Conference: Dynamization of Gender Roles in Wartime, 03/2011, Warschau

Deutsches Historisches Institut in Warschau; PD Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz, Dr. Maren Röger, Warschau

Time: 31.03.-02.04.2011
Venue: Palac Karnickich, Warschau, Al. Ujazdowskie 39
The impact of World War II on gender relations in Central and Eastern Europe has generally been treated as a rather marginal issue. In recent years, however, some important studies have been published shining light on various aspects of gender relations in times of war in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe (Wingfield/Bucur 2003), and focusing on women as perpetrators, e.g. as „Agents of Germanization“ (Harvey 2003), or as victims of sexual violence.
The conference „Dynamization of Gender Roles in Wartime: World War II and its Aftermath in Eastern  Europe“ intends not only to piece the existing puzzle together, but to explore the interplay of World War II and gender roles in East Europe in a broad context. For this purpose, the conference brings scholars from the concerned countries together with scholars from Western Europe and the US. We want to lead a discussion about the conceptions of gender roles by the occupiers and about the every-day-life of women and men in the occupied countries, the armies and the partisan movements.
The conference language will be English. The conference is open to all who are interested in the field, but please contact Dr. Maren Röger ( for informal registration.
Thursday, March 31 2011
3 p.m. Opening and Introduction
Welcome Address
Professor Eduard Mühle, German Historical Institute Warsaw
PD Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz & Dr. Maren Röger, GHI Warsaw
4.00-4.30 p.m. Coffee break
4.30-6.30 p.m. Keynotes
Chair: Dr. Wanda Jarzabek, Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences & GHI Warsaw
» Gender, Space and Dislocation in Nazi-occupied Eastern and South-eastern
Europe – Professor Elizabeth Harvey, University of Nottingham
» Women as Victims and Perpetrators in World War II: The Case of Hungary – Professor Andrea Peto, Central European University Budapest
Friday, April 1st 2011
9.00-11.00 a.m.
Panel I: Ideological Conceptions of Gender Roles by Occupiers & Resistance Movements
Chair: Professor Jane Caplan, University of Oxford
» Gendering Combat: The Case of Yugoslavia – Dr. Barbara N. Wiesinger, Salzburg
» The Discourse of Power through Gender in World War II Latvia – Ph.D. Mara Lazda, Eugene Lang College/The New School for Liberal Arts New York
» Participation of Bulgarian Women in World War II (1944-1945) – Professor Sevo Yavshchev, Ph.D. Georgeta Nazarska, State University of Library Studies and IT, Sofia
11.00-11.30 a.m. Coffee Break
11.30 a.m-1.00 p.m. Gender Roles in the Every-Day-Life of Armies
Panel II.1:
Chair: Dr. Stephan Lehnstaedt, GHI Warsaw
» Gender Roles in the Red Army – Kerstin Bischl, Humboldt University Berlin
» Helping Hands. German Women’s Auxiliary Forces and the Second World War – Dr. Franka Maubach, University of Göttingen
1.00-3.00 p.m. Lunch Break
3.00-5.00 p.m. Gender Roles in the Every-Day-Life of Partisan Movements
Panel II.2
Chair: Professor Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Institute for the History
of German Jewry Hamburg
» Life in the Bunker: The Memories of UPA Insurgents beyond the
Battlefield – Olena Petrenko, University of Bochum
» In the Lithuanian Woods. Jewish and Lithuanian Female Partisans – PD Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz, GHI Warsaw
» Male and Female Partisans in the Photo Archives – Dr. Bernard Suchecky, Strasbourg
Saturday, April 2nd 2011
9.00-11.00 a.m. Conflicting Values?
Panel III
Chair: Dr. Maren Röger, GHI Warsaw
» Visibility and Experience. German Soldier’s Bodily Behaviour in the „Occupied Eastern Territories“ and it’s Reflection in Narratives of Local Women – Dr. Regina Mühlhäuser, Hamburg Institute for Social Research
» Honor and Masculinity in Polish Officer Corps – Lukasz Kielban, University of Poznan
» Eastern European Girlhood Experience of World War II – Ph.D. Lisa Ossian, Area Community College Des Moines
11.00-11.30 a.m. Coffee Break
11.30 a.m.-1.30 p.m. Work Life and Political Sphere: The Aftermath of War
Panel IV
Chair: N.N.
» Female Partisans and Political Emancipation of Yugoslav Women from 1944
to 1953 – Ivana Pantelic, Institute of Contemporary History Belgrad
» Conflicting Conceptions of the Role of Women in Postwar Poland: Work
Life, Motherhood, Abortion (1945-1956) – Dr. Barbara Klich-Kluczewska, University of Kraków
» Latvian Women in the Public Sphere after the War – Professor Vita Zelce, University of Latvia, Riga
1.30-3.00 p.m. Lunch Break
3.00-5.00 p.m. Gendered Narratives and Memories of War
Panel V
Chair: Dr. Bozena Uminska-Keff, Jewish Historical Institute Warsaw  
» Daily Life During the War: The Gender Analysis of Oral Stories on World
War II – Ph.D. Irina Rebrova, Kuban State University Krasnodar
» Transmitting the Meaning and Memory of Gender Roles and Relations: Women
as Victims, Women as Survivors – Ph.D. Hannah Kliger, Pennsylvania State University Abington
» The Image of the German Occupant in Russian Cinema – Dr. habil. Victoria Sukovata, Kharkiv National University
5.00-5.30 p.m. Coffee Break
5.30-6.30 p.m. Final discussion
» Closing Remarks
Professor Jane Caplan, University of Oxford
» Closing Remarks
PD Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz & Dr. Maren Röger, GHI Warsaw

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