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Women’s Magazines in Serbia

The CEU Campus
Monday, December 4, 2017, 5:30 pm

In this lecture, given by two feminist scholars Biljana Dojčinović and Ana Kolarić, some important problems of establishing and editing women’s magazines in Serbia will be discussed both in contemporary and in historical perspective.

In the first part of the lecture, Biljana Dojčinović will talk about the research project Кnjiženstvo – theory and history of women’s writing in Serbian until 1915, with a particular focus on the Knjiženstvo, a Journal in Literature, Gender and Culture. Knjiženstvo is an annually published scholarly journal which deals with an analysis of the women’s writings and culture and, at the same time, production of (local) knowledge in the field of gender studies and feminist theory and criticism.

In the second part of the lecture, Ana Kolarić will talk about the women’s and feminist periodical studies within the framework of project and journal Knjiženstvo. She will especially focus on her own doctoral research in which she explored questions of gender, emancipation and modernity in two periodicals from the early 20th century: Žena / The Woman (1911-1914) and The Freewoman (1911-1912). This research was later published as a monograph Rod, modernost i emancipacija. Uredničke politike u časopisima “Žena” (1911-1914) i “The Freewoman” (1911–1912), to be presented in this talk.

Prof. Biljana Dojčinović, PhD, is Head of the Department of Comparative Literature and Theory of Literature, Faculty of Philology, Belgrade University in Serbia. She was one of the founders of the Women’s Studies Center in Belgrade, as well as the Indoc Center in Association for Women’s Initiative. She was editor-in-chief of Genero, a Serbian journal of feminist theory (2002 -2008); a member of the Management Committee of the COST Action “Women Writers in History: Toward a New Understanding of European Literary Culture” since 2009 and a member of its core group ( since 2011; the director of the national project Кnjiženstvo –theory and history of women’s writing in Serbian until 1915 ( and editor-in-chief of Knjiženstvo, a Journal in Literature, Gender and Culture ( Her publications include Ginokritika: Rod i proučavanje književnosti koju su pisale žene, Beograd, 1993. (Gynocriticism: Gender and Research of Women’s Writing); GendeRingS: Gendered Readings in Serbian Women's Writing, Beograd, 2006. CD. Kartograf modernog sveta: romani Džona Apdajka, Beograd, 2007. (The Cartographer of the Modern World); Susreti u tami: Uvod u čitanje Virdžinije Vulf, Beograd, 2011. (Encounters in the Dark: Introduction to the Reading of Virginia Woolf).

Ana Kolarić is an assistant professor at the Department of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade. Since 2011 she has been working on the research project Кnjiženstvo – Theory and History of Women’s Writing in Serbian until 1915, and has been a member of the editorial board of Knjiženstvo, a Journal in Literature, Gender and Culture. She is one of the program coordinators and organizers of an international summer seminar “Humanities in Transition” (organized by the “Group 484”). Her research interests encompass studies of literature, gender and culture. She recently published a monograph Rod, modernost, emancipacija [Gender, modernity, and emancipation] (Fabrika knjiga, 2017).

The lecture is organized in cooperation with CEU’s Yugo-Region Research Group (YURG).