Translating Feminisms

Feminist thought, action and writing is both situated locally and connected globally. This is the reason why a group of scholars and graduate students within the Centre are interested in the ways in which ideas and political practices are locally re-signified when they 'travel' between countries, languages, cultures. We employ a truly interdisciplinary framework, drawn from History, Feminist Studies, Translation Studies and Postcolonial Studies, and consider feminist groups and individuals throughout the long 20th Century. The Cluster forms part of an International Network involving scholars from various countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia, and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Exploring the legacy of feminism in Northern Italy: motherhood, family life, sexuality and employment (1967-2012).

British Academy postdoctoral research project run by Dr Andrea HajekExploring the legacy of feminism in Northern Italy: motherhood, family life, sexuality and employment (1967-2012). Funded by the British Academy (2013-2016). 

This oral history project studies the transmission of a history and memory of second-wave feminism in Northern Italy and, more generally, traces the developments in women’s social conditions from the late 1960s to the present day. It engages with questions of how history is made, the role memory plays in this process and what the dynamics of collective and generational memory are. The outcome of the project is an interactive blog and a monograph. 

For more details please visit the project blog.

2016-18: Translating Feminism: Transfers, Transgression, Transformation (1945-1991)

Leverhulme 2016-18
PI: Dr Maud Bracke

The project Translating Feminism: Transfers, Transgression, Transformation (1945-1991) is funded by the Leverhulme International Network Grant. Dr Maud Bracke is the Principal Investigator. Dr Penny Morris is Chair of the Steering Committee.

This project brings together scholars from three continents wishing to pursue original, interdisciplinary research focused on the global reach of feminist writing and women’s movements. While the transformation of women’s social status is one of the most significant developments of the post-war period around the globe, little is known about the precise ways in which women’s rights campaigners and thinkers across different national and cultural settings communicated with one another, read and translated each other’s texts, and locally gave new meanings to globally travelling ideas. Such intercultural exchanges, we propose, opened up possibilities for individual and social transformation. Historical findings and new theoretical approaches will be discussed at three workshops and a major international conference, and disseminated through academic publications and an interactive website containing original resources.

After 1968. Social conflict and stabilisation in Europe's long 1970s

PI: Dr Maud Bracke

2011-15: La Mamma Italiana: Interrogating a National Stereotype

AHRC 2011-15
PI: P Morris