Feminist Thought and Socialism in Eastern Europe between 1945-1989: a Global Perspective
Badia, MW Common Room,
11-13 February 2016
In cooperation with the CEU Pasts, Inc. Centre for Historical Studies, Budapest and the Department of History and Civilization of the EUI
Contact: Zsófia Lóránd, MWF in HEC, firstname.lastname@example.org
The history of feminism under state socialism in Eastern Europe is just as contested as the entire history of the relations between socialism and feminism. Arguments vary from claims that socialist regimes in this region between WWII and 1989 were feminist (state feminism, communist feminism), to statements that there was no feminism under state socialism whatsoever. This workshop is multidisciplinary in the sense that the sources it focuses on belong to a wide range of disciplines and genres, from politics to the arts and literature, to party documentation. Moreover, the issues it raises about state and society, human rights and democracy versus authoritarianism may be of interest to scholars from other disciplines. The main focus of the workshop is how feminist thought under state socialism in East Central Europe can be assessed from an intellectual, historical perspective. We also find it important that the PhD researchers of the EUI can share their ideas with the Max Weber Fellows and our guests; therefore the scope of the workshop is opened up towards social and political history too.