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Public Lectures

Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series

Max Weber Lecture Series

Summer Seminar Series Podcast: Feminist Histories

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the summer seminar lecture series on Feminist Histories will be presented as part of the GHIL audio podcast. The lectures will be available for download on the GHIL website, with a new episode released every Wednesday from 1 July to 15 July. Full descriptions of each podcast can be found below.

1 July, Chiara Bonfiglioli (Cork)
Internationalist Waves and Feminist Waves in Italy, Yugoslavia, and Cuba from the 1950s to 1970s

Chiara Bonfiglioli is a Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies at University College Cork, where she also coordinates the one-year interdisciplinary Masters in Women’s Studies. She is the author of Women and Industry in the Balkans: The Rise and Fall of the Yugoslav Textile Sector (I.B. Tauris 2019).

Her lecture will focus on women’s internationalism in Italy, Yugoslavia, and Cuba, and on the gendered imaginaries of citizenship that circulated among the generation of women active within Cold War mass organizations in the 1950s and 1960s. It will also consider how this ‘internationalist wave’ engaged with second-wave feminism in the 1960s and 1970s, a time characterized by the overlapping of different generational paradigms of women’s and feminist activism, the “emancipation” one based on women’s socio-economic rights and institutional reform, and the “liberation” one based on gender, sexuality and grassroots activism. These generational paradigms were not only national but also transnational, and were shaped by the global developments of left-wing parties and movements, and of women’s and feminist movements worldwide.

8 July, Jane Whittle (Exeter) and Laura Schwartz (Warwick)
Understanding Women and Work from the Early Modern Era to the Present. A Roundtable

Jane Whittle is Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Exeter. She currently holds an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council on ‘Forms of Labour: Gender, Freedom and Experience of Work in the Preindustrial Economy’. She has published widely on the history of work, consumption, property rights and the household economy in England 1300-1750.

Laura Schwartz is Reader in Modern British History at the University of Warwick. Her most recent book Feminism and the Servant Problem: Class and Domestic Labour in the Women's Suffrage Movement was published with Cambridge University Press in 2019. Having previously worked on the history of British feminism, she is now moving more definitively into labour history and is in the early stages of developing a collaborative project entitled '"Ordinary" Working-Class People? Brexit Britain and the 'New' Labour History', which aims to critically interrogate the contemporary political mobilisation of a 'white' male working-class and to consider alternative and more heterogeneous histories of class in Britain.

This roundtable brings together two experts in the field of women’s work to discuss how ideas of work and gender have changed across the centuries. Alongside considering what women’s work is, it will explore how women’s work has been defined and valued in the past and within historical scholarship.

15 July, Maud Bracke (Glasgow)
Inventing Reproductive Rights: Sex, Population and Feminism in Europe (1945-1980)

Maud Anne Bracke is a historian of 20th-Century European social, political and gender history. A graduate of the European University Institute, Florence, she has published two monographs, three edited collections and over 20 articles on feminism, gender and work, translation, ‘1968’, and European communism. She co-directs Glasgow’s Centre for Gender History and is a former editor of the journal Gender & History.

Her lecture presents an interpretation of the emergence following World War Two of the notion of ‘reproductive rights’. Drawing on critical understandings of reproductive biopower, it focuses on the ways in which the introduction and legalisation of the contraceptive pill across Western Europe in the long 1960s produced new, gendered discourses on family planning, responsibility in reproduction, sexual morality, and bodily autonomy. The analysis focuses on tensions between different groups advocating access to the pill: the family planning movement, rooted in population control and neo-Malthusianism, and the ‘new’ women’s liberation movement, which re-centred debates on reproduction on the principles of bodily autonomy and individual rights. Case studies focus on Italy (specifically, the illegal distribution of the pill among women of the Roman slums in the 1950s-60s) and France (the distinct family planning approaches vis-à-vis immigrant women in the 1960s-70s).

28 July
Imaobong Umoren (LSE)
Race Women Internationalists: Black Women, Feminism and Freedom Struggles

*** Please note that this event has been cancelled! ***

Previous Seminars

Previous Public Lectures

Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series London, 2019-20

Acting Jewish: Between Identity and Attire

Full details are available here.

Max Weber Lecture Series

The Max Weber Lectures are a part of a series of lectures related to the themes of the research projects of the India Branch Office. Well-known experts from any of the research themes of the IBO are specially invited to India to share their expertise with project partners and other researchers in India.

Full details are available here.