2nd Conference of the Intercontinental Crosscurrents Network
The Dynamics of Power: Inclusion and Exclusion in Women’s Networks during the Long Nineteenth Century

Nov. 3 – 5, 2016, Braga (Portugal)
University of Minho/Institute of Arts and Humanities
Department of English and North-American Studies (DEINA) and the Centre for Humanistic Studies (CEHUM)

With a focus on transnational women’s networks and networking in the long nineteenth century, this conference seeks papers examining how various organizations negotiate, or fail to negotiate, the uneven territories of their emergence. Where, and under what circumstances, are they not allowed to emerge at all?  How do networks become aware of their own exclusivity? How do networks narrate themselves in view of lines of division and dissonance? What happens when emerging networks fall apart due to insuperable divisions? How do minorities negotiate their position within their own minority networks?

Call for Papers: The Dynamics of Power cfp



Inaugural Conference 2013
Intercontinental Cross-Currents: Women’s Networks across Europe and the Americas (1776-1939)

December 5–7, 2013, Lutherstadt Wittenberg

The conference will focus on the literal and metaphorical networks created and navigated by women from the American Revolution to the onset of the Second World War. We are interested in papers on a wide range of transatlantic themes, including the history of ideas, the migration of texts, identity formation, literary production and reception, feminism and emancipation, immigration, and social reform. How and in which forms did ideas, bodies, and texts travel across oceans and continents? How did women’s lives adapt and change as a result of such networks? What were the consequences of such intellectual and social engagements on the literary and socio-political milieus of these women? Which cooperative strategies enabled and emanated from such relationships? We especially invite participants whose projects focus on relations between women in the Americas and Scandinavia, and in eastern and southern Europe. In addition to examining the historical networks of our nineteenth- and twentieth-century predecessors, we anticipate establishing a global web of contemporary researchers engaged in transatlantic studies. At the conference, we will discuss future events and other venues for continued collaboration.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Jutta Gsoels-Lorensen (Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA)

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez (Professor for American Studies and Minority Studies at Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany)

Organized by


Hosted by
Prof. Dr. Erik Redling
Director, Center for United States Studies
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


Supported by
Vereinigung der Freunde und Förderer der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg e.V.