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Gender history as an object of knowledge. Theoretical framework and research practice of Polish studies on women’s past in the international context.

Dr. Barbara Klich-Kluczewska
Dr. Katarzyna Stańczak-Wiślicz
Anna Dobrowolska, MA

The goal of the project was to create new interpretive tools and methodological categories useful in the study of women’s history and history analyzed from a gender perspective. The research procedure consisted of three related stages:
1. methodological analysis of the historiographical output of women’s history and gender history in the 20th century (in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe), in the context of the dominant research trends in world humanities;
2. empirical research in line with the concept of discursive dispersion of research issues – differentiation of research topics integrated with the methodological assumption of historicity and local character of the gender order. The field of research included, among others, the emancipatory strategies of rural women in the Second Republic of Poland, the management of everyday life during the economic crisis in Poland of the 1980s, the influence of the biographical experience of women researchers on the development of sociological sciences, the role of expert knowledge in shaping the social order in the 1960s, biopolitics and cultural translation, the phenomenon of Polish herstory after 2001.
3. creating a catalog of analytical categories (including double intellectual experience, critical feminism, oral herstory, mulier rustica) and proposing categories to describe the complex process and various types of emancipation: selective, domestic, homestead, exclusionary, delayed.
The academic meetings organized during the course of the project have evolved over time into the Gender History Seminar, which brings together monthly interdisciplinary and international scholars working on the past in the context of the gender order.