Equal but Different? Interwar Internationalism and its Others

Equal but Different? Interwar Internationalism and its Others

SNSF-Research Project: Human Rights, Women's Movement and the League of Nations
Universität Bern
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18.10.2013 -
Elife Biçer-Deveci

Workshop: Equal but Different? Interwar Internationalism and its Others

With Francisca de Haan, Central European University in Budapest and Daniel Laqua, Northumbria University (UK), organized by Elife Biçer-Deveci und Edith Siegenthaler

Friday, 18 October 2013, University of Berne

In the interwar period, many international organizations were founded, all of which were deeply rooted within the internationalist movement. These organizations tried to use the newly founded League of Nations as a platform to negotiate their concerns and requests. “Internationalism” as a concept structured debates and mediated between different actors. The concept of “internationalism” contained the ideal of equal actors cooperating for a better world. But in reality, the international sphere was not filled with equal partners but marked by inequalities and power relations.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the following questions: How were these international inequalities addressed and dealt with in a discursive field that claimed the equality of all contributing actors? How did the actors themselves explain differences and inequalities? How were differences created and preserved and what opportunities did the concept of “internationalism” offer to overcome these inequalities? How did international women’s organizations, which stressed women’s solidarity throughout the world, distinguish themselves from other international organizations with regard to their concept of “internationalism” and in the handling of differences and inequalities?

We will reflect upon these questions with two experts, Francisca de Haan and Daniel Laqua, in a workshop at the University of Berne. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own research project and common issues in relation to the subject of the workshop. Researchers interested in discussing their research project are asked to submit a short abstract (up to 300 words) of their project and its relation to the questions of the workshop in English no later than 5 August 2013 to edith.siegenthaler@hist.unibe.ch. No travel and accommodation costs can be provided by the workshop organizers.

For further information, please contact:
Elife Biçer-Deveci, University of Berne, elife.bicer@hist.unibe.ch

Edith Siegenthaler, University of Berne, edith.siegenthaler@hist.unibe.ch



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