The International Federation for Promotion of Research into Women's and Gender History

Exciting news from Archives du féminisme

The French non-profit organization Archives du féminisme, is working towards the preservation of feminist archives, is undertaking the creation of an international research network and database. They are working to identify, preserve, and distribute as many archival resources as possible, promoting research about all types of feminism and contributing to their dissemination. The organization brings together people from different intellectual and professional backgrounds, from non-profit organizations, libraries, and archives, to research centers, universities, and journalism schools. They are committed to transmitting the rich history of feminism. 

They seek to create more cohesion and stimulate international research on feminisms. The international and interdisciplinary database of research on French feminisms would make it possible to put in contact researchers on French feminisms from different countries and create a cohesive network. It will be available on their website and will be accessible to all.

If you wish to be a part of this database of research on French feminisms, please fill this form : .

For any clarification or query, do not hesitate to contact them at

On 9-12 June will be held the VIII Congress of the Società Italiana delle Storiche, the Italian Society of Historians “Gender History: Paths, Intersections, Perspectives”, organised in collaboration with the University of Verona. About 180 speakers from various Italian, European and non-European universities and research institutes will discuss themes and interpretative categories in women's and gender history and debate new historiographic orientations from a multidisciplinary perspective.

The papers, organised in 44 parallel sessions, cover a chronological span that extends from antiquity to the present day and refer to a multiplicity of geo-political and cultural contexts (Europe, the Americas, the Middle and Far East, Africa) analysed with approaches that focus on local, national, transnational and/or global contexts.

The topics range from the analysis of bodies to women's voices and writings, from the critique of binarism to the construction of gender models, from work in its various forms to the sphere of the sacred, from urban spaces to mining, from migration and mobility to colonial perspectives, from the various forms of individual agency to those of collective actions, from citizenship to feminism and environmental movements, from political language and propaganda to autobiographies and self-perceptions, from emotions to representations of the feminine, to name but a few.

The Congress will be opened by Professor Joanna De Groot, a well-known Iranist from the University of York (UK), with a lectio magistralis entitled The Space of Gender and the Gender of Space: some Thoughts from a Historian of Nineteenth Century Iran. This is a tribute by SIS to the memory of Anna Vanzan - Iranist, member of the Society's board from 2014 to 2018, and of the editorial board of the journal Genesis since 2018, who prematurely passed away in 2020.

The Congress will be a place, albeit virtual, for intense exchange and discussion. The proceedings will be held online on the Zoom platform. To follow the individual panels, all one needs to do is register at the respective links published in the programme on the SIS website ( and on the University of Verona website (

Call for Contributions!

Call for papers — Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies/Journal of Gender Studies Special Issue on 'Dis/abling Gender'

Call for Submissions, with a deadline for 1st May 2021

This special issue of Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies (Journal of Gender Studies), wishes to explore the intersections between complex lived experiences of dis/ability and gender through an explicit engagement with the links and tensions between the scholarly and activist fields of gender studies and critical disability studies (see e.g., Meekosha & Shuttleworth 2009) while taking stock of important present-day turns and debates in and at the intersections of both fields.

Please send abstracts of approximately 500 words as a word document to the guest editors,, , by 1st May 2021

The full cfp with details on themes and submissions can be found here.

*IFRWH Summer Conference 2021*

We are pleased to announce that the IFRWH will be hosting an online conference this Summer, in August 2021. More details to come!

Newsletter: Latest Issue

The IFRWH publishes a bi-annual newsletter that brings together all the research news and achievements of our global network. The Winter 2020 issue is available here

New Board Members and Officeholders, 2020-2025 Elected

The officer holders and members of the Federation's Board for 2020-2025 were elected at the  Biannual General Meeting held online in September 2020.

Many congratulations to  Yuko Takahashi, the new president.  

For a full list of the officeholders and board members for 2020-2025, click here.

The Ida Blom-Karen Offen Prize in Transnational Women's and Gender History

The Federation is delighted to announce the joint winners of the inaugural book prize in honour of Ida Blom and Karen Offen:

Katherine M. Marino, Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement (University of North Carolina Press, 2019)

Jocelyn Olcott, International Women's Year. The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Newsletter: Latest Issue

Newsletter, Summer 2020 Now Available

The Federation produces a bi-annual newsletter. It includes reports of events and activities organised by the national committees affiliated to the IFRWH.

Newsletter no 67, Summer 2020 is available here.


Gender Studies Under Attack

Condemnation of Attack on Gender Studies Programmes in Hungarian Universities

The Federation condemns the attack on Gender Studies in Hungarian universities


Dis_abling gender FINAL CfP.pdf
Dis_abling gender FINAL CfP.pdf
Dis_abling gender FINAL CfP.pdf
SIS-8th Congress-2021-La_storia _di_genere-Gender_History-PROGRAMME-Titles of panels in English.pdf
SIS-8th Congress-2021-La_storia _di_genere-Gender_History-PROGRAMME-Titles of panels in English.pdf
SIS-8th Congress-2021-La_storia _di_genere-Gender_History-PROGRAMME-Titles of panels in English.pdf