New Book Prize

  • The International Federation for Research in Women's History has issued a call for applications for the Ida Blom-Karen Offen Book Prize in in Transnational Women's and Gender History.
  • To apply for the prize submit a short bio and an abstract that briefly summarizes the book and explains its contribution to the field of transnational women's and gender history by 15 January 2020.
  • Semi-finalists will then be asked to send complete books (preferably digitally) by 1 March 2020.
  • Books may be in any language but the committee would appreciate if initial submission of bios and abstracts could be in English.
  • Works eligible should have a publication date of 2016 to 20189.  Only monographs are eligible, but they may be co-authored.
  • Board Members and Officers of the International Federation for Research in Women's History are not eligible to apply.
  • The winner will be announced at the International Committee of Historical Sciences Conference in Poznan, Poland in August 2020. The winner will be awarded $1000 and a certificate.
  • The committee is chaired by Vera Mackie (Wollongong) and the committee includes Manuela Martini (Lyon), Ann-Catrin Ă–stman (Abo Akademi) and Eileen Boris (UC Santa Barbara).
  • The committee members are fluent in several languages but will call on expert readers for languages not covered by the committee.
  • Inquiries and submissions should be addressed to <>

The IFRWH Expresses Its Support for the Central European University

On behalf of the Federation, President Eileen Boris has written to the Hungarian government to protest against the proposed changes to the legal status of the CEU and in support of academic freedom in Hungary. For more on the current situation in CEU see

 Campaign to Raise First Memorial Sculpture for Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)

The Mary on the Green Campaign plans to fund a memorial sculpture for Mary Wollstonecraft in Newington Green, London.  For more details and how to contribute see


Office-holders and Board Members (Adele Perry, Asha Islam, Eileen Boris, June Purvis, Tiina Kinnunen, Carolyn Eichner, Vera Mackie)

The Office-holders and Board members of the Federation serve for five years.  The current members were elected at the Federation's conference in Jinan, China in August 2015.  For short biographies of the office-holders and board members click here.


The proceedings of many of the Federation’s conferences have been published. The latest publications include two volumes of papers from the 2015 CISH/IFRWH Conference held in Jinan, China.

 A special issue of the Women's History Review, 27:1 (January 2018) edited by Karen Offen and Chen Yan presents papers from the IFRWH/CISH roundtables on women's history.

The essays in Mary O'Dowd and June Purvis (eds), History of the Girl.. Formation, Education and Identity  (London: Palgrave Macmillan,  2018) are based on the papers presented at  the Special Theme session on the History of the Girl at the CISH Conference. 

For more details and other conference proceedings see our Publications pages

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