Gender and the State. Professor Stetson’s research interests include women, politics and policy in advanced industrial states. She is the author or co-editor of several books, including Abortion: Public Policy in Comparative Perspective, Comparative State Feminism, and Women’s Rights in the U.S.A.: Policy Debates and Gender Roles.

Latin American Feminisms' Movements Into the 21st Century

Sonia Alvarez
"Beyond the Boom? NGOs in Latin American Feminisms' Past, Present, and Possible Future"
April 8, 2003, 3:30PM, 206 Ingraham
"Encountering Latin American Feminisms"
April 9, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
April 10, 2003, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Sonia E. Alvarez is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  She is the author or co-author of four books, including Engendering Democracy in Brazil, The Making of Social Movements in Latin America, Cultures of Politics/Politics of Cultures, and Contentious Feminisms (forthcoming). Her writings on feminisms, social movements, and democratization have appeared in Signs, Feminist Studies, Revista Estudos Feministas, Estudios Latinoamericanos, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Debate Feminista, Meridians, Revista Mora, and several edited collections and movement publications..

The Global Women's Movement: A Truly Global Project

Peg Snyder
"African Contributions to the Global Women's Movement"
April 14, 2003, 12:00PM, 8417 Social Sciences
"Unlikely Godmother: The UN and the Global Women's Movement"
April 16, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
April 17, 2003, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Margaret (Peg) Snyder (Ph.D., Sociology, University of Dar es Salaam) is the founding director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), and was co-founder of the African Centre for Women at UNECA and member of the Committee to Organize Women’s World Banking. She is currently Seminar Associate at Columbia University and advisor to the UN’s intellectual history project.

Global and Local Feminism

Hilkka Pietila
"Feminism in Finland: The Equality Movement Confronts Feminism"
April 28, 2003, 12:00PM, 8417 Social Sciences
"Feminism in a Global Agenda: Women and the United Nations"
April 30, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
May 1, 2003, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Hilkka Pietilä is a Finnish freelance researcher and writer. She is the author or co-author of eleven books on women and the United Nations, including United Nations and the Advancement of Women and Making Women Matter. She is the former Secretary General of the Finnish United Nations Association.