Conference: Suffrage Now! International Conference on Gender and Democracy, 13.-14.08.2021, virtual space

Stockholm University (Web)
Venue: virtual space, via Stockholm
Time: 13.-14.08.2021
The conference aims to initiate and present research on the introduction of women’s suffrage and its consequences in a comparative and global perspective — and to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines and countries for a critical dialogue on women’s suffrage, gender and democracy.


  • Birgitta Bader-Zaar (Vienna): Women’s Enfranchisement as an Iconic National Milestone
  • Corrine McConnaughy (Princeton Univ.): US Women Suffrage as Racialized Claim: Incentives and Outcomes
  • Veronica Giordano (Buenos Aires); Suffrage and Beyond in Latin America: Candidates, First Ladies and Presidents
  • Sumita Mukherjee (Bristol): Indian Suffragettes: Female Identities and Transnational Networks

The conference is organized around the following themes:

  • The actors: This theme revolves around the role of actors — the visions, strategies and transnational interactions of the suffrage movements, alliances and conflicts. The focus is on historical analyses, as well as on contemporary social and political movements for political inclusion, representation and democracy processes.
  • The institutions: This theme engages with the institutional and historical context of suffrage, for instance nationalism, war and new institutions. The focus is on the limitations and constraints to universal suffrage or explore the contemporary challenges to democracy and political representation from a gender or intersectional perspective.
  • Culture, discourses and morality: This theme focuses on the manifestations of the struggle for suffrage through culture and discourse, for instance affections, songs and posters, bodies and dress code. Narratives and contested celebrations. The focus engage with moral dimensions of suffrage such as suffrage and morality, religious movements, temperance and nationalism.