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Against Vulnerability: 100 Years of Women's Rights in Europe

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The eve of International Women's Day provides a special opportunity to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in Central and Eastern Europe, including Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Russia, as well as the Representations of the People Act in the UK.

During Communism, the 8th of March was celebrated as International Women’s Day, taking its origins from the history of the socialist movement. At the time, it was compulsory to celebrate full equality between the sexes which had allegedly been reached: marches, school galas, and bosses’ speeches in the workplaces commemorated the achievement. After the fall of Communism the day was re-appropriated by the Polish feminist movement which has organized yearly countrywide manifestations called Manifas, expressing concerns about women’s life and equality which appeared to be lacking after all.

Joining symbolically the tradition of Manifa demonstrations, this one-day seminar is devoted to discussions covering a range of issues that women face 100 years on: the life-changing impact of political rights, legal and symbolic representation in the face of economic and social change, and women’s place (or the lack thereof) in the fora and frameworks of power in the European tradition. The seminar adopts a comparative areal perspective on these themes, focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on Poland and Hungary.

Speakers include representatives from UCL's School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) and Slade School of Fine Art, and from Jagiellonian University, the University of Warsaw and the University of Budapest.

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The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception, and is supported by:

  • Institute of Advanced Studies (UCL)
  • Centre for Study of Central Europe (UCL SSEES)
  • European Institute (UCL)
  • qUCL (UCL IAS)
  • Gender and Feminist Network (UCL IAS)
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