11 April 2014

The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Social Research Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan organises the conference Fighting Women in Asia and Europe During and After World War II. This three day conference takes place from 11 until 13 Juni at the NIAS in Wassenaar, the Netherlands.

War training by Japanese women of the Tokyo textile factory in Osaka. 1950. Photo: Beeldbank WO2/NIOD

Fighting Women In Asia and Europe during and after World War II
Organised in cooperation with: Institute for Advanced Social Research Kwansei Gakuin University (Nishinomya, Japan) with help from NIAS Wassenaar and KNAW Conference Grants Fund.
Venue: NIAS Wassenaar
Date: 11-13 June 2014

This conference is on invitation only, if you want further information please contact the organizers: 
e.buchheim@niod.knaw.nl of r.futselaar@niod.knaw.nl .

Preliminary programme 11-13 June 2014

Day 1, 11 June

09:00-09:10 Welcome Paul Emmelkamp, rector NIAS
09.10-09.20 Opening Remarks by NIOD director Marjan Schwegman
09:20-10.15     Keynote Speech by Sonya Michel
Short coffee break

Session I: Representations Part I
10:25-11:10 Monica Soeting - VU University Amsterdam
She too was part of it: The presentation of a female member of the Dutch resistance movement in Cissy van Marxveldts “Ook zij maakte het mee”

11:15-12:00 King-Fai Tam - Hong Kong Polytechnic University
From An Unknown Girl Rebel to A Celebrated War Correspondent: War in the Eye of a Chinese Woman Soldier

12:05-12:50 Gelinada Grinchenko - V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
“Slave” and “Victim” vs “Hero” and “Fighter”: Images of women – Forced Laborers in Soviet War and Post-War Agitation and Propaganda

12:50-13:50 Lunch

Session II: Representations Part II

13:50-14:35 Kees Ribbens - NIOD, Amsterdam
Between heroism and invisibility: Representing women in WWII comics

14:40-15:25 Timothy Tsu - Kwansei Gakuin University
From pure ideology to full body: Female protagonists in Chinese anti-Japanese war movies

15:30-16:15 Megumi Kitahara - Osaka University
Women Artists in Wartime Japan: How to Appraise the Role of “Fighting Women”? Part 1

16:15-16:30 Tea break

16:30-17:15 Reiko Kokatsu - Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
Women Artists in Wartime Japan: How to Appraise the Role of “Fighting Women”? Part 2

17.15-18.00 Timothy Tsu, Ralf Futselaar, Eveline Buchheim
Publication plans, network development discussion

Day 2, 12 June

Session III: Feminizing the Military
09:00-09:45 Julie le Gac - Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique
From the Home to the Front (and Back Again): Women in the French Expeditionary Corps, 1943-1944

09:50-10:35 Victor Shiu Chiang Cheng - Visiting fellow Australian National University
What should women do in war? The Chinese Communist fighting women, 1927-1949

10:35-10:50 Coffee break

10:55-12:40 Fia Sundevall - Stockholm University
Armed Women in the Neutral Outskirts of WWII: Renegotiations of the gendered division of military labour in Sweden 1939-1969

12:40-13:40 Lunch

Session IV: Women in the Military
13:40-14:25 Vera Hildebrand - NIAS, University of Copenhagen
The Rani of Jhansi Regiment: The all female infantry unit of the Indian National Army (INA)

14:30-15:15 Jutta Mühlenberg - Independent scholar Hamburg
The Female SS Auxiliary Corps: Training and Service of the Female Members of the Waffen‐SS, 1942‐1945

15:20-16:05 S.M.K. Aljunied - National University of Singapore
Resisting masculinist hegemony: The Angkatan Wanita Sedar in colonial Malaya

16:05-16:20 Tea break

Session V: Gendering Memory
16:20-17:05 Shizue Osa - Kobe University
Air raid memory and records in Japan: A gender perspective

17:10-17:55 Lesley Ferris and Mary Tarantino - Ohio State University
Memory and Remembrance: Following the Women of the SOE (Special Operations Executive)

Day 3, 13 June

Session VI: Militarizing Women
9:00-9:45 Tobias Rettig - Independent scholar Singapore
Women’s Agency in Anti-Japanese and Anti-Colonial Armies and Movements in Southeast Asia During and Immediately after World War II

9:50-10:35 Helen Schneider - Virginia Tech
Educated women’s roles in Chinese social mobilization during China’s War with Japan: A comparative perspective

10:35-10:50 Coffee break

10:50-11:35 Toshiko Hayashida - Setsunan University
Women in combat: Gender and armed forces in Great Britain and Japan during the Second World War

11:40-12:25 Deborah Altamirano - State University of New York, Plattsburgh
Women in the WWII Greek Resistance: Engaging Activism & Challenging Stereotypes

12:25-13:25 Lunch

Session VII: Militarizing the Home Front
13:25-14:10 Valerie Deacon - New York University
From “femme d’officier, mère de famille” to “grand dame de la resistance”: Marie-Madeleine Méric’s trajectory during the Second World War

14:15-15:00 Mahoko Kyoraku - University of Shiga Prefecture
Japanese Women’s Association and the defense of the home front: A case study of Shiga Prefecture’s women’s association

15:00-16:00 Marjan Schwegman - NIOD
Final Remarks and coffee