2nd Annual Conference-2016

2nd.conference.poster.with UB2nd World Conference on Women’s Studies

“Ending Gender Disparities through Innovations, Research and Experience: A Brighter Future”

Aula Magna, Università Roma Tre, via Ostiense 234, Rome, Italy October 20-21, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

9:00 am – 9:15 am

WELCOME address by Professor Luca Pietromarchi, Head of Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Università Roma Tre

Prof. Barbara Wejnert, University at Buffalo, USA, and Prof. Maria Anita Stefanelli, Università Roma Tre, Italy, Opening of the World Conference on Women’s Studies organized by World Center for Studies on Women

WCWS is a grassroots organization for Scholars, Activists and Organizations working on empowerment of women and girls globally

9:15 am – 11:00 am

Keynote addresses

Mr Geoffrey Harris, Former Head of the Human Rights Unit, European Parliament, and Deputy Head of Office of the European Parliament in Washington, D.C. Currently visiting lecturer (Versalius College, Brussels and the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium), “Human Rights under attack, Gender Issues in a Global Context”

Prof. Francesca Brezzi, Università Roma Tre, Italy, “Frontiers of Gender, Gender Frontiers”

Coffee Break 11:00 am – 11:20 am

Session 1: 11:20 am – 1:25 pm Contextualizing Gender Empowerment for Next Generations

Presider: Prof. Maria Anita Stefanelli, Università Roma Tre, Italy

Prof. Izabela Skórzyńska, A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, “‘Regaining the Future by
Rebuilding the Past?’ The Question of Intergeneration Transfer the Cultural, Economical and Social Capitals by Women after the II WW in Poland”

Sunil K. Gaikwad, All India Radio Jalgaon, India, “Indian Women’s Struggle for Right to Equality”
Prof. Carla de Petris, Università Roma Tre, Italy, “National Identity and Gender Identity in Post-colonial Countries: the Question of Language – Ireland from Padraic Pearse to Eavan Boland”
Dr. Valentina Rapetti, Università Roma Tre, Italy, “Empowering Women Globally through Cross-cultural Creative Partnerships: the Case of Rokia Traoré’s Foundation Passerelle and Toni Morrison’s Desdemona”

Lunch Break: 1:25 pm – 2:30 pm

Session 2: 2:30 – 4:10 pm Intersection of Gender and Other Forms of Disparities

Presider: Prof. Bishnu Charan Barik, Marathwada University, India

Bijoyini Mukherjee, Research Scholar, University of Madras, West Bengal, India, “Cultural Stereotypes and Female Sexuality in Indian Dress Codes”
Prof. Anna Wachowiak, Higher School of Humanities in Szczecin, Poland, “Social History of Women in Poland after World War II – during Communism- in the Context of Work and Home. Between Microsociology and Oral History”
Parveen Kumari, Research Scholar, University of Jammu, Jammu, West Bengal, India, “Margin as a Space of Resistance and Claiming Individuality in Dalit Women’s Life Narratives”

Dr. Smita Verma, Isabella Thoburn College, India, “Dialectics of Tradition and Modernity in Private Spaces: the Ordeal of Girl Child Abuse in Modern India”

Break, 4:10 pm – 4.20 pm

Session 3: 4:20 pm- 6:00 pm Gender Based Violence and Human Rights Violation

Presider: Prof. Jasbir Singh, University of Jammu, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Professor Bishnu Charan Barik, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, India, “Gender Violence in the Institution of Higher Learning: An Insider’s Reflection”
Muthukuda Arachchige Dona Shiroma Jeeva Shirajanie Niriella, Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, “Provide Adequate Protection and Assistance to Avoid Secondary-Victimization in Criminal Justice System”
Dr. Jagriti Upadhyaya, Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice, Jodhpur, India, “Surviving Violence, Subjugation and Gang-Rape: A Feminist Reading of I, Phoolan Devi (An Autobiograbphy of Phoolan Devi) and In the Name of Honour (A Memoir of Mukhtar Mai)”
Dr. Jyoti Niswade, Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Bajaj Nagar, India, “Psycho-Social Dimensions of Domestic Violence in India”

6.00 pm Award Ceremony

Presidential Address

Prof. Barbara Wejnert, President of WSWC, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA, “Is Democracy Good for Women? Temporal Effects of Democratization on Women’s and Men’s Well-Being as a Function of Countries’ Level of Development: 1970-2015”

FRIDAY, October 21, 2016

Session 4: 9:00 am – 11:00 am Women and Literature

Presider: Prof. Wyn Thomas, Bangor University, Bangor, Wales, UK

Prof. Maria Anita Stefanelli, Università Roma Tre, Italy, “Suppressing Memory: Marisa Labbozzetta’s Sometimes it Snows in America”

Dr. Sandhaya Bharadwaj, Department of English, Higher Education Department, Jammu and Kashmir, India, “Kamla Das’ My Story: Rebellion Through Writing”

Dr. Barbara Miceli, Ph.D., Università Roma Tre, Italy, “‘A climate particularly inhospitable for women’: the Power Relations between Men and Women in the 90’s America of Joyce Carol Oates’s Black Water”

Prof. Sabrina Vellucci, Università Roma Tre, Italy, “Empowering Spaces in Contemporary Italian American Women’s Life Narratives”

Prof. Madhu Sharma, GGD SD College, Chandigarh, India, “Articulating the Self: Gender Politics in Atiq Rahimi’s The Patience Stone”

Coffee Break 11:00 am – 11:20 am

Session 4: 11:20 am – 1:00 pm Creative Work and Gender

Presider: Prof. Richard Depue, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Prof. Jo Anna Isaak, Fordham University, New York, USA, “Women Artists as Leaders in the Arte Útil Movement”

Prof. Wyn Thomas, Bangor University, Bangor, Wales, UK, “A Spiral Way Women & Folk Song Collecting in Wales”

Prof. Asma Shaw, Islamia College of Science and Commerce, Srinagar, Kashmir, India, “Creative Work and Female Individualization: Female Aesthetics in Kashmiri Folk Poetry”
Dr. V. Bharathi Harishankar, University of Madras, Chennai, India, “Body Palimpsest: A Study of Devadasis in Indian Texts through Corporeal Feminism”

Lunch Break: 1:00 pm – 2:00pm

Session 6: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Politics, Globalization, Development and Women

Presider: Prof. Barbara Wejnert, University at Buffalo, NY, USA

Prof. Elzbieta Czajka Sawa, University in Lublin, Poland, “Polish Women in Politics of Early Twenty First Century: Mechanisms of Support”
Dr. Mozhgan Malekan, Ph.D., Iran, “Iranian Women, Islam, and Immigration”

Twinkle Suri, Kashmir, India, “Gender in Fragile and Conflict Areas”

Xingyu Chen, University at Buffalo, NY, “War, Women, and Fertility Patterns in Asia”
Abdollah Poursamad, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran, & Mahdi Afshoo, Islamic Azad University, Yasuj, Iran, “Critique of Approach to the Empowerment of Women Heads of Households Covered from the Perspective of Female Students”

Mohammed Bani Salameh, Yarmouk University, Jordan, “Feminist Elites, Democratic Jordan: 1989-2016”

Session 7 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm Gender Disparity in Religion

Presider: Muthukuda Arachchige Dona Shiroma Jeeva Shirajanie Niriella, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Prof. Jasbir Singh, University of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India, “Denying Women the Right to Worship in India: Politics of Traditional Hegemony”
Prof. Nirupama Prakash, Amity University, Noida, India, “Women and Religion in Indian Society – A Sociological Analysis”

Dr. Manisha Gangahar, GGD SD College, Chandigarh, India, “Locating A Woman’s Space: Nation, Religion and Gender in Novels of Tahmima Anam”

Break 5:15 pm -5:25 pm

Session 8: 5:30 pm – 7:05 pm Gender, Global Health, and Survival

Presider: Prof. Jo Anna Isaak, Fordham University, New York, USA

Aghaei Parviz, Afshoun Alireza, and Afshoun Esfandyar, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran, “Comparison Components of Physical Fitness Related to Health and Skill of Adolescent Girls in Urban Texture and Rural”

Prof. Neeru Sharma and Research Scholar, Farhat Moasoodi, University of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India, “Physical Health and Cognitive Functioning among Women of Jammu and Kashmir, India”
Prof. Anupama Vohra, Ph.D, University of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India, “Suffering and Survival of Kashmiri Pandit Women in Post 1990 Exodus: Traumatic Experiences in Conflict Narration”
Afshoon Esfandyar, Yasuj, Iran, Yazd University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran, Afshoon Mohammad Amin, and Bakhtar Aazam, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Iran, “The Effect of Exercise on the Female Staff Morale of Yasuj University of Medical Sciences.”

Closing Ceremony and Business Announcements

President and Vice-President of WCWS: Barbara Wejnert and Jasbir Singh



Conference co-sponsors:

Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Straniere, via del Valco San Paolo, Università Roma Tre, Roma;

Humanities Institute, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA