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Yugoslav Feminists in Socialism
Yugoslav Feminists in Socialism

Disrupting the Mainstream Narratives

Author(s): Biljana Kašić, Sandra Prlenda
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Social history, Gender history, History of Communism
Published by: Centar za ženske studije & Centar za studije roda i politike, Fakultet političkih nauka, Beograd
Keywords: Heritage; time; memory; Yugoslavia; socialism; feminism; epistemology; space; timescape

Summary/Abstract: Our impulse to probe the concept of women’s heritage of the socialist past in the former Yugoslavia comes from the concern for enriching both theoretical and activist endeavors of contemporary feminists with a novel perspective and knowledge of the past. Starting from discussing epistemological questions related to the concepts of heritage, time, and memory, we briefly outline main problems of the historiography of women’s experience during socialism in Yugoslavia, including the emergence of feminist theory and activism, and proposing some theoretical tools for further debate. These theoretical tools could help to account for multiplicity and complex temporalities of feminist paths, interplay between Marxist and feminist agency in socialist Yugoslavia, and, finally, they could reposition the debate on the feminist and socialist past in the complex reality of the post-Yugoslav space/time.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 19
  • Page Range: 27-48
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English