Friday, October 1, 2004 9am - 5pm
Saturday, October 2, 20049am - 1pm

University Inn and Conference Center
178 Ryders Lane
Douglass Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

The conference, organized by Joanna Regulska, professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies and Geography, and Bonnie Smith, Board of Governors Professor of History and Women's Studies, will address broad, pan-European themes such as the changing notion of citizenship, political activism and the state; the gendered dimension of difference; the politics of bodies, reproduction and sexuality; women's status in the European Union; work; representation; and women's identities and subjectivities from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Eighteen participants from seven countries, leading scholars of women's history, politics, and culture, will present their research during five panel discussions.

The conference is open to the public, and the organizers encourage students as well as faculty engaged in research on Europe to attend.

We request that faculty teaching related courses relay this information to their students.

Program Schedule

Friday, October 1, 2004


Welcome and opening remarks

9:00 am - 9:15 am


Dr. Philip Furmanski

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rutgers University


Conference Organizers

Joanna Regulska, Rutgers University, USA

Bonnie Smith, Rutgers University, USA


9:15 am - 11:00 am

Panel I - On the move: Work, Family, Society

Chair: Bonnie Smith, Rutgers University, USA


Francisca de Haan, Central European University,


Women's Work in Europe Since 1945


Małgorzata Fuszara, Warsaw University, Poland

New Gender Contract in Poland?


Krystyna Slany, Jagiellonian University, Poland

Female Migration from Eastern European Countries. Sociological Problems



11:00 am - 11:15 am Coffee Break



11:15 am - 1:00 pm

Panel II - Representation, Sexuality, Power

Chair: Gerald Pirog, Rutgers University, USA


Mary Gossy, Rutgers University, USA

Eve and Apple: Woman and Global Commodity



Joanna Mizielińska, Warsaw University, Poland

Poland Meets Queer Theory. On Problems with the Translation of Queer Theory into Polish Context


Ann Snitow, New School University, USA

Worries about an Illiberal Feminism



1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch



2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Panel III - Ethnicity, Multiculturalism, Nation-


Chair: Gail Kligman, UCLA, USA

Nira Yuval-Davis, University of East London, United Kingdom

British Politics of Belonging and 'the Death of Multiculturalism'

Philomena Essed, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Gender Maps and Ethnic Gaps: Policy and Emancipation in the Netherlands

Melissa Bokovoy, University of New Mexico, USA

Reframing and Reinventing WWI in Serbia in the 1980s and 1990s


4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Reception



October 2, 2004



9:00 am - 11:00 am

Panel IV - The Challenges of Agency

Chair: Temma Kaplan, Rutgers University, USA


Hana Hašková, Alena Křížková, Dagmar Lorenz-Meyer and Lenka Simierska, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Interrogating Women's Collective Agency in Central and Eastern Europe


Nanette Funk, Brooklyn College, USA

Women's NGOs in East and Central Europe and Imperialism


Belinda Davis, Rutgers University, USA

How Women's Activism and the Women's Movement Led the Way to Post-Cold War Civil Society and Where it Seems to Have Failed



11:00 am - 11:30 am Coffee Break



11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Panel V - Transitions

Chair: Jan Kubik, Rutgers University, USA


Jan Lambertz, Bergen-Belsen Memorial Museum

Hello, Lenin? Women and the Rebuilding of Europe in the Early Cold War


Ewa Charkiewicz, Independent Scholar, Poland

Pathological Representation of Eastern Europe(ans) as a Political Technology of Transition from Socialism to Neoliberalism


Enikö Magyari-Vincze, Babes Bolyai University, Romania

Socialism, European integration and the reproduction of gender inequalities in Romania



1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch


Conference Support gratefully acknowledged from

Delegation of the European Commission to the United States
The National Science Foundation
The Academic Excellence Fund of the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Center for Comparative European Studies
The Local Democracy Partnership
The Women's and Gender Studies Department
The Institute for Research on Women
The Institute for Women's Leadership
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Global Programs
The Graduate School
The Department of History
The Department of Political Science.

For further information contact:
The Center for Comparative European Studies
732-932-8551 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.