Nordic Women's and Gender History Conference

Nordiska kvinno- och genushistorikermötet

University of Oulu, Finland
7-9 June 2018

Programme

 

Nordic Women's and Gender History Conference

Nordiska kvinno- och genushistorikermötet

University of Oulu, Finland, 7–9 June 2018

 

Detailed programme of parallel sessions, see below             (updated 15 May, 2018)

 

PROGRAMME

 

Thursday, June 7th  

09:00– 

Registration, Faculty of Humanities entrance hall (Humanistinen tiedekunta)

10:00–10:30  

Opening session, welcoming address, Lecture Hall L5

Seija Jalagin, Chair of the organising committee

                             Paula Rossi, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities             

10:30–12:00  

Keynote: Lecture Hall L5

Dr Ana Carden-Coyne (University of Manchester, UK): Beyond the Veteran Body: Gendered Visions in the History of War Disability

Chair: Tiina Kinnunen

12:00–13:00  

Lunch, Restaurant Mara

13:00–14:30   

Parallel sessions 1

14:30–15:00  

Coffee

15:00–17:00  

Parallel sessions 2

19–20:30            

Reception at the Oulu City Hall, Festival Hall, 2nd floor (Kirkkokatu 2a)

 

Friday, June 8th

08:00– 

Registration, Faculty of Humanities entrance hall (Humanistinen tiedekunta)

9:00–10:30    

Parallel sessions 3

10:30–11:00  

Coffee

11:00–12:30  

Keynote, Lecture Hall L5

Professor Pamela Scully (Emory University, USA):  Biography, Gender History, and the Limits of Reconciliation

Chair: Seija Jalagin

12:30–14:00  

Lunch (Restaurant Mara)

14:00–16:00  

Parallel sessions 4

16:00–18:00

National meetings

19–23            

Conference dinner and party, Aleksinkulma (Aleksanterinkatu 9)

 

Saturday, June 9th

9:00–10:30    

 Parallel sessions 5

10:30–11:00  

Coffee & light lunch

11:00–12:30  

Keynote, Lecture Hall L5

Professor Anu Koivunen (University of Stockholm, Sweden): The caring nation: Queer history, affect and the politics of remembering

Chair: Heini Hakosalo

12:30–13:00  

Closing remarks & discussion

Professor Tiina Kinnunen, University of Oulu

15:00–23:00  

Excursion to Hailuoto Island (separate registration & fee)

The bus leaves from Lasaretti Hotel (Kasarmintie 13b) and makes a stop by the old indoor market (Kauppatori)

 

 

 

PARALLEL SESSIONS: DETAILED PROGRAMME

Thursday, June 7th

Parallel sessions 1 (13:00–14:30)

 


13:00–14:30

 

Session 1a    

Room HU205 (60)

Women facing economic crisis and financial distress in Scandinavia in the 16th–19th century I

 

Organisers: Sofia Gustafsson (University of Helsinki)

& Riina Turunen (University of Jyväskylä)

Chair: Sofia Gustafsson (University of Helsinki)

Commentator: Karin Hassan Jansson (Uppsala University)

 

  • Anu Lahtinen (University of Helsinki), Riches – to rags – to riches: The choices of a sixteenth century merchant widow
  • Guðný Hallgrímsdóttir (University of Iceland), Independent women in the eighteenth century and their struggle for a decent life
  • Tiina Hemminki (University of Jyväskylä), Female investors, creditors and debtors. A source critical study at probate inventories in the end of eighteenth century urban Finland

 

Session 1b

Room HU108 (30)

Queer history on the margins of the Nordic Region (ROUNDTABLE)

 

Organisers: Íris Ellenberger (University of Iceland)

& Riikka Taavetti (University of Helsinki)

Chair: Riikka Taavetti

 

  • Ásta Kristín Bendiktsdóttir (University of Iceland and University College Dublin)
  • Hafdís Erla Hafsteinsdóttir (independent historian, Vienna)
  • Elsi Hyttinen (University of Turku)
  • Íris Ellenberger (University of Iceland)
  • Tuula Juvonen (University of Tampere)
  • Riikka Taavetti (University of Helsinki)

 

Session 1c  

Room HU207 (54)

Humanitarian crises and gender – narratives and practices of transnational relief work from mid-19th to mid-20th Century

 

Organiser: Maria Småberg (Lund University)

Chair: Seija Jalagin (University of Oulu)

 

  • Norbert Götz (Södertörn University), Women in Aid Appeals and Relief Work: The Case of the Great Irish Famine, 1846/47
  • Maria Småberg (Lund University), Sexual Violence and Survival – Humanitarian narratives of Armenian women as victims and agents during the 1915 Armenian Genocide
  • Lina Sturfelt (Lund University), Swedish Rädda barnen in the wake of the ‘gender order crises’ after the disaster of the First World War
  • Inger Marie Okkenhaug (Volda University College, Norway), Transnational Relief and Local Practices: The Swedish School in Jerusalem, 1936–1948 

 

Session 1d  

Room HU206 (40)

Images and Agency of Women in the Political Left and Right

 

Chair: Kaisa Vehkalahti (University of Oulu)

 

  • Rakel Adolphsdóttir (National and University Library of Iceland), Women in political and self-identity crisis within the Socialist Party in Iceland, 1939–1974. Were they active agents or merely decorations to catch the women’s vote?
  • Liisa Lalu (University of Turku), ”Good ideology ruined.” The Collapse of the Soviet Union in personal narratives of Finnish left-wing female activists
  • Marja Vuorinen (University of Helsinki), Little wives, feminist whores and Valkyries: The threefold imagery of the feminine in the 2010’s Nordic far right
  • Piia Vuorinen (University of Turku), Women who were suspected, followed and possibly interrogated by the Finnish security police in 1919–1944

 

Session 1e

Room HU111 (30)

Constructing Masculine Identities in 19th- and 20th-Century Finland

 

Chair: Daniel Blackie (University of Oulu)

 

  • Henrik Forsberg (University of Helsinki), Masculine submission: National narratives of the last great famine in Finland, c. 1868–1920
  • Cecilia Hortlund (Umeå Universitet), In the name of country, homestead and the domains of our fathers: A study of masculinity, nationalism, citizenship and identity in the Swedish speaking Civil Guards in Ostrobothnia 1918–1944
  • Eira Juntti (University of Jyväskylä), ‘Crises of masculinity’ in Finnish literature in the late 19th century

 

Session 1f

Room HU110 (20)

Gender in times of social and instititutional rupture

 

Chair: Essi Jouhki (University of Oulu)

 

  • Ainur Elmgren (University of Helsinki), Radical Ambition, Critical Reaction – Ada Norna and the Cultural Crisis of the 1930s
  • Heidi Haggrén (University of Helsinki), Women on strike: Crisis of the system and legitimacy of collective action
  • Heidi Kurvinen (University of Turku / University of Oulu), Finnish male journalists participating in the reconstruction of the nation in the 1950s
  • Malin Nordvall (Chalmers University of Technology), Reform and resistance: Responses at Chalmers University of Technology to a gender equal recruitment project in the early 1990s

 

 

Thursday, June 7th  

Parallel sessions 2 (15:00 – 17:00)

 

15:00 – 17:00

 

Session 2a

Room HU205 (60)

Women facing economic crisis and financial distress in Scandinavia in the 16th–19th century II

 

Organisers: Sofia Gustafsson (University of Helsinki)

& Riina Turunen (University of Jyväskylä)

Chair: Sofia Gustafsson (University of Helsinki)

Commentator: Karin Hassan Jansson (Uppsala University)

 

  • Tiina Miettinen (University of Tampere), Secret Solutions: Gentlemen and their housekeepers in 18th and 19th century Finland
  • Jezzica Israelsson (Uppsala University), Providing for themselves and others: Women's strategies for support in petitions to Swedish county administrations, ca 1730 to 1840
  • Riina Turunen (University of Jyväskylä), The question of fairness, but fairness to whom? Conflicting principles regarding the liability of abandoned wives to repay a household´s debts in nineteenth-century urban Finland
  • Pirita Frigren (University of Jyväskylä), Makeshift economy of deserted and divorced wives in the nineteenth century Finnish cities

 

Session 2b

Room HU207 (54)

Borders of Nordic Voting Rights: Economic Eligibility and Gender in Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden before and after Universal Suffrage

 

Organiser: Fia Sundevall (Stockholm University & Swedish Labour Movement’s Archive and Library)

Chair: Astrid Elkjær Sørensen (University of Aarhus)

Commentator: Åsa Karlsson Sjögren (Umeå University)

 

  • Eirinn Larsen (University of Oslo), Suffrage – first and foremost a question of honour? Norway 1814–1919
  • Minna Harjula (University of Tampere), Economic competence and voting restrictions after universal suffrage (1906) in Finland
  • Fia Sundevall (Swedish Labour Movement’s Archive and Library), Money and citizenship: Economic suffrage restrictions in Sweden 1921–1945
  • Thorgerdur Thorvaldsdottir & Ragnheiður Kristjánsdóttir (University of Iceland), Suffrage (not) granted – or lost. Suffrage, gender and class. Intersectional reflections on the construction and constraints of a lawful citizen in Iceland, 1915–1934

 

Session 2c

Room HU111 (30)

Otherness, Gender and Boundary Crises: Discourses on Minority Peddlers in Late Nineteenth-Century Finland

 

Organisers: Jutta Ahlbeck & Ann-Catrin Östman (Åbo Akademi University)

Chair: Ann-Catrin Östman

 

  • Jutta Ahlbeck & Hanna Lindberg (Åbo Akademi University), Anxieties and Peddling in Nineteenth-Century Finland
  • Sandra Waller (Åbo Akademi University), Implicit Crises: Othering and Questionnaires
  • Anna Sundelin (Åbo Akademi University), Peddlers Settling Down. Crises in Community?
  • Johanna Wassholm & Ann-Catrin Östman (Åbo Akademi University), Curiosity, Fear and Conflict: Strangers on the Fair in Nineteenth-Century Finland

 

Session 2d

Room HU206 (40)

Motherhood and Marriage in Transition

 

Chair: Sirpa Aalto

 

  • Anna Niiranen (University of Jyväskylä), “A source of dread, anxiety, and subsequent regret”? Pregnancy as a potential crisis in nineteenth century British medicine
  • Dalrún J. Eygerðardóttir (University of Iceland), “What else could I do?” A historical analysis of single mothers working as housekeepers in the Icelandic rural society 
  • Natalia Pushkareva (Russian Academy of Sciences), From sexual anarchy to attempt to restore the tradition: The crisis of marriage in Russia and its overcome in the 1920s
  • Erla Doris Halldórsdóttir (independent historian), Widowers after losing their wives in childbirth in the 19th century

 

Session 2e

Room HU108 (30)

Encounters with the “Other”: The Personal and the Political

 

Chair: Seija Jalagin

 

  • Annika Berg (University of Stockholm), Women's rights in Swedish development aid – a prehistory
  • Christian Gerdov (Mittuniversitet), Kris i befolkningsfrågan – ett (tredje) världsproblem?
  • Ritva Larva (University of Turku), Acquiring a new skill during the war times – Marta Keravuori becoming a Japan specialist
  • Yulia Gradskova (Södertörn University). Presentation of the book Gendering Postsocialism. Old Legacies and New Hierarchies

 

 

 

Friday, June 8th

Parallel sessions 3 (9:00 – 10:30)

 

9:00–10:30

 

Session 3a

Room HU110 (20)

Remembrance and emotions I

 

Chair: Daniel Blackie (University of Oulu)

 

  • Eve Annuk (Estonia Literary Museum), Body, femininity and motherhood: Women’s unspoken stories about Soviet period Estonia
  • Ilmari Leppihalme (University of Oulu), Embodied memories and affective (re)mapping in Anu Kaipainen’s evacuee novels
  • Maarit Leskelä-Kärki (University of Turku), Life’s catastrophes: Interpreting life crises in biographical research

 

Session 3b

Room HU205 (60)

Free and unfree labour in the Nordic Countries:

A gender historic perspective I

 

Organisers: Fia Sundevall (Stockholm University & Swedish Labour Movement’s Archive and Library) & Yvonne Svanström (University of Stockholm)

Chair: Fia Sundevall

Commentator: Ann-Catrin Östman

 

  • Carolina Uppenberg (University of Gothenburg), Servants in free and unfree labour: Gender and labour relations in 18th and 19th century Sweden
  • Hanne Østhus (independent researcher), Perspectives from free/unfree labour and gender history. The example of service and slavery in eighteenth-century Denmark-Norway
  • Astrid Elkjær Sørensen (University of Aarhus), Narratives about the Swedish women working in Denmark 1850–1900
  • Nina Trige Andersen (Society for Labour History, Denmark), Laboring and organizing on the margins: Filipina Service Workers and Au Pairs in Denmark 1970s–2010s

 

Session 3c

Room HU207 (54)

Gendered histories of bodies, nationality and commercialism related to the Swedish popular press 1920–2015 I

 

Organiser: Emma Severinsson (Lund University)

Chair: Heidi Kurvinen

 

  • Klara Arnberg (Stockholm University), The Gentlemen's Paradise? Stockholm's 'porn street' as a commercial, gendered and medialised space, 1960–1990
  • Emma Pihl Skoog (Stockholm University), Den kommersiellt gångbara vältränade mannen: massmediala framställningar av den muskulösa manskroppen under mellan- och efterkrigstiden
  • Emma Severinsson (Lund University), Jakten på den ideala svenskan – ras, nationalitet och feminitet i skönhetstävlingar 1921–1933

 

Session 3d

Room HU111 (30)

New perspectives: letters and crises

 

Chair: Kaisa Harju (University of Oulu)

 

  • Margrét Gunnardóttir (University of Iceland), The tragedy of a Danish adventurer: “The King of Iceland!” in 1809, Jörgen Jörgensen, as seen in his letters to his mother and siblings
  • Marjo Kaartinen (University of Turku), Practices of Coping with Separation: The Case of Vera Hjelt (1857–1947)
  • Heini Hakosalo (University of Oulu), Högbergsgatan 13 at war: A microhistorical case study on the effects of the outbreak of the Winter War (1939–40) on the gender and social relationships of a Helsingfors housing company

 

Session 3e

Room HU109 (20)

Crisis, gender and literature

 

Chair: Hanna-Leena Nissilä (University of Oulu)

 

  • Katarina Leppänen (University of Gothenburg), Crisis of femininity in early 20th century Nordic novels
  • Nina Työlahti (University of Oulu), Crisis as a Literary Device – Sentimentalism in Heikki Meriläinen’s Novel The Girls of Pietola (1892)
  • Merlin Kirikal (Tallinn University), Obsessive working and divided self – Crisis and female creativity in Johannes Semper’s Jealousy (1934)

 

Session 3f

Room HU108 (30)

World War I and civil war as frames for gender and crisis

 

Chair: Tiina Kinnunen (University of Oulu)

 

  • Íris Ellenberger (University of Iceland), Gendered aspects of foreignness in Reykjavík 1900–1920
  • Ulla Wikander (Stockholms Universitet), Finska inbördeskriget 1918 och svensk kvinnoopinion
  • Marianne Junila (University of Oulu) & Tiina Lintunen (University of Turku), Thinking back on the Finnish Civil War 1918 – Young girls’ ways of coping with crises and trauma

 

 

 

Friday, June 8th  

Parallel sessions 4 (14:00 – 16:00)

 

14:00–16:00

 

Session 4a

Room HU111 (30)

Remembrance and emotions II

 

Chair: Nina Työlahti (University of Oulu)

 

  • Hanna-Leena Nissilä (University of Oulu), War, memories and women writers – “Evacuee literature as creative remembrance
  • Kirsi Tuohela (University of Turku), Breakdown – crises in women’s autobiographies of mental illness
  • Tuija Huuki & Maija Lanas (University of Oulu), Affective, historical and material entanglements in a painful past-present lecture-assemblage of an Arctic adult-child
  • Synne Myrebøe (Umeå University), Rational crises: Martha Nussbaum and the politics of emotions

 

 

Session 4b

Room (HU205)

Free and unfree labour in the Nordic countries:

A gender history perspective II

 

Organisers: Fia Sundevall (Stockholm University & Swedish Labour Movement’s Archive and Library) & Yvonne Svanström (University of Stockholm)

Chair: Carolina Uppenberg

Commentator: Astrid Elkjær Sørensen (University of Aarhus)

 

  • Yvonne Svanström (University of Stockholm), Unemployed and Forced to Labour: Vagrancy, Legislation and Gender in Sweden 1920s–1950s
  • Fia Sundevall (Swedish Labour Movement’s Archive and Library), Personnel Crisis: Gender, Demography and Free/Unfree Military Labour, Sweden 1945–1975
  • Johanna Overud (Umeå University), Bound by location: The localization of jobs and the activation of women in the 1960s and 1970s Swedish rural north
  • Concluding discussion: Themes, concepts, methods

 

Session 4c

Room HU207 (54)

Gendered histories of bodies, nationality and commercialism related to the Swedish popular press 1920–2015 II

 

Organiser: Emma Severinsson (Lund University)

Chair: Heidi Kurvinen

 

  • Ulrika Holgersson (Lund University), In light of her death: Funerals as media events in Sweden from queen Sophia of Nassau 1914 to Secretary of state Anna Lindh 2003
  • Helena Tolvhed (Stockholm University), Building her body. Representing and negotiating femininity in women’s bodybuilding 1970–2015
  • Wilma Sjöberg (Stockholm University), Motorsport and Masculinity: the Construction of the Driver in Rally and Formula 1 in Swedish Media 1948-1999

 

Session 4d

Room HU208 (20)

State, gender and eugenics

 

Chair: Niina Timosaari (University of Oulu)

 

  • Merle Wessel (University of Helsinki), Motherhood in Crisis – Eugenic Feminism in the Nordic Countries, ca. 1890–1940
  • Sophy Bergenheim (University of Helsinki), Women bringing down and saving the nation: National and collective crises as gendered issues in Finland and Swedish-speaking Finland, 1920s–1950s
  • Malin Arvidsson (Lund University), State redress for involuntary sterilization in Sweden and Denmark 

 

Session 4e

Room HU206 (40)

Women, War and Survival: Coping with Political Crises, Persecutions and Unrest in China and the Middle East, 1898–1930

 

Organiser: Inger Marie Okkenhaug (Volda University College)

Chair: Inger Marie Okkenhaug

Commentator: Lina Sturfelt (Lund University)

 

  • Inger Marie Okkenhaug (Volda University College), Scandinavian Involvements, War and a Gendered Refugee Crisis, Turkey and the Levant, 1915–1930
  • Camilla Brautaset (University of Bergen), Women, War and Survival in China. Anna Jakobsen Cheng and the Boxer Upraising, 1899–1901
  • Malin Gregersen (Linnaeus University), Coping with Revolt and War in China: Scandinavian Missionary Experiences of Crises, 1900–1930
  • Karina Hestad Skeie (NLA University College), Violent death, fear and spiritual warfare: Norwegian Missionaries and Chinese Christians in Hubei and Henan 1898–1930

 

Session 4f

Room HU108 (30)

Kunskapens kön – perspektiv på akademisk maskulinitet

 

Organisatörer: Helena Bergman & Kirsti Niskanen (Stockholms Universitet)

Ordförande och kommentator: Sigrídur Matthiásdóttir

 

  • Anders Ahlbäck (Åbo Akademi), Om att identifiera akademisk maskulinitet inom undervisningskulturen
  • Helena Bergman (Södertörns högskola & Stockholms universitet),  Vetenskapens osynliga män – vetenskaplig auktoritet och maskulinitet i svensk alkoholforskning, 1940–1960-tal
  • Hanna Lindberg (Åbo Akademi), Om män, för män, av män – Den finländska efterkrigstida alkoholforskningen som en maskulin arena
  • Kirsti Niskanen (Stockholms universitet), Maskulinitet i förändring – filosofen Einar Tegens akademiska persona mellan 1920- och 50-talen

 

Session 4g

Room (tba)

Men and honour in the time of crisis from the 17th to the 19th century

 

Organisers: Mari Välimäki (University of Turku) & Saara Hilpinen (University of Helsinki)

Chair: Mari Välimäki (University of Turku)

 

  • Saara Hilpinen (University of Helsinki), The anatomy of personal scandals and life crises of men of the elite in 19th century Grand Duchy of Finland
  • Anna Koivusalo (University of Helsinki), “Redemption” or southern honor? Change in honorable emotional expression in the U.S. Suth during Reconstruction (1865–1877)
  • Jonas Liliequist (University of Umeå), From the frustrated duellist to the steadfast man – changing social logics and emotional practices of honour and manliness in early modern Sweden
  • Mari Välimäki (University of Turku), Sexuality, honour, communities and men in 17th-century urban Sweden

 

 

Saturday, June 9th

Parallel sessions 5 (9:00 – 10:30)

 

9:00–10:30

 

Session 5a

Room HU205 (60)

The conscious emigrant: Emigration as a crisis or conscious act?

 

Organisers: Sigrídur Matthiásdóttir (Reykjavík Academy)

& Ann-Catrin Östman (Åbo Akademi University)

Chair: Hanna Lindberg (Åbo Akademi University)

 

  • Ulla Aatsinki (University of Tampere), Immigrant women educating new citizens into American society
  • Sigrídur Matthíasdóttir (Reykjavík Academy), Transnational agents or fleeing victims? Single women who emigrated from Iceland to North America
  • Ann-Catrin Östman (Åbo Akademi University), Education, edification and respectability in life stories of rural men

 

Session 5b

Room HU207 (54)

Using Big Data in Historical Research: New Approaches, New Results

 

Chair: Heini Hakosalo (University of Oulu)

 

  • Emil Marklund (Umeå University), Teachers needed! The socio-economic background of teachers in northern Sweden 1870–1950
  • Inger Nørgård (Museum of East Jutland), More records about individuals! Does it bring us closer to a more gender equal history?
  • Lotta Vikström & Erling Häggström Lundevaller (Umeå University), Did disability bring crisis? Gendered and demographic life-course findings on disabled and non-disabled people in 19th-century Sweden
  • Tiina Männistö-Funk (Chalmers University of Technology), The Gender of Walking and the Crisis of Mobility in the Car City: Female Pedestrians in Street Photographs 1890–1989

Session 5c

Room HU111 (30)

Gendered post-crises memories

 

Chair: Marianne Junila (University of Oulu)

 

  • Hafnis Hafsteinsdottir (independent historian), Crises in memory: The image of the “war-bride” in Reykjavik and the construction of female sexual deviance
  • Anu Heiskanen (University of Helsinki), Gendered coping and surviving strategies in the aftermath of World War II
  • Emma Lundin (Queen Mary University, London), Writing Women Out of History: Post-Crisis Lessons from Southern Africa and Scandinavia
  • Erla Hulda Halldórsdóttir (University of Iceland), Housewives in crisis: Conflicting ideologies 1945–1970

 

Session 5d

Room HU108 (30)

Resistance and Empowerment: Gender in Art and Media

 

Chair: Seija Jalagin (University of Oulu)

 

  • Elina Karvo (University of Turku), Crises in men’s friendships – a televisual view
  • Susan Lindholm (Malmö University), Boundaries of Sisterhood – a comparative approach to US and Latin American Hip-hop feminism
  • Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir (University of Iceland), Feckless and hotheaded: Towards an alternative feminist art-historical narrative