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03/02/2023 - 03/03/2023 | Leipzig

Doing Gender in Practices of Doing History

Engendered Performances of the Past

Whenever history is displayed, performed, or staged publicly, gender is performed as well. The workshop will focus on forms of doing history which rest on bodily, immersive, and experiential approaches and highlight playful, multi-sensory or personal engagements with the past. It will explore the nexus between modes of doing history and doing gender by
addressing the following questions:How are notions of history and gender being co-produced in practices of doing history, when, e.g., the unstable categories of gender are regarded and performed as stable, and conservative gender behavior is thus further cemented? How do perceptions of history and gender reinforce or challenge each other in action? Laying emphasis on sensorial, physical approaches to history opens up further questions
about the role of body knowledge. In which ways is understanding of gender and history located in or attached to the bodies performing them and what epistemic power is attributed to physically experiencing gender and/in history?


Thursday, 2 March 2023

GWZO, conference room 4th floor

14:00 Arrivals and Coffee

Welcome and Introduction
Juliane Tomann (University of Regensburg) / Karin Reichenbach (GWZO, Leipzig)

He-enactment, She-enactment, Re-enactment?
Chair: Karin Reichenbach (GWZO, Leipzig)

Elisa Chazal (European University Institute, Florence): Presence and absence of female workers in the fin-de-siècle historical re-enactments of the ›Old Buda‹ (1896) and the ›Old Paris‹ (1900)

Kamila Baraniecka-Olszewska (Polish Academy of
Sciences, Warsaw): Female Reenactors in Medieval Reenactment Movement in Poland

Juliane Tomann (University of Regensburg): Doing Gender in Historical Reenactment? Female-to Male Cross-Dressing in Polish Napoleonic War Reenactment


Chair: Juliane Tomann

Dietlind Hüchtker (University of Vienna): Doing Gender – Doing History. Reflections on the Practice of Praxeological Concepts


Friday, 3 March 2023
GWZO, conference room 4th floor

History and Gender in Visual Media
Chair: Sabine Stach (GWZO, Leipzig)

Peirou Chu (École Normal Supérieure de Lyon): Inventing the New Woman: Rewriting the History of Women in the Weimar Republic

Paul Csillag (European University Institute, Florence): Fighting Heresy with a Shotgun – The Figure of the Templar reframed through digital reenactment


Engendered Performances in Museums and Memory Culture
Chair: Lisa Füchte (GWZO, Leipzig)

Pablo Santacana López (Bauhaus-University Weimar): Entangled Transtemporalities: Time and Gender-crossing in Charlotte von Mahlsdorf

Lili Toitot (University of London): Performing the Alsacienne: Femininity as a Political Symbol of Identity

Francesca Fulminante (Universities of Bristol and Oxford / Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg Delmenhorst): »Warriors« and »Weavers«: Visual and Performative Representation of Women and Men in Pre-and Proto-history: Case Atudies from Italy and UK


Gender on Stage and in Performative Art
Chair: Karin Reichenbach (GWZO, Leipzig)

Freyja Cox Jensen (University of Exeter) / Dana L. Key (University of Nottingham): Doing Early Modern Gender on Stage

Stefan Hartmann (University of Augsburg): »Die Pfahlbauer«: Unveiling Stereotypes (not only) of Gender on Stage

Marianna Zakrzewska (University of Warsaw): Performing History by Enacting Feminist Continuity. Liberation Practices of Polish Women

Concluding Discussion
Chair: Juliane Tomann (University of Regensburg)


The Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) focuses its research on the region between the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea and the Adriatic from late antiquity until the present day in a comparative perspective. We examine transformations,
interrelationships and entanglements in a globalizing world. The institute thus seeks to contribute to a deeper understanding of political, economic and social developments in the countries, societies and cultures of East Central and Eastern Europe.


Prof. Dr. Juliane Tomann (Public History, University of Regensburg)

Dr. des. Karin Reichenbach (GWZO-Department »Culture und Imagination«)


Julia Kuhre und Ines Rößler (GWZO, Leipzig)

Information on participating / attending:
Online participation is also possible.


03/02/2023 14:00 - 03/03/2023 15:30

Event venue:

GWZO, Specks Hof (Entrance A),
Reichsstraße 4–6
04109 Leipzig

Target group:

Scientists and scholars, Students



Subject areas:

Art / design, Cultural sciences, History / archaeology, Politics, Teaching / education

Types of events:

Seminar / workshop / discussion




Virginie Michaels


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