Topic 7
Foreign women in medical and social actions for the Spanish people: trajectories and practices


Petit Palais – Auditorium




Friday, October the 26th 2 :00 p.m. to 6 :00 p.m.



Women who entered the Spanish Civil War from a foreign country often did so in the context of medical and social assistance to the population making use of their professional skills. Thus typically feminine professions, such as nurse or shorthand typist, could be the vectors of this commitment. After disarmament of the women militia, this professional membership could also be the means for women who wished to serve in this war to do so. Some then improvised as nurses. Beyond a professional affiliation, the commitment in Spain is part of complex social, family, migratory and political trajectories. In this session, the modalities of this type of engagement will be questioned. We are interested as much in the organizations that supervised it as in the practices of this assistance to the population. We will analyze in particular the place of this commitment in the trajectories of women, upstream and downstream of this Spanish experience.



2 :00 p.m

Auditorium of the Petit Palais

Discussion led by : Charlotte VORMS (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne- CHS) and Élodie RICHARD (CNRS, CRH-GEI)

Speakers :

  • Sébastien FARRÉ (Suisse, Maison de l’histoire – Université de Genève) : Engagements féminins dans les organisations humanitaires durant la guerre civile espagnole.
  • Celia KEREN (France, IEP de Toulouse) : Une affaire d’hommes. Le Syndicat national des instituteurs et l’accueil d’enfants espagnols en France (1936-1939)
  • Linda PALFREEMAN (Espagne, Universidad de Alicante) : British women in southern Spain: humanitarian initiatives launched after the fall of Málaga.
  • Édouard SILL (France, EPHE) : Celles du Yiddishland : les volontaires juives, un groupe majoritaire problématique.