Lunchtime Seminar Thursday 5th December

We are delighted to welcome Dunja Blazevic from the University of Bergen!

Please note that the seminar has been moved from Tuesday to Thursday due to tomorrow’s strike action.

Dunja Blazevic
University of Bergen 

A place for gender in history: debating gender history in Scandinavia, 1970 to 2000


05th December 2013

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Simon Building Room 2.57

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A place for gender in history: debating gender history in Scandinavia, 1970 to 2000

What constitutes an independent field within the discipline of history? Why should women’s and gender history be an independent research field? These questions have been extensively debated among Nordic and Scandinavian women and gender historians from the first projects were launched in the middle of 1970s until today. The different answers that have been suggested have reflected not only the personal views of certain women and gender historians, but also developments in history research in general. While the gender historians of the 1970s shared both theoretical and methodological interests with research fields such as family history, workers’ history, demography and children’s history, women and gender history of the 1980s and 1990s have increasingly sought inspiration from new cultural history.

Based on published reports from the ten The Nordic gender historians meetings that have taking place since 1983, I will chart the reasons behind the changes put forward by attending Scandinavian women and gender historians.  I will also investigate who participated, and how they were selected.

Drawing on Thomas Gieryn’s cartographical approach to analysis of scientific debates, I will argue that the vision of women and gender history as an independent research field was driven mainly by a core group of actors. The cartographic approach lets me show how the views on what constitutes an independent field and what makes women and gender history such a field has depended largely on the scholarly terrain those discussing the status of women’s and gender history have come from.


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