International Workshop – Between Women: Female Networks, Kinships and Power

When: 31 May – 1 June 2018

Where: SFB 1167, Poppelsdorfer Allee 24, University of Bonn

Organized by Emma Bérat and Irina Dumitrescu, as part of the SFB 1167 “Macht and Herrschaft: Premodern Configurations in a Transcultural Perspective”, University of Bonn

Forged by blood, friendship, religious fellowship and political affinity, women’s relationships played essential roles in constructing women’s power in the pre-modern world. Yet we still know little about relationships between women, and the networks of political and religious influence such relationships created. This international workshop brings together scholars from the fields of art history, history, literature and religion to explore women’s biological, religious, secular, imaginary and historical kinships. We will consider how women transmitted their power to other women through time and across space, and how women’s networks were imagined, constructed and performed. Presentations focus on sources from Britain, Central Asia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iberia, Iran, spanning the sixth to seventeenth centuries.

All welcome. Please contact Emma Bérat,, by 21 May to register.

Image: London, British Library, Royal 14 B IV, f. 6r. Royal Genealogical Roll, England c.1300-1340.

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