Slow E-Conference programme: sites of feminist memory – Remembering suffrage in Europe and the United states of america

 


Sites of Feminist Memory: Remembering Suffrage in Europe and the United States of America


Phase 1: 7 May – 7 June 2021

Phase 2: 8-11 June 2021

This is a slow e-conference.

In phase 1, attendees are invited to read, listen and watch the papers listed below and post comments & questions for speakers in the comments section of each panel.

In phase 2, speakers will answer those comments and questions in a series of live Zoom sessions (times and dates for these can be found below).

If you wish to attend the conference, please email us at feministmemory@gmail.com by 5 May 2021. The link to the conference website  will be sent out on  6 May 2021.


CONFERENCE PROGRAMME


KEYNOTE


Sharon Crozier-De Rosa (University of Wollongong): “‘Dead Women Can’t Vote’: Contesting Consent when (Mis)Remembering Suffragists”

Live on Zoom on Tuesday June 8th, 2021 – 9.00-10.00 A.M Paris time


PANEL 1

Making feminist memory: the politics of remembering suffrage


Part 1: Tuesday, June 8, 2021

4.00-5.00 P.M Paris time

Chair: Marc Calvini-Lefebvre

Mariah Gruner (Boston University): “Folded into the Archive: racialized textile labors and the work of suffrage remembrance”

Lisa M Tetrault (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania): “Susan B. Anthony down the racist rabbit hole: a journey into the bizarre”


Part 2: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

3.00-4.00 P.M Paris time

Chair: Nicolas Boileau

Liviana Gazzetta (Independent Scholar): “Une saison de mémoire du premier féminisme italien (1869-1882): hétérogenèse du message”

Mariana Ripoll-Fonollar (University of the Balearic Islands): “Romance as historiography: at the crossroads of commemoration and commodification”


PANEL 2

Hegemonic memorial practices: sites of suffrage memory at/in/and the centre


Part 1: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

4.30-5.30 P.M Paris time

Chair: Nicolas Boileau

Veronica Wilson (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown): “The memorial reinvention of Susan Lawrence Dana”

Claire Delahaye (Université Gustave Eiffel): “‘A museum and a laboratory of feminism’: The National Woman’s Party Headquarters in Washington, D.C.”


Part 2: Thursday, June 10, 2021

3.00-4.00 P.M Paris time

Chair: Anne Légier

Seda Arikan (Fırat University, Turkey) & Omer Erkut Bulut (King’s College, London): “A feminist site that is ruined and polished: Halide Edib Adivar and her disputed bust in Turkish history”

Günül Bakay (Bahçeşehir University İstanbul): “Sites of Feminist Memory:  Florence Nightingale in Turkey”


PANEL 3

Counter-hegemonic memorial practices: creating alternative sites of suffrage memory to resist erasure


Part 1: Thursday June 10, 2021

4.30-5.30 P.M Paris time

Chair: Anne Légier

Angela Shpolgerg (Brandeis University): “Memorializing Emma Goldman”

Clara Vlessing (Utrecht University): “Context upheld: the digital and local premeditations of a Sylvia Pankhurst Mural”


Part 2: Friday June 11, 2021

3.00-4.00 P.M Paris time

Chair: Claire Sorin

Ana Maria Alves & Cláudia Martins (Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal): “Women’s vindication in Portugal: Carolina Beatriz Ângelo a pioneer in surgery and in voting”

Nicole Cadène (Aix-Marseille Université): “Pas de statue pour Hubertine”


PANEL 4

Remembering to fight: Mobilizing suffrage memory in mass movement politics


Friday June 11, 2021

4.30-5.30 P.M Paris time

Chair: Claire Sorin 

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox (Case Western Reserve University) : “The body as a site of memory: the uses and legacy of suffrage fashion”

Barbara Winslow (Brooklyn College/CUNY) “On the Shirley Chisholm Trail: the Legacy of Suffrage and Citizenship Engagement”

Slow E-Conference Programme: Women’s Resistance to Feminism(s) in the USA, 19th-21st CEnturies

Women’s Resistance to Feminism(s) in the USA, 19th -21st Centuries

Phase 1: 1-30 March

Phase 2: April 1-3 2021

This is a slow e-conference.

In phase 1, attendees are invited to read, listen and watch the papers listed below and post comments & questions for speakers in the comments section of each panel.

In phase 2, speakers will answer those comments and questions in a series of live Zoom sessions (times and dates for these can be found below).

If you wish to attend the conference, please email us at wrf.usa.conf@gmail.com by 26 February 2021 and we will send you the link to the conference website.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM 

KEYNOTE

Ronnee Schreiber

San Diego State University

Live on Zoom on Thursday April, 2021

                5.00 P.M Paris time

PANEL 1

Antisuffragism and Antifeminism

Thursday April 1, 2021

3.00-3.45 P.M Paris time

Chair: Claire Sorin

 Katharina Vester (American University, Washington D.C): “An Appeal to American
Women: Discussions of Antisuffragism in Late 19th century Cookbooks”

 Rachel Nolan (University of Manchester): “‘The Anti on the Cartwheel’: Charlotte Perkins
Gilman’s War against Antifeminism, Then and Now”


PANEL 2

Anti-Second Feminist Wave Rhetoric: Focus on Two Conservative Voices

Friday April 2, 2021

2.30-3.30 P.M Paris time

Chair: Marc Calvini-Lebèbvre

Amélie Ribieras (Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle): “Resisting Feminism through Discourse : a Framing Analysis of Phyllis Schafly’s Rhetoric”

Blandine Chelini-Pont (Aix-Marseille Université): “Midge Decter ‘s Iconoclastic Critique of the Women’s Movement” 

 

PANEL 3

Contemporary Forms of Resistance to Feminism

Friday April 2, 2021

4.00-5.00 P.M Paris time

Chair: Claire Sorin

Delphine Beaujeon (Université de Lorraine): “Using Women’s Voices to Reframe the Anti-
abortion Discourse: Unplanned and Abby Johnson as the New Pro-life Weapons of the Anti-
Abortion Movement”

Marion Douzou (Université Lyon 2): “The Julia Learns Children Series and #1972 : a Case
Study of Antifeminism in the Tea Party Galaxy”

5.30-6.30 P.M Paris time

Eleonore Cartellier (Université Grenoble-Alpes): “The Internet Missionaries: a Study of Women’s Anti-feminist Discourse on-line”

Fatma Ramdani (Université de Lille): “Fighting Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights:
Trumpism at Work at the United Nations”

 

PANEL 4

Intersectional and Theoretical Perspectives

Saturday April 3, 2021

4.30-6.00 P.M Paris time

Chair: Nicolas Boileau

 

Méline Kasparian (Université Bordeaux Montaigne) : “A Kitchen of their Own : Alternatives to Mainstream Feminism in Contemporary Chicana Writings”

Cécile Coquet-Mokoko (Université Versailles-St Quentin) “Black Feminism and White Feminism: an Impossible Dialog?”

 

Jill Drouillard (East Tennessee University): “Gender Critical Feminism as a Form of
Resistance to Feminism”



 

 

Sites of Feminist Memory: Second Call For Papers

Sites of Feminist Memory: Remembering suffrage in Europe and the United States of America

A slow international e-conference

Dates: 7-11 June 2021

Keynote speaker:

Dr Sharon Crozier-de Rosa (University of Wollongong), co-author of Remembering Women’s Activism, Routledge, 2019.

A new format

This conference was originally due to take place on 12 and 13 May 2020 in Aix-en-Provence, France. It was to bring together colleagues from Europe, the USA and Australia. As a result of the COVID pandemic, it has had to be both postponed by a year and moved online. Though we deeply regret not being able to meet with our colleagues in person, we see this migration online as an opportunity to try something new: a “slow” conference.

The original format was a traditional “fast” conference involving a tight schedule of back-to-back panels separated by brief (if invigorating!) coffee and lunch breaks, packed into an intense 48 hours. Replicating such a format online strikes us as simultaneously unfair to colleagues who are not in France’s time-zone and unattractive to… well, anyone, really: who wants to listen (assuming no one’s audio or video connection collapses in the middle of their talk) to back-to-back panels for 48 hours, even if in the comfort of their own homes/offices, without the attraction of invigorating coffee and lunch breaks in which to socialise and debate with other attendees?

Thus, rather than have a downgraded online version of an original “fast” conference, we propose to slow things down. Our conference, which will take place on a website open to participants only, will have three phases.

In phase one, ​participants ​will have until May 10th 2021 to send us their pre-recorded twenty-minute presentations and accompanying Powerpoint (or equivalent) slides. (Though our website can store video recordings, we would rather participants privileged audio recordings).

In phase two, participants will have one month, between the 10th of May and the 7th of June, to browse through the keynote address, panels and papers and post their questions for speakers on dedicated forums.

In phase three, which will take place from 7 to 11 June, we will hold no more than one panel “live” on Zoom each day: authors will answer the questions posted on the forums as well as subsequent questions posed by participants. We hope that the result will be a number of slow-moving but deep conversations developing over the course of the conference both within the confines of each panel and across them.

These panel discussions will be book-ended by two  events, one to introduce conference goers to one another, the other to both sum up the discussions we will have had and to explore the possibilities of setting up a joint research project together.

Our first call for papers yielded particularly stimulating proposals involving literal sites of suffrage memory in Britain, the USA and France, discussions of the memorialisation of suffrage and suffragists in Turkey and Italy, and reflections on the effects for feminist history, theory and memory of memorial practices such as walking tours and digitisation.

We believe the changed format for our conference might entice other scholars to join us. Hence this second call for papers, the long version of which can be found below.

If you wish to submit a proposal, please send a 300 word abstract in English to Marc Calvini-Lefebvre (marc.calvini-lefebvre@univ-amu.fr) and Claire Sorin (claire.sorin@univ-amu.fr) by 08 February 2021.

Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 February 2021.

Please note that the language of the conference is English but papers in French can be submitted so long as they are accompanied by an English summary.

This conference is organised by the Laboratoire d’Études et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone (LERMA) of Aix-Marseille Université and supported by the Aix-Marseille Initiative d’Excellence (A*MIDEX)

Call for Papers

On April 24th 2018, suffragist leader Millicent Garrett Fawcett became the first woman to be honoured with a permanent statue in Parliament Square, one hundred and eighty six years after George Canning, the first of her 11 male predecessors[1]. The unveiling was the culmination of a two-year campaign initiated by activist Caroline Criado Perez. The choice of Fawcett sparked vigorous debate amongst activists and academics alike[2]. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the coming centenary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment has inspired #Monumental Women, a grassroots organization, to mount a campaign for the commissioning of a statue honouring the suffrage leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. This campaign also triggered vigorous accusations that the monument would “white wash” the suffrage past, accusations which resulted in the decision to add the African-American leader Sojourner Truth to the monument[3]. It was unveiled on August 26, 2020 in Central Park, New York. Like Fawcett’s, it is the first statue of its kind in this most prestigious of public spaces.

These spectacular enshrinements of leading suffrage campaigners in such quintessential sites of national memory can be read as a form of apotheosis for a process begun by the suffrage campaigners themselves to inscribe the suffrage past into our built environments via statues and street names, commemorative plaques and memorial monuments, community cafés and communal libraries[4]. Building on the very recent work of Vera Mackie and Sharon Crozier-de Rosa[5], interrogating the history and effects of that process of creation of literal ”Sites of Feminist Memory”[6], across Europe and the United States, in local, national and transnational settings, will be a central ambition of this conference. We thus invite papers which focus on such literal sites of feminist memory in Europe and the United States and fruitfully engage with the following themes:

  • Where and why have literal sites of feminist memory appeared?
  • What is their relation to surrounding “lieux de mémoires”[7]and to “national” collective memory?
  • Does the creation of these sites borrow from existing traditions of site-creation or is there anything distinctly “feminist” about this process?
  • Are there only “national” or “local” sites of feminist memory or can transnational sites be identified?
  • What effects on collective understandings of “feminism” and the “feminist” past do these sites have, if any?
  • What consequences did/do they have on feminists’ collective memory?
  • How did they shape feminist identities at the time of their creation?
  • How do they shape them now, if at all?
  • What affects are associated with these sites?
  • How stable are the meanings attached to these sites over time?

The other ambition of this conference will be to ponder the more general question of the place of the suffrage past in what Maria Grever has called the ”Pantheon of Feminist Culture”[8]. She meant by this a loose and evolving collection of ”sites of memory” in the sense of Pierre Nora, that is a set of ”leaders, historical events, monuments, rituals, symbols, images, founding texts and historiography”[9] which become iconic and are drawn on by feminists to justify their struggles and identities to themselves, to each other and to their enemies[10]. As the controversies surrounding the statues in London and New York have highlighted, the suffrage past’s place in that Pantheon is hotly contested. Here, we welcome papers which focus on specific suffrage leaders, events, texts, symbols, and images as contested “sites of feminist memory” in Europe and the United States and which explore some of the following themes:

  • How have these sites of feminist memory emerged?
  • What has been at stake in their memorialisation?
  • How has historical research contributed to or undermined memorial narratives about these sites?
  • Has the place of these sites in the Pantheon of Feminist Culture remained constant or ebbed and flowed? Why? And with what effect, if any, on public memory of the suffrage campaigns?
  • Can transnational sites be identified? Or are these inescapably national?
  • What affects are associated with these sites and their contestation?

It is envisaged that the conference will result in a publication and the constitution of a research network with a view to bidding for international, particularly European, funding.

[1] A statue commemorating the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was erected in 1930 in Victoria Tower Gardens which run alongside the Houses of Parliament but do not face them as does Parliament Square.

[2] e.g. Rachel Holmes, ”A new feminist statue is a great idea. Shame they picked the wrong feminist”, The Guardian, April 14, 2017

[3] Martha Jones, “How New York’s new monument whitewashes the women’s rights movement,” The Washington Post, March 22, 2019

[4] Hilda Kean, ‘Searching for the Past in Present Defeat:The Construction of Historical and Political Identity in British Feminism in the 1920s and 1930s’, Women’s History Review 3, no. 1 (1994): 57–80; Hilda Kean, ‘Public History and Popular Memory: Issues in the Commemoration of the British Militant Suffrage Campaign’, Women’s History Review 14, no. 3 & 4 (2005): 581–602; Laura E. Nym Mayhall, ‘Creating the “Suffragette Spirit”: British Feminism and the Historical Imagination’, Women’s History Review 4, no. 3 (1995): 319–44.

[5] Sharon Crozier-De Rosa, Remembering Women’s Activism (London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019), especially chapter 1.

[6] Maria Grever, ‘Rivals in Historical Remembrance: Wollstonecraft and Holy Women as “Loci” of Feminist Memory’, The European Journal of Women’s Studies 3 (1996): 101–13.

[7] Pierre Nora, ‘Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Mémoire’, Representations, no. 26 (1989): 7–24, https://doi.org/10.2307/2928520.

[8] Maria Grever, ‘The Pantheon of Feminist Culture: Women’s Movements and the Organization of Memory’, Gender & History 9, no. 2 (August 1997).

[9] Ibid, p. 101

[10] Lisa Tetrault, Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014); Marc Calvini-Lefebvre, ‘The Great War in the History of British Feminism: Debates and Controversies, 1914 to the Present’, Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique [Online] XX, no. 1 (2015), https://doi.org/10.4000/rfcb.310.

Publication: Feminist woolf

Premier fruit du travail de notre équipe, le dossier “Feminist Woolf: New Perspectives on Woolf’s Resistance to Feminism” dirigé par Nicolas Boileau vient de paraître dans la revue  Études britanniques contemporaines, 58, avril 2020.

Ce dossier découle de la journée d’études que nous avions consacré à cette question le 23/09/2017 (https://wfw.hypotheses.org/91)

Il comprend des articles de Valérie FABVRE (Université de Lyon 2), Marie ALLEGRE (University of Birmingham, UK), Claire DAVISON (Université Paris 3) et Nicolas BOILEAU (AMU).

Vous pourrez le découvrir en suivant ce lien: https://journals.openedition.org/ebc/

Bonne lecture à tou.te.s!

Revised Program – Women’s REsistance to fEminism(s) in the USA, 19th-21st Centuries (3-4 April 2020)

Salle du conseil D317, Bâtiment EGGER.

Friday April 3 2020/Vendredi 3 avril 2020

9h00 : Welcome and Coffee/Ouverture de la journée

Early Career Research Session/Session jeune recherche

Chair: Marc Calvini-Lefebvre

9h30-10h30

Amélie Ribieras (Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle): “Resisting Feminism through Discourse : a
Framing Analysis of Phyllis Schafly’s Rhetoric”
Delphine Beaujon (Université de Lorraine): “Using Women’s Voices to Reframe the Anti-
abortion Discourse: Unplanned and Abby Johnson as the New Pro-life Weapons of the Anti-
Abortion Movement”

Coffee Break/Pause-café

10h45-11h45

Méline Kasparian (ENS Lyon) : “A Kitchen of their Own : Alternatives to Mainstream
Feminism in Contemporary Chicana Writings”
Mariya Nikolova (Potsdam University): “The Limits of Risk in Kathy Acker’s Kathy Goes to
Haiti” 

12h-14h00: Lunch/Déjeuner

14h00-15h30

– Keynote/Conférence: Ronnee Schreiber (San Diego State University)

15h30-15h45: Coffee Break/ Pause-café

Contemporary Forms of Resistance to Feminism

Chair: Nicolas Boileau

15h45-17h15

-Marion Douzou (Université Lyon 2): “The Julia Learns Children Series and #1972 : a Case
Study of Antifeminism in the Tea Party Galaxy”
-Fatma Ramdani (Université de Lille): “Fighting Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights:
Trumpism at Work at the United Nations”

-Eleonore Cartellier (Université Grenoble-Alpes): “21st-Century anti Feminists”

Salle Colloque 1, Bâtiment Multimedia, T1

Saturday April 4 2020/Samedi 4 avril 2020

Antisuffragism and Antifeminism

Chair: Claire Sorin

9h30-10h30

– Rachel Nolan (University of Manchester): “‘The Anti on the Cartwheel’: Charlotte Perkins
Gilman’s War against Antifeminism, Then and Now”
– Katharina Vester (American University, Washington D.C): “An Appeal to American
Women: Discussions of Antisuffragism in Late 19th century Cookbooks”

Coffee break/Pause-café

Intersectional perspectives 

Chairs: Claire Sorin and Marc Calvini-Lefèbvre

10h45-12h15

-Blandine Chelini-Pont (Aix-Marseille Université): “Midge Decter’s Denunciation of Feminism” ‘

-Jill Drouillard (East Tennessee University): “Gender Critical Feminism as a Form of
Resistance to Feminism”
-Cécile Coquet-Mokoko (Université Versailles-St Quentin) “Black Feminism and White Feminism: an Impossible Dialog?”

EXTENDED DEADLINE – Sites of feminist memory (12-13 MAy 2020)

Sites of Feminist Memory:

Remembering suffrage in Europe and the United States of America

Conference dates: 12-13 May 2020

 

Keynote speaker:

Dr Sharon Crozier-de Rosa (University of Wollongong), co-author of Remembering Women’s Activism, Routledge, 2019.

 

On April 24th 2018, suffragist leader Millicent Garrett Fawcett became the first woman to be honoured with a permanent statue in Parliament Square, one hundred and eighty six years after George Canning, the first of her 11 male predecessors[1]. The unveiling was the culmination of a two-year campaign initiated by activist Caroline Criado Perez. The choice of Fawcett sparked vigorous debate amongst activists and academics alike[2]. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the coming centenary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment has inspired #Monumental Women, a grassroots organization, to mount a campaign for the commissioning of a statue honouring the suffrage leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. This campaign also triggered vigorous accusations that the monument would “white wash” the suffrage past, accusations which resulted in the decision to add the African-American leader Sojourner Truth to the monument[3]. Its unveiling is planned for August 26, 2020 in Central Park, New York. Like Fawcett’s, it will be the first statue of its kind in this most prestigious of public spaces.

These spectacular enshrinements of leading suffrage campaigners in such quintessential sites of national memory can be read as a form of apotheosis for a process begun by the suffrage campaigners themselves to inscribe the suffrage past into our built environments via statues and street names, commemorative plaques and memorial monuments, community cafés and communal libraries[4]. Building on the very recent work of Vera Mackie and Sharon Crozier-de Rosa[5], interrogating the history and effects of that process of creation of literal ”Sites of Feminist Memory”[6], across Europe and the United States, in local, national and transnational settings, will be a central ambition of this conference. We thus invite papers which focus on such literal sites of feminist memory in Europe and the United States and fruitfully engage with the following themes:

  • Where and why have literal sites of feminist memory appeared?
  • What is their relation to surrounding “lieux de mémoires”[7]and to “national” collective memory?
  • Does the creation of these sites borrow from existing traditions of site-creation or is there anything distinctly “feminist” about this process?
  • Are there only “national” or “local” sites of feminist memory or can transnational sites be identified?
  • What effects on collective understandings of “feminism” and the “feminist” past do these sites have, if any?
  • What consequences did/do they have on feminists’ collective memory?
  • How did they shape feminist identities at the time of their creation?
  • How do they shape them now, if at all?
  • What affects are associated with these sites?
  • How stable are the meanings attached to these sites over time?

The other ambition of this conference will be to ponder the more general question of the place of the suffrage past in what Maria Grever has called the ”Pantheon of Feminist Culture”[8]. She meant by this a loose and evolving collection of ”sites of memory” in the sense of Pierre Nora, that is a set of ”leaders, historical events, monuments, rituals, symbols, images, founding texts and historiography”[9] which become iconic and are drawn on by feminists to justify their struggles and identities to themselves, to each other and to their enemies[10]. As the controversies surrounding the statues in London and New York have highlighted, the suffrage past’s place in that Pantheon is hotly contested. Here, we welcome papers which focus on specific suffrage leaders, events, texts, symbols, and images as contested ”sites of feminist memory” in Europe and the United States and which explore some of the following themes:

  • How have these sites of feminist memory emerged?
  • What has been at stake in their memorialisation?
  • How has historical research contributed to or undermined memorial narratives about these sites?
  • Has the place of these sites in the Pantheon of Feminist Culture remained constant or ebbed and flowed? And why?
  • Can transnational sites be identified? Or are these inescapably national?
  • What affects are associated with these sites and their contestation?

It is envisaged that the conference will result in a publication and the constitution of a research network with a view to bidding for international, particularly European, funding.

Please send a 300 word abstract in English to Marc Calvini-Lefebvre (marc.calvini-lefebvre@univ-amu.fr) and Claire Sorin (claire.sorin@univ-amu.fr) by 20 MARCH  2020.

Papers exploring the memory of the suffrage movement on the European continent are particularly encouraged

Notification of acceptance will be given by 25 March 2020.

This conference is organised by the Laboratoire d’Études et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone (LERMA) of Aix-Marseille Université and supported by the Aix-Marseille Initiative d’Excellence (A*MIDEX)

[1] A statue commemorating the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was erected in 1930 in Victoria Tower Gardens which run alongside the Houses of Parliament but do not face them as does Parliament Square.

[2] e.g. Rachel Holmes, ”A new feminist statue is a great idea. Shame they picked the wrong feminist”, The Guardian, April 14, 2017

[3] Martha Jones, “How New York’s new monument whitewashes the women’s rights movement,” The Washington Post, March 22, 2019

[4] Hilda Kean, ‘Searching for the Past in Present Defeat:The Construction of Historical and Political Identity in British Feminism in the 1920s and 1930s’, Women’s History Review 3, no. 1 (1994): 57–80; Hilda Kean, ‘Public History and Popular Memory: Issues in the Commemoration of the British Militant Suffrage Campaign’, Women’s History Review 14, no. 3 & 4 (2005): 581–602; Laura E. Nym Mayhall, ‘Creating the “Suffragette Spirit”: British Feminism and the Historical Imagination’, Women’s History Review 4, no. 3 (1995): 319–44.

[5] Sharon Crozier-De Rosa, Remembering Women’s Activism (London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019), especially chapter 1.

[6] Maria Grever, ‘Rivals in Historical Remembrance: Wollstonecraft and Holy Women as “Loci” of Feminist Memory’, The European Journal of Women’s Studies 3 (1996): 101–13.

[7] Pierre Nora, ‘Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Mémoire’, Representations, no. 26 (1989): 7–24, https://doi.org/10.2307/2928520.

[8] Maria Grever, ‘The Pantheon of Feminist Culture: Women’s Movements and the Organization of Memory’, Gender & History 9, no. 2 (August 1997).

[9] Ibid, p. 101

[10] Lisa Tetrault, Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014); Marc Calvini-Lefebvre, ‘The Great War in the History of British Feminism: Debates and Controversies, 1914 to the Present’, Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique [Online] XX, no. 1 (2015), https://doi.org/10.4000/rfcb.310.

Notre programme 2020: save the dates!

L’année 2020 va être l’occasion pour le programme ”résistance de femmes au féminisme” de poursuivre son association avec la Cité du Livre, d’organiser un deuxième colloque sur l’anti-féminisme des femmes aux USA, un deuxième séminaire sur la linguistique, et de commémorer à sa manière les centenaires du suffrage au Royaume-Uni (1918) et aux USA (1920) à travers notamment une conférence-débat grand public et un colloque scientifique. Nous espérons que vous viendrez échanger avec nous lors de ces évènements!

13 février: “Les résistances de femmes au féminisme aux Etats-Unis et en Grande-Bretagne”, Table Ronde à la Journée de rencontre scientifique enseignants/enseignants-chercheurs du LERMA, 11h30-12h15 (évènement sur réservation)

17 février: réunion de travail interne

12 mars: Présentation du film Suffragettes, Institut de l’image, Aix-en-Provence, 14h 

12 mars: “100 ans de sisterhood – femmes et droit de vote aux Etats-Unis et au Royaume-Uni: luttes, espoirs, mémoires”, Table Ronde à la Cité du Livre, Aix-en-Provence, 18h

18 mars: Séminaire Charlotte Brewer, “Province of the fair sex”?: language, gender and dictionaries, Salle 2.41, Maison de la Recherche, Campus Schuman, Aix-en-Provence, Aix-Marseille Université

3-4 avril: “Women’s Resistance to Feminism(s) in the USA since the 19th century”, colloque international, Salle de colloque 1, Maison de la Recherche, Campus Schuman, Aix-en-Provence, Aix-Marseille Université

12-13 mai: “Sites of Feminist Memory: remembering suffrage in Europe and the United States of America”, colloque international, Salle de colloque 1, Maison de la Recherche, Campus Schuman, Aix-en-Provence, Aix-Marseille Université

juin 2020: Mastériales des études genre au LERMA (watch this space!)

Programme: Women’s resistance to feminism(s) in the usa, 19th-21st centuries (3-4 Avril 2020)

Women’s Resistance to Feminism(s) in the USA, 19 th -21 centuries
3-4 Avril 2020

Vendredi 3 avril 2020
9h00: Ouverture de la journée
9h30-10h30 Conférence inaugurale/Keynote: Ronnee Schreiber (San Diego State University)

10h30-11h00 : Pause

11h-12h15 : Anti suffragism and Antifeminism
Chair: Claire Sorin
– Rachel Nolan (University of Manchester): ““The Anti on the Cartwheel”: Charlotte Perkins
Gilman’s war against antifeminism, then and now”
– Katharina Vester (American University, Washington D.C): “ “An Appeal to American
Women”: Discussions of Antisuffragism in Late 19th century Cookbooks”

12h15-14h00 : déjeuner

14h00-16h30 : Session jeune recherche /Early career research
Chair : Marc Calvini-Lefebvre
-Amélie Ribieras : (Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle) Resisting Feminism through Discourse : a
Framing Analysis of Phyllis Schafly’s Rhetoric
-Delphine Beaujon (Université de Lorraine)“Using women’s voices to reframe the anti-
abortion discourse: Unplanned and Abby Johnson as the new pro-life weapons of the anti-
abortion movement”
-Kasparian Méline (ENS Lyon) : A Kitchen of their Own : Alternatives to mainstream
femininsm in Contemporary Chicana writings”
-Mariya Nikolova (Potsdam University): “The Limits of Risk in Kathy Acker’s Kathy Goes to
Haiti »

Samedi 4 avril 2020
Contemporary forms of resistance to feminism
9h30-13h00
Chairs: Nicolas Boileau/Claire Sorin

-Jill Drouillard (East Tennessee University): “Gender Critical Feminism as a Form of
Resistance to Feminism”
-Cécile Coquet-Mokoko (Université Versailles-St Quentin) “Black Feminism and White
Feminism: An Impossible Dialog?”
-Eleonore Cartellier (Université Grenoble-Alpes) : « 21st-Century anti Feminists »
Pause
-Marion Douzou (Université Lyon 2) “The Julia Learns Children series and #1972 : a case
study of antifeminism in the Tea Party galaxy”.
-Fatma Ramdani (Université de Lille): “Fighting Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights:
Trumpism at work at the United Nations”

13h-14h: déjeuner

14h-16h: Table ronde

CFP – Sites of feminist memory conference (12-13 May 2020)

Sites of Feminist Memory:

Remembering suffrage in Europe and the United States of America

Conference dates: 12-13 May 2020

 

Keynote speaker:

Dr Sharon Crozier-de Rosa (University of Wollongong), co-author of Remembering Women’s Activism, Routledge, 2019.

 

On April 24th 2018, suffragist leader Millicent Garrett Fawcett became the first woman to be honoured with a permanent statue in Parliament Square, one hundred and eighty six years after George Canning, the first of her 11 male predecessors[1]. The unveiling was the culmination of a two-year campaign initiated by activist Caroline Criado Perez. The choice of Fawcett sparked vigorous debate amongst activists and academics alike[2]. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the coming centenary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment has inspired #Monumental Women, a grassroots organization, to mount a campaign for the commissioning of a statue honouring the suffrage leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. This campaign also triggered vigorous accusations that the monument would “white wash” the suffrage past, accusations which resulted in the decision to add the African-American leader Sojourner Truth to the monument[3]. Its unveiling is planned for August 26, 2020 in Central Park, New York. Like Fawcett’s, it will be the first statue of its kind in this most prestigious of public spaces.

These spectacular enshrinements of leading suffrage campaigners in such quintessential sites of national memory can be read as a form of apotheosis for a process begun by the suffrage campaigners themselves to inscribe the suffrage past into our built environments via statues and street names, commemorative plaques and memorial monuments, community cafés and communal libraries[4]. Building on the very recent work of Vera Mackie and Sharon Crozier-de Rosa[5], interrogating the history and effects of that process of creation of literal ”Sites of Feminist Memory”[6], across Europe and the United States, in local, national and transnational settings, will be a central ambition of this conference. We thus invite papers which focus on such literal sites of feminist memory in Europe and the United States and fruitfully engage with the following themes:

  • Where and why have literal sites of feminist memory appeared?
  • What is their relation to surrounding “lieux de mémoires”[7]and to “national” collective memory?
  • Does the creation of these sites borrow from existing traditions of site-creation or is there anything distinctly “feminist” about this process?
  • Are there only “national” or “local” sites of feminist memory or can transnational sites be identified?
  • What effects on collective understandings of “feminism” and the “feminist” past do these sites have, if any?
  • What consequences did/do they have on feminists’ collective memory?
  • How did they shape feminist identities at the time of their creation?
  • How do they shape them now, if at all?
  • What affects are associated with these sites?
  • How stable are the meanings attached to these sites over time?

The other ambition of this conference will be to ponder the more general question of the place of the suffrage past in what Maria Grever has called the ”Pantheon of Feminist Culture”[8]. She meant by this a loose and evolving collection of ”sites of memory” in the sense of Pierre Nora, that is a set of ”leaders, historical events, monuments, rituals, symbols, images, founding texts and historiography”[9] which become iconic and are drawn on by feminists to justify their struggles and identities to themselves, to each other and to their enemies[10]. As the controversies surrounding the statues in London and New York have highlighted, the suffrage past’s place in that Pantheon is hotly contested. Here, we welcome papers which focus on specific suffrage leaders, events, texts, symbols, and images as contested ”sites of feminist memory” in Europe and the United States and which explore some of the following themes:

  • How have these sites of feminist memory emerged?
  • What has been at stake in their memorialisation?
  • How has historical research contributed to or undermined memorial narratives about these sites?
  • Has the place of these sites in the Pantheon of Feminist Culture remained constant or ebbed and flowed? And why?
  • Can transnational sites be identified? Or are these inescapably national?
  • What affects are associated with these sites and their contestation?

It is envisaged that the conference will result in a publication and the constitution of a research network with a view to bidding for international, particularly European, funding.

Please send a 300 word abstract in English to Marc Calvini-Lefebvre (marc.calvini-lefebvre@univ-amu.fr) and Claire Sorin (claire.sorin@univ-amu.fr) by 19 February 2020.

Notification of acceptance will be given by 01 March 2020.

This conference is organised by the Laboratoire d’Études et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone (LERMA) of Aix-Marseille Université and supported by the Aix-Marseille Initiative d’Excellence (A*MIDEX)

[1] A statue commemorating the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was erected in 1930 in Victoria Tower Gardens which run alongside the Houses of Parliament but do not face them as does Parliament Square.

[2] e.g. Rachel Holmes, ”A new feminist statue is a great idea. Shame they picked the wrong feminist”, The Guardian, April 14, 2017

[3] Martha Jones, “How New York’s new monument whitewashes the women’s rights movement,” The Washington Post, March 22, 2019

[4] Hilda Kean, ‘Searching for the Past in Present Defeat:The Construction of Historical and Political Identity in British Feminism in the 1920s and 1930s’, Women’s History Review 3, no. 1 (1994): 57–80; Hilda Kean, ‘Public History and Popular Memory: Issues in the Commemoration of the British Militant Suffrage Campaign’, Women’s History Review 14, no. 3 & 4 (2005): 581–602; Laura E. Nym Mayhall, ‘Creating the “Suffragette Spirit”: British Feminism and the Historical Imagination’, Women’s History Review 4, no. 3 (1995): 319–44.

[5] Sharon Crozier-De Rosa, Remembering Women’s Activism (London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019), especially chapter 1.

[6] Maria Grever, ‘Rivals in Historical Remembrance: Wollstonecraft and Holy Women as “Loci” of Feminist Memory’, The European Journal of Women’s Studies 3 (1996): 101–13.

[7] Pierre Nora, ‘Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Mémoire’, Representations, no. 26 (1989): 7–24, https://doi.org/10.2307/2928520.

[8] Maria Grever, ‘The Pantheon of Feminist Culture: Women’s Movements and the Organization of Memory’, Gender & History 9, no. 2 (August 1997).

[9] Ibid, p. 101

[10] Lisa Tetrault, Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014); Marc Calvini-Lefebvre, ‘The Great War in the History of British Feminism: Debates and Controversies, 1914 to the Present’, Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique [Online] XX, no. 1 (2015), https://doi.org/10.4000/rfcb.310.

CfP – Women’s Resistance to Feminism(s) in the USA since the 19th Century

Women’s Resistance to Feminism(s) in the United States since the 19th century

Aix-Marseille University, France, April 3-4, 2020 

 

“The frivolous objections some women made to our appeals were as exasperating as they were ridiculous”

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More

 

From the 1911 National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage to Phyllis Schlafly’s “STOP-ERA” campaign in the 1980s and governor Kay Ivey’s recent signing into law of House Bill 314 criminalizing abortion in Alabama, women have played a prominent role in opposing feminism in the US. Yet these visible forms of anti feminism are but the tips of a much larger iceberg of women’s resistance to feminism that this two-day conference, organized by the “Women and the F-Word” team (https://wfw.hypotheses.org), proposes to explore.  

The notion of women’s resistance to feminism includes—but is not reduced to—organized antifeminism, a countermovement which has been the object of pioneering work (A. Dworkin, Right Wing Women, 1983, T. Jablonsky, The Home, Heaven, and Mother Party, 1994, S. Marshall, Splintered Sisterhood, 1997). Resistance is understood as a broad set of negative reactions experienced and/or expressed by women or groups of women when they are faced with self-styled feminist behaviors, ideas or actions. As feminism is conceived as a flexible and evolving ideology, which the plural “feminisms” more adequately reflects, the modes and mechanisms of resistance will be examined from a diachronic and dialogical perspective that always takes into account the particular historical moment.

 

This interdisciplinary conference means to bring together contributions shedding light on the specific features of women’s resistance to feminisms in the United States since the 19th century. 

 

Papers addressing the following issues will be welcome:

-How did/do women perceive the first women’s rights advocates?

-What precise term initially triggers resistance?: Rights? Suffragism?  Feminism? Modern/Radical feminism? White? Elite? Abortion? Etc.. 

– How do women (de)construct their own (non) feminism through those terms? 

-What sort of discourses/actions did/do they produce or perform and how did/do they spread them?

-How did/do women evolve from a position of “feminist” to “anti “or “non feminist”?

-How did/do they (re)negotiate their identification to womanhood? 

-How important are the binaries feminism/femininity, feminism/individualism ?

-How does intersectionality shape resistance and how, in turn, does resistance strengthen intersectional identities? 

-How did/do women contest the boundaries of mainstream feminism?

-How does globalization affect the mechanisms of resistance?

-Are there cases of transnational resistance?

-How has resistance evolved over the centuries? (persistence and change)

-How does women’s resistance impact feminism? 

-Can indifference be considered a form of resistance?

 

Please send a 300- word abstract and a brief bio to :

claire.sorin@univ-amu.fr,  marc.calvini-lefebvre@univ-amu.fr and nicolas.boileau@univ-amu.fr

  

Place and date of the conference: 

Aix-Marseille University

29 avenue Robert Schuman

13621 Aix-en-Provence

France

April 3-4 2020

 

Keynote Address : Dr Ronnee Schreiber (San Diego State University), author of Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics (OUP, 2008)

“Comment penser les resistances de femmes au feminisme? 2.0” (05/06/19)

La très riche journée d’études consacrée à cette question en novembre 2016 autour de l’historienne Christine Bard (Université d’Angers), la sociologue Sylvette Denèfle (Université de Tours), la philosophe politique Hélène Thomas (Aix-Marseille Université) et le spécialiste de littérature Frédéric Regard (Université Paris Sorbonne) connaîtra une suite le 05/06 prochain à la Maison de la Recherche au 29 Avenue Schuman en salle 2.44 entre 9h et midi.

Nous aurons le plaisir d’entendre Lola Girerd (Paris Descartes), doctorante en psychologie sociale, Margaret Gillespie (Université de Franche-Comté), spécialiste de littérature britannique, et Julie Abbou (Aix-Marseille Université), docteure en linguistique. Leurs interventions successives portent les titres suivants:

  • 9h-10h: “Résistance de femmes au féminisme: le rôle de l’idéologie néolibérale”
  • 10h-11h: “L’antiféminisme chez les romanicères britanniques du 19e siècle”
  • 11h-12h: “De la variable à la constitution de sujets politiques: les études genre et le langage peuvent-elles analyser les discours féminins?”

Nous espérons vous y retrouver nombreuses/eux!

Programme of our study day: Women’s antifeminism in the usa, 19th-21st centuries (23/03)

Our study day on 23 March 2019 is fast approaching! We look forward to welcoming you in the “Salle de Colloque 1” of the “Bâtiment Multimédia” from 9AM to 4PM. Here is the list of speakers and titles to whet your appetites…

9:15-10:00: Hélène Quanquin (Université de Lille) : « Catharine Beecher’s An Essay on Slavery and Abolitionism, with Reference to the Duty of American Females (1837), or Resisting Women’s Rights in the Age of Abolitionism »

10:00-10:45: Claire Sorin (Aix-Marseille University) : « A Woman Speaks against Suffrage : The Debate over Women’s Rights in Brother Jonathan, 1843 »

11:15-12:00: Claire Delahaye (Université Paris Est/Marne la Vallée) : « Resistance to Feminism and the Daughters of the American Revolution »

14:00-14:45: Cécile Coquet-Mokoko (Université de Tours) : « Black Feminism : a Form of Resistance to Feminism ? »

14:45-15:30: Annie Kelly (University of East Anglia) : « All Women are like that : the Tricky Performance of Womanhood in the Digital Antifeminist Sphere »

Seminar: “Gender, Language and discourse: theory and practice” by Lia Litosseliti (07/03)

The Women and the F-Word team is thrilled to announce its first seminar exploring the question of women’s resistance to feminism from the perspective of linguistics.

We are honoured to host Dr Lia Litosseliti from City, University of London, whose talk is entitled “Gender, Language and Discourse: Theory and Practice“.

The event will take place from 10:30 to 12:30 on Thursday, March 7th 2019 in room 2.44 of the Maison de la Recherche on the Schuman campus of Aix-Marseille University.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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