Call for papers

"The Other Half of Communism: Women’s Outlook"

special issues of "History of Communism in Europe" no. 8/ 2017

Deadline: 1 March 2017

This call for papers seeks contributors for the eighth issue of the scientific journal History of Communism in Europe, no. 8/2017: The Other Half of Communism: Women’s Outlook on the gendered histories of European communisms. This issue looks to include the most recent scholarship on women and their intricate relations with the Communist parties in Europe, during the XX century.

International Interdisciplinary Conference

“Women’s Rights and Violence in the Contemporary World”  

30-31 March 2017, University of Gdańsk

Deadline for proposals: 5 February 2017

Women’s rights were never respected in the past. And they are not respected today, even though it seems that many things have been changed and that we are now much more aware of the gender inequalities than our parents were. In our crazy world increasingly accepting all kinds of extremism and fundamentalism, there is less and less place for an open and honest discussion about women’s needs and expectations. During our interdisciplinary conference we would like to look at various manifestations of violence and women’s rights violation in the contemporary world, and also at the possible ways of counteracting such phenomena. We will describe them in political, social, psychological, cultural and many other terms. We also want to devote considerable attention to how the situation of women’s rights is represented in artistic practices: in literature, film, theatre or visual arts.

Conference “Between Exploitation and Empowerment: Participation of Women in the Second World War”

17 June 2017 - University of East Anglia, UK

Deadline - 1 February 2017

‘The “female” war has its own colours, smells, lighting and sensory space. Its own words. There are no heroes and extraordinary deeds, there are just people, busy with their inhuman human affairs’. (Svetlana Aleksievich, 1988)

International interdisciplinary conference

“Gender - Power - Eastern Europe: Changing Concepts of Femininities and Masculinities and Power Relations”

20-23 June 2017 - Osteuropa-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin

Deadline - 20 October 2016

The rise of right wing populist parties and conservative movements in Eastern Europe , from Poland to Hungary and Russia, has dramatically affected discourses about and concepts of gender. The "turn to the right" has also ushered substantial shifts in policies concerning women's rights as well as gender studies as an academic and educational project. Arguably, in some cases right wing political victory was facilitated by usage of anti-gender equality rhetoric (anti-genderism; anti-gender mobilization). These worrisome developments demand exploration in broader contexts. Yet, the situation in East European societies is quite diverse if scrutinized from a gender perspective.

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