Isidora Grubački

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My PhD dissertation is tentatively titled: The Politics of Feminisms in Interwar Yugoslavia: Local, National and Transnational Perspectives. The dissertation is co-supervised by professors Balazs Trencsenyi and Francisca de Haan.

Fields of Interest: Intellectual history of feminisms; Transnational women’s history; History of Yugoslavia; Gendered Labour History; Twentieth-century political history and history of ideologies in the interwar period in Southeastern and Central Europe;

Research, Mobility, Scholarships:
• Centre d’études turques, ottomanes, balkaniques et centrasiatiques, EHESS, Paris, guest researcher, under the supervision of Dr. Fabio Giomi - COST Action Who cares in Europe, STSM scheme (2021, six weeks - accepted)
• Cambridge University, visiting student, under the supervision of Dr. Celia Donert – CEU Doctoral Research Support Grant (2021, two months – accepted)
• Ústav pro soudobé dějiny (Institute of Contemporary History), Prague, guest researcher, under the supervision of Dr. Michal Kopeček - Josef Dobrovský Fellowship of The Czech Academy of Sciences (2021, six weeks)
• Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, PhD Erasmus internship on the ERC project Eirene - Post-war transitions in gendered perspective: The case of the North-Eastern Adriatic region, under the supervision of Prof. Marta Verginella (2020, four months)

Employment and organization of scholarly events:
• Inštitut za novejšo zgodovino (Institute of Contemporary History), Ljubljana, employed as a research assistant, under the supervision of Dr. Marko Zajc (2021, eight months)
• Co-organizer with Dr. Zsófia Lórand of the Women’s Intellectual History in East Central Europe seminar series, within the framework of the Intellectual History in ECE Research Network, 2021.
• Local organizer (together with Susan Zimmermann) of the first WORCK COST Action Conference, taking place in September 2020 at the CEU in Budapest

Conferences and Workshops:
• Joint Mainz-Oxford-Graduate Workshop: European History across Boundaries in Mainz, April 2021.
• 2nd Graduate Conference in Intellectual History, European University Institute, Florence, May 2021.
• ASEEES 52nd Annual Convention “Anxiety and Rebellion”, November 2020.
• International conference Ženski pokret (1920–1938), Institute of Literature and Arts in Belgrade, October 2020.
• 4th International Conference Socialism on the Bench CONTINUITIES AND INNOVATIONS, organized by Juraj Dobrila University of Pula and Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism, September 2019.
• Workshop Women (and Men) of the Old and New Left: Collective Identities, Generational Encounters and Memory of the 20th-Century Left-Feminist Activism, organized by The Institute for Advanced Study and the Department of Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest, January 2019.
• International Conference New perspectives in feminist labour history: work and activism, hosted by the Department of History and Cultures, University of Bologna, January 2019.
• Workshop Feminist Thought and Socialism in Eastern Europe between 1945-1989, organized by Zsófia Lóránd, as a part of research project “Texts and Contexts from the History of Feminism and Women’s Rights in East Central Europe,” CEU Budapest, May 2017.

• Book Chapter “Communism, Left Feminism and Generations in the 1930s: The Case of Yugoslavia,” Gender, Generations and Communism in Central and South-Eastern Europe, eds. by Anna Artwińska and Agnieszka Mrozik. London: Routledge 2020.
• 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.
• 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, forthcoming.

• Intellectual History in East Central Europe (, member of the organizing team
• COST Action “Who Cares in Europe?” - working group 2 co-leader with Dr. Fabio Giomi.
• COST Action "Worlds of Related Coercions in worK" (WORCK) - Management Committee substitute member, representing Hungary within the COST Action network;

Teaching experience
• Teaching Assistant for Historiography Lecture and Seminar with professors László Kontler and Daniel Ziemann
• Teaching Assistant for Discourses of Crisis: Texts and Contexts with professor Balázs Trencsényi

Awards / Recognitions
• Academic Achievement Award for First-Year Doctoral Students in the school year 2017/2018.


MA in Comparative History, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
MA in Cultural Policy and Management, UNESCO Chair MA in Cultural Policy and Management, University of Arts in Belgrade
BA in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, Belgrade University, Faculty of Philology, Department for Comparative Literature and Theory of Literature