Fifth Biennial EAAS Women's Network Symposium

Fifth Biennial EAAS Women's Network Symposium


The Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Debrecen is hosting in 2023 the biennial interdisciplinary symposium of the European Association for American Studies Women's Network caucus. The mission of the EAAS Women's Network is to facilitate contact between EAAS members interested in subjects and issues dealing with women and gender. It seeks to enhance cooperation among European Americanists through a network of scholars with common research interests. It also encourages collaboration on projects and publications, and works towards organizing parallel lectures, workshops, panel discussions, roundtables, performances, exhibits, and keynote addresses at EAAS meetings, with the end goal of increasing the visibility of women and women’s and gender issues. 

Symposium Call for Papers

Website of EAAS Women's Network


Symposium title:

Access to Equality: Reproductive Justice in the United States

March 31-April 1, 2023




Keynote speaker: Dr. Andrea Pető


Andrea Pető is a historian and a Professor at the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, Vienna, Austria, a Research Affiliate of the CEU Democracy Institute, Budapest, and a Doctor of Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her works on gender, politics, Holocaust, and war have been translated into 23 languages. In 2018 she was awarded the 2018 All European Academies (ALLEA) Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values and the 2022 University of Oslo Human Rights Award. She is Doctor Honoris Causa of Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. Recent publications include: The Women of the Arrow Cross Party. Invisible Hungarian Perpetrators in the Second World War. Palgrave, Macmillan, 2020. And Forgotten Massacre: Budapest 1944. DeGruyter, 2021. She writes op-ed pieces for many international and national media about academic freedom and illiberal higher education.




      Reproductive Rights as a Site for a New Cold War


Are we witnessing a new Cold War between liberal and illiberal forces globally waged on “gender as symbolic glue”? Attacks on reproductive rights fill the headlines and government-sponsored billboards promoting motherhood and condemning abortion proliferate, while the allegedly mainstream right-wing governments increasingly adopt positions previously espoused only by the far right creating a dangerous void in the center of the political spectrum. Posters of smiling white mothers with cute white babies are covering the expensive billboards advertising motherhood from Hungary to Poland, from Germany to Denmark, from Russia to Serbia. Is the ethnocentric pronatalism of today the same pronatalism as of the interwar period concerning its rhetoric and potential for mobilization? Should the triple – financial, security, and ‘refugee’ – crises of the years following 2008 and/or the COVID-19 pandemic be considered as our era’s trigger moments?  This talk tries to give an answer to these troubling questions, using a historical comparative analysis of the different phases of contestations of reproductive rights – abortion policy and promoting righteous motherhood. 


March 31st, 11.15-12.45 

Venue: Studio 111 (Main Building)

OR online via WebEx: (password, if required: EAAS_Keynote)

Poster design: Fruzsina Papp



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