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 15: Queer Histories of Women in CESEE

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Aspasia Vol. 14 2020 – Table of Contents
Dedicated to the Legacy of Ann Snitow

Editor’s Introduction

In Memorium—Ann Snitow
Janet Elise Johnson and Mara Lazda, “Ann Snitow (1943–2019)”

Ioana Cîrstocea, “Post-Cold War Sisterhood: The Network of East-West Women”

Julie Hemment and Valentina Uspenskaya, “‘The 1990s Wasn’t Just a Time of Bandits; We Feminists Were Also Making Mischief!’ Celebrating Twenty Years of Feminist

Enlightenment Projects in Tver’”

Nicoleta Roman, “Educating the Other: Foreign Governesses in Wallachia in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century”

Madgalena Kozłowska, “‘Did You Teach Us to Do Otherwise?’ Young Women in the Tsukunft Youth Movement in Interwar Poland and Their Role Models”

Olena Haleta, “Instead of a Novel: Sophia Yablonska’s Travelogues in a History of Modern Ukrainian Literature”

Polona Sitar, “Stiletto Socialism: Social Class, Dressing Up, and Women’s Self-Positioning in Socialist Slovenia”

Agatha Schwartz and Tatjana Takševa, “Between Trauma and Resilience: A Transnational Reading of Women’s Life Writing about Wartime Rape in Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Book Review Essays
Chiara Bonfiglioli, “Women’s Activism, the Cold War, and the UN Decade for Women (1975–1985)”

Evguenia Davidova, “Public Health in Eastern Europe: Visible Modernization and Elusive Gender Transformation”

Valentina Mitkova, “The Making of Intellectual Women”

Book Reviews
Cristina A. Bejan, Intellectuals and Fascism in Interwar Romania: The Criterion Association
reviewed by Maria Bucur

Chiara Bonfiglioli, Women and Industry in the Balkans: The Rise and Fall of the Yugoslav Textile Sector
reviewed by Alexandra Ghit

Aslı Davaz, Eşitsiz kız kardeşlik, uluslararası ve Ortadoğu kadın hareketleri, 1935 Kongresi ve Türk Kadın Birliği (Unequal sisterhood, international and Middle Eastern women’s movements, 1935 Congress and the Turkish Women’s Union)
reviewed by Ayşe Durakbaşa

Biljana Dojčinović and Ana Kolarić, eds., Feministički časopisi u Srbiji: Teorija, aktivizam i umetničke prakse u 1990-im i 2000-im (Feminist journals in Serbia: Theory, activism, and artistic practice in 1990s and 2000s)
reviewed by Ivana Pantelić

Melanie Ilic, ed., Palgrave Handbook of Women and Gender in Twentieth-Century Russia and the Soviet Union
reviewed by Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

Luciana M. Jinga, ed., The Other Half of Communism: Women’s Outlook
reviewed by Elizabeth A. Wood

Teresa Kulawik and Zhanna Kravchenko, eds., Borderlands in European Gender Studies: Beyond the East-West Frontier
reviewed by Maria Bucur

Jill Massino, Ambiguous Transitions: Gender, the State, and Everyday Life in Socialist and Postsocialist Romania
reviewed by Anna Müller

Gergana Mircheva, (A)normalnost i dostap do publichnostta: Socialno-institucionalni prostranstva na biomedicinskite discursi v Bulgaria (1878–1939) ([Ab]normality and access to publicity: Social-institutional spaces of biomedicine discourses in Bulgaria [1878–1939])
reviewed by Galina Goncharova

Milutin A. Popović, Zatvorenice, album ženskog odeljenja požarevačkog kaznenog zavoda (1898) (Prisoners, the album of the women’s section of Požarevac penitentiary with statistics, 1898)
reviewed by Zorana Antonijević

Irena Protassewicz, A Polish Woman’s Experience in World War II: Conflict, Deportation and Exile
reviewed by Katarzyna Sierakowska

Zilka Spahić Šiljak, ed., Bosanski labirint: Kultura, rod i liderstvo (Bosnian labyrinth: Culture, gender, and leadership)
reviewed by Andrea Feldman

Gonda Van Steen, Adoption, Memory and Cold War Greece. Kid pro quo?
reviewed by Maria Kokkinou

Dimitra Vassiliadou, Ston tropiko tis grafis: Oikogeneiakoi desmoi kai synaisthimata stin astiki Ellada (1850–1930) (The tropic of writing: Family ties and emotions in modern Greece [1850–1930])
reviewed by Alexandra Zavos

Radina Vucetić, Coca-Cola Socialism. Americanization in Yugoslav Culture in the Sixties
reviewed by Marija M. Bulatović

Nancy M. Wingfield, The World of Prostitution in Late Imperial Austria
reviewed by Siobhán Hearne

Anastasia Lakhtikova, Angela Brintlinger, and Irina Glushchenko, eds., Seasoned Socialism: Gender and Food in Late Soviet Everyday Life
reviewed by Rayna Gavrilova

Letters to the Editors
Ana Miškovska Kajevska, “Response to Marina Hughson’s review of Ana Miškovska Kajevska, Feminist Activism at War: Belgrade and Zagreb Feminists in the 1990s, published in Aspasia 13 (2019): 216–222.”

Zilka Spahić Šiljak, “Cherry Picking: Response to Andrea Feldman’s Review of Zilka Spahić Šiljak, ed., Bosanski labirint: Kultura, rod i liderstvo (The Bosnian labyrinth: Culture, gender, and leadership), published in Aspasia 14 (2020): [pp].”

Obituary for Marina Blagojević Hughson (1958-2020) 

Volume 14 / 2020, 1 issue per volume (March)

Aims & Scope

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.

Read the founding statement from the first issue of Aspasia here.

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.


Aspasia is indexed/abstracted in:

  • America: History and Life
  • British Humanities Index
  • Current Abstracts
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • Feminist Periodicals
  • Genderwatch
  • Historical Abstracts (excludes N. America)
  • Index Islamicus
  • International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (IBR)
  • International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (IBZ)
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • MLA Master List of Periodicals
  • Scopus
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • TOC Premier

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

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

Editorial Board

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

Founding Editor: Francisca de Haan, Central European University, Hungary


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Aspasia License Agreement can be found here.

Each volume of Aspasia contains (1) an article section that is sometimes thematic and (2) book reviews and essays. Aspasia regularly features (3) a discussion Forum (whose topic in most cases will be related to the central theme of the volume) and/or (4) the rubric the Source, in which important original sources (or parts of them) are introduced and translated into English.

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Ethics Statement

Authors published in Aspasia (ASP) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all articles have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. Editorial introductions, book reviews, forum essays, and some types of commentary are not subject to the peer-review process. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data, and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of their authors. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete Aspasia ethics statement.

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