CfP: Democracy and Gender: The Legitimation of Power in Modern Societies; Hamburg, 09/19

Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung,
Dr. Clara Maier und PD Dr. Hedwig Richter
11.09.2019-13.09.2019, Hamburg, Mittelweg 36, 20148 Hamburg
Deadline: 04.02.2019

The emergence of democracy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries was
bound up, in myriad and complex ways, with radical changes in gender
relations. Yet the study of the concrete connections between these two
phenomena remains marginalised in the historiography on democracy. There
is a wide-ranging theoretical debate on gender, the role of concepts of
masculinity for the definition and legitimation of politics, as well as
a large literature on the exclusion of women from politics. This
literature exists in isolation from a mostly social and cultural history
of female political participation. The conference aims to combine these
political-theoretical and historical perspectives in a new way, and to
expand scope of research on gender and democracy in the fields of the
history of political thought and political history. It seeks to explore
and problematise the gendered orders which connect themselves to the
legitimation of modern democracies from a historically informed point of
view. Stretching from the Early Modern period to the crisis of
democratic legitimacy in our own times, the conference will explore the
concrete practice of gender in democratic societies, the significance of
such practices for the legitimacy of democratic politics, and the
interactions of democratic equality and gender inequality.
The conference Democracy and Gender at the Hamburg Institute for Social
Research invites papers which address the relationship between gender
order and democratic legitimacy within a wide range of questions and
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
– Marriage and family as symbolic orders and their connection to
– Concepts and practices of the body and their interaction with
democratic practices and conceptions
– Conceptions of (hegemonic) masculinity in the history of democracy
– The interactions between different orders of inequality (class, race,
sexuality, gender identity) and conceptions of democracy

Interested participants are invited to submit an abstract of no more
than 350 words along with a short biographical note to by February 6th, 2018. Accepted participants
will be notified in March.

Confirmed speakers:
Anna Becker (Universität Zürich)
Frank Bösch (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam),
Birte Förster (Universität Bremen)
Gundula Ludwig (Universität Bremen)
Birgit Sauer (Universität Wien)
Rudolf Stichweh (Universität Luzern)
Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger (Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin)
Georgina Waylen (University of Manchester)
Dawn Teele (University of Pennsylvania)

Hedwig Richter

Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung Mittelweg 36, 20148 Hamburg

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