Report from the field: Senior Scholar Karen Offen

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Report from the field: Senior Scholar Karen Offen

by Gender News staff on Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 9:03am

Karen Offen chaired the closing session, “After the transnational turn: What future for nation-based histories of women?” at the late August 2013 congress of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History (IFRWH) in Sheffield, UK.  Speakers in the session hailed from Bangladesh, Belgium, and Russia.

Karen’s newly redesigned website is now online at .

Karen’s blog on women’s history, “Clio Talks Back,” can be easily found through Google, or consulted directly at as a contributor to “Her Blueprint,” the blog site for the International Museum of Women.  Clio’s most recent post (by guest blogger Pippa Virdee from the UK) concerns a novel by Mumtaz Shah Nawaz , The Heart Divided (1949) which tells the story of the tumultuous India-Pakistan separation from the perspective of two Muslim sisters.  Upcoming is a blog on the new feature-length film from Saudi Arabia, Wadjda.  It is about a ten-year-old girl who confronts, at every turn, the constraints that are placed upon women in this ultra-Islamic society.