Polish Gender Studies Association together with Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Instytute of Polish Culture and American Studies Center have the pleasure of inviting you to the event:


Monday, May 29, 3:30-7:30 pm, room no. 5

In the aftermath of World War II and with the end of the Cold War, European states have begun their exceptional journey towards post-military societies. While most countries have retained standing armies, across Europe the social role of the military and its intrusion into the civilian realm have been significantly weakened. The decline of classical militarism coupled with democratic changes in post-communist states have imbued many with optimism about the future of peace in Europe at the “end of history”. Feminists have generally been more skeptical about the prospects for durable peace and demilitarization. Having a more micro-sociological perspective on militarization which they saw as a process transforming things and people, feminists have stayed alert to subtle displays of militarism in peacetime. They have also warned that the endurance of other forms of structural violence makes dormant militarism more probable to resurface. In Central Europe after the Ukraine war and the Refugee Crisis, these discussions are especially relevant as we observe increases in military spending, militarization of borders, proliferation of World War II memory politics, and rise of paramilitary groups. The one day event will reflect on feminist perspectives on militarism, wars and their memory from different angles.


15:30 – 15:45 pm / Welcome coffee

15.45 – 16.00 pm / Opening by organizers

16.00 – 17.30 pm / Remilitarization of Europe? Feminist Perspectives

Ayşe Gül Altınay, Sabancı University
Militarism, Feminism and Academia: Challenges of Demilitarizing Scholarship

Andrea Pető, Central European University
Gendering the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution: Militarism Pacified

Chair: Weronika Grzebalska, Polish Academy of Sciences

Questions and Discussion

17.30 – 18.00 pm / Coffee Break

18.00 – 19.30 pm / Discussion of Gendered Wars, Gendered Memories: Feminist Conversations on War, Genocide and Political Violence (eds. Ayşe Gül Altınay & Andrea Pető, Routledge, 2016)

Andrea Pető, Central European University
Ayşe Gül Altınay, Sabancı University
Dobrochna Kałwa, Institute of History, University of Warsaw
Sarah Sigmund, Heinrich-Heine-University
Chair: Karolina Krasuska, American Studies Center, University of Warsaw

Questions and Discussion

The event will be in English with simultaneous translation into Polish.




Data publikacji: 08-05-2017

Institute of Polish Culture
Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28
00-927 Warszawa
tel.+48 22 552 03 24
22 552 26 04

University of Warsaw
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28
00-927 Warszawa
tel. +48 22 552 00 00
NIP 525-001-12-66

Faculty of Polish Studies

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