Call for paper: Gender Relationships between Occupiers and Occupied during the Allied Occupation of Germany (1945-1955)

Date and venue: 6-7 June 2019, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies(FRIAS), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany)

There is currently a renewed interest in the Allied occupation ofGermany after 1945 and in military occupation in general. Concerning the occupation of Germany after 1945, there is a lot of work dedicated to its economic, political and cultural dimensions. More oriented towards the “history from below”, current research questions the daily life of military occupation, the places and forms of encounters between occupiers and occupied, covering a whole range of interactions from conflicts or confrontations to various forms of cooperation or fraternization. This type of questioning highlights actors to whom historiography from above is often blind: ordinary soldiers, the civilian population, improvised mediators, men, women, and children.

At the same time, a historiographical trend is developing, which observes the social and cultural history of war phenomena, including transition periods such as war entries and ends of war. More recently, the history of bodies, emotions and sensitivities in wartime has been explored. While the centenary of the First World War was an opportunity to make progress on this front, much remains to be done on the Second World War. Waged as an all-outwar, it has affected sensitivities, bodies, and emotions in a particularly sensitive way.

On the basis of these two observations, we wish to converge these trends in the workshop “Gender Relationships between Occupiers and Occupied during theAllied Occupation of Germany (1945-1955)”. With regard to annexation, military occupation “introduc[es] the notion of greater protection for populations under the control of a foreign army”.[1] While during the 19thcentury, customary rules governed occupations, the Hague Convention of 1907defined the concept, and imposed on the occupying army the task of maintaining order in keeping with the laws in effect in the occupied country. The GenevaConventions of 1949, supplemented by the 1977 Protocols, then emphasized the protection of individuals. Nevertheless, “the reality of military occupations is generally marked by violence against populations”[2] and often even begins with a regime of terror, which then gives way to appeasement and a more controlled regime.

In this wide gap between protection and violence, we wish to study the modalities of non-voluntary cohabitation implied by the military occupation inGermany after 1945. By cohabitation, we mean both material cohabitation, which implies the reorganization of spaces (stationing of ordinary soldiers in schools, inns, etc.; requisition of houses, apartments or rooms for officers; places of supply and entertainment reserved for occupiers, etc.), and physical cohabitation between male occupiers, winners and holders of many privileges, and occupied of both sexes, defeated and in a situation of legal, economic, and moral inferiority. As a result, the relationship between occupiers and occupied is by definition based on a fundamental inequality between the two parties and characterized by the superiority of the occupiers over the occupied.

The workshop aims to answer the following questions in particular:

  • What types of interactions took place between the men of the occupying troops and the Germans?
  • What types of relationships between men – members of the Allied occupation – and local women did the military occupation framework allow? Has the non-voluntary promiscuity in cases of shared housing with the occupier encouraged fraternisation or, on the contrary, stirred up resentment?
  • How have military administrations reacted to the many violations of the ban on fraternization and to what extent have they intervened in this area?
  • Under what circumstances have acts of sexual violence occurred, and to what extent have they been punished? Has there been any recognition of this specific experience of war violence?
  • Beyond the gender category, what categories (nationality, ethnicity, age, social origin, military rank, urban or rural population, religion, etc.)influenced the relationship between occupiers and occupied and how?
  • What were the views of the post-war societies on the relationship between the occupiers and the occupied and with what consequences?
  • How were women who have given birth to a “child of the occupation” as a result of either rape or consensual sexual intercourse perceived and treated in post-war German society?

Proposals addressing methodological or conceptual aspects are welcome, as well as case studies and studies comparing areas with each other.

The workshop is a Franco-German initiative and aims to bring together experts on the Allied occupation in Germany after 1945. This call for contributions is addressed to young and experienced researchers. The travel and accommodation expenses of the speakers will be covered. The working language is English.

Proposals for contributions, containing a title and a short description(400 words), accompanied by a short CV (max. one page), should be sent by 1 February 2019 to:

Dr. Anne-Laure Briatte, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) / Sorbonne University

[1]Frédéric DESSBERG, « Occupation Regimes and Logic », Encyclopédie pour une histoire nouvelle de l’Europe [online], 2016, published 18/09/2017, consulted 09/12/2018. Permalink:

[2] Ibid.


Appel à contribution : « L’histoire intersectionnelle »

Colloque du 10 au 12 juillet 2019, à l’Institut d’études avancées de Fribourg (FRIAS), Albert- Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.

L’histoire intersectionnelle. Pertinence. Potentiels. Limites.

Dr. Anne-Laure Briatte, Institut d’études avancées de Fribourg-en-Brisgau (FRIAS/SorbonneUniversité et LabEx EHNE), Miriam Bräuer, Doctorante (Département d’histoire de l’Université de Fribourg, AG Genre de l’Académie des hautes études internationales (IGA) Fribourg, PD Dr.Isabelle Deflers (FRIAS/ Département d’histoire de l’Université de Fribourg), Mirjam Höfner, Doctorante (Institut d’histoire de l’Université de la Bundeswehr, Munich), Dr. Christa Klein(Centre d’anthropologie et des études de genre (ZAG), de l’Université de Fribourg), Dr. Nina Reusch (Institut des Sciences historiques Friedrich Meinecke, FU Berlin), Dr. Marie Muschalek (Département d’histoire de l’Université de Fribourg)

Date limite: 26.02.2019

L’intersectionnalité est un concept de recherche interdisciplinaire utilisé pour l’analyse des rapports d’inégalité sociale et de domination dans leurs enchevêtrements. Ces inégalités sociales sont dues à des facteurs générateurs de différences tels que la « race », la classe sociale, le sexe, le handicap, le corps, la religion, la nationalité, l’origine, l’espace, etc.L’approche intersectionnelle explore leurs interdépendances sociétales dans leurs spécificités historiques et contextuelles. Le terme « intersectionnalité », inventé en 1989 par la juriste américaine et cofondatrice de la théorie critique de la race (Critical Race Theory) Kimberlé Crenshaw, est devenu le nouveau mot à la mode de la recherche sur le genre dans les années1990 et est discuté depuis une dizaine d’années aussi dans les sciences historiques, “souvent un peu plus ‘lentes’” que les sciences sociales à s’approprier de nouveaux concepts.

Lors du colloque Histoire intersectionnelle. Pertinence. Potentiels. Limites, nous souhaitons discuter de travaux réalisés dans le domaine de l’histoire, qui s’inscrivent dans une perspective intersectionnelle et nous demander :

  1. dans quelle mesure des travaux de recherche ont déjà été réalisés dans une perspective intersectionnelle avant que le terme ne soit apparu (tradition / innovation)
  2. pourquoi le concept d’intersectionnalité dans le contexte français, allemand et international est si important aujourd’hui et comment les chercheurs et chercheuses se le sont approprié (actualité / réception)
  3. quels potentiels offre ce concept pour la recherche historico-empirique (potentiels / déficits)
  4. comment les concepts sont modulés et développés dans leur application pratique (adéquation / appropriation)
  5. dans quelle mesure les résultats de la recherche intersectionnelle nous invitent à réviser des interprétations historiques traditionnelles (impact)
  6. quelles nouvelles limites rencontrent les études historiques intersectionnelles etquelles critiques leur sont opposées (critiques / perspectives)?
  7. si les études intersectionnelles nécessitent de nouvelles formes de coopération(pratiques de recherche, interdisciplinaire, internationale, globale).

Le colloque émane d’un projet de coopération franco-allemande et bénéficie du soutien financier du Frankreich-Zentrum et de l’Institut d’études avancées de l’Université de Fribourg-en-Brisgau (FRIAS), du centre d’anthropologie et des études de genre (ZAG) de l’université deFribourg-en-Brisgau, de l’AG Genre de l’Académie des hautes études internationales (IGA) deFribourg-en-Brisgau. D’autres institutions sont sollicitées (réponse à venir) : le ArbeitskreisHistorische Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung (AKHFG), la Délégation pour la promotion féminine de la FU Berlin, le programme Procope structurant 2019 et le groupe de rechercheGenre & Europe du laboratoire d’excellence LabEx EHNE « Écrire une histoire nouvelle del’Europe ». Les langues de travail sont le français et l’allemand.

Cet appel s’adresse aux chercheurs et chercheuses de tous les niveaux de qualification effectuant des recherches en histoire dans une perspective intersectionnelle. Nous pouvons si besoin proposer une garde d’enfants pendant le déroulement du colloque. Les frais de déplacement et d’hébergement des intervenant.e.s seront pris en charge. La participation de personnes de couleur, de personnes avec un handicap ou avec d’autres facteurs de marginalisation est expressément souhaitée.

Nous vous prions de bien vouloir soumettre vos propositions, avec un titre et un résumé (400mots maximum), accompagnées d’un bref CV (une page maximum) avant le 26.02.2019 à


Call for Papers: ‘Exile, Gender, and Family in the Nineteenth Century’

Closing conference of ‘AsileuropeXIX’, sponsored by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche

5-7 September 2019 in Reims, France

The forced migrations of the long nineteenth century, which caused hundreds of thousands of people to abandon their homes and construct new lives abroad, have recently been the subject of a rich historiographical revival and recognized as a truly global phenomenon. They reshaped the political and social landscapes not only of the spaces that exiles departed, but also those through which they passed and where they were finally welcomed. The classic image of these exiles is that of a heroic man, beleaguered by a hostile political order that he resisted through migration and expatriation. Though this masculine picture remains predominant, both in popular perceptions of the nineteenth century and in the work of many historians of the subject, the reality was much more complex. Men did not goin to exile alone; women and children, though often ignored, played major roles in these winding, transnational migrations.

This international conference will investigate the history of exile through the lenses of gender, generation, and age, with a particular focus on women’s history and the history of the family. Papers are welcome that address these and similar questions:

  • How can exile in the nineteenth century be interpreted not just as political migration, but as a phenomenon that shattered families and scattered their members across the globe? How did such individuals respond to their dispersal(through attempts to reunite, written correspondence, financial transfers, etc.)?
  • To what extent did the departure of exiles – who were most often men – lead women to assume new political, economic, and social roles? How did women thus separated from their fathers, husbands, partners, or brothers, take charge of the education of children, the running of households, or the protection of family assets threatened with sequestration or confiscation?
  • Women also often followed their husbands or partners into exile and the conference will concern itself with the relationships of couples in exile. Other women migrated alone, often finding a new autonomy through this experience.Without wanting to simply create a gallery of exiled heroines, we hope to trace the paths of hitherto anonymous women who, in being forced to leave their countries, reinvented themselves abroad. We will also investigate the gendered roles that often devolved onto women in exile, including such activities as providing medical care to sick exiles, making flags for political events, or organising charitable activities.
  • Children constitute another often neglected group amongst the exiles of Europe and the world in the nineteenth century. What insights can be made about the minors that accompanied their parents on these sometimes permanent voyages?What challenges did those born or raised abroad pose to the authorities in their host societies regarding their future statuses or to their exiled parents in determining appropriate forms of education for their displaced children?
  • It will be interesting to examine how the marital status of women and men, as well as the presence or absence of children accompanying them into exile, affected the types of welcome that exiles received., both socially and officially. How did the presence of spouses and children transform the routes, patterns, and destinations of exile?
  • In approaching exile as a social phenomenon, we hope to investigate the particular dynamics of family life in exile. In what ways did families going into exile collectively impact the trajectories, strategies, and activities of the individuals members of those families? Were exiles living with their families more likely to retreat from political life? Did the needs of such families encourage exiles to remain in their new countries permanently or for noticeably longer than their single counterparts? What specific strategies of integration did families in exile adopt?

The conference will embrace the whole of the nineteenth century, from the emigrations that followed the French Revolution to the eve of the First World War. Papers may address the societies left behind by exiles as well as their destination and host societies, and particular attention will be paid to proposals that cover both ends of these migrations.Until now AsileuropeXIX has concentrated its work on Europe, but it particularly welcomes proposals concerned with colonial spaces and the non-European world.

Paper proposals (of a maximum length of 2,000 characters, accompanied by a one-page biographical sketch and list of the author’s publications) should be submitted by mail at by 15 January 2019. Proposals will be reviewed and authors can expect to hear back from the conference committee by 1 March 2019. Presentations may be read in either English or French. Texts subsequently requested for collective publication must be written in or translated into French.    

Conference Organizing Committee:

  • Delphine Diaz (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne)
  • Alexandre Dupont (Université de Strasbourg)
  • Antonin Durand (Institut Convergences Migrations-IHMC)
  • Hugo Vermeren (École française de Rome)

Scientific Committee:  

  • Sylvie Aprile (Université Paris Nanterre)
  • Fabrice Bensimon (Sorbonne Université)
  • Catherine Brice (Université Paris-Est Créteil)
  • Delphine Diaz (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne)
  • Alexandre Dupont (Université de Strasbourg)
  • Antonin Durand (Institut Convergences Migrations-IHMC)
  • Pilar González Bernaldo de Quirós (Université Paris Diderot)
  • Thomas C. Jones (University of Buckingham)
  • Manuela Martini (Université Lyon 2)
  • Florencia Peyrou (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • Janet Polasky (University of New Hampshire)
  • María Cruz Romeo Mateo (Universitat de València)
  • Philippe Rygiel (École normale supérieure de Lyon)
  • Caroline Shaw (Bates College)
  • Carlotta Sorba (Università di Padova)
  • Françoise Thébaud (Université d’Avignon, LabEx Écrire une histoire nouvelle de l’Europe)
  • Heléna Tóth (Universität Bamberg)
  • Hugo Vermeren (École française de Rome)

Call for papers: The EHNE Encyclopedia is looking for new authors

The EHNE Encyclopedia is looking for new authors:

The Encyclopedia for a New History of Europe is looking for new authors to enrich the entries of its various thematic subjects:

  • Europe as material civilization
  • Europe within a political epistemology
  • European humanism
  • Europe, Europeans, and the world
  • The Europe of wars and the traces of war
  • A gendered history of Europe
  • National traditions, circulations, and identities in European art

The short entries (7,000 characters) should be intended for a general public and offer a new reflection on European history. They will be translated into English (and into German in the mid-term), and could also be used for pedagogical and academic purposes in connection with our different partnerships (Maisons de l’Europe, Toute l’Europe, Laboratoire d’Innovation Pédagogique sur l’Europe).

We invite you to contribute to this project by drafting an entry on one of the following subjects:

Research focus 1 – Europe as material civilization

For the thematic group “Tourism in Europe,” the entry:

  • “Touristic mobilities and destinations in Eastern Europe”


Research focus 2 – Europe within a political epistemology

For the thematic series “Political models for making Europe,” the entries:

  • “Radical lefts in Europe”
  • “Europeanism and internationalism”

For the thematic group “Europe and conflict management” the entry:

  • Europe, UNO and conflict management


Research focus 3 – European humanism

For the thematic group “The humanists and Europe – Myths and realities of Renaissance Europe,” the entry:

  • “Princely patronage in Renaissance Europe”

For the thematic group “The parallel spaces of Renaissance Europe,” the entry:

  • “Utopia in Renaissance Europe (from Thomas More to Campanella)”

For the thematic group “Projects for a united Europe,” the entry:

  • “The United States of Europe”


Research focus 4 – Europe, Europeans, and the world

For the thematic group “Europe and the legal regulation of international relations,” the entries:

  • “Unequal treaties with China”
  • “The European Court of Human Rights”

For the thematic group “Europe and the Atlantic slave trade,” the entry:

  • “Europeans and the abolition of the (African) slave trade”


Research focus 5 – The Europe of war and the traces of war

For the thematic group “Violence of war,” the entry:

  • Torture as an instrument of war

Pour l’ensemble thématique “Victors and defeated”, la notice :

  • Looting and spoliations


Research focus 6 – A gendered history of Europe

For the thematic group “Prostitution (nineteenth-twenty- first centuries): From the trafficking of white women to the trafficking of human beings,” the entry:

  • “Colonial prostitution”

For the thematic group “Gender and circulations in Europe,” the entry:

  • “The gender of migrations in the European Union (from the Maastricht Treaty to the present)”

For the thematic group “Earning a living in Europe, a matter of gender,” the entry:

  • “Gender and the rural world”


Proposal submissions:

Those interested are invited to contact the editorial managers for the proposed entries with an 80-word summary of the entry’s primary elements, emphasizing the European dimension of the subject and its relevance for a new history of Europe.Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Call for Papers: What is a Christian Man?

What is a Christian Man ?

Commitments and Masculinities in Europe from the Nineteenth Century to the Present

Workshop organized by the research axis 6 ‘Gender and Europe’ of the LabEx EHNE

To take place in Paris, 11th and 12th June 2018.


What are the ties between masculinities, religious practices and political commitments in Europe from the nineteenth century up to the present day ? A close analysis of men’s religious commitments will aid our understanding of both the politics and the construction of masculinities. These commitments take place in both private and public space, while men’s religious role within the family – hitherto little explored by historians – can also provide a new setting for historical analysis of masculine religiosity.

Male Political Commitments and Religious Beliefs

French historiography has emphasized the secularization of society since the French Revolution where politics gained to the disadvantage of religion. It is usually assumed that, as religion in Europe became ‘feminized’, men disengaged from religious practice (Fouilloux, 1995). At the same time, political history has revealed how anticlericalism became a vehicle for men to assert freedom of thought and democratic values in opposition to feminized religions controlled by clergymen with troubled masculinities (Healy, 2001). The ‘anticlerical man’ has become a historiographical commonplace (Lalouette, 2001).

While historians of women and gender have questioned the politicization of women, considering whether religious mobilizations were a response to their exclusion from the political and public sphere, few works have dealt with men’s simultaneous religious and political commitments (e.g. Harrison, 2014). Yet studies of Germany, Spain and Northern Europe have revealed that the configurations of religion, politics and gender vary between countries. Thus, an intersectional approach to masculinities, religion and politics on a European scale will enable us to overcome the limitations and specificities of national approaches.

Religious Practices and Masculinities

Taking for granted that men drifted away from religious practice, historiography often forgets how heavily such assumptions depend on statistics of attendance at Sunday mass. However, Sunday attendance is just one among many religious practices: processions or pilgrimages continued to attract a much more mixed group of participants, while there were also devotions or spiritual practices mainly endorsed by men, such as the Sacred Heart in Belgium (Van Osselaer, 2013). Other political or social commitments could become spaces where men defended religious values and ideas, just as we know that women invested some religious practices with political meaning (Della Sudda, 2007). Are there practices in which Christian men engaged as both religious and political commitments? Such an approach could also shed light on the continuum between male and female political mobilizations.

Historians often portray the working class as highly dechristianized, while the upper classes have a distinct masculinity fostered in charity circles (Brejon de Lavergnée). We would like to mobilize an intersectional approach that incorporates class and gender alongside religion to analyse what it means to be a Christian man as a peasant, a worker, a bourgeois or an aristocrat. To what extent could religion transcend class difference to become something shared and relevant to male identity in general?

Paper proposals could treat one or more of the following issues:

  1. Political commitment and religious identity: in several European countries, religion became an element in the definition of national identity, for example Anglicanism in the British Empire or Lutheranism in Prussia. Consequently, democratization and political participation does not systematically lead to anticlerical masculinities. How are modern masculinities defined in countries where political participation is compatible with religious belonging? On the other hand, in authoritarian or totalitarian regimes, does religion become a particular place where menseek refuge, or a form to resistance?
  2. The gender of atheism, agnosticism and anticlericalism: Distance from the Church runs a wide span, from a simple loss of personal faith through to open war against the clergy. A gendered approach to these attitudes would enrich our understanding of the various forms of estrangement from religious institutions. On the other hand, does the violence of anticlerical discourse strengthen men’s political and religious identity?
  3. Lay and religious masculinities at war: Wars and military conflicts are crisis times prone to define anew gender identities and political belongings. In France, comradeship at the front created a male fraternity that overcame differences between civilians and the clergy who were hitherto forbidden to carry arms. In civil and resistance wars, are clergymen ordinary men among others? Is religious belonging compatible with fighting and military obedience? On the other hand, how can religious discourse legitimate fighting?
  4. Christian husbands and fathers: As home and family became increasingly valued compared to religious orders, how did Christian men consider their role as husbands and fathers? How important are discourses about paternity and marital life in the self-definition of Christian men ? To what extent is home a politicised place at the turn of the twentieth century?
  5. The gender of religious emotions, beliefs and practices: In the wake of history of emotions, we would like to question the relationship between gender and devotional practices. Nineteenth-century religion, more centred on love and marital piety, insists on an affective relationship to God. How did men engage in this kind of piety and devotional practices, mainly considered as ‘feminine’? To what extent does religion create different norms of lay masculinity?


Organisation of the conference

The workshop will be held in Paris on the 11th and 12th June 2018. Presentations should last 30min, and be held in French or English. 

How to submit a proposal :

Paper proposals (half a page) including sources and methodological approach, should be sent alongside a short biography to Anthony Favier (, Anne Jusseaume ( and Caroline Muller ( ) before 1 March 2018. Candidates will be informed of the scientific committee’s decision by the end of March 2018.

Organising committee

Anthony Favier – Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône Alpes (LARHRA)
Anne Jusseaume – LabEx EHNE, UMR Sirice/Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po (CHSP)
Caroline Muller – LARHRA/Centre de Recherche en Histoire Culturelle (CERHIC)

Scientific committee

Matthieu Brejon de Lavergnée (Maître de conférences HDR à Sorbonne Université – Centre d’Histoire du XIXe siècle),
Bruno Dumons (Directeur de recherche, CNRS – LARHRA),
Julie Le Gac (Maîtresse de conférences à Paris Nanterre, ISP/LabEx EHNE),
Manuela Martini (Professeure d’histoire moderne, Université Lyon 2 – LARHRA),
Florence Rochefort (Chargée de recherche au CNRS, GSRL – EPHE/CNRS),
Régis Schlagdenhauffen (Maître de conférences à l’EHESS – IRIS/LabEx EHNE)


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  • Matthieu BREJON DE LAVERGNEE, La Société de Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, 1833-1871 : un fleuron du catholicisme social, Paris, le Cerf, 2008, 713 p.
  • Magali DELLA SUDDA, Une Activité politique féminine conservatrice avant le droit de suffrage en France et en Italie : socio-histoire de la politisation des femmes catholiques au sein de la Ligue patriotique des Françaises (1902-1933) et de l’Unione fra le donne cattoliche d’Italia (1909-1919), thèse d’histoire sous la direction de Laura Lee DOWNS et Lucetta SCARAFFIA, EHESS, Université de la Sapienza (Rome), 2007, 816 p.
  • Étienne FOUILLOUX, “Femmes et catholicisme dans la France contemporaine”, Clio, Histoire, femmes et sociétés, 2, 1995.
  • Carol E. HARRISON, Romantic catholics : France’s postrevolutionnary generation in search of a modern faith, Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2014, 328 p.
  • Róisín HEALY, “Anti-Jesuitism in Imperial Germany : the Jesuit as Androgyne”, dans Helmut SMITH (éd.), Protestants, Catholics and Jews in Germany, 1800-1914, Oxford, New York, Berg, 2001, p. 153-183.
  • Jacqueline LALOUETTE, La Libre pensée en France, 1848-1940, Paris, Albin Michel, 2001, 636 p.
  • Raúl MÍNGUEZ BLASCO, “Monjas, esposas y madres católicas : una panorámica de la feminización de la religión en España a mediados del siglo XIX, Amnis, revue de civilisation contemporaine Europe/Amériques, 11, 2012.
  • Tine VAN OSSELAER, The Pious sex : Catholic constructions of masculinity and feminity in Belgium, c. 1800-1940, Leuven, University Press, 2013, 271 p.
  • Timothy VERHOEVEN, “Neither Male nor Female : the Jesuit as Androgyne 1843-1870”, Modern & Contemporary France, 16, 1, février 2008, p. 37-49.
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