Translating, Travelling, Transferring Ideologies. Gendered Practices in Transnational Political Networks

Translating, Travelling, Transferring Ideologies. Gendered Practices in Transnational Political Networks

Johanna Gehmacher (University of Vienna) and Elizabeth Harvey (University of Nottingham); German Historical Institute London in conjunction with the London School of Economics and the Gerda Henkel Foundation
German Historical Institute London
United Kingdom
Vom - Bis
12.12.2019 - 14.12.2019
Felix Brahm, Colonial and Global History, German Historical Institute London

Translating, Travelling, Transferring Ideologies. Gendered Practices in Transnational Political Networks

The spread and diversification of civil societies that took place in many industrialised countries from the late 19th century onwards had an important transnational dynamic. International and transnational movements and networks developed in dense interaction with national movements, connecting them, sometimes also initiating them, and providing them with concepts, models, and strategies. These relations of exchange, regional and global, would not have worked without the help of a set of cultural practices that were frequently gendered. They often remained invisible even at the time and have tended to be overlooked by historical research subsequently.

A focus on these gendered practices can deepen the analysis of a vital aspect of transnational movements and networks. It enables us to explore how these practices shaped notions of gender and of women’s agency. The conference, therefore, aims at gathering and connecting research on transnational women’s movements as well as on gendered practices of transfer in other transnational non-governmental organisations and informal networks. It will, among other things, explore similarities and differences between practices of transfer and exchange in different transnational political milieus. It will discuss transformations in the practices of transfer as well as gendered discourses on the meaning of transnational networking.

There are a limited number of participant/discussant places available on a first come, first served basis. Expressions of interest should be emailed to Carole Sterckx (sterckx(ghi) by Friday 6 December 2019. Please note that (free of charge) advance registration is mandatory and that participants will have to make their own travel arrangements.


Thursday, 12 December 2019

13:30-14:00 Welcome: Christina von Hodenberg (GHI London) and Piers Ludlow (London School of Economics)

Welcome and introduction: Johanna Gehmacher (University of Vienna) and Elizabeth Harvey (University of Nottingham)

14:00-15:30 Strategies and Practices in Transnational Feminisms I
Chair: Sarah Banet-Weiser (London School of Economics)

Francisca de Haan (Central European University): Gendered Practices in Transnational Political Networks: The Case of Rosa Manus (1881-1942)

Meritxell Simon-Martin (University of Roehampton): Barbara Bodichon’s Nomadic Self: Translating mid-Victorian English Feminism into the Female ‘Other’

16:00-17:30 Strategies and Practices in Transnational Feminisms II
Chair: Indra Sengupta (German Historical Institute London)

Elisa Heinrich (University of Vienna): Travelling, Hosting, Writing Letters. Intimacy and Belonging in Transnational Women’s Networks around 1900

Sarah Hellawell (University of Sunderland): Forging a Transnational Network: the British Women’s International League during the Interwar Years

18:00-19:30 Keynote Lecture
Chair: Elizabeth Harvey (University of Nottingham)

Clare Midgley (Sheffield Hallam University): Cosmopolitan Feminists: A Transnational Interfaith Network in the Age of Empire

Friday, 13 December 2019

09:30-11:00 Jewish Women’s Transnationalism
Chair: Fiammetta Balestracci (German Historical Institute London)

Ruth Nattermann (Bundeswehr University Munich): Transnational Mediators. Italian-Jewish Women as Catalysts of Feminist Practices in Early 20th Century Europe

Jaclyn Granick (Cardiff University): Gendered Practices in Jewish Transnational Politics in the Age of the Great War

11:30-13:00 Gendered Practices in Communist Networks
Chair: Christina von Hodenberg (German Historical Institute London)

Karen Hunt (Keele University): What a Difference a War Makes: Sustaining Transnational Practices as a Communist Woman

Kiera Wilkins (Central European University): Helen Crawfurd (1877-1854): The Transnational Experiences of an International Communist

14:00-15:30 Women of the Political Elite and their Networks
Chair: Dietlind Hüchtker (GWZO Leipzig)

Julie Gottlieb (University of Sheffield): Conservative Women and Nationalist Internationalism in Britain: A Case Study of Edith Lady Londonderry

Victoria Phillips (Columbia University, New York): The Other Dulles: Eleanor’s Wars in Divided Europe, 1917–1961

16:00-18:00 Translating and Transferring Christian Values
Chair: Georgina Brewis (University College London)

Deepra Dandekar (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin)
Translating the Mission into Vernacular in Nineteenth-Century Maharashtra

Jennifer Bond (University College Dublin): ‘Our country’s future leaders’: The YWCA within Mission Schools for Girls in Republican Era East China, 1918–1949

Daniel Laqua (Northumbria University): University Students, Internationalism and the Politics of Gender

Saturday, 14 December 2019

09:30-11:00 Cross-border Ultra-Nationalism and Fascism
Chair: Anna Hajkova (University of Warwick)

Toni y Morant (University of València): “We want a great country, like yours”. Spanish Fascist Women in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, 1936–1945

Flavia Citrignio (University of Potsdam): The Duce’s Cheerleaders and the Führer’s Spies. Reconstructing and Comparing the Dynamics of a Developing Fascist Network of Girls’ Organizations

11:00-12:30 Exiles, Migrations: Working Couples and their Networks
Chair: Meritxell Simon-Martin (University of Roehampton)

Susanna Erlandsson (Uppsala University): Gendered Practices and Influence in Diplomats’ Networks in the 1940s and 1950s

Katharina Prager (University of Vienna): Networking Hollywood and Central Europe in the 1930s and 1940s – Salka Viertel’s Network between Salon and Popular Front

12:30-14:00 Concluding Roundtable Discussion: Towards a Practice Turn in Transnational Gender History
Chair: Johanna Gehmacher (University of Vienna)

Participants: Lynn Abrams (University of Glasgow), Maud Anne Bracke (University of Glasgow), Anna Hajkova (University of Warwick), Dietlind Hüchtker (GZWO Leipzig)


Carole Sterckx
German Historical Institute London
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London WC1A 2NJ
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