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Feminist History Group

Co-convened by Anna Hajkova (Associate Prof of Modern European History) and Laura Schwartz (Reader of Modern British History)

This group is based in the History Department, but is open to all researchers whose work engages with questions of gender and feminism. We host talks and also provide the opportunity for close reading and in-depth discussion of theoretical (and other) texts. We hope to benefit from cross-disciplinary perspectives, and to develop an informal space in which we can learn from each other in thinking-through what are often challenging conceptual issues. Speakers to date have included Jack Halberstam, Judith Walkowitz, Sheila Rowbotham, Caroline Bressey and Alison Light (see below for a more detailed list of speakers over the last 2 years).

For more information please contact anna.hajkova@warwick.ac.uk or l.schwartz@warwick.ac.uk

1) Wednesday, March 17 2021, 4.30-6 pm, in cooperation with Warwick Workshop for Interdisciplinary German Studies:

Dr. Regina Mühlhäuser (Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Research and Culture): Book presentation and discussion of Mühlhäuser’s book: Sex and the Nazi Soldier. Edingburgh UP 2020.

2) Sina Speit (Erfurt), Allies, role models, mothers, ‘others’ – West German Feminists and coming to term with the Nazi Past, 2 June 2021, 4pm GMT on Zoom via Sociology.

This talk has been recorded and if you like, email Sina Speit and ask for a youtube link. (email in the link at her name)

PAST EVENTS

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AUTUMN TERM 2019

Prof. Laura Doan (University of Manchester), An Unnatural History of Sexuality: Lord Berners and His Circle

One result of the dominance of normality in the modern age is that we have lost touch with the distinctive calibrations and complexities of an earlier discursive system: the natural and its unsettling antithesis, the unnatural. This talk turns to Lord Berners (1883-1950), whose playful antics with animals caught the public’s attention. By pushing normalization to the sidelines (sex as homo/hetero), we can better discern how sexual dissidents such as Berners reconfigured the unnatural as part of nature’s plan, a site of wonder and beauty.

Date: Wednesday 16 October

Time: 4 PM-6:30 PM

Venue: OC0.01

SPRING TERM 2020

Film screening:Rafiki (co-hosted by the Africa Book and Film Series)

Date: Wednesday 22 Jan

Time: 4 PM-7 PM

Venue: OC0.01

SUMMER TERM 2019

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Jane Freeland (Queen Mary) 'Reforming Rape: East German Women's Activism Against Sexual Violence'

Date: Tuesday 28 May

Time: 17:00-19:00

Venue: H5.45

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SPRING TERM 2019

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Esme Cleall (Sheffield) 'Tilly Aston (1873-1847): Disability, Activism and Gender in Colonial Australia'

Date: Tuesday 19 February

Time: 17:30-19:00

Venue: R0.12

More information here

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AUTUMN TERM 2018

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Susanne Luhmann (Alberta) 'Representing Familial Legacies of Nazi Perpetration: Postmemory and/or a ‘Move to Innocence’?'

Date: Wednesday 5 December

Time: 17:00-19:00

Venue: H2.44

More information here

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SUMMER TERM 2018

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Donna Harsch (Carnegie Mellon) 'Infantilizing Mothers or Empowering Them? The Fight against Infant Mortality in East and West Germany, 1949-1989'

Date: Tuesday 8 May

Time: 16:00-18:00

Venue: R0.14

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SPRING TERM 2018

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Judith Gerson (Rutgers) 'Why Feminist Methods Matter'
Date: Thursday 11 January
Time: 18:00-19:30
Venue: OC1.07

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AUTUMN TERM 2017

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Julia Laite (Birkbeck) 'Saving White Slaves in Early Twentieth Century London and Buenos Aires'
Date: Thursday 19 October
Time: 18.00-19.30
Venue: OC1.01
Alison Light, 'Memories, Histories, Selves: On Writing a Memoir'
Date: Thursday 16 November
Time: 18:00-19:30
Venue: OC0.01

 

Sina Speit