Postponement of Conference of International Federation for Research into Women's History

Due to the Global Pandemic of Covid-19, we regret to announce that the Federation's Conference scheduled for Poznan in August 2020 has been postponed.  The conference will take place in 2021 during the CISH Conference which has also been postponed until 2021.

As much as possible the programme for the 2021 conference will follow the provisional programme for 2020 outlined below.

International Federation for Research in Women’s History Affiliate Sessions, CISH, Poznań 2020

27 August-29 August 2020

Preliminary Programme (18 February 2020)

NB. This is subject to change.


All sessions to be held at: Collegium Historicum Wydział Historii UAM

ul. Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 7

61-614 Poznań


Thursday, 27 August 2020

14:00-14:15: Welcome by Adele Perry, Francisca de Haan, Local Organizers


14:15-15:45: Session 1: Special Plenary: Rediscovering Spaces of Gender History in Poland and Czechoslovakia

  • Monika Rudas-Grodzka, “Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Women’s Archive Project”
  • Dobrochna Kalwa, “Women’s History from Below. Emancipation Comes to the Village.  Women’s Activity and strategies of agency in interwar Poland”
  • Dietlind Huchtker, “Space and Gender. Autobiographical Texts of 1961 in Postwar Poland”
  • Kataryna Stanczak-Wislicz and Barbara Klich-Kluczewska, “Production of Knowledge. Between Biopolitical Discourse and Women’s Experiences of Body and Sexuality in Post- Stalinist Poland”
  • Denia Necasova, “Gender and State Socialism. The Celebration of International Women´s Day in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960”
  • Krassimira Daskalova (Chair)
  • Maria Bucur (comment)

15:45-17:30: Session 2: Special Roundtable: Women’s and Gender History of East-Central Europe: From Local Perspectives to Global Knowledge

  • Sharon Kowalsky
  • Teresa Kulak
  • Natalia Pushkareva
  • Dubravka Stojanović
  • Dobrochna Kalkulak (Chair)
  • Susan Zimmermann (Discussant)


Friday 28 August 2020

9am-10:30: Session 3: Roundtable: Twentieth-Century Socialist Feminisms Around the World

  • Krassimira Daskalova
  • Francisca de Haan
  • Kristen Ghodsee
  • Linda Gordon
  • Magda Grabowska

10:30-11:00: Break

11:00-12:30: Session 4: Panel: Women in Motion, Contest, and Conflict

  • Leanne Calvert, “Gender and Sexuality in Motion: Ulster Presbyterian Migration to North America, 1717-79”
  • Elaine Farrell, ‘She came ... thinking she could make a better living’: Criminal Irish Women in Boston, 1838-1918 “
  • Leanne McCormick, “Bad Bridget in New York: The New York Women’s Night Court”
  • June Purvis, “Gender Based Violence, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault in the Suffragette Movement in Edwardian Britain”
  • Carolyn J. Eichner, “The Gendered Right to Name: Challenging Law and Patriarchal
  • Tradition”
  • Àngels Solà and Mercè Renom, “The Movements of Autonomous Textile Artisan Women of Barcelona:“filempueres” and “tafetaneres” in the Seventeenth century”
  • Asha Islam (Chair)

12:30—14:00: Special Lunchtime Session:

Session 5: Panel: Global Twentieth-Century Feminisms

  • Nancy Forestell, “Connecting and Disconnecting the Global and the Local: Canadian Feminist Involvement in the Women’s International Democratic Federation, 1945- 1960”
  • Franca Iacovetta and Cynthia Wright,  “An “American” Rebel Icon or Transnational Anarchist?: Reconsidering Emma Goldman’s Toronto Exile”
  • Lara Track, “Beyond the Iron Curtain: Women's Peace Activism across Cold War Borders, 1961-1990”
  • Ciara Meehan, ‘“Whither our emancipation?”: How Women’s Magazines in 1960s Ireland Foreshadowed the Second Wave Feminist Movement”
  • Barbara Molony (Chair)

14:00-15:30: Session 6: Roundtable: Reckoning with Trafficking: Women’s Migration, Intimate

Labor, and the International Border Control Regime

  • Elisa Camiscioli, “Mobility and Emotion: Migrant Letters, ‘Trafficked Women’ and Individual Narratives”
  • Sandy Chang, “Intimate Labor, Nebulous Borders: The Making of the Chinese Protectorate in the Age of Modern Migration Control, 1877-1939”
  • Anna Dobrowolska, “Operation ‘Harmen’: The Socialist State and the Trafficking of Women. A Case Study of the Polish People’s Republic”
  • Julia Laite, “National Morality and the Politics of Repatriation”
  • Jessica Pilley, “Permanent Banishment: Deportation of Immoral Women from Interwar Detroit and theInternational Regulatory Regime of Prostitution”
  • Christelle Tauraud, “The French Army and Mobile Field Brothels: Algeria, France, Indochina (1939-1962)”
  • Keely Stauter-Halsted (Chair and Discussant)


16:00-17:50: Session 7: Panel: The Limits and Possibilities of Cosmopolitan Feminisms on the Cusp of Empire, 1860 – 1950

  • Clare Midgley, “Cosmopolitan Feminisms Within an Inter-faith Network”
  • Margaret Allen, “Female Friendship and Collegiality Across the Missionary Movement in India 1910-30s”
  • Jane Haggis, “Building Cosmopolitan Amity in Imperial Contact Zones: ‘difficult conversations’ Between Indian and British Women”
  • Fiona Paisley, “Humanitarian Cosmopolitanism: Australian Women Internationalists, the British Commonwealth, and India in the Interwar years”
  • Padma Anagol (chair)

18:00: Solidarity Dinner and event, TBC.


Saturday, 29 August 2020

9:00-10:30: Session 8: When ‘Do No Harm’ Goes Wrong: Authority and Activism in Twentieth-Century Abortion and Maternity Care

  • Branka Bogdan, ”Making it Legal: Abortion Activism in Yugoslavia, 1952-1974”
  • Paula Michaels, “Activism in the Absence of Civil Society: Birth and Reform in the USSR, 1960s-1980s”
  • Ema Hresanova, “Traumatic Childbirths and Totalitarian Maternity Hospitals: the History of the Natural Childbirth Movement in the Post-socialist Czech Republic”
  • Natalia Mitsyuk, “Right for Abortion and Contraception: Women's Movement for the Reproductive Rights in Russia from the End of the nineteenth century to 1950”
  • Chair TBA

9:00-10:30: Session 9: Panel: Maids, Markets, and Movements: Women’s Work, Empire, and

the Global Order

  • Asha Islam, “Urban Migration, Unskilled Domestic Labour and the Exploitation of Maids: The Bangladesh Case, 1971-2017”
  • Eileen Boris, Migrating Maids, “Stranded Servants, and Defiant Domestics: Confronting the Employment Agency”
  • Mina Roces, “Buying Power: Filipino Women Migrants as Consumers, 1970s-2017”
  • Agnieszka Sobocinska, ‘Girl Volunteers’ in the Third World: Race and Gender in Early Development Volunteering
  • Francoise Thebaud, “Gendering the Technical Assistance to Economic Development Furnished by the International Labour Organization: the Example of Marguerite Thibert [1950s and 60s]”
  • Adele Perry (Chair)

10:30-11:00: Break

11:00-12:30pm: Session 10: Roundtable: Women, Mobility and Clothing: The Biographies of Women and Clothing

  • Karen Tranberg Hansen
  • Else Skjold
  • Anne Louise Bang
  • Frederick Larsen
  • Sofia Pantouvaki
  • Marie-Louise Nosch (chair)

11:00-12:30: Session 11: Panel: Mobility of Gendered Labour Traditions Between Britain and Australia 

  • Emma Robertson, “Gender on the Rails: Women and Non-traditional Employment in the Railway Industry in Britain and Australia”
  • Diane Kirkby, “Speaking of Women on Ships”
  • Katie Wood, “The International Transference of Gender Norms in the Metal Trades in Colonial Victoria Australia”
  • Susan Zimmermann (Chair)

12:30-14:00: lunch and IFRWH business meeting


14:00-15:30: Session 12: Roundtable: Anti-choice Revisited - Insights from Catholic Countries (1970s-1990s)

  • Laura Kelly
  • Agata Ignaciuk
  • Sylwia Kuzma-Markowska
  • Jennifer Nelson
  • Christabelle Sethna
  • Barbara Klich (Chair/facilitator)

14:00-15:30: Session 13: Panel: Crossing Borders: Women, Travel, and Mobility

  • Georgeta Nazarska, “Bulgarian Women Travel Writers (1920s-1940s)”
  • Stephanie Prevost, “British Women's Late 19th/Early 20th-Century Humanitarian Relief in the Balkans: Gender and Mobility Issues”
  • Rui Kohiyama, “Women in the Westerners’ Community in Tokyo and Yokohama in Early Meiji Japan”
  • Audrey Bonvin, “Transatlantic Travellers for Temperance International exchanges and influences among ladies of the early 20th century”
  • Misako Kunihara, “The Inspection Tour During the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05 by Western and Japanese Women”
  • Mylynka Kilgore Cardona, “The Tinne Ladies passed through there with only…handmaidens…’: The RGS and Selective Use of Ascribed Gender Roles in the Search for the Source of the Nile”
  • Franca Iacovetta (Chair)


16:00-17:50: Session 14: Panel: A Movement Towards equality? Risks and opportunities of female traveling around 1800

  • Astrid Ackermann, “In Times of Acceleration: Female Travel Practices, Material Conditions and their Perception”
  • Stefanie Freyer, “Job-related traveling? The Problem of Balancing Motherhood and a Successful Career around 1800”
  • Claudia Häfner “A Reflection on Changing Travel Customs. Adele Schopenhauer`s Travel Guides for Women“
  • Gisela Mettel (Chair)
  • Uwe Zagratzki (Discussant)

16:00-17:50: Session 15: Panel: Practising Feminism Beyond the Movement(s) in Nordic Countries since the 1950s

  • Astrid Elkjær Sørensen, “Practising Feminism in the Danish Labor Movement from the 1950s to the Present”
  • Heidi Kurvinen, “Practising Feminism at Newsrooms in Finland and Sweden from the 1960s to the Present”
  • Liisa Lalu, “Bourgeois Leaven? Feminism and Gender Equality in Radical Communist
  • Movement in 1970s Finland”
  • Sigridur Matthiasdottir and Ann-Catrin Ostman, “The Conscious Emigrant: Feminist Historiography and Biographies of Nordic Migrant Women”
  • Tiina Kinnunen (Chair)
  • Elisabeth Elgán (Discussant)