Freedom, Equality… for Everyone? Women Fighting for Social Advancement 1700-1918

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Call for Papers
January 15, 2018 to May 31, 2018
Subject Fields: 
European History / Studies, Human Rights, Modern European History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, World History / Studies

The Historical Institute of the University of Wroclaw, together with the Institutes of English Studies and Romance Studies, invite scholars and PhD students to participate in the international conference Freedom, Equality… for Everyone? Women Fighting for Social Advancement 1700-1918, to be held in Wrocław, Poland, on November 20-21, 2018. The first words of the conference topic invoke the slogan of the French Revolution which aimed at democratizing society and, consequently, changing the old-world order. These postulates would seem to remain valid today, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, which contributed significantly to the progressive implementation of Enlightenment ideas, the enshrinement of the right to vote for women, and the establishment of gender equality in the majority of European countries. Although attempts to improve women’s position in society can be observed throughout history, we would like to concentrate our discussion on “the long 18th and 19th centuries”, as that era’s political, economic, and – most importantly – mental transformations set the stage for 20th-century breakthroughs.  

We encourage experienced researchers, young scholars, and PhD students to focus on the following issues:


- the position of women in societies: representations and realities;

- the social status of women in the comparative perspective (different countries and cultures);

- motivations to take action aimed at the emancipation of marginalised groups.


- strategies of individuals, groups and organisations in their struggle for legal equality or against pro-democracy movements;

- circumstances facilitating women’s social advancement; effects of specific actions and factors contributing to successes/defeats;

- attitudes towards changes in society.


- studying the emancipation of marginalised groups: current state of research, methods, difficulties and limitations, new subjects and perspectives;   

- women’s and other groups’ struggles for social advancement, as represented in scholarly works, literature, visual arts, and mass media (press, cinema, comics, games, Internet);

- the issue of gender in political and journalistic discourses.

The aforementioned issues indicate the main directions of the anticipated discussion; however, we strongly encourage the submission of other proposals related to the main theme of the conference.


Prof.  Leszek Ziątkowski

Dr Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak

Dr Tomasz Wysłobocki

Magdalena Gibiec

Dorota Wiśniewska


Prof. Chantal Grell (University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris Saclay, France)

Prof. Dominika Ferens (University of Wrocław, Poland)

prof. Bożena Popiołek (Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland)

prof. Aleksandra Skrzypietz  (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland)


English, French, Polish


Abstracts should be submitted by June 30, 2018 via the registration form available at the following address:


There is no conference fee. Meals and conference materials, as well as publication, are provided by the organisers. We are currently seeking additional funding, so details concerning accommodation will be communicated in May 2018. Travel expenses will not be covered.


The organizers will publish a monograph. The deadline for articles based on conference papers is February 28, 2019.