18. November 2022

Exhibition opening "All they wanted was to study...The Numerus Clausus and the young women" Exhibition opening "All they wanted was to study...The Numerus Clausus and the young women"

Showcasing women's fates in black-and-white photography

Together with the Frauenmuseum, we invite you to the opening of the exhibition "All they wanted was to study... The Numerus Clausus and the young women". The photo exhibition highlights young Hungarian Jewish women affected by the so-called Numerus Clausus law of 1920 and explores its impact on women's emancipation and Jewish assimilation.

Marion Gymnich and Béla Bodó will place the exhibition, which was first shown in Budapest in 2021, in the context of the cluster's dependency studies, and explain how it was adopted for the Frauenmuseum in Bonn. Visitors will then be taken on a tour of the exhibition by Judith Szapor, the curator and Associate Professor of History and Classical Studies at McGill University, Montréal.  

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Based on family memories, historical documents and photographs, it brings to life the fate and exceptional achievements of women born in the first quarter of the twentieth century. 

"This exhibition sheds light on the lives of young women who were directly impacted by the law. It examines the ways in which they tried to circumvent the law, and defend and assert their autonomy, both as individuals and members of their community, be that social, cultural, political, or religious. The form their resistance took, whether they were successful in defending the achievements of Jewish and female emancipation, whether they were able to escape or at least mitigate the terms of strong asymmetrical dependency, is the subject of this exhibition." (BCDSS Investigator Béla Bodó)

Launched at the 2b Gallery, Budapest, in August 2021, the exhibition has been adopted by the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS) for the Women's Museum Bonn. It originates from a research project on “Academic antisemitism, women’s emancipation, and Jewish assimilation” by Judith Szapor of McGill University, Montreal, which was funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council via a Canada Insight Grant.

To register for the opening event, please send an email with your name by November 18, 2022  to: events@dependency.uni-bonn.de

Im Krausfeld 10, 53111 Bonn

Opening time:
November 20 to December 22, 2022


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