Since 2000, the network has met approximately every two years for conferences organised by one or two of its members at inspiring locations in Europe and beyond.

The conferences are a forum for intensive and fruitful international exchange and thus the heart of the network.

2023, Bolzano: Conference "Pass on. Generational transfers of wealth from the 16th to the 20th century"

Date: 26–28 October 2023
Bolzano/Bozen, Italy

"Pass on. Generational transfers of wealth from the 16th to the 20th century"
12th conference of the international research network Gender Differences in European Legal Cultures

The conference is organised in conjunction with the international network "Gender Differences in the History of European Legal Cultures" and in the context of the research project (FWF) "Noble Siblings. Wealth Arrangements and Social Configurations" (University of Vienna).

Organisers: Siglinde Clementi (Competence Centre for Regional History, Free University of Bolzano) and Margareth Lanzinger (Department of Economic and Social History, University of Vienna), in conjunction with Florian Andretsch and Claudia Rapberger (Department of Economic and Social History, University of Vienna)

Programme (pdf)

Preliminary Programme (pdf)

Call for Papers (EN, pdf)

Call for Papers (dt., pdf)
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2023

2022, Vancouver: Conference "Interactions, Exchanges, and Transformations"

Date: February 2022  --> 18-19 November 2022
Venue: Vancouver, Canada
with the collaboration of Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Northern British Columbia

"Interactions, Exchanges, and Transformations: European Legal Traditions and their impact on the Construction of Gender in a Global Context"
11th conference of the international research network Gender Differences in European Legal Cultures

Organised by Evdoxios Doxiadis (Simon Fraser University), John Christopoulos (University of British Columbia) and Dana Wessell Lightfoot (University of Northern British Columbia)

Call for Papers (pdf)

Programme: and PDF

2019, Vienna: Conference "Open Kinship?"

Date: 26-28 September 2019
Venue: University of Vienna, Austria

"Open Kinship? Social and Legal Practices from Gender Perspectives (1450–1900)"

The conference will take place in cooperation with the FWF research project "The Role of Wealth in Defining and Constituting Kinship Spaces from 16th to the 18th Century", the research area "Economy and Society from a Perspective of Historical and Cultural Studies" and the Department of Economic and Social History, Vienna.

Organised by Margareth Lanzinger, Julia Heinemann, Johannes Kaska and Janine Maegraith (all: University of Vienna)

Call for Papers (pdf)

Programme (pdf)

Publication: Quaderni storici 165/3 (2020): "Open kinship? Social and legal practices", edited by Benedetta Borello and Margareth Lanzinger

2018, London: Conference "Movable Goods and Immovable Property"

Date: 19-21 July 2018
Venue: German Historical Institute, London

"Movable Goods and Immovable Property. Gender, Law and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe (1450-1850)".
9th Conference of the European Network "Gender Differences in the History of European Legal Cultures"

Organised by Annette Cremer (Gießen) and Hannes Ziegler (London)

Call for papers (pdf)

Programme (part 1, pdf), programme (part 2)

Programme (via H-Soz-Kult)

Publication: Annette C. Cremer (ed.): Gender, Law and Material Culture. Immobile Property and Mobile Goods in Early Modern Europe, Abingdon/New York: Routledge 2021

2016, Rouen: Conference "Gender, law and economy in early modern and modern Europe"

Date: 17-18 November 2016
Venue: University of Rouen Normandie, Maison de l'Université, salle des conferences, Place Emile Blondel, Mont St Aignan

"NORTH vs SOUTH? Gender, Law and Economy in Early Modern and Modern Europe (15th - 19th century"
"NORD vs SUD? Genre, droit et économie dans l'Europe moderne (XVe-XIXe siècle)"

Organised by Anna Bellavitis (GRHis-Université de Rouen Normandie/Institut Universitaire de France) and Beatrice Zucca Micheletto (GRHis-Université de Rouen Normandie)

2012, Innsbruck: Conference "New law - new gender structure?"

Date: 13-15 September 2012
Venue: Institute of History and European Ethnology, University of Innsbruck, Main Building, Room "University of New Orleans" (First Floor), Innrain 52, A-6020 Innsbruck

"New Law - New Gender Structure? Codifying the Law as a Process of Inscribing Gender Structures"

Organised by Ellinor Forster (Innsbruck), Margareth Lanzinger (Berlin/Vienna), Gunda Barth-Scalmani (Innsbruck) and Karin Gottschalk (Frankfurt a. M.)

Call for Papers (pdf)

Programme (pdf)

Flyer (pdf)

2011, Budapest: Conference "East meets West"

Date: 10-12 March 2011
Venue: Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

"East meets West: A Gendered View of Legal Tradition"

Organised by Grethe Jacobsen (Kopenhagen), Heide Wunder (Kassel/Nauheim) and Gerhard Jaritz (CEU Budapest)

Call for Papers (pdf)

Programme (CEU website) and Programme (via Salon 21) 

Publication: Grethe Jacobsen and Heide Wunder (eds.): East Meets West. A Gendered View of Legal Traditions, Kiel: Solivagus 2015; 227 pp., EUR 48,–, ISBN 978-3-943025-18-7

2009, Frankfurt/Main: Conference "New Perspectives on Gender and Legal History"

Date: 2nd-4th April 2009
Venue: Department of History, Goethe-University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany

"New Perspectives on Gender and Legal History: European Traditions and the Challenge of Global History (Middle Ages to 20th Century)"
Fifth conference of the international research network "Gender Difference in the History of European Legal Cultures"

Organised by Karin Gottschalk, Grethe Jacobsen and Heide Wunder

Call for Papers (via Salon 21)

Programme (via Salon 21)

Publication: Karin Gottschalk (Hg.): Gender Difference in European Legal Cultures Historical Perspectives. Essays presented to Heide Wunder. Franz Steiner Verlag 2013

2006, Crete: Conference "Gender, family and property in legal theory and practice"

Date: 21st-23rd Sept. 2006
Venue: Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece

"Gender, family and property in legal theory and practice: the European perspective from 10th-20th century"

Organised by Antonis Anastasopoulos, Efi Avdela, Eleni Fournaraki, Aglaia Kasdagli, Antonia Kioussopoulou

Call for Papers (pdf)

Programme/Folder (pdf)

Provisional programme (pdf)

2004, Copenhagen: Conference "Gender, power and authority, 12th-19th centuries"

Date: 27th-29th September 2004
Venue: The Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark

"Less favoured - more favoured in law and legal practice: Gender, power and authority, 12th-19th centuries"

Organised by Inger Dübeck (University of Copenhagen), Greta Jacobsen (The Royal Library, Copenhagen) and Helle Vogt (University of Copenhagen)

Programme (pdf)

2002, Trento: Conference "Il costo delle nozze - Der Preis des Heiratens"

Date: 3rd-5th October 2002

Venue: Centro per gli studi storici italo-germanici, Trento, Italy

"Il costo delle nozze - Der Preis des Heiratens. Trasferimenti patrimoniali connessi all matrimonio, Europa XIII-XIX secolo"

Organised by Silvana Seidel Menchi and Diego Quaglioni

Programme (pdf)

2000, Frankfurt/Main: Tagung "Geschlechterdifferenz im europäischen Recht"

Date: 23rd-25th February 2000
Venue: Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

"Geschlechterdifferenz im europäischen Recht - Interdisziplinäre Tagung"

Organised by Heide Wunder

Report (in German, pdf) by Pauline Puppel and Heide Wunder and online at