The politics of gender, work and value

Open to the Public
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Gellner Room
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10:00am
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Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10:00am to Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 6:00pm

 The politics of gender, work and value

Central European University, Budapest (March 7-8 2015)This event will be the third meeting of the international Research Network, Women, Work and Value in postwar Europe, 1945-2015.
Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Universities of Bristol and Glasgow, and the Central European University (Labor History Initiative).Keynote speaker: Professor Eileen Boris (UC Santa Cruz)
This workshop addresses women’s work as an object of political debate, as well as the gendered nature of work as a basis for collective action and mobilization, policy-setting, and social critique. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please email Hannah-Marie Chidwick ( if you would like to reserve a place.  
Saturday March 7
10-10.30 Welcome and introductions
10.30-12.00 The politics of work and gender under socialism
  • Natalia Jarska (Institute of National Remembrance, Warsaw): Gendered unemployment in state socialism (Poland 1945-1970)
  • Kateryna Ruban (New York University): Midwives of modernity: establishing medical care of maternity in a rural Soviet hospital in 1950s-60s
12 - 1.30 Lunch
1.30-3.00 Feminism and women’s work
  • Camille Barbagallo (University of East London): Reproducing the global city: gender, work and the home
  • George Stevenson (Durham): Experiences of ‘class’ within the British women’s liberation movement, c. 1968 - c. 1979
3-3.30 Tea/coffee

3.30-5  Keynote lecture
Eileen Boris (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Legibility and Affect in Organizing Care Work

To make care legible we call it work and to make work decent we fit reproductive labors under employment standards forged with the [Western and white] male industrial worker as the prototype. Can such redefinitions improve paid household labor? Can labor standards regimes account for the affect and emotional labor involved in doing care work well? What are the ideological, political, or representational obstacles to naming care as work and work as employment?

Sunday March 8

10.00-12.00 Regulating and legislating women’s work
  • Eloisa Betti (University of Bologna/IMLR London): Women’s work value and equal pay in post-war Italy: women’s agency, state policies and international regulations
  • Jackie Gulland (Edinburgh): “A considerable capacity for housework”: gender, disability and the construction of (in)capacity for work across the 20th century
  • Pamela Schievenin (London/Glasgow): Women politicians and the transformation of the Italian welfare state  
12-1.30 Lunch

1.30-3.00 The politics of women’s work after socialism
  • Chiara Bonfiglioli (Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia): Deindustrialisation and devalued women’s work in post-socialist Croatia
  • Roxane Vasile (CEU, Budapest): Sex worker and pro-sex work activism in postsocialism