The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History

Founding Editor: Francisca de Haan, Central European University

Subjects: History; Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Studies; Gender Studies; Politics

CALL FOR PAPERS: Aspasia 14: Open Issue


Table of Contents


From the Editors


In Recognition: Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

Report from the Region


General Articles

Masculinity on Stage: Dueling in the Greek Capital, 1870–1918

Dimitra Vassiliadou


Issues of Gender Representation in Modern Greek Art: The Case of Thaleia Flora-Caravia’s Photographic Images and Self-Portraits

Despoina Tsourgianni


Motherhood and Survival in the Stalinist Gulag

Elaine MacKinnon


“Maternal Impressions”: Disability Memoirs in Socialist Poland

Natalia Pamula


A Gloomy Carnival of Freedom: Sex, Gender, and Emotions among Polish Displaced Persons in the Aftermath of World War II

Katarzyna Nowak


The Source

“Amongst Affectionate Female Friends”: Same-Sex Intimacy in Nineteenth-Century Polish Correspondence. Translation of a letter from Narcyza Żmichkowska to Wanda Grabowska, 26 January 1864

Translated and introduced by Natalie Cornett


“Medusa’s Smirk” (1975) by Mihaela Miroiu

Translated and introduced by Maria Bucur


Book Review Essays

Women and War in the Balkans: A Comparative Review Essay

Maria Bucur


New Feminist Perspectives on the History of the Twentieth Century

Melissa Feinberg


Fairy Whisperer’s March to the East

Marija Bulatović and Višnja Krstić


Becoming Communist: Ideals, Dreams, and Nightmares

Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild


New Perspectives on Bulgarian Women of Letters

Valentina Mitkova


Gender Identities in Women’s and Feminist Periodicals in Serbia

Ana Kolarić


The East Side Story of Gender and Feminism: The Hungarian and Czech Cases

Gabriela Dudeková Kováčová


Book Reviews

Athena Athanasiou, Agonistic Mourning. Political Dissidence and the Women in Black

Reviewed by Adriana Zaharijević


Maria Bucur and Mihaela Miroiu, Birth of Democratic Citizenship: Women and Power in Modern Romania

Reviewed by Kristen Ghodsee (1939 words)


Katherina Dalakoura and Sidiroula Ziogou-Karastergiou, Hē ekpaideusē tôn gynaikôn. Gynaikes stēn ekpaideusē. Koinônikoi, ideologikoi, ekpaideutikoi metaschēmatismoi kai gynaikeia paremvasē (18os-20os ai.) (Women’s education, women in education. Social, ideological, educational transformations and women’s interventions (18th-20th centuries))

Reviewed by Efi Kanner


Melissa Feinberg, Curtain of Lies. The Battle over Truth in Stalinist Eastern Europe

Reviewed by Árpád von Klimó


Christa Hämmerle, Oswald Überegger, and Birgitta Bader-Zaar, eds. Gender and the First World War

Reviewed by Matthew Stibbe


Oksana Kis, Ukrayinky v Hulahu: vyzhyty znachyt’ peremohty (Ukrainian women in the GULAG: survival means victory)

Reviewed by Tatiana Zhurzhenko


Ana Kolarić, Rod, modernost i emancipacija. Uredničke politike u časopisima “Žena” (1911-1914) i “The Freewoman” (1911-1912) (Gender, modernity and emancipation. Editorial politics in the journals “Žena” (“The Woman”) (1911-1914) and “The Freewoman” (1911-1912))

Reviewed by Žarka Svirčev


Agnieszka Kościańska, Zobaczyć łosia. Historia polskiej edukacji seksualnej od pierwszej lekcji do internetu (To see a moose. The history of Polish sex education from the first lesson to the Internet)

Reviewed by Agata Ignaciuk (876 words)


Irina Liveseanu and Árpád von Klimó, eds., The Routledge History of East Central Europe since 1700

Reviewed by Sophia Kuhnle


Zsófia Lóránd, The Feminist Challenge to the Socialist State in Yugoslavia

Reviewed by Ana Miškovska Kajevska


Marina Matešić and Svetlana Slapšak, Rod i Balkan (Gender and Balkans)

Reviewed by Chiara Bonfiglioli


Ana Miškovska Kajevska, Feminist Activism at War. Belgrade and Zagreb Feminists in the 1990s

Reviewed by Marina Blagojevic Hughson


Ivana Pantelić, Uspon I Pad “Prve drugaritse Yugoslavije: Jovanka Broz I Srpska Javnost, 1952-2013 (The rise and fall of the First lady comrade” of Yugoslavia: Jovanka Broz and Serbian public, 1952-2013)

Reviewed by Sanja Petrović Todosijević


Fatbardha Mulleti Saraçi, Kalvari i grave në burgjet e komunizmit (The calvary of women in communist prisons)

Reviewed by Enriketa Papa-Pandelejmoni


Žarka Svirčev, Avangardistkinje: ogledi o srpskoj (ženskoj) avangardnoj književnosti (Women of the avant-garde: Essays on Serbian (female) avant-garde literature)

Reviewed by Stanislava Barać


Şirin Tekeli, Feminizmi Düşünmek (Thinking feminism)

Reviewed by Ayşe Durakbaşa


Zafer Toprak, Türkiye’de Yeni Hayat. Inkılap ve Travma 1908-1928 (New life in Turkey. Revolution and trauma 1908-1928)

Reviewed by Selin Çağatay


Wang Zheng, Finding Women in the State: A Socialist Feminist Revolution in the People’s Republic of China, 1949–1964

Reviewed by Agnieszka Mrozik

Volume 13 / 2019, 1 issue per volume (March)

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Aspasia is the international peer-reviewed annual of women’s and gender history of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe (CESEE). It aims to transform European women’s and gender history by expanding comparative research on women and gender to all parts of Europe, creating a European history of women and gender that encompasses more than the traditional Western European perspective. Aspasia particularly emphasizes research that examines the ways in which gender intersects with other categories of social organization and advances work that explores transnational aspects of women’s and gender histories within, to, and from CESEE. The journal also provides an important outlet for the publication of articles by scholars working in CESEE itself. Its contributions cover a rich variety of topics and historical eras, as well as a wide range of methodologies and approaches to the history of women and gender.

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Submissions are welcome on all topics related to women's and gender history in CESEE on an ongoing basis.

In keeping with the current scholarly debates, in conversation with scholars from all over the world, Aspasia brings to an international audience innovative research and historical analyses. This important publication not only offers valuable materials for easy integration into the teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses, but also provides up-to-date information and analyses on books that focus on women's and gender history, in particular those published in the languages of this area, which otherwise rarely receive attention in English-language history journals.


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Sharon Kowalsky, Texas A&M University-Commerce (Senior Editor)
Krassimira Daskalova St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (Editor and Book Review Editor),

Eleni Fournaraki, University of Crete
Dobrochna Kalwa, University of Warsaw
Gentiana Kera, University of Tirana
Oksana Kis, Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Mara Lazda, Bronx Community College, City University of New York
Jill Massino, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Marianna Muravyeva, University of Helsinki
Rochelle Ruthchild, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Editorial Board
Gisela Bock, Free University of Berlin
Maria Bucur, Indiana University
Natalie Zemon Davis, Princeton University and the University of Toronto
Melissa Feinberg, Rutgers University
Malgorzata Fidelis, University of Illinois, Chicago
Elena Gapova, European Humanities University - EHU International (Belarus)
Katherine Jolluck, Stanford University
Irina Livezeanu, University of Pittsburgh
Jasmina Lukic, Central European University
Natalia Pushkareva, Russian Academy of Sciences
Bonnie G. Smith, Rutgers University

Founding Editor: Francisca de Haan, Central European University


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