Women and Gender Network


ESSHC 2025: Women, Gender and Rebuilding

The 15th European Social Science History Conference will be held on 26-29 March 2023 in Leiden. The deadline for the Call for Papers is 15 April 2024.


Call for papers:


The ESSHC Women and Gender network invites proposals for individual papers and sessions (3-4 speakers, a chair and a commentator) that explore the multiple ways that rebuilding intersects with women’s lives and gendered processes. The experience of crisis, ruination, violence and uncertainty that marks contemporary and historic conditions draws attention conversely to what it means to rebuild in their aftermath. The Women and Gender network invite papers and sessions that speak to the possibilities of rebuilding, as gendered practices, as forms of hope, aspiration and rebirth, and as metaphors for future living.

Possible themes might include but are not limited to:

  • Arts, crafts, architecture and trade as gendered rebuilding practices
  • Reproduction and lineage as occasions of continuity and future hope
  • Hope, joy, and the gendered feelings of security
  • Reconceptualising women and gender – new methods and approaches
  • Ruination and rebuilding
  • Postcolonial and decolonial futures
  • Archival creations – memory, conservation and the digital
  • Spaces of joy, community, and sustenance
  • The social, economic and political policy of gendered rebuilding

The Women and Gender network encourages global and comparative perspectives.

Please, send your proposals by 15 April 2024 at pre-registering on the ESSHC website here.

The Fifteenth European Social Science History Conference is organized by the International Institute of Social History in cooperation with the University of Leiden.

Best wishes,

Katie Barclay, Taanya Kapoor, Marianna Muravyeva, and Mari Välimäki