International conference WOMEN and WORLD WAR I

Međunarodna konferencija o ženama i Prvom svjetskom ratu održat će se 16. i 17. studenog 2017. godine u Ljubljani.



Muzej novejše zgodovine Slovenije

Celovška 23, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia


16 November – 17 November





08:30 – 09:00



09:00 – 09:10

Opening remarks

Welcome speech, Kaja Širok, Director of the National Museum of Contemporary History, Ljubljana

Welcome speech, Alenka Cedilnik, Head of the Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana


9:10 – 9:30


Marta Verginella (Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana), Women in the Historiography of World War I


09:30 – 10:00

Keynote speaker

Christa Hämmerle (University of Vienna), Frontline Nursing – a paradigmatic gender history of World War I


10:00 – 10:15

Coffee break


10:15 – 11:45

Panel 1: Work for the Nation

Chair: Marko Štepec

Heidrun Zettelbauer (University of Graz), Processes of (self-) mobilisation of patriotic and ‘volkisch’ female protagonists in voluntary war-welfare in Styria 1912-1916

Irena Selišnik (Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana) and Ana Cergol Paradiž (Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana), Changes in the labour market of public sector

Urška Strle (Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana), Women in war-industry: cases from Carniola and Lower Styria

Cynthia Wachtell (Yeshiva University, New York City), Ellen Newbold La Motte


11:45- 12:15

Coffee break



12:15 – 13:30

Panel 2: Famished and Malnourished

Chair: Mateja Ratej

Michal Ben Ya’akov (Efrata College of Education, Jerusalem), Starvation and Devastation: How Jewish Women Coped in Wartime Palestine

Ana Paradiž Cergol (Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana) and Petra Testen (Institute of Cultural History RC SASA), Coping with food shortages in Trieste during the war

Costantino Di Sante (Istituto Storico Provinciale per il Movimento di Liberazione nelle Marche e dell’età Contemporanea di Ascoli Piceno), Fiori di Guerra. Donne nei Comitati di Asistenza Civile


13:30- 14:30

Lunch break


14:30 – 15:45

Panel 3: From Personal to Public

Chair: Petra Svoljšak

Mariana Baidak (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv), »The letter came. Such feeling if war wanted to separate us again and it didn’t succeed«: family relations on materials of private correspondence in Austrian Galicia during First World War

Marcello Zane (Fondazione “Luigi Micheletti” Brescia), My darling. Familial relationship in fighters’ letters

Bahar Gürsel (Middle East Technical University, Ankara), The Depiction of Women in Italian World War I Posters



Conference dinner




Departure from Ljubljana to Gorizia


9:30 – 10:00

Keynote speaker

Raffaella Sgubin (Museo della Moda e delle Arti Applicate in Gorizia), Grande guerra come rivoluzione nel costume


10:00 – 10:15

Coffee break


10:15 – 11:30

Panel 4: Forced to Migrate

Chair: Katja Horvat

Jernej Komac (Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana), Women in Exile, Women at Home: Women’s Confrontation with the Great War in the district of Bovec

Paolo Malni (Museo della Grande Guerra, Gorizia), Il tempo della prova. Profughe italiane in Austria durante la Prima guerra mondiale

Edita Gzoyan (IIAP of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan), Reclamation of Armenian Women and Girls after the Armenian Genocide: Neutral House in Constantinople


11:30 – 12:00

Coffee break


12:00 – 13:15

Panel 5: Transitional Features of the Great War

Chair: Tulia Catalan

Lynn Dumenil (Occidental College, Los Angeles), Women Citizens and the Great War

Burcin Cakir (Glasgow Caledonian University), Not so Veiled? Proclamation of Jihad and its influence on Muslim Womanhood during World War I

Gabriela Dudeková (Institute of History Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava), Returning from Politics to social work? Women’s movement during the WWI in the Kingdom of Hungary: Slovak national activists versus Hungarian radical feminists


13:15 – 13:30

Closing Remarks


13:30 – 15:00

Lunch break



Exhibition on World War I



Conference dinner


ca. 21:30

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