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Gender and Knowledge — Gendered Knowledge

12th–14th August 2005, Turku, Finland


The conference e-mail address ( has ceased to exist. Please contact Anu Lahtinen [firstname.lastname at] if you have some questions. A conference theme issue will be published in an internet journal Ennen&Nyt ( by the end of this year (2006).


The VIII Nordic Women's and Gender History Conference was held 12th-14th August in Turku, Finland. We want to express our gratitude to all participants and cooperators for making the conference a successful arrangement! We also want to inform you that the next meeting will be held on Iceland in 2008. More information about the ninth Nordic Women's and Gender History Conference will later be found on this website. Until then we wish all researchers working in the field of women's and gender history in the Nordic countries, good luck with your forthcoming work!

-The Organizers


On Thursday the 11th of August a panel discussion concerning the writing of women's history (in Finnish) and the meaning of the year 1905 in the Nordic countries (in Scandinavian languages) will be arranged. The opening program on women's history in Finland and the Nordic countries, takes place at Arken, Aud. Armfelt, Åbo Akademi, Fabriksgatan 2. The paneldiscussion will start at 18.00 and will be open for the public.


The first Nordic Women's and Gender History Conference was held in 1983 and subsequent conferences have been organized every third year. The conference has an established role as the main forum for researchers working in the field of women's and gender history in the Nordic countries.

The VIII Nordic Women and Gender History Conference is to be held in Turku on 12-14 August 2005. The theme for the conference "Gender and Knowledge - Gendered Knowledge" addresses questions of gender and knowledge in the context of history-writing from various perspectives. Special attention will be directed at the relationship between feminism, theory and the conception of history on one hand, and at questions of colonialism on the other.

The three-day conference will consist of lectures by keynote speakers and thematic workshops, in which individual papers will be discussed. The theme of "Gender and Knowledge" will also be discussed in three main panel discussions:

I Gender and Knowledge - Use, Misuse and Non-use of History in Women's Studies
II Colonialism and Nordic Women's History - Postcolonial Challenges
III Women's History Now - Segregation, Integration, Reproduction

As keynote lecturers we are delighted to welcome Professor Liz Stanley (University of Edinburgh, UK), who gives a lecture on researchers' role as a producer of knowledge. Professor Clare Midgley (Metropolitan University, London) explores the relationship between imperialism and the origins of modern western feminism. PhD Katriina Honkanen (Senior assistant, The Institute of Women's studies at Åbo Akademi University) discusses the relationship between feminist theories and history writing. PhD Karen Offen (Stanford University), will address the issue of how the new knowledge, especially historical knowledge, gained by and about women in the twentieth century by putting women & gender at the center of inquiry effectively transforms what it is possible to understand about the past

Looking forward to seeing you in Turku!

On the behalf of the organising committee,
Ann-Catrin Östman, Åbo Akademi University / Department of History
Anu Lahtinen, Univerity of Turku / Finnish History
Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, University of Turku / Cultural History


Salla Peltonen
Conference assistant
Kvinnohistorikermötet/ Suomen historia
Historian laitos / Sirkkala
20014 Turun Yliopisto
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Phone + 358 2 3335229