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Seminar series. Session 2 – Women, professional trajectories and care. Gendering expertise.

Posted by C3W Admin on March 14 2024

Gender and Health. Discussing Socialism and Transformation after WWII

Thursday 21st March, 2024.

Dr Réka Krizmanics, Universität Bielefeld
• Hungarian Women as Ambassadors of SocialistMedicine: Women Medical Professional’s Access to and Experience of Mobilities in the Global South and the West in the 1950s and 1960s
Dr Agata Ignaciuk, University of Granada
• Socialist reproductive medicine? Abortion reform and the provision of abortion services in Spain (1970s-1990s)
Dr Susan Grant, Liverpool John Moores University
• Women and Community Care: The Home Help Service in the Late Soviet Period

For registration please use Eventbrite to secure your place. The Zoom meeting link will be sent 24 hours before the event.

This seminar series aims to gather academics exploring women’s experiences —activisms, demands, and negotiations— and gender-related systemic transformations —health cultures, political participation, state-building, and development innovations— after WWII.

As part of the Connecting Three Worlds project, we focus particularly on the global tensions created by the Cold War, recognising that this period’s “East-West rivalry” partially contributed to the transformation of “women’s issues” political agendas around the world (Molyneux, 2001). The seminar considers the need to explore women-focused agendas, gender-based discussions and feminist perspectives about the health cultures produced by socialism and the impact of socialist internationalism in co-producing global health in the 20th century (Vargha et al., 2020).

The seminar series attempts to explore how leftist movements, initiatives, discourses, and practices contributed to opening spaces for gender-related transformations worldwide. As explained by Ghodsee (2018), “women’s committees in all socialist countries focused more on expanding state entitlements for women and families than on trying to challenge patriarchal culture in the home” (p. 23). Nonetheless, these dynamics contributed to global transformations. In that sense, this series propose to discuss what are the legacies that could be considered direct, indirect or unexpected consequences of this “expanding state entitlements for women and families” (Ghodsee 2018, p. 23).

For these online conversations, participants are asked —but not limited— to consider questions like how the practice of expanding state entitlements for women and families in socialist states resonated in the world? How these practices and discourses intersect with race and class in what now is being called “the Global South”? How do these practices and discourses challenge, transform, intersect or overlap with agendas coming from international organisations, global charities or the US government?

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