Lesbian Activism in the (Post-)Yugoslav SpaceSisterhood and UnityBook Launch
Bojan Bilic, Fellow of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal
Maja Pan, independent researcher and activist, Slovenia
Dorottya Redai, gender scholar and activist, Labrisz Lesbian Association, Hungary
This book intertwines academic and activist voices to engage with more than three decades of lesbian activism in the Yugoslav space. The empirically rich contributions uncover a range of lesbian initiatives and the fundamental, but rarely acknowledged, role that lesbian alliances have played in articulating a feminist response to the upsurge of nationalism, widespread violence against women, and high levels of lesbophobia and homophobia in all of the post-Yugoslav states. By offering a distinctly intergenerational and transnational perspective, this collection does not only shed new light on a severely marginalised group of people, but constitutes a pioneering effort in accounting for the intricacies – solidarities, joys, and tensions – of lesbian activist organising in a post-conflict and post-socialist environment. With a plethora of authorial standpoints and innovative methodological approaches, the volume challenges the systematic absence of (post-)Yugoslav lesbian activist enterprises from recent social science scholarship.
Lesbian Activism in the (Post-)Yugoslav Space will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including gender studies, history, politics, anthropology, and sociology.
Bojan Bilić is FCT Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal and Adjunct Professor of Gender and Social Movements in South East Europe at the School of Political Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy.
Marija Radoman is a researcher and teaching assistant in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia.
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