The International Federation for Promotion of Research into Women's and Gender History

Location of IFRWH Conference, 2018 Changed to Vancouver

Call for Papers: “Transnationalisms, Transgressions, Translations”

The 12th Conference of the International Federation for Research on Women’s History/ Federation Internationale Pour la Recherche en Histoire des Femmes (IFRWH/FIRHF) will be held at the downtown center of Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories, Canada, 9-12 August 2018. Click Here for the Call for Papers (English, French, Spanish. Please note the change of  venue and extension of the paper proposal submission deadine to 1 July 2017.

The Conference Website is now open:

About the Federation

The Aim of IFRWH/FIRHF is to encourage and coordinate research in all aspects of women's history at  international level, For more information about the Federation, click here

National Committees

Membership of the Federation is normally by National Committees of researchers in the field of gender and women's history.  For the current list of National Committees click here.

Office-holders and Board Members

The Office-holders and Board members of the Federation serve for five years.  The current members were elected at the Federation's conference in Jinan, China in August 2015.  For short biographies of the office-holders and board members click here.


The Federation circulates a bi-annual newsletter. For the latest issue and back numbers. The latest issue: no 60: July 2016 is now available.


The proceedings of many of the Federation’s conferences have been published. Two collections of papers from the 2013 IFRWH Conference have recently been published. Click here for details.

For other conference proceedings see our Publications pages

Obituaries for Two Former Board Members:  Shirin Akhter (1946-2016) and Ida Blom (1936-2016)

The IFRWH Expresses Its Support for the Central European University

On behalf of the Federation, President Eileen Boris has written to the Hungarian government to protest against the proposed changes to the legal status of the CEU and in support of academic freedom in Hungary. For more on the current situation in CEU see

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