Writing Women’s Intellectual History in East Central Europe

Roundtable and Reading Seminar

(See a blog entry on this event)

The Intellectual History in East Central Europe Research Network invites you to join a roundtable discussion “Writing women’s intellectual history in East Central Europe”. The discussion will be based on a selected bibliography. The articles and chapters included in the bibliography raise the issue of the lack of women’s intellectual history in general, critically assess our conceptions of originality, creativity, and value, and ask what kind of Europe emerges when gender and history meet. Furthermore, the selected readings are beautiful examples of writing women’s intellectual history and the intellectual history of feminism in ECE more broadly. These texts also serve as discussion starters about the opportunities and challenges, difficulties and limits, as well as the relevance of writing women’s intellectual in East Central Europe.

The roundtable discussion will be open to the public, and it will be followed by a reading seminar (based on a selection of pre-circulated texts) for a selected number of applicants. To register for the roundtable discussion, and receive the zoom link, please fill out this form.

Speakers:

Lucy Delap (University of Cambridge)

Ana Kolarić (University of Belgrade)

Michal Kopeček (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Contemporary History)

Balázs Trencsényi (Central European University)

Moderators:

Zsófia Lóránd (University of Cambridge)

Isidora Grubački (Central European University)

Roundtable: February 18, 13h UCT / 14h CET     Open to the public

Reading session: February 18, 15h UCT / 16h CET      For accepted participants only

To apply for the seminar discussion, please write a brief letter of motivation (200-300 words) by January 31, about why you wish to join and how you would contribute to the seminar, and/or how the seminar would contribute to your work. After registering, we will send you the literature to prepare. The applications should be sent to: Isidora Grubački Grubacki_Isidora@phd.ceu.edu and Zsófia Lóránd zl447@cam.ac.uk. For the sake of a vivid group discussion where every participant has a chance to speak, the number of participants will be limited.

The event will be the first in the series of online events organized by the Intellectual History in East Central Europe Research Network in 2021.

Participants biographies:

Lucy Delap (University of Cambridge) is a historian of modern Britain, working on gender history, the history of feminism, print culture, labour history, disability and religion. She studied at Cambridge University, and taught at King’s College London before returning to Cambridge in 2015. Currently, she is working on late twentieth century masculinities, learning disability, and feminist enterprise, and is co-investigator for a Leverhulme-funded project on the history of Virago and Spare Rib. Her book The Feminist Avant-Garde: Transatlantic Encounters of the early twentieth century (Cambridge University Press, 2007) won the 2008 Women’s History Network Prize, and explores the intellectual history of feminism, set within Anglo-American transatlantic exchanges of the early twentieth century. Her most recent book, Feminisms: a global history, was published in Autumn 2020 by Penguin and Chicago University Press. Her other books and publications encompassed various topics, including domestic servants in twentieth century Britain, the politics of domestic authority, feminist media history, and masculinities and religious change.

Ana Kolarić (University of Belgrade) is an assistant professor at the Department of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, where she has been teaching since 2010. Her fields of interest encompass literary theory, feminist theory and criticism, periodical studies and feminist pedagogy. She participated in the project Knjiženstvo – Theory and History of Women’s Writing in Serbian until 1915 (2010-2020). She is a member of the editorial board of Knjiženstvo – Journal for Studies in Literature, Gender and Culture. Her book Rod, modernost i emancipacija. Uredničke politike u časopisima Žena (1911–1914) i The Freewoman (1911–1912) [Gender, modernity, and emancipation: Politics of editing in journals “The woman” (1911–1914) and “The Freewoman” (1911–1912)] was published in 2017 by Fabrika knjiga, Belgrade.

Michal Kopeček (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Contemporary History) is a historian, co-director of Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena, and the Head of the Department for the History of Ideas and Concepts at the Institute for Contemporary History in Prague. From 2010 he teaches Czech and central European history at the Institute of Czech History, Charles University, Prague. Currently, he is a Visiting Leverhulme Professor at Cambridge University. Among his publications are A History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe. Vols. I-II (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016, 2018), Thinking Through Transition: Liberal Democracy, Authoritarian Pasts, and Intellectual History in East Central Europe After 1989, co-edited with Piotr Wciślik in 2015, and he is also co-editor of Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe (1775–1945), vols. I–II, IV (Budapest: CEU Press, 2006–7, 2014) .

Balázs Trencsényi (Central European University) is a Professor at the History Department of Central European University, Budapest/Vienna, and co-director of Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies. His main field of interest is the his­tory of modern political thought in East Central Europe. Between 2008 and 2013, he was Principal Investigator of the European Research Council project, “Negotiating Modernity”: History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe. Among others, he is the author of the monograph The Politics of ‘National Character’: A Study in Interwar East European Thought (Routledge, 2012), co-author of A History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe. Vols. I-II (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016, 2018), as well as co-editor of Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe (1775–1945), vols. I–II, IV (Budapest: CEU Press, 2006–7, 2014) and European Regions and Boundaries: A Conceptual History (New York: Berghahn, 2017).

Zsófia Lóránd (Marie Curie Fellow at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge). Intellectual historian of feminism in post-WWII state-socialist Eastern Europe, currently researching the heritage of interwar feminism in post-WWII Hungary, Yugoslavia and the GDR. Her book The Feminist Challenge to the Socialist State in Yugoslavia was published in 2018 and got translated into Croatian in 2020. Her further publications include articles about the history of feminist political thought in Croatia and Serbia after 1991, the problems of a missing women’s perspective in the nationalist commemorations of Hungarian history, the concept of the sexual revolution in Yugoslavia, among others.

Isidora Grubački (Central European University) is a doctoral candidate in comparative history, researching the intellectual history of feminism in interwar Yugoslavia and East Central Europe. She published on the generational aspect of left feminism in Yugoslavia in the 1930s, and on the entangled history of the Yugoslav feminist movement and the Little Entente of Women in the 1920s. Her research interests encompass the history of women’s movements and feminisms, the history of modern political thought, and gendered labour history.

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