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ZARAH Presentation

24 March 2022, 17:00-19:00
Online via Zoom

Pulling the Threads Together: Individual Themes and Common Research Interest in a Collaborative Study of Women’s Labour Activism in Eastern Europe and Internationally (late 19th to late 20th century)

Presentation by the ZARAH Team within a lecture series organized by Socioboard, the ERC Advanced Grant “Social Politics in European Borderlands: A Comparative and Transnational Study, 1870s-1990s”, European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.

Selin Cagatay
Olga Gnydiuk
Veronika Helfert
Ivelina Masheva
Zhanna Popova
Jelena Tesija
Eszter Varsa
Susan Zimmermann

The ERC-sponsored research project ZARAH studies the history of women’s labour activism and organizing of many types and political persuasions to improve the labour conditions and life circumstances of lower- and working-class women and their communities in the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires, the post-imperial nation states, and during the Cold War and the years thereafter. In this presentation we discuss a crucial element of our ongoing work: How to tie in the individual research pursued by each team member with each other and how to make our research findings into a coherent whole that is intended to be more than the sum of the 10 component studies. First, we introduce how ZARAH combines collaborative and individual elements of the project research through its overall design and then we exemplify how the research of the team members contributes to answering the common research questions guiding our work.

In order to participate in the lecture, please register here.

ZARAH Workshop

26 January 2022, 17:30-19:00
Central European University, Vienna

Presentation and discussion of

Feminist Networks in a Man’s World: The ICFTU/ITS Women’s Committee and the Activities of Nigerian Women Trade Union Officials, c. 1957-1968

Immanuel R. Harisch

During this workshop invited guests and the ZARAH Team discuss with Immanuel R. Harisch a chapter taken from his dissertation.

Immanuel Harisch is currently finishing his dissertation on a scholarship from the Vienna Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies. Earlier he was University Assistant (prae-doc) at the Research Center Mobile Cultures and Societies, University of Vienna. He holds MA degrees in International Development and African Studies. In his dissertation project he studies the history of African trade unions and the international networking and mobility of trade unionists from the African continent within the international labor movement, from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. His recent publications include “Facets of Walter Rodney‘s Pan-African Intellectual Activism during his Dar es Salaam Years, 1966-74,” in Stichproben: Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien/Vienna Journal of African Studies 20 (2020) 38, and Navigating Socialist Encounters. Moorings and (Dis)Entanglements between Africa and East Germany during the Cold War, co-edited with Eric Burton, Anne Dietrich and Marcia C. Schenck (DeGruyter 2021).

International Conference “Women’s Labour Activism in Eastern Europe and Beyond, 19th and 20th Centuries”

Central European University, Vienna, 14-16 October 2021

Call for Contributions

Conference Program

Please note that this conference is an authors workshop and attendance is open to invited participants only.

2nd ZARAH Annual International Workshop

Vienna, 11-13 October 2021

International experts:

Birgitta Bader-Zaar (University of Vienna)

Dorothy Sue Cobble (Rutgers University)

Brigitte Studer (University of Bern)

During the Annual International Workshops, the ZARAH Team discusses its approach and findings with external experts on the history of women’s labour activism internationally, in the ZARAH region, and in other countries and regions. ZARAH Team members present elements of their component studies and the ZARAH collaborative work, and (depending on their preferences) the external experts may present their own work.

Workshop Program

The participants (except international expert Birgitta Bader-Zaar and Program Manager Lukas Neissl) of the Second Annual International Workshop

ZARAH Public Lecture

Brigitte Studer
Travelling for the Global Revolution: A New Perspective on the Communist International
11 October 2021, 17:40-19:10 (hybrid event)

Invitation (including registration information)

Book Launch on the occasion of International Women’s Day

Central European University, Department of Gender Studies/Department of History, 8 March 2021, 17:30 (online event)

Two New Books on the History of Women’s Activism

Veronika Helfert (Postdoctoral Fellow, CEU), Women, Stand up! A Women’s and Gender History of the Austrian Revolution and Council Movement, 1916-1924 (in German). Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2021, 399 pages, ISBN: 978-3-8471-1184-9

Susan Zimmermann (University Professor, CEU), Women’s Politics and Men’s Trade Unionism. International Gender Politics, Female IFTU Trade Unionists and the Workers’ and Women’s Movements of the Interwar Period (in German). Vienna, Löcker Verlag, 2021, 720 pages, ISBN 978-3-99098-026-2

Invitation (including registration information)

1st ZARAH Annual International Workshop

Vienna, 14-17 October 2020

International experts:

Claudia Kraft, Professor of Contemporary History, University of Vienna

Silke Schwandt, Professor of Digital History and Medival History, Bielefeld University

Samita Sen, Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, University of Cambridge

During the Annual International Workshops, the ZARAH Team discusses its approach and findings with external experts on the history of women’s labour activism internationally, in the ZARAH region, and in other countries and regions. ZARAH Team members present elements of their component studies and the ZARAH collaborative work, and (depending on their preferences) the external experts may present their own work.

Workshop Program

The participants (except international expert Silke Schwandt and Program Manager Lukas Neissl) of the First Annual International Workshop

ZARAH Public Lectures

Samita Sen
Left out of the Left: Gender and Class in Domestic Workers’ Unionisation in India
14 October 2020, 17:30

Invitation

Claudia Kraft
Spaces of Knowledge and Gender Regimes: From Double Marginalization to a Gendered History of Knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe
15 October 2020, 17:30

Invitation

ZARAH project presentation before the CEU community

Vienna, 24 September 2020
 
On 24 September 2020, the ZARAH Team presented the project to students enrolled in Academic Year 2020-2021.
 
Visible on the picture Alexandra Ghit and Jelena Tešija and in the background Program Manager Lukas Neissl and Principal Investigator Susan Zimmermann providing technical support (CEU Vienna Campus).