In her cutting-edge lecture, "Gender, Embodiment, Disability: Judith Butler Talks with Sunaura Taylor," a part of York University's project "Collaboration with Gender Studies in Poland" with the Center for Gender Studies - University of Wrocław, Prof. Eva C. Karpinski explored recent theories challenging the mythical norm and privileged forms of embodiment based on hierarchies of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, and ability. She also discussed gendered representations of disability in Judith Butler's talk with Sunaura Taylor, a disability activist and graduate student at Berkeley, in the documentary Examined Life (dir. Astra Taylor) and in the selected graphic memoirs. Prof. Karpinski's dynamic lecture stimulated a lively discussion among students and faculty members of the Institute of English Studies at the University of Wrocław, who participated in the event on April 28, 2015. It also attracted doctoral students' interest in further cooperation in the project with the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, York University, initiated by prof. Eva C. Karpinski in 2012, and dr Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak, head of the Center for Gender Studies - University of Wrocław.
Marta Frej is an artist and the author of the immensely creative, intelligent, and popular internet memes, which promote ideas of gender equality and modern representations of Polish women's rights. Her visually appealing artwork accompanied by thought-provoking and often humorous statements is published on her Facebook and quickly attracts thousands of viewers. You can access the essay developed from the Nomination Letter for Marta Frej to "Equality Glasses Award" submitted to Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka Foundation by Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak at Dolnośląski Kongres Kobiet (Lower Silesian Congress of Women's) website here. The essay is titled "Marta Frej i Okulary Równości."
The film screening of an award-winning Solidarity According to Women (Solidarność według kobiet with English subtitles), featuring Shana Penn, the author of Solidarity’s Secret: The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland (2005) and Sekret Solidarności (2014), inaugurated a new lecture series titled “Gender Matters in Film and Culture” in the Center for Gender Studies - University of Wrocław on February 21, 2015. The documentary about the dissident women, who organized an independent press and underground Solidarity under martial law, was introduced by Elżbieta Kwiatkowska-Wyrwisz, one of the women from Goldap Internment Camp, whose release was captured in NBC footage and included in the film. The screening was followed by the in-depth discussion on representations of women in recent history involving such participants as former Wrocław dissidents, Prof. Aleksander Labuda, Malgorzata Porada-Labuda, doctoral students from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, gender equality activists from Walbrzych as well as researchers and journalists from Wrocław. The film screening and lecture were organized by dr Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak. The memorable photographs of the guest lecturer, her historical documents, archival material and books were taken by Natalia Sawka and dr hab. Dominika Ferens.
Dr Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak participated in the workshop on “Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming” conducted in English by the experts from the Centre for Gender Equality, Iceland, on Jan. 29- Jan. 30, 2015 in Warsaw. The project was supported by EEA Grants from “Stronger Together,” EOG Fund, Stefan Batory Foundation, Polska Fundacja Dzieci i Mlodziezy, and was organized by the Congress of Women. The participants of this “Train the Gender Equality Trainers” workshop were exposed to international knowledge, the best practices and acquired conceptual frameworks, resources and skills to develop and organize their own workshops on prevention of gender discrimination, promoting tolerance and counteracting or combating hate speech in media.
Dr Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak also participated in other workshops on women’s rights, gender violence and representations of gender roles in film and culture, which were organized by Center for Women’s Rights in December 2014 in Wrocław and during Women’s Summer Academy by academics, journalists and gender equality activists associated with the Congress of Women.
Prof. Klimek-Dominiak is Assistant Professor and Head of Center for Gender Studies at the University of Wrocław. Her publications include: “Disintegration of a Jewish Polish Identity and Re-Invention of a Postmodern Hybridized Self in Eva Hoffman’s Lost in Translation: Life in a New Language.” Belgrade English Language and Literature Studies 3 (2011) and ”Fictions of Western Hypermasculinity and Freedom: A. Proulx’s Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories.” Anglica Wratislaviensia 47 (2009).
Her presentation interrogates the gendering of the Polish non-violent (r)evolution of June '89, the current backlash against Polish democratization process in the form of cultural war on “gender ideology” and considers how the process of reclaiming women’s representation of the Polish underground movement of the 1970s, 1980s and transformation has become a revolutionary force uniting the liberal feminist mass social movement of Kongres Kobiet (appr.10 thousand women in the Congress of Women with its regional chapters), the more academic feminist wing of the New Left of Krytyka Polityczna [Political Critique] and street movement associated with March 8, Manifa and One Billion Rising groups.
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Julia Watson, Professor of Comparative Studies, former Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, at the Ohio State University and a world-renowned author of publications on life writing and theory of autobiography such as Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives, presented a lecture entitled “Narrating Gendered Lives Now: Witnessing, Graphic Memoir, and Online Self-Representation” on April 9, 2013. The guest lecture of Prof. Julia Watson was organized by dr Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak from the Center for Gender Studies - University of Wrocław at the Institute of English Studies.