The Global Feminisms Project (GFP) originated in 2002 to create an archive of oral histories from women scholars and activists from four countries: China, India, Poland, and the USA Since then, we have added interviews from Brazil, Nicaragua, and Russia.
The GFP was designed with curricular and research goals at its core. The materials lend themselves to comparative and interdisciplinary work, addressing issues that reach across disciplines and bring understandings of activism, historical context, identity formation, and social movements into play. For those hoping to incorporate the materials into their classes, we have gathered syllabi and notes on thematic modules as well as bibliographies and additional materials. We also list publications that have used the GFP archive, including articles in Signs and Feminist Studies and a number of book chapters.
For more information about using the transcripts and videos, see How to Use the Interviews.
The GFP is based at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) at the University of Michigan, which is also the home for the USA site research team.
Our international collaborators include:
- Laboratório de História Oral e Imagem - UFF (the Laboratory of Oral History and Images at the Federal Fluminense University in Rio de Janeiro) and Núcleo de História, Memória e Documento - NUMEM (the Center for History, Memory, and Documentation at the Federal State University in Rio de Janeiro), BRAZIL
- China Women's University in Beijing, CHINA
- SPARROW, Sound and Picture Archives for Research on Women in Mumbai, INDIA
- Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres de Nicaragua (Autonomous Women's Movement), NICARAGUA
- Fundacja Kobiet eFKa (Women's Foundation eFKa) in Krakow, POLAND
- Professor Natalia Pushkareva at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, the Russian Academy of Science, RUSSIA
Over the years, an impressive team of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty in the USA and in each site country have contributed to the project. We appreciate the many ways that each of them has contributed to creating this archive.
Research assistants and translators
We also appreciate generous funds from the University of Michigan that made this project possible. The project got under way in 2002 with a major grant from the Rackham Graduate School for collaborative projects. Subsequently, we received funding from a range of sources at the University of Michigan, including the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Women's Studies Program, the Center for South Asian Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (the Brazil Initiative), and the Third Century Learning Initiative.