Women, Gender Roles and Humanitarian Aid

in the Greater War 1912-1925


Women, Gender Roles and Humanitarian Aid  in the Greater War 1912-1925


Monday 13 December 2021

13:30-14:00 Registration

14:00-14:15 Welcome by the organising committee: Nel de Mûelenaere, Wendy Wiertz and Antoon Vrints

14:15-14:25 Introduction keynote

14:25-15:05 Keynote 1 Susan R. Grayzel, Utah State University

15:05-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:00 Session 1: Female humanitarian workers: trajectories and motives

15:30-15:40 Introduction by chair Elisabeth Piller

15:40-16:00 Nicholas Steneck, Wesleyan College: Mobilizing Midwestern motherhood: Louise Hall, humanitarian work, and the Great War, 1914-1925

16:00-16:20 Ruth Nattermann, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich – LMU: Feminism and transnational humanitarianism. Female professionals as agents of humanitarian aid in the aftermath of the First World War

16:20-16:40 Tamar Y. Rothenberg, Bronx Community College – CUNY: “A gesture of love”: class, gender, Francophilia, and the American Fund for French Wounded (video)

16:40-17:00 Q&A

Tuesday 14 December 2021

09:00-09:10 Welcome

09:10-10:40 Session 2: Humanitarian organisations and organisational culture 

09:10-09:20 Introduction by chair Antoon Vrints

09:20-09:40 Jacqueline Jenkinson, University of Stirling: On the margins – The interventions of women associates of the all-male Glasgow Corporation Belgian Refugee Committee in support of Belgian refugee women and girls in the First World War

09:40-10:00 Nel de Mûelenaere, Vrije Universiteit Brussel: The Belgian women who ‘did not play the game’: on the power dynamics of American philanthropy, 1922-1923

10:00-10:20 Andrea Griffante, Lithuanian Institute of History, Vilnius: For the sake of mothers and babies: Lady Muriel Paget’s mission in the Baltic States

10:20-10:40 Q&A

10:40-11:10 Coffee Break

11:10-12:40 Session 3: Gender roles at home and in the host countries

11:10-11:20 Introduction by chair Henk de Smaele

11:20-11:40 Heidrun Zettelbauer, Graz University: Between humanitarian aid and political functionalization. Conservative and right-wing women’s activism in voluntary war-welfare 1912–1916 (video)

11:40-12:00 Kristien Suenens, KADOC-KU Leuven: Girls and nuns in exile. Belgian children and women religious in school colonies in France and Switzerland (1915-1919)

12:00-12:20 Francesca Piana, independent scholar: Gendering the “inner light”. Anna Ruth Fry and the dilemmas of Quaker humanitarianism, 1914-1926

12:20-12:40 Q&A

12:40-13:40 Lunch

13:40-15:20 Session 4: Ideas of nationhood and transnationality

13:40-13:50 Introduction by chair Pierre Purseigle

13:50-14:10 Jelena Seferović, Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia: Demystification of women’s humanitarian work in Dalmatia during the First World War and its aftermath

14:10-14:30 Daria Dyakonova, International University in Geneva: The transnational network of communist women and humanitarian aid to Soviet Russia, 1920-1923

14:30-14:50 Heather R. Perry, The University of North Carolina at Carolina: Nourishing the Volk: gender, food, and national belonging in Germany’s long Great War

14:50-15:20 Q&A and final discussion

15:20-15:50 Coffee break

15:50-16:00 Introduction keynote

16:00-16:40 Keynote 2 Sophie De Schaepdrijver, Pennsylvania State University

16:40-17:00 Closing remarks by the organising committee