Are female politicians cleaning up the mess left behind by male leaders? Dr Julie Gottlieb, Reader in Modern History, featured on BBC Radios 4’s Women’s Hour on Monday 18 July discussing the feminization of post-EU referendum politics.
Today our own Julie Gottlieb features on BBC Radio 4’s Womens Hour talking about her upcoming conference: Rethinking Right-Wing Women.
This two-day international conference explores the relationship between women and conservatism since the late 19th century. In the media frenzy and the re-enactment of the visceral political divisions of the 1980s that greeted the death of Margaret Thatcher in April, 2013, it soon became clear that Britain’s first woman Prime Minister was being portrayed as an aberrant figure who had emerged from a party of men. It appeared that the media and the public had not been well enough served by academics in making sense of and contextualizing the Thatcher phenomenon and, more broadly, the paradoxical sexual politics of the Right. In many respects– from the foundation of the Primrose League in 1883 all the way to the 2010 so-called ‘Mumsnet’ election — the success of British Conservatives to organise and mobilize women has been ‘exceptional’. In the weeks after the General Election, we will come together to assess the British Conservative Party’s gender politics, and rethink right-wing women as political leaders, activists, organisers, and voters.
In the past four weeks, Professor Benjamin Ziemann has published two monographs. His award-winning book on the “szientization” of the Catholic Church in the postwar period – described by one expert reviewer of the German edition as ‘one of the most important studies in contemporary history published in recent years’ – has been published as Encounters with Modernity. The Catholic Church in West Germany, 1945-1975 (New York: Berghahn, 2014).
A few weeks earlier, his book on the Contested Commemorations of the Great War in Weimar Germany, originally published with CUP in 2013, has now been released in German translation as Veteranen der Republik. Kriegserinnerung und demokratische Politik 1918–1933 (Bonn: J.H.W. Dietz, 2014). One recent review of the English version concluded: ‘Without doubt, this superb monograph will become compulsory reading for scholars working in the fields of World War I studies and modern European history alike.’