Carhif-AVG

Carhif-AVG is a Belgian archive and research institute, specialised in women’s and gender history. We take care of a rich collection of organisational and personal archives, open them for research and tell the story of evolving gender relations.

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Use the online catalogue to search our collection of archives, books, posters, photographs and more. Don’t find what you’re looking for? Contact us for help.

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Curious about the small and bigger stories that lie hidden in our collections? In this section we regularly highlight an item and explain why it piques our interest.

Recent news

Extended deadline (31/5) – CfP Silence is (not) an option: Re-Thinking Oral History post-MeToo

Silence occurs in every oral history interview and comes in many forms. This symposium will readdress these complexities. Papers may focus upon the strategies of historical actors, as well as on the potentially unexpected consequences of breaking silences. We also welcome proposals that reflect on interpreting silence or on the differences between what is said on and off the record. We especially encourage proposals that include subaltern voices and address the history of intimacy, consent and activism.

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Conference “Re-thinking Historical Practice Post-MeToo” : 6/5/2022

The conference Consent, Ethics and Activism: Re-thinking Historical Practice Post-MeToo will take place in May 2022 in stead of December 2021 (exact date follows). It launches the 2021-2023 programme of the Forum for Belgian Research in the History of Women, Gender and Sexualities. The conference will reflect on consent and ethics in and as a historical practice, paying special attention to the ways in which historians approach their historical subjects and source material.

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Liberating women, changing the world: feminism in Belgium in the 1970s

In the early 1970s, feminists took to the streets. Their militancy was young and dynamic: they wrote, talked and listened, demonstrated and campaigned. Their desire was for a society dedicated to solidarity, equality and self-determination for all. The exhibition “Liberating women, changing the world” (2020) explores their views and actions.

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Extended deadline (31/5) – CfP Silence is (not) an option: Re-Thinking Oral History post-MeToo

Silence occurs in every oral history interview and comes in many forms. This symposium will readdress these complexities. Papers may focus upon the strategies of historical actors, as well as on the potentially unexpected consequences of breaking silences. We also welcome proposals that reflect on interpreting silence or on the differences between what is said on and off the record. We especially encourage proposals that include subaltern voices and address the history of intimacy, consent and activism.

Read more »

Conference “Re-thinking Historical Practice Post-MeToo” : 6/5/2022

The conference Consent, Ethics and Activism: Re-thinking Historical Practice Post-MeToo will take place in May 2022 in stead of December 2021 (exact date follows). It launches the 2021-2023 programme of the Forum for Belgian Research in the History of Women, Gender and Sexualities. The conference will reflect on consent and ethics in and as a historical practice, paying special attention to the ways in which historians approach their historical subjects and source material.

Liberating women, changing the world: feminism in Belgium in the 1970s

In the early 1970s, feminists took to the streets. Their militancy was young and dynamic: they wrote, talked and listened, demonstrated and campaigned. Their desire was for a society dedicated to solidarity, equality and self-determination for all. The exhibition “Liberating women, changing the world” (2020) explores their views and actions.

An encyclopaedia of women’s history in Belgium

In 165 thematic entries, this encyclopaedia offers a clear and accessible overview of the many aspects of political, social, professional, cultural, family and associative history that have marked the daily lives of Belgian women.

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