Call for Papers: "Postsocialism, Transformation and Gender"

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Dr. Heike Kahlert & Dr. Sabine Schäfer

9 November 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the historical starting point of the political and social transformation of the former socialist societies in Eastern and Central Eastern Europe, and the starting point for the German re-unification in 1990.  While in the (early) 1990s, the discussion was still intense on the unification of two patriarchal systems and the alleged lead in gender equality in Eastern and Central European countries vis à vis the Western neighbours, it seems to have become somewhat more quiet in the perspective of women and gender studies regarding state and consequences of transformation and respective gender effects. Deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2009.

By now, from a gender perspective, the historical importance of the rivalry of the systems and the post-socialist constellations in East and West are hardly understood.  At the same time the question arises what effects the new political situations have on politics of equal-ity and gender relations – in Germany the current strengthening of the left on the far side of the Social Democrats, and in some transformation states like Poland and Hungary a strengthening of the political right.

The new German journal GENDER. Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft that also publishes English contributions, dedicates the issue “Postsocialism, Transformation and Gender” (vol 3/2010) to these correlations and is asking for original contributions from the social sciences and humanities not yet published.

Contributions may, for example, deal with the following issues:

  • What influence did the fall of the Berlin Wall have on gender relations in politics, economy and society and the conditions of real life in East and West?
  • What does the alleged lead in gender equality mean for women in Central and Eastern European countries, twenty years after? Did anything remain?
  • How may the transformation of post-socialist societies in East and West be evaluated with special emphasis on gender politics?
  • What is the value of politics of equality in the political and social transformation of the post-socialist countries in Europe?
  • In what sense are the re-awakening political powers on the left and on the right influential concerning the transformation of gender relations? What does this mean, i.e., for a (new?) left feminism? What does it mean for a de- or re-traditionalisation of gender constructions?
  • Is there an interdependence between low birth rates in all Eastern and Central European transformation countries and the post-socialist gender arrangements at work? How can this interedependence be understood?
  • Are globalisation of labour and related migratory processes markedly gender related (i.e., migration related to house work and care, migration of young women from East to West)?
  • Is the politically demanded and promoted dual-earner model a continuation of the socialist gender arrangement?
  • How can emerging post-socialist concepts of masculinity be characterised?
  • What gender theoretical concepts are available for the description of post-socialist constella-tions?
  • How important are east-west-differences (still) in the current gender theoretical diagnoses of the time? How can this importance be understood in a context of a widening debate on inter-sectionality? And how can it be grasped methodologically/methodically?

Please, send your one to two page abstract of your projected contribution via email to Dr. Heike Kahlert ( and Dr. Sabine Schäfer ( by 30 November 2009. An invitation to hand in your contribution will be sent out before Christmas. Deadline for the complete contribution of some 7,500 words is 28 February 2010. Abstracts and contributions in English are, of course, welcome.

About GENDER. Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft

GENDER. Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft as a newly founded journal on women and gender studies presents a forum for academic debate as well as discourse between academics and practitioners.

The range of the journal extends from social to cultural topics – sociopolitical issues on equality and justice are addressed as well as issues of the orchestration and cultural interpretation of gender.  The journal aims at a broad range of topics and academic disciplines, in which women, men, and gender issues are reflected.  Following the multi-disciplinary setting of the journal, analyses are welcome from, i.e., sociology, pedagogy, political science, cultural science and history, which are adept to the interdisciplinary approach of gender studies.  Furthermore, the analyses of local, regional and global impacts on gender relations are of interest.

GENDER. Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft is published three times per an-num, each with a thematic focus, and some 480 pages per year.  Apart from the usual procedure of double-blind peer review, contributions within the thematic focus and a rubric of open contri-butions, contributions are also published regularly under the rubric of “From research, politics and practitioners” as well as proceedings and book reviews.  We have started the processes of being listed in the international citation indexes.  The journal is edited by Prof. Dr. Ruth Becker, Dr. Heike Kahlert, Prof. Dr. Sigrid Metz-Göckel, Dr. Beate Kortendiek and Dr. Sabine Schäfer and published by Barbara Budrich Publishers.

Further queries?

For further information, please contact the editors in chief of the issue “Postsocialism, Transfor-mation and Gender”, Dr. Heike Kahlert ( and Dr. Sabine Schäfer ( You can find style sheets here (This is in German at the moment, an English version will be available shortly.)

Verlag Barbara Budrich
Stauffenbergstr. 7
D-51379 Leverkusen-Opladen
Tel. +49.(0)2171.344.594
Fax +49.(0)2171.344.693

Editoral Staff
Ruth Becker, Heike Kahlert, Beate Kortendiek,
Sigrid Metz-Göckel, Sabine Schäfer

Contact Info
c/o Netzwerk Frauenforschung NRW
Universität Dortmund, D-44221 Dortmund
Telefon 0231 755 5142         Telefax 0231 755 2447


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