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8th European Social Science History Conference Ghent, Belgium April 2010
 
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Tuesday 13 April
   8.30
   10.45
   14.15
   16.30
Wednesday 14 April
   8.30
   10.45
   14.15
   16.30
Thursday 15 April
   8.30
   10.45
   14.15
   16.30
Friday 16 April
   8.30
   10.45
   14.15
   16.30

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Alice Rühle-Gerstel and Feminism as a Praxis: Reflections in Exile in Mexico, 1936-1943
Alice Rühle-Gerstel (Prague 1894 – Mexico City 1943) was born in an assimilated Jewish family, concluded her doctorate at the University of Munich, got involved with the theory of Individual Psychology proposed by Alfred Adler, and became a co-founder (with German socialist, Otto Rühle) of the publishing house “Am andern Ufer’ in the Weimar Republic. Forced to flee Germany due to national socialism, she first returned to her native city of Prague, and then sought exile in Mexico. During her exile in Mexico (1936-1943), Rühle-Gerstel finished her autobiographical novel and wrote for different journals and newspapers; she also left private letters sent to her family and friends which contribute relevant source material dealing with gender issues of her time. In this study, I intend to analyze Rühle-Gerstel’s writings produced during her exile in Mexico and addressing the problems of women of her time. These ideas must be seen as a continuity of her previous work made in Europe, enriched by Mexican culture, politics, and contrasting realities, as seen by a European intellectual eager to understand the Mexican society of the late 1930's and early 1940's. In her intellectual biography, Rühle-Gerstel also revealed that her understanding of women- and gender issues represented the basic principles found in the posterior analysis and postulates made by the author and French feminist Simone de Beauvoir.