The next conference of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History (IFRWH) will be held at Jinan, China in August 2015 in conjunction with the Congress of the International Congress of Historical Sciences (the full Congress runs 23-29 August).
The overarching theme of the IFRWH conference is:
**Women and Modernity**
The drive towards modernity has been one of the ways in which large-scale transformations in society in economic, political, and social have been pursued across the world over the last three centuries. The conceptual framework of modernity has straddled such diverse locations as the “west” and the “east”, the “north” and the “south” even as the tensions and conflicts in such large-scale changes have encapsulated colonial and imperialist drives not only between the “west” and the “east” but also within the “west”, the “east” and the “south”. Furthermore, the histories of large parts of Asia and Africa, which have witnessed many of these changes in relatively short spans of time, have generated critical differences in the experiences of men and women. In diverse localities, there are also important histories to be unearthed of female agency in both shaping and opposing the ‘modern’.
We also welcome proposals relating to these two conference sub-themes:
**Retrieving women’s histories from small archives and recently uncovered collections** (any period)
**Resistant subjectivities** (any period)
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