This workshop aims to explore the gendered dimension of international politics, norms and institutions, as well as ideologies, perceptions and critiques of internationalism, in eastern and western Europe from 1945 to the mid-1960s. We aim to bring together historians working on the history of women's transnational organising, the gendering of international projects and processes of integration, the connections and transfers between ideologies and practices of gender equality and difference across geographic and political divides, and transnational approaches to gendered histories of post-war Europe that move beyond the conventional focus on the western part of the continent.
Topics of discussion include, amongst others, the gender relations of post-war reconstruction and rehabilitation; the gendering of political and economic integration in western and eastern Europe; the traditionally ‘feminine’ yet increasingly complex and controversial fields of peace, philanthropic, humanitarian and development work; and the responses and contributions of social actors to international legal norms and institutions (eg UN, ILO, EEC) that either promised or limited equality between the sexes.
We seek to discover who was speaking in the name of 'women' and defining gender at the international level, and to explore the social, cultural and political processes that contributed to the gendering of international politics and projects. By inserting gender as a category into historical studies of international norms, organisations and processes of integration, we hope to trace the connections between intimacy and internationalism in a deeply divided post-war Europe.
Chiara Bonfiglioli (University of Utrecht): Cold War internationalisms, nationalisms and the Tito-Stalin split: the Union of Italian Women and the Antifascist Women’s Front of Yugoslavia before and after 1948
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
Hana Havelková (Charles University, Prague): Gender contract in state socialism: Multiple agencies
Raluca Popa (Central European University, Budapest): International activism of state socialist women’s organizations: Shaping the UN women’s agenda
Comment: Claudia Kraft (University of Erfurt)
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-16:00 Women and the early Cold War: New Perspectives on the Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF)
Margarite Poulos (University of Sydney): International activism during the Greek Civil War: The Greek Communist Party and the WIDF
Francisca De Haan (Central European University, Budapest): Politics and friendship in the early decades of the WIDF – an exploration based on letters and other personal documents
Melanie Ilic (University of Gloucestershire): Soviet women, cultural exchange and the Women’s International Democratic Federation
Comment: Helen Laville (University of Birmingham)
16:00-16:15 Coffee Break
16:15-17:00 Conclusion: Theresa Wobbe (University of Potsdam) and Katja Naumann (University of Leipzig)
17:30 – 19:00 Lecture and Discussion: Victoria de Grazia (Columbia University, New York)
With the generous support of the Gerda Henkel Stiftung!
The workshop is open to the public, but seats are limited. For further information and registration, please contact:
Dr. Celia Donert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Janou Vorderwülbecke (email@example.com)
Dr. Celia Donert
Center of Contemporary History Potsdam
Am Neuen Markt 9d
Tel: +49 (0) 331 74510-122
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