German Studies Association


Annual Conference, October 1-4, 2020, Washington, DC



“The Difference that Makes a Difference:

Gender in Swiss History, Culture, Politics, and the Law”


Open Call for Papers, sponsored by the Swiss Studies Interdisciplinary Network of the GSA for its annual conference in Washington, DC, October 1-4, 2020.


Switzerland, an early and deeply democratic nation with a high level of direct citizen participation in political processes, long had a difficult time extending full political rights to women. These rights were granted only in 1971. Although women have made tremendous progress in the half century since then, gender issues run long and deep in Switzerland. They have shaped private and public lives for both sexes far beyond the question of suffrage.


This panel seeks proposals from a broad range of disciplines on the topic of gender issues in Switzerland, including comparative treatments across national borders. Such inquiries could include but do not need to be limited to topics such as:


Please submit a proposed title and 250-word abstract to Hans J. Rindisbacher ([log in to unmask]) and Peter C. Meilaender ([log in to unmask]) by February 10, 2020.


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