Isidora Grubački (MA)
She is a doctoral candidate in Comparative History at Central European University, Budapest/Vienna, working under the supervision of Professors Francisca de Haan and Balazs Trencsenyi. She holds Master’s degrees in Comparative History (CEU, Budapest) and in Cultural policy and Management (University of Arts, Belgrade), as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature (University of Belgrade).
During her MA studies, she explored the discourses on rural women in two interwar women’s magazines published in Belgrade in the interwar period. This led her to a broader research on the history of feminism in interwar Yugoslavia, in which she explores feminist activism and feminist intellectual history in Belgrade, Zagreb, and Ljubljana, aiming to put these entanglements into a broader regional and transnational perspective. She is interested in how different feminisms in Yugoslavia evolved and transformed, first in the post-WWI period of transition, and then in the 1930s as a response to the political crisis and the rise of ultra-nationalism and fascism.
She has presented at international conferences in Budapest, Women (and Men) of the Old and New Left: Collective Identities, Generational Encounters and Memory of the 20th-Century Left-Feminist Activism, 2019; Pula, Socialism on the Bench, 2019; Bologna, New perspectives in feminist labour history: work and activism, 2019; Belgrade, Ženski poket (1920-1938), 2020.
She is a member of two COST Action networks, representing Hungary as a Management Committee substitute member: “Worlds of Related Coercions in worK” (WORCK), and “Who Cares in Europe?”.
Currently she is on Erasmus exchange at the University of Ljubljana, Department of History, under the mentorship of prof. dr. Marta Verginella. She will also contribute to our project research endeavors.
Book Chapter “Communism, Left Feminism and Generations in the 1930s: The Case of Yugoslavia,” to be published in Gender, Generations and Communism in Central and South-Eastern Europe, eds. by Anna Artwińska and Agnieszka Mrozik. London: Routledge 2020. Forthcoming.
Article, “The Emergence of the Yugoslav Interwar Liberal Feminist Movement and The Little Entente of Women: An Entangled History Approach (1919-1924),” Feminist Encounters, A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, guest editors Maria Bucur and Krassimira Daskalova. Peer reviewed and accepted for publication, forthcoming in 2020.
Conference Paper, “Angažman Vere Štajn Erlih u časopisu Žena danas (1936-1940)” [Vera Stein Erlich’s Engagement in Magazine Žena Danas/Woman Today (1936-1940)]. In: Collection of Articles: The Magazine “Woman Today”. Peer reviewed and accepted for publication, forthcoming.
Book chapter “Women Activists’ Relation to Peasant Women’s Work in the 1930s Yugoslavia,” Women, Work and Agency. Organizing and activism around the world in the long 20th century, edited by Eloisa Betti, Silke Neunsinger, Leda Papastefanaki, Marica Tolomelli, and Susan Zimmermann, submitted, currently undergoing peer review.