UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Women Professional Revolutionaries between Party’s Fears and Leftist Forgetfulness

25 February 2019, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

pearls of revolution

Part of the SSEES South East Europe Seminar Series.

This event is free.

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South East Europe Seminar Series


16 Taviton Street

My lecture will have two goals: 1. to reveal some new facts about women professional revolutionaries in Yugoslav left-wing movements; 2. to discuss inter/generational discontinuities in mediating knowledge about the 20th century leftist political work on women's emancipation. The forgotten agency and the names of female professional revolutionaries in favour of Partisan women and associations of antifascist women is a proof of leftist forgetfulness but also of patriarchal myopia and “red parochialism” of nationally-profiled communist parties in the former Yugoslavia. The aim of my archival research is to link broken feminist and leftist her/stories and to demonstrate how revolutionary heritage of cosmopolitan men and women remains a permanent source of political knowledge, inspiration, and interventions into the present.

This is event is free and open to all, no need to register.

About the Speaker

Renata Jambrešić Kirin

at Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research

Renata Jambrešić Kirin is Senior Adviser at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research and co-director of the postgraduate course Feminisms in a transnational perspective (IUC, Dubrovnik 2007 ̶ ). Her field of research includes women’s history of the XX century, politics of (post)socialist memory, feminist anthropology and anthropology of emotions. She published the book Dom i svijet: o ženskoj kulturi pamćenja [Home and the world: on women’s cultural memory] (2008), the book of feminist essays Korice od kamfora [The Camphorwood Binder] (2016), and co-edited eight collections of papers including six volumes within the series Feminisms in a transnational perspective (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018).

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