CfP: Gender and the Long Postwar: Reconsiderations of the United States and the Two Germanys, 1945-1989 (Conference), Deadline: 15.04.08

Conference date: 30.05.2008 – 31.05.2008, Washington
From the perspective of gender, we would argue, the war opened up possibilities for women and men on both sides of the Atlantic. But the extent to which those possibilities were realized varied considerably across societies. This conference will bring together a group of scholars to explore why this was so.
Comparing gender developments in the United States and the two Germanys during “the long postwar” will allow us to examine these variations and, in particular, to see how gender developments intersected and were affected by the trajectories of market democratic and communist regimes as well as the impact of idiosyncratic cultural continuities. By extending the investigation to 1989, we will be able to trace both continuities and change over a long expanse of gender relations, sorting out the impact of the war itself from other factors that came into play during the period.
Panels will be organized around the following themes:
* War, Memory and the (Re)construction of Gender
* Migration, Immigration and Changing Gender and Sexual Identities
* Education, Employment, Consumerism: New Roles for Women
* Social Citizenship and the Gendering of Welfare States
* Politics, Protest and Civil Society
* New Sexualities
* Gender, Postwar, and German and U.S. Historiography
The conference will be held in English and focus on the discussion of precirculated papers of about 7,000 to 8,000 words (due by April 15, 2008). More information on the website.

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