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Call for Papers: edited volume Everyday Feminist Research Praxis
Domitilla Olivieri (D.Olivieri@uu.nl) and Koen Leurs (K.H.A.Leurs@uu.nl) (both graduated PhD students from the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies, NOG), invite you to submit an abstract for an edited book with the title “Everyday feminist research praxis”. More specifically, they welcome submissions by early career researchers affiliated with the NOG: advanced master students in the final stage of their research, PhD students and post-doctoral scholars within 2 years from the completion of their PhD. "Everyday feminist research praxis" aims to bring together strong interventions by emerging scholars working on gender, ethnicity, sexuality and diversity who presented during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 graduate and post-graduate student (NOG) conferences. Their ambition is to provide not a mere collection of conference proceedings, but a coherent and thematically structured book that they can present to Cambridge Scholars Press, a publishing house that has previously expressed interest in publishing NOG scholarship.
See here for more information on the content. 
Deadline for abstracts is December 15, 2012.
 

 
Seminar Life narratives: memory, citizenship and gender: January 10, 2013
On January 10, 2013 a seminar will be organized at Utrecht University by Berteke Waaldijk (GGeP), Izabella Agardi (GGEP) and Andrea Pető (CEU): all former participants of CliohRes Work Group ‘Work, Gender, Society’ (part of a FP6 Network of Excellence). Participation is free and open to experienced and beginning scholars, PhD students and research master students who want to present short papers or work in progress connected to this theme. Deadline for registration is December 9, 2012. For more information on the content and registration, see here.  
 

 
National Research Day for PhD students: Doing Gender in the Netherlands: Taking Turns in Feminist Theory
Friday April 5, 2013 – Maastricht University
The Netherlands Research School of Genderstudies (NOG) would like to invite you for the annual National Research Day dedicated to the cutting edge work of junior researchers of Dutch universities in the field of Gender, Ethnicity, Sexuality and Diversity. This year the National Research Day will be hosted by our colleagues of the Centre for Gender and Diversity at Maastricht University.
The day is open for presentations of PhD students and advanced research master students registered at Dutch universities.
Deadline for abstracts: abstracts for papers (300 words maximum) can be sent to NOG@uu.nl before Monday December 31, 2012. Please mention the following details: your name, university, work address, and supervisor(s). In the beginning of the new year we’ll let you know whether you are accepted as a presenter. Accepted papers are due Friday March 1, 2013.
 

  
Chiara Bonfiglioli wins Graduate Prize
A chapter of the dissertation of Chiara Bonfiglioli (doctoral degree cum laude on September 14)  won the graduate essay prize given by the Association of Women in Slavic Studies.
 
The selection committee praised her work as original and well developed in terms of research and engagement with scholarship. The essay brings new insights to questions having to do with women’s political involvement in the establishment of the communist regimes in post-war Europe, as well as their role in international networks for women and for communist regimes and parties across the world.
 
The dissertation is explicitly comparative and transnational and brings new light to understanding how post-war communist movements developed in Europe and in particular what roles women played in that process. Conversely, the work offers a more nuanced understanding of women’s activism in the twentieth century, with sisterhood understood more explicitly as a complex set of issues, and the development of the women’s international activism as both empowering and limiting.
By choosing to focus on the time of the Tito-Stalin split, Bonfiglioli gives greater clarity to the implications of that event for women¹s organizations, as well as revealing the great strain this polarization brought to women’s efforts to find their own voice in the postwar communist organizations.
 
The award winner will be celebrated at the AWSS annual meeting and reception at the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies convention in Washington, DC, on Friday, November 16, 2012.
 


 
New Materialism: Interviews & Cartographies (Open Humanities Press, 2012) released
Written by Gender Studies staff member Iris van der Tuin and Rick Dolphijn, this book is the first monograph on the theme of “new materialism,” an emerging trend in 21st century thought that has already left its mark in such fields as philosophy, cultural theory, feminism, science studies, and the arts. The first part of the book contains elaborate interviews with some of the most prominent new materialist scholars of today: Rosi Braidotti, Manuel DeLanda, Karen Barad, and Quentin Meillassoux. The second part situates the new materialist tradition in contemporary thought by singling out its transversal methodology, its position on sexual differing, and by developing the ethical and political consequences of new materialism.

The book, endorsed by Brian Massumi (Université de Montréal) and Vicki Kirby (University of New South Wales), can be read on-line and downloaded here
 

 
DOING GENDER Lecture Series Autumn 2012
In Autumn 2012 the Netherlands Research School of Genderstudies (NOG) in cooperation with the Graduate Gender Programme of Utrecht University organizes a next round of Doing Gender Lectures with Dr. Rutvica Andrijasevic (October 30), Prof. Dr. Joan Scott (November 8) and Prof. Dr. Elleke Boehmer (December 18).
The lectures are free of charge, but registration is appreciated: nog@uu.nl
More information on the lectures can be found here.  
 

 
Professor Gloria Wekker with retirement, September 2012
Professor Gloria Wekker: "In the past 18 years I have worked with much pleasure in the Gender Studies Department, Faculty of the Humanities, at Utrecht University, as the coordinator of the one-year MA  programme 'Comparative Women’s Studies in Culture and Politics' and as the Aletta professor in  Gender and Ethnicity. Together with my colleagues there, I have helped to build an internationally renowned training trajectory in Gender Studies and Postcolonial Studies at BA, MA (one and two-year) and PhD levels. During the past year, which I spent on sabbatical at NIAS (The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies), I have come to realize that at this moment in my life I would like to spend more time on research and publishing. This has made me decide to retire early on September 1, 2012. I will continue to supervise PhD-students, in the framework of the Netherlands Research School Gender Studies (NOG). Somewhere in the coming year, after I have completed my current book Innocence Unltd., there will an official farewell, organized by the UU Graduate Gender Programme and NOG, about which I will inform you, in due time. I thank you for all the good, productive and warm contacts that we have had in the past years and I expect to meet you in future."
 

 
PhD Defense Izabella Agardi: 'On the Verge of History. Rupture and Continuity in Women’s Life Narratives from Romania, Hungary and Serbia'
Date:                 Friday January 11, 2013 at 12.45 hrs
Location:          Academiegebouw Universiteit Utrecht (Domplein 29)
Supervisors:    Prof. dr. Berteke Waaldijk and Dr. Andrea Peto
Registration:   no registration; free entrance
PhD thesis:     After 1989, with the end of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe, narratives about rupture and change during a turbulent twentieth century have been told in many different forms, genres, and media alongside narratives of basic social and political continuities. Rupture and continuity emerged as two different narrative strategies that have sought to create coherence in these larger histories. Published histories and private narratives about the twentieth century in Central Europe share this characteristic: they both create cohesion between a multiplicity of processes and events by combining the two narrative strategies of emplotment. That is what this dissertation is about. Based on an extensive source material of narrative life interviews from the border regions of Romania (Northern Transylvania), Northern Serbia (Vojvodina), and Southern Hungary, I investigate how ordinary women in Central Europe, see the turbulent century which they have lived through. I analyze the different ways that they speak of historical transformation and how they place themselves into a sequence of change while maintaining their sense of integrity: how they talk at the end of their life about childhood in the Interwar era, their maturing during the Second World War, starting married life and work in socialism, and their retirement years after 1989. Throughout the analysis I address the forms that tropes of rupture and continuity take through the words of women who lived through several regime changes in the course of the twentieth century. The dissertation examines the relationship of personal life narratives to public narratives of history: how interviewees incorporate and appropriate public narratives and where they diverge from them in order to create their versions of historical narrative.
 

 
Rosemarie Buikema at the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World
On May 3, 2012 Rosemarie Buikema gave a lecture on art and societal transformation at the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World (Lebanese American University). See here for more information.
 

   
Graduate Gender Programme and Centre for the Humanities coordinate initiative for Gender Research Centre in Cairo
The Graduate Gender Programme (GGeP) and the Centre for the Humanities (CFH) have been awarded a €900.000,- grant from the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE) for establishing a Gender Studies and Research Centre at Cairo University. The aim of this initiative is to provide a meaningful contribution to gender equality in Egypt.
In the project, Utrecht University cooperates with SPAN Consultants and E-Quality (Dutch information and research centre for gender, family and diversity issues). Apart from the principal investigators provided by the Graduate Gender Programme and the Centre for the Humanities. the UU consortium consists of leading members of the Centre for Conflict Studies, the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights and the Utrecht School of Economics.
The new Gender Studies and Research Centre at Cairo University will be able to effectively link gender knowledge and research to the current developments in Egypt, which are characterised by all aspects related to a shift from an autocratic to a democratic governance. Such shifts are associated with significant conflict, discourse and confusion and uncertainty. It blends ambition and hope with expectations and conflicts.
 

 
Graduate Gender Programme part of the consortium on Capacity building and promotion of gender equity in Colombia’s higher education programmes
The Graduate Gender Programme (GGeP, Faculty of Humanities UU) became part of the consortium in the context of the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE) on Capacity building and promotion of gender equity in Colombia’s higher education programmes (2011-2014; €1.500.000,-). The aim of this initiative is to provide a meaningful contribution to gender equity in the teaching environment of Colombia. The objectives of the project are related to training (teachers and administrative staff), academic programmes (including curriculum development), research (theory and methods) and communication and organizational culture.
The consortium is chaired by the Cultural Anthropology Department (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences) of Utrecht University and consists of the Utrecht Faculty of Law, Graduate Gender Programme (Faculty of Humanities) and MDF Training and Consultancy. The partners in Colombia are the Central University Bogotá, Nacional University Bogotá, Autonomous University Bogotá and the Industrial University of Santander (Bucaramanga).
This project is an opportunity to cultivate knowledge and set up methods for researching gender issues within higher education and organizational culture in Colombia, in order for this experience to become a model for other projects running at regional and national level. The expectation is that the key institutions in Colombia have a strategic role in achieving gender equity and the recognition of women as full citizens in Colombia. 
 

 
Testimonial UCLA-UU exchange by Evelien Geerts
Our Research Master student in Gender and Ethnicity Evelien Geerts participated in the exchange programme between the University of California, Los Angeles and Utrecht University in 2011-2012. You can read her experiences in the monthly newsletter of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. 
  

 
Fragilizing the Self, Resisting the System - A four part event with Bracha L. Ettinger
(in cooperation with OSL, CfH and Casco Utrecht) ~ 12 - 20 April 2012
From April 12 to 20, 2012, Professor and artist Bracha L. Ettinger visited the Graduate Gender Programme. Various events have been succesfully organised during her stay. For more information and a detailed overview of the programme, please click here.
We're looking back at a most inspiring event!
 


In Memoriam: Saskia Poldervaart (1945-2011)
Op 17 november 2011 is overleden onze collega, NOG-lid en vriendin Saskia Poldervaart. Saskia is een van de grondlegsters van genderstudies in Nederland. Zij was een alom gerespecteerd en gewaardeerd collega met een benijdenswaardig goed ontwikkeld gevoel voor solidariteit en rechtvaardigheid. Mede om die redenen werd zij bij haar afscheid van de UvA benoemd als erelid van de Nederlandse Onderzoekschool Genderstudies. Wij bewaren dierbare en pregnante herinneringen aan haar en zij zal zeer worden gemist.  
Collega Frances Gouda heeft een In Memoriam geschreven dat hier te lezen is.
 
Rosemarie Buikema ~ Directeur NOG
 


GEMMA Call for Applicants: Scholarships available for European and Third Country students and scholars
GEMMA is the first Erasmus Mundus Master on Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe. Gender Studies at Utrecht University is one of the partners in this project.
GEMMA is a two-year postgraduate interdisciplinary study programme that provides high quality education and professional competencies for personnel working or intending to work in the areas of Women's Studies, Gender Studies and Equal Opportunities across Europe and beyond. Find out more about the programme (detailed description of the scholarships, information on eligibility for scholarships, application procedures, required documents, available mobility routes, courses, etc.) on the website: http://masteres.ugr.es/gemma/pages/index. Partner Universities: University of Granada, Spain; University of Bologna, Italy; Central European University of Budapest, Hungary; University of Hull, United Kingdom; University of Łodź, Poland; University of Oviedo, Spain; University of Utrecht, the Netherlands; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA.
 
The deadline for applying for scholarships will be December 31, 2012 (start of the programme September 2013).
In Spring 2013 there is another application round for students without scholarships (start of the programme September 2013; however scholarships are not available anymore). Check the GEMMA website for the details.
  

 
This book engages with the question of what makes Europe postcolonial and how memory, whiteness and religion figure in representations and manifestations of European ‘identity’ and self-perception. To deconstruct Europe is necessary as its definition is now contested more than ever, both internally (through the proliferation of ethnic, religious, regional differences) and externally (Europe expanding its boundaries but closing its borders).This edited volume explores a number of theoretical discussions on the meaning of Europe and proposes analyzing some of the deeds committed, both today and in the past, in the name of Europe by foregrounding a postcolonial approach. To deconstruct Europe as a postcolonial place does not imply that Europe’s imperial past is over, but on the contrary that Europe’s idea of self, and of its polity, is still struggling with the continuing hold of colonialist and imperialist attitudes. The objective of this volume is to account for historical legacies which have been denied, forgotten or silenced, such as the histories of minor and peripheral colonialisms (Nordic colonialisms or Austrian, Spanish and Italian colonialism) and to account for the realities of geographical margins within Europe, such as the Mediterranean and the Eastern border while tracing alternative models for solidarity and conviviality. The chapters deal with social and political formations as well as cultural and artistic practices drawing from different disciplinary backgrounds and methodological traditions. As such it creates an innovative space for comparative and cross-disciplinary exchanges. This book was previously published as a special issue of the journal Social Identities.
 
Editors: Sandra Ponzanesi is Associate Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Critique in the Department of Media and Culture Studies/Gender Programme at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Among her publications are Paradoxes of Postcolonial Culture (2004), Migrant Cartographies (2005) and Postcolonial Cinema Studies (2011).
Bolette B. Blaagaard is Research fellow at the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University London, UK. She has published articles and contributed to edited volumes on issues of Nordic colonialism and whiteness in the Nordic region as well as the ethics of journalistic practices, objectivity and freedom of speech.
 
 

 
New book publication: Theories and Methodologies in Post-Graduate Feminist Research: Researching Differently 
In May 2011 a new book in the series ‘Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality’, was published: 'Theories and Methodologies in Post-Graduate Feminist Research: Researching Differently', edited by Rosemarie Buikema, Gabriele Griffin and Nina Lykke.
This volume centers on theories and methodologies for postgraduate feminist researchers engaged in interdisciplinary research, in a context of increasing globalisation, giving special attention to cutting-edge approaches at the borders between humanities and social sciences and specific discipline-transgressing fields such as feminist techno science studies.
To receive a 20% discount, order on http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415888813 and use this code: ERJ66.
    

 
Gender Studies Annual Report 2005-2010
The Utrecht University’s Graduate Gender Programme has published her annual report over the years 2005-2010. It gives a detailed update of the past performance of the programme. If you wish to receive a copy please send an e-mail to nog@uu.nl.
    

 
WomenSpeak!
WomenSpeak! is een eigenzinnige en inspirerende debatreeks, waarin kunst, politiek, wetenschap en maatschappelijke organisaties met elkaar in contact komen en nieuwe allianties aangaan. Actuele thema’s zoals eerwraak, pornografie en radicalisering, worden vanuit een gender en interculturele invalshoek besproken. Laat je verrassen door WomenSpeak!
WomenSpeak! is een project van Kosmopolis Utrecht is samenwerking met het Graduate Gender Programme en het Centre for Humanities van de Universiteit Utrecht. Partners: Women Inc en Lover. Mede mogelijk gemaakt door Mama Cash en het Oranjefonds.
Kijk voor meer informatie en aankomende debatavonden op http://www.womenspeak.nl/
 

 
What's up with Gender? - video's finally online
You can now see the What's up with Gender? video's made by MC Bad Brya and director Claudia Tellegen online! These video's were made to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Gender Studies programme at Utrecht University (June 2009).
Below, the first video of What's up with Gender. Sequels gender 2 and gender 3 you can find by clicking on the links. Have fun!


 
The inaugural lecture of Prof. Marlene van Niekerk (January 2008 at Utrecht University) - The Fellow Traveler (A True Story) - can be ordered for free from the Graduate Gender Programme (as long as stock lasts). Send an email with your address to: nog@uu.nl
 


Especially for PhD students: a quick link to the PhD courses of the Graduate Gender Programme!
 

 
 Attention students: Ask Annabel is the students’ organisation of the department of gender studies at Utrecht university. Since her emergence in 2004 she organises film screenings, debates, excursions, benefit performances and workshops. Check it out!
 

 
...and test your cyberfeminist abilities, play this Summa Cum Laude game!