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Exhibitions and Special Events


23 November 2021 - 23 November 2022


Forms, Voices, Networks

Feminism and the Media

The exhibition Forms, Voices, Networks explores the intersections between the growth of mass media and women’s rights movements in a transnational context during the 20th century. Centred on the histories of feminisms and the media in Britain, Germany and India, it draws attention to little-known or unheard voices and stories and draws connections between activists and the media across time and space.

Developed by the International Standing Working Group on Medialization and Empowerment, curated by Maya Caspari (GHIL) and coordinated by Jane Freeland (GHIL)

Image from See Red Women’s Workshop: ‘Protest’. 1974 (screenprint)

The exhibition is now live, visit it here:



Forthcoming special events

8 September 2022 (5pm)

Special Event

Anne Gerritsen (Warwick)
Serges, Shagreen and Sea Cucumber: Chinese Merchants and Global Goods in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century Canton

This lecture is the keynote lecture of the conference "Things on the move: Materiality of Objects in Global and Imperial Trajectories, 1700–1900", organized by the German Historical Institute London in collaboration with the Prize Papers Project.

Chair: Dagmar Freist

This event will take place online via Zoom. In order to attend, please register here.


Previous Special Events


7 July 2022 (5.15-6.45pm)

Special Event

Going against the tide? Sceptical views and alternative visions of European integration
Evening panel event

Introduction: Professor Christina von Hodenberg (GHIL)
Chair: Dr James Ellison (QMUL)
Panel: Prof Piers Ludlow (LSE), Dr Andrea Mammone (University of Rome La Sapienza), Dr Eirini Karamouzi (Sheffield)
Venue: GHIL

This evening panel is part of a conference organised by the ‘(De)Constructing Europe – EU-Scepticism in European Integration History’ project (led by the GHI London, the GHI Rome, the GHI Warsaw and the Hamburg Institute for Social Research). During this event, experts will discuss European integration and alternative visions of European integration from multiple perspectives.  

This event will take place online via Zoom. In order to attend, please register here.


20 January 2022 (5.30pm)

Special Event

Women on the Air Waves: Feminism and the Radio in Britain and Germany

Roundtable discussion to celebrate the launch of the online exhibition Forms-Voices-Networks: Feminism and the Media

How have women used the radio to advocate for women’s rights? What role does the radio play in the history of feminism?

Join us for an online panel conversation on women’s radio and feminist activism in Germany and Britain during the twentieth century to mark the launch of the German Historical Institute London’s online exhibition Forms, Voices, Networks: Feminism and the Media.

From BBC Women’s Hour to Haben Sie fünf Minuten Zeit (Do You Have 5 Minutes), radio has been an important vehicle for discussing women’s issues and reaching female audiences. Radio has also enabled women journalists, producers and editors to redefine conventions, challenge gender norms and carve a place for women’s voices and labour in the media. This panel brings together Kate Lacey (Sussex) and Caroline Mitchell (Sunderland) in a discussion on women’s radio making and radio’s role in the advancement of gender justice in Germany and Britain in the twentieth century. From both and academic, historical and practical perspective, Lacey and Mitchell will discuss the opportunities and limitations that radio has provided for women and women’s rights. They will ask: How has radio, both mainstream and community, provided a unique space for the discussion of rights? How have women used the radio to challenge gender norms? What does studying radio reveal about the trajectory of feminism in Germany and Britain?

Kate Lacey (BA London, PhD Liverpool) is Professor of Media History and Theory in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities at the University of Sussex, and Director of CHASE, the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Southeast England. Her research focuses on radio history, media publics, and listening as civic action. She has published widely, including two monographs, the first of which, Feminine Frequencies: Gender, German Radio and the Public Sphere, 1923 to 1945, explored the constitutive role of gender in the development of broadcasting, and the second, Listening Publics: The Politics and Experience of Listening in the Media Age, which proposed 'listening' as a rich concept with which to analyse the politics and experience of media communications in Europe and America across the long twentieth century. She was a founding member of the Radio Studies Network and sits on the editorial boards of The Radio Journal and The International Journal of Cultural Studies. 

Dr. Caroline Mitchell is Associate Professor of Radio and Participation at the University of Sunderland, UK where she teaches on its longstanding MA in Radio, Audio and Podcasting  and leads a number of research projects in the area of community media production and participatory research methods. She was co-founder of Fem FM, the first women's radio station in the UK (1992) and co-curated digital archive of the station in 2014. She has published widely about women and radio, participatory archiving and community mapping practices. As a lead member of ´Transnational Radio Encounters´ research project she was part of the team that developed the innovative global online platform She is a member of Women´s Radio in Europe Network and was a member of the board of Sound Women until the organisation closed in 2016.

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15 December 2021 (5.30pm )

Special Event

The Struggle for Recognition: Feminism and the Media in Germany, Britain and India in the 20th Century

Roundtable discussion to celebrate the launch of the online exhibition Forms-Voices-Networks: Feminism and the Media

What has recognition meant for feminists? Who have they wanted recognition from and why has it been so important?

Join us for an online panel conversation on the politics of recognition in feminism and its relationship to the media in Germany, Britain, and India to mark the launch of the German Historical Institute London’s online exhibition Forms, Voices, Networks: Feminism and the Media.

The panel brings together scholars Tiffany Florvil (New Mexico), Ingrid Sharp (Leeds), and D-M Withers (Reading) in a discussion of feminist recognition in the twentieth century. Drawing on their research and professional work, Florvil, Sharpe, and Withers will discuss the ways in which feminists have struggled for recognition and how the media has both provided a space for and shaped this fight. While campaigns for recognition have often been equated with political participation and women’s suffrage, the discussion will move beyond this to explore other forms of recognition feminists have sought across Britain, Germany, and India. In doing so, the roundtable reflects on the very meaning of recognition and asks who is recognized and who is not? Who to seek recognition from, and what to be recognized as? Should ‘recognition’ be an aim for the feminist movement at all?

Speaker biographies

Tiffany N. Florvil is an Associate Professor of 20th-century European Women’s and Gender History at the University of New Mexico. She specializes in the histories of post-1945 Europe, the African diaspora, Black internationalism, as well as gender and sexuality. She has published pieces in the Journal of Civil and Human Rights and The German Quarterly. Florvil has also coedited the volume, Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions and Histories, as well as published chapters in Gendering Post-1945 German History andTo Turn this Whole World Over. Her manuscript, Mobilizing Black Germany: Afro-German Women and the Making of a Transnational Movement, with the University of Illinois Press, offers the first full-length study of the history of the Black German movement of the 1980s to the 2000s. The book recently won an Honorable mention from the DAAD/GSA Book Prize in Literature and Cultural Studies at the German Studies Association and was a Finalist for the ASWAD Outstanding First Book Prize. She is on the Board of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History (IFRWH), on the Advisory Board for the Black German Heritage and Research Association, and on the Editorial Board for Central European History. She is also an editor of the “Imagining Black Europe” book series at Peter Lang Press.

Ingrid Sharp is Professor of German Cultural and Gender History in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds. Her research interests include feminist opposition to the First World War, women’s role in the Revolutions of 1918 and the international history of women as political agents. Her co-edited volume with Matthew Stibbe Women Activists between War and Peace. Europe 1918-1923 was published by Bloomsbury in 2017. She edited Age of Empire 1815-1920, volume 5 of A Cultural History of Peace, also published by Bloomsbury in 2020.

D-M Withers is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Reading and author of Virago Reprints and Modern Classics: The Timely Business of Feminist Publishing and Feminism, Digital Culture and the Politics of Transmission: Theory, Practice and Cultural Heritage. They are also developing a slate of screenplays and researching the life and enterprises of populist publisher Paul Hamlyn.

The exhibition, Forms, Voices, Networks explores the intersections between the 20th century growth of mass media and women’s rights movements in a transnationalcontext. Through a series of snapshot examples, it illustrates how feminists have mobilized and negotiated media to advance women’s rights and contest gender stereotypes at different moments, while also attending to the ambivalence of women’s relation to the media across different time periods and contexts. The exhibition is now available online at

In order to register for this event, please follow this link to Eventbrite.


23 November 2021 (1pm)

Special Event

The Politics of Photography: Feminist Activisms in India and Britain

Launch event for the online exhibition Forms, Voices, Networks: Feminism and the Media

What is the political role of the photograph and how does it intersect with the global history of feminist activism? 

Join us for an online panel conversation on photography and feminism to mark the launch of the German Historical Institute London’s online exhibition Forms, Voices, Networks: Feminism and the Media.

The panel brings together the leading photographers, artists and activists, Sheba Chhachhi and Mary Ann Kennedy. With discussant Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi, Chhachhi and Kennedy will draw on their creative practice to consider the diverse and changing ways feminists have mobilised photography as a form of political activism from the late 20th century to the present. The discussion addresses how feminists have interrogated and re-imagined the role of photography, subverting dominant historical narratives, renegotiating the relationship between the photographer and the photographed, and envisioning feminist futures: what kind of history does the photograph tell? Who or what is included—and who is not? What—or whose—claims does the photograph inscribe?

Sheba Chhachhi is an installation artist/ photographer who investigates questions of gender, eco-philosophy, violence and visual cultures, with emphasis on the recuperation of cultural memory. An activist/photographer in the women’s movement in the 1980s, Chhachhi moved on to create intimate, sensorial encounters through large multimedia installations. Her work seks to bring the contemplative into the political. She has exhibited widely including the Gwangju, Taipei, Moscow, Singapore and Havana biennales; her works are held in significant public and private collections, including Tate Modern, UK, Kiran Nadar Museum, Delhi, BosePacia, New York, Singapore Art Museum, Devi Art Foundation, Delhi and National Gallery of Modern Art, India.  She was awarded the Juror’s Prize for contemporary art in Asia by the Singapore Art Museum in 2011 and in 2018 the Thun Prize for Art & Ethics. Chhachhi speaks, writes and teaches in both institutional and non -formal contexts. She lives and works in New Delhi.

Mary Ann Kennedy grew up in an inner-city neighbourhood of Chicago in the 60’s and 70’s – a place and time that laid bare structured, institutional socio-political inequalities of class, race and gender. Education is key in enabling women to enter the political and economic sphere and so she soon switched from a get-a-decent-education-but you’ll-only-get-married all-girls high school to the formerly all-male Technical High School College Prep. Having initially trained as an architect, she soon became aware that how we live is as heavily circumscribed through how we perceive the world – and our place within it. The growing awareness of the role photography plays in forming our vision of the world, and our place within it, led to a desire to challenge current narratives, to celebrate creativity as a vehicle for change – and to work within education as a political act. She studied with Simon Watney and Victor Burgin and collaborated with Jo Spence, which led to the establishment of a commercial studio in London engaging with educational publishers, campaigns and community arts groups. Mary Ann is a founding member of Photography Workshop (Edinburgh)/Portfolio Gallery, a founding member of WildFires network for women in Scotland who work in and with photography and is currently the Programme Leader for the BA(Hons) Photography degree at Edinburgh Napier University.

Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi is a lecturer in the Department of Art History at the University of Haifa.  Among her publications: The Visual Is Political: Feminist Photography and Countercultural Activity in 1970s Britain, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2019; she also published articles, in journals such as Feminist Media Studies, Photographies and Third Text. Her research interests include political intersections between feminism, protest movements and photography, as well as social-political aspects of contemporary art. 

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19 March (1 pm GMT/ 2 pm CET/ 6:30 pm IST)

Special Event

The Legacies of Feminism in Germany and India
A Roundtable Discussion

Organized by the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office and the International Standing Working Group on Medialization and Empowerment at the German Historical Institute London

Invited Speakers:

Helma Lutz, Goethe Universität Frankfurt

Janaki Nair, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Samita Sen, University of Cambridge

Paula-Irene Villa, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

This will be an online event. Register here via Eventbrite

Online event