Monthly Archives: November 2022

Workshop „Formen der Arbeit: Zwischen Freiwilligkeit und Zwang“ und Vortrag: Sarah Probst: Feminismus in der Kleinstadt. Eine mikrohistorische Spurensuche in Solothurn, 06.12.2022, Wien

Forscher*innengruppe „Figurationen der sozialen Ungleichheit“,Universität Wien und SNF-Projektgruppe „Freiwilligkeit und Geschlecht. Neuverhandlung der gesellschaftlichen Arbeitsteilung seit den 1970er-Jahren“,Universität Fribourg

Zeit: Di., 06.12.2022, 11.0014.00 Uhr
Ort: Seminarraum Geschichte 1, Universitätsring 1, 1. Stock, 1010 Wien


  • Matthias Ruoss, Univ. Fribourg: Kriminalisierte Freiwilligkeit. Abtreibungshilfen um 1900
  • Regula Ludi, Univ. Fribourg/Zürich: Thesenartige Überlegungen zu einem analytischen Zugriff auf Freiwilligkeit als sozialer Praxis
  • Juliane Schiel, Univ. Wien: Through the Lens of Coercion. For a Shift of Perspective in Labour and Social History

Abendveranstaltung: Vortrag: Sarah Probst: Feminismus in der Kleinstadt. Eine mikrohistorische Spurensuche in Solothurn

Im Rahmen des WISO-Abendkolloquium, Wintersemester 2022/23 (PDF)

Zeit: Di., 06.12.2022, 18.00-19.30 Uhr
Ort: Seminarraum Geschichte 1 und virtueller Raum

„Der Vortrag bietet einen Einblick in mein laufendes Dissertationsprojekt und fokussiert methodische und forschungsethische Problemstellungen. Die Aktivistinnen, deren freiwilliges Engagement ich in meiner Arbeit untersuche, waren vom vorenthaltenen Stimmrecht betroffen, von fehlenden Frauenhäusern und Anlaufstellen für frauenspezifische Fragen, Problemen und Nöten, von dominanten Männern in Machtpositionen und innerhalb der alternativen linken Bewegungen, von Continue reading

CfP: Trans & Two-Spirit Histories (Graduate History Review); by: 10.04.2023

Graduate History Review (Univ. of Victoria), Volume 12 (2023) (Web)

Proposals by: 10.04.2023

Across the world, trans antagonism is increasingly predicated upon ahistorical claims of trans peoples‘ novelty in the twenty-first century. After decades of radical historical research, it is more clear than ever that the textual, ephemeral, and oral historical archives of trans pasts are far from empty. On the contrary, stories of trans life and possibility abound in countless temporal, cultural, and geographical contexts. On the continent otherwise known as ‚North America,‘ rich histories of Black and Indigenous trans and Two-Spirit life foreground the trans present, with powerful resurgence and recovery of these stories taking place today. Here and elsewhere, trans possibilities of endless forms can be found scattered throughout the works of archaeology, literature, ethnography, visual art, oral tradition, and more. Brought together, our histories are multidimensional; in addition to presumed violence and suppression, trans and Two-Spirit pasts echo with great resilience, joy, humour, contradiction, defiance, and even monotony. Despite an uptick in this area of historical research, though, outlets for trans and Two-Spirit historians to bring these stories to life are minimal. For students and early-career scholars, these opportunities are near non-existent.
In response to the growing demand for this research, and to provide opportunities for emerging scholars, the University of Victoria’s graduate-student journal Graduate History Review is proud to announce a special volume, „Trans & Two-Spirit Histories.“ This instalment will be written, edited, and published by trans and Two-Spirit graduate students or recent graduates. Starting now, we are accepting submissions on a rolling basis through April 10th, 2023. Once final decisions are made by May 1st, selected authors will revise and copy-edit throughout the summer, in anticipation of publication and launch in September.
The editors are looking for Continue reading

CfP: New Work – New Problems? Gender Perspectives on the Transformation of Work (Event, 09/2023, Luzern); by: 08.01.2023

Gender Studies Committee of the Swiss Sociological Association and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Web)

Time: 07.-08.09.2023
Venue: Lucerne – Zentralstrasse 9, Luzern
Proposals by: 08.01.2023

  • Keynotes: Lena Hipp (Berlin Social Science Center) and Karin Schwiter (Univ. of Zurich)

New work – new problems? Since the 20th century, paid employment has played a central role in guaranteeing social integration and livelihoods. In the tradition of Frithjof Bergmann, “new work” indicates a shift where paid work should serve the workers (and not the opposite) and provide them with meaning and satisfaction. Digitalization, globalization and the resulting flexibilization shape the way we work. Autonomy at work, self-organization and flexible working patterns are on the upswing as “new work”. We observe, however, an ambiguous impact on the workers. Precarity, exhaustion and exploitation, thus the opposite of the ideal “new work”, is what many employees currently experience. Furthermore, new work is ambivalently intertwined with the question of gender equity: Changing working conditions and environments nourish hope for greater gender justice in the context of more egalitarian work cultures. Naturalizing arguments that women – as better team players – will profit from these changes fall short, since research has shown that the flexibilization of working conditions has reinforced and normalized the high commitment employees should show towards their employer, including working late and full-time. This reproduces the prototype of the ideal male worker.
In the aftermath of the pandemic: The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted various contradictions: whereas opportunities for gender equality have emerged, like the implementation of innovative family-friendly measures in some economic sectors or companies, not all employees take advantage from this situation, leaving to paradoxical effects and unintended consequences of workplace innovations. Gender, in interaction with function, position, education or migration status plays a significant role. Further, the care gap between men and women has widened during the pandemic. Especially single parents and people caring for children and adults in need were affected most negatively by lockdown and quarantines. It became clear, once again, that care work is essential, and that economic growth is inevitably based on unpaid and poorly paid care work largely performed by women. Whether this … read more and source (Web).

Panel Discussion: In_visibilities in the media’s gendered discourse on the war in Ukraine, 12.12.2022, Vienna

Forschungsplattform GAIN – Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities (Web)

Time: 12.12.2022, 18:00-20:00 Uhr
Venue: Campus of the University of Vienna, Aula, Spitalg. 2, 1090 Vienna

Schedule (PDF)

  • 18:00: Welcome by Elisabeth Holzleithner, Head of the Research Plattform GAIN, Prof. of Legal Philosophy and Legal Gender Studies, Univ. of Vienna
  • 18:10: Introductory remarks by Christa Hämmerle, Deputy-head of GAIN, Associate Prof. of Modern History, and Andrea Lehner-Hartmann, GAIN member, Prof. of Religious Education and Catechetics at the Department of Practical Theology, Univ. of Vienna

18:30: Input by panellists:

  • Birgit Sauer, GAIN member, Prof. Em. of Political Science, Univ. of Vienna
  • Kristina Stoeckl, Prof. of Sociology, Univ. of Innsbruck
  • Friedrich Chernyshov, LGBTQI+ activist, executive director of a Ukrainian NGO for trans*people – Trans*Generation NGO
  • Kateryna Busol, Ukrainian lawyer specialising in international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law, Univ. of Regensburg
  • Discussion chair: Sylvia Mieszkowski, Deputy-head of GAIN, Prof. of British Literature at the Department of English and American Studies, Univ. of Vienna

This event organised by the Research Plattform GAIN, a contribution to Campus Aktuell 2022, sets out to interrogate critically and from an intersectionally gendered perspective how the media have been and still are reporting on the Russian Federation’s war of aggression against Ukraine. Especially in times of war, media discourses tend to simplify matters. In the face of the complex political constellation, the historical entanglement of Ukraine and the Russian Federation as well as … read more (PDF).

CfP: Tracing Forms of De/Marginalization (Event, 06/2023, Dresden); by: 05.12.2022

European research network on discourses of marginality and de-marginalization (DeMarg) (PDF)

Zeit: 22.-24.06.2023
Ort: TU Dresden
Einreichfrist: 05.12.2022

DeMarg assumes that traditional juxtapositions of majorities and minorities are hardly adequate to describe heterogeneous societies. Instead of quantitative mappings of society, we pursue an interest in dynamic processes of (self)positioning and unfixed relations of centrali-ty and marginality. Not least against the background of intersectionality, matters of positioning are anything but free of contradictions, which underlines the need for complex scholarly reflection.
The organizers consider these dynamics in connection with a concept of diversity in scenarios of inequality, especially in the framework of Diversity Studies and Contradiction Studies. DeMarg 5 places particular focus on the means of formalization and the materialization of positioning practices. By tracing forms of de/marginalization, we mean analyzing various aspects of formal manifestations and materializations, such as images and symbols, narrative figures, genres and media, as well as institutional practices of de/marginalization. Questions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. How can dynamics of (self)positioning be understood as phenomena of form?
  2. How do specific uses of media, including new media, impact the strategies that subjects and groups use to position themselves?
  3. Which ways of formalizing social positioning appear in digital environments?
  4. With what purposes and effects are text types and cultural/literary genres, among other formalizing strategies of discourse, used as positioning instruments?
  5. What indexical weight does the reference to traditional genres, for instance, have in current debates? Weiterlesen … (PDF)

Keynote lectures: Silvia Adler and Galia Yanoshevsky (Bar-Illan) and Darieck Scott (Berkeley)

Organizers: Carsten Junker (Dresden), Hanna Acke (Åbo/Turku), Silvia Bonacchi (Warsaw), Charlotta Seiler Brylla (Stockholm), and Ingo H. Warnke (Bremen)

Workshop: When Dystopia Becomes Reality: Law, Literature and the post-Roe v. Wade World, 01.-02.12.2022, Vienna

Forschungsplattform GAIN – Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities (Web)

Time: 01.-02.12.2022
Venue: University of Vienna – Juridicum, 1010 Vienna

Full programme (Web)

  • With contributions from Elisabeth Holzleithner, Agata Ignaciuk, Sara Jiménez Fernandez, Tanya Lolonis, Sylvia Mieszkowski, Greta Olson, and Maria Sagmeister.

In late June 2022, the US Supreme Court overruled Roe v Wade. The respective decision, Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, though not entirely unexpected, thanks to a highly unusual leak of a draft opinion, sent a shockwave around the globe. For almost half a century, the US Constitution had provided a right that put women in the US – at least theoretically – in charge of reproductive decisions that would drastically affect their whole lives. This era has come to an end.
Yet there is hope. For one, the historic turn-out at the US midterm elections in November 2022 delivered at least the Senate to the Democrats, many of whose candidates had put reproductive policy front and centre of their campaigns. This may continue to inspire state legislatures – blue, purple and red – to pass laws that protect the very reproductive rights which Dobbs eviscerated. But there is also reason to hope that a new generation of feminist political activists and theorists will rise to the challenge, not least by providing some of the argumentative tools that will be needed in the imminent political debates.
The interdisciplinary and international workshop aims to bridge from law to cultural representation and back again. The organizers will discuss different national frameworks around reproductive rights that exist in the world post Roe v Wade, different forms of activism to which they have given and are giving rise, while also taking a look at dystopian narratives, on which reality seems to be gaining ever faster.

Klicktipp: Feminist Critique: East European Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies (Online Journal)

Feminist Critique: East European Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies (Web)

Feminist Critiqueis a peer-reviewed academic journal publishing papers in English, Russian, and Ukrainian. The first issue was publised in 2018. It is available full open-access.

The editors want to provide a platform for exchanging ideas in the sphere of critical knowledge and encourage debates on socially important issues related to the East European region among global scholarly and activist communities.
Feminist Critique publishes papers on a wide range of topics with strong feminist and/or queer-theoretical positionality. The editors consider feminism broader than merely debates on women’s rights and gender equality, and they see queer theory as more than LGBT studies. They take feminism and queer theory as a tool for critical analysis of the implications of power, knowledge, and politics through which various “others” are constructed and naturalized, and global and local regimes of inequalities are established and maintained.
The editors approach is based on multiple interdisciplinary perspectives, including – but not limited to decolonial, postcolonial and post-Soviet studies, critical race studies, transgender studies, crip studies, post-human studies, critical study of capitalism, nationalism, citizenship, migration, and militarization (Web).

Editors-in-chief: Maria Mayerchyk (Academy of Sciences of Ukraine/Univ. of Greifswald) (Web) and Olga Plakhotnik (Univ. of Greifswald) (Web); editor from the Krytyka side: Oleh Kotsyuba (Harvard Univ.) (Web)

CfP: Voices Heard and Unheard: Authority, Truth, and Silence in Historical Perspective (Event, 04/2023, Vienna); by: 17.01.2023

GRACEH (Graduate Conference in European History) (Web)

Time: 17.-19.04.2023
Venue: Vienna
Proposals by: 17.01.2023

The GRACEH  series was launched in Budapest in 2007 and is co-organized since 2010 by Central European Univ., the European Univ. Institute, Univ. of Vienna, and the Univ. of Oxford. 17th GRACEH will be hosted at Central European Univ. in Vienna.

The past—mediated through written, visual, or material sources—is filled with empty spaces. Incomplete versions of what happened have been taken at face value, passed through time as representing the “real,” and validating particular kinds of the historical understanding devoid of (un)documented actors, practices, and processes.
Over the past few decades, scholars have been increasingly interested in voices from “underneath”, lending their ear to, for example, oral histories, messages between the lines, hints, clues, symbols, humor, satires, gestures, or objects to unearth that which has been doomed to non-existence or silence. This approach to historical sources could be labeled as relying on “weak evidence,” for even though it breaks the silence, it escapes clear-cut explanations. How can we retrieve voices from the past? When is “weak evidence” evidence enough to challenge or even replace dominant and established historical interpretations and narratives? To what kind of evidence do we grant higher authority over the other and why? How is authority attached to a piece of evidence? What is the purpose of establishing authority? Is it to state that something actually happened? Or to create an authentic world that looks as veridic as possible? How can a source be used to represent or construct truth?
The organizers invite graduate students working on any topic or period in European history and/or Europe in global perspective to delve into these questions and consider the multiple layers conveyed by the notion of historical authority and its implicit elements in historical perspective. They welcome submissions dealing with oral history, popular history, history of science, material history, intellectual history, history of ideas, book history, literary history, art history, social history, political history, legal history, historical anthropology, history in public sphere, archeology, museum studies, media history, and gender history.
Topics may include but are not limited to: Continue reading

Web-Seminar series: Women in Intellectual History. The 18th century, 12/2022-01/2023, virtual space

The International Society for Intellectual History (ISIH)  (Web)

Time: 12/2022-01/2023, Thursdays, 4–6pm (CET)
Venue: Oxford and virtual space

Women thinkers and their writings are still underrepresented in the discipline of intellectual history. Despite decades-long efforts at canon-busting, research agendas and teaching curricula alike attest that much work remains to be done to counteract the bias of gendered historiographies. As a prominent meeting place for practitioners of the discipline in all stages of their careers and from various parts of the world, ISIH provides an ideal forum for the discussion of recent work in this crucial area of research.
This semester, the series focuses on the 18th century and early 19th century. Through the series of online meetings early career researchers present their projects:

Programme and Registration (Web)

8 December 2022

  • Hilary Ilkay (Univ. of King’s College): New Diotimas: Women and Wisdom in the Early Modern Period
  • Natalia L. Zorrilla (CONICET, Buenos Aires): The Mathemacic Émilie Du Châtelet (1706-1749) Against Fatalism
  • Respondent: Sarah Hutton (Univ. of York)

15 December 2022

  • Valentina Altopiedi (Univ. of Turin): Pioneering Women’s Rights During the French Revolution: The Philosopher Marie-Madeleine Jodin (1741-1790)
  • Cathleen Mair (Queen Mary Univ. of London): From Natural Sentiments to the Passions of the People: Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) and Germaine de Stael (1766-1817)during the Terror (1766-1817) Continue reading

Webinar: Poblaciones Emblemáticas in urban Chile: Marginality, gender, and the institutionalization of poverty, 24.11.2022, virtual space

Tübingen Science Bridge – Latin America (Web)

Time: 24.11.2022, 18.00 Uhr
Venue: virtual space via Tübingen

The webinar will focus on the area of Society and Urbanization. The lecture has the participation of Damián Omar Martínez (Univ. of Tübingen) and  Javier Ruiz-Tagle Venero (Catholic Univ. of Chile). They will put on the agenda the theme ‚Poblaciones Emblemáticas‘ in urban Chile: Marginality, gender and the institutionalization of poverty:
‘Poblaciones Emblemáticas’ (emblematic poor neighborhoods) are historical settlements of urban poverty in large Chilean cities, established during the second half of the 20th century, whose identity is marked by four key characteristics: (1) they were created through collective action and combining land squatters, self-construction, community organization and institutional struggle, (2) they were the territorial base of Movimiento de Pobladores (large urban social movement for housing), (3) they were subject of political violence and resistance during the Military Dictatorship, and (4) they maintain a communitarian narrative about their history, with a strong territorial identity.
In the talk, the participants will delve into some case studies to show how urban marginality in these neighborhoods has been reconfigured through the historical trajectories of the institutional framework of poverty, i.e. actions and inactions of the State, and gender roles at the domestic, organizational and labor sphere.

Register link (Web)

The „Tübingen Science Bridge – Latin America“
The Baden-Württemberg Center for Brazil and Latin America at the Univ. Tübingen is expanding the successful „Tübingen Science Bridge – Brazil“, which started in April 2022 in cooperation with partner universities in Brazil, to other countries in Latin America. The expansion initially includes Tübingen’s partner universities in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico. As of now, the program will Continue reading