Gender, power and disempowerment XIII Nordic Women’s and Gender History Conference

Conference, 19-21 August 2021, Aarhus, Denmark

Gender, power and disempowerment
XIII Nordic Women’s and Gender History Conference

19-21 August 2021 at Aarhus University

The XIII Nordic Women’s and Gender History Conference 2021 is to be held in Denmark, at Aarhus University, on the 19th to 21th of August. The theme of the conference is power and disempowerment. 2021 is a year of celebrations in Norden. Celebrations of women gaining power. Celebration of the 100-years anniversary for female suffrage was celebrated in Finland 2006, in Norway 2013, in Denmark 2015, and now 2021 in Sweden. The very same year we are celebrating the 150-years anniversary for the formation of Dansk Kvindesamfund in 1871.

With this XIII Nordic Women’s and Gender History Conference, we want to use the anniversaries of the last couple of years in the Nordic countries as an opportunity to highlight and discuss questions about gender, power and disempowerment in all fields of society in a historical perspective. Gaining power is never a simple process. Power is never without disempowerment. And women gaining power is always about gender. Both men and women have had power and experienced disempowerment historically.

We welcome papers on how gender have been empowered and disempowered in a political, legal, social, economic, and cultural perspective through history. Papers that address the consequences of this empowerment and disempowerment for the individual life, for groups, for understandings of gender, for culture, for society and much more. Papers that discuss empowerment and disempowerment as defined by much more than gender, as defined also by civil status, age, social class, and residence. We also welcome papers that address theoretical, methodological and ethical dimensions of the study of power, disempowerment and gender.

 Call for paper will be out in March 2020.



Professor Francisca de Haan (Central European University)

Professor Rubina Raja (Center for Urban Networks, Aarhus University)

Dr. Katie Barclay (Center for the History of Emotions, The University of Adelaide)