Friday, 20 October, 2017.

fotografija-1Belgrade Women’s Studies Center was initiated by a feminist activist group "Women and Society". The first experimental one-semester course started symbolically on March 8th, 1992.

Though conceptualized at the very beginning of ‘90s as a peacetime endeavor and even simulating it at times – for therapeutic reasons if for no other – the Center has in fact from its inception and throughout the first decade of its history worked against the backdrop of the wars fought in our recent history (1991-1999). Consequently, the point of departure for the educational enlightenment project of the Belgrade Women’s Studies Center was that it was never a value neutral project, nor has it ever presented itself as such. Its significant parameters were its political, anti-war and antinationalist stance, as was also, its grounding in, and support by feminist activism.

The Center organized its activities as a comprehensive educational project which entailed teaching, research and publishing programs. Through these programs the Center was committed to addressing issues of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, class; and also committed to theoretically locating potential models of resistance to oppression and exclusion, as well as celebrating differences.

A critical time in the history of the Belgrade Women’s Studies Center was the period when we began to realize what we articulated as our long term strategy: establishing and institutionalizing women’s studies programs at the University of Belgrade. Today after many negotiations a whole set of programs was officially recognized and accredited by the University of Belgrade (at the Faculty of Political Sciences) and an institution, the Center for Gender and Politics, was established, an institution founded to further promote gender studies. And, today we walk parallel paths or, work within interwoven frameworks, there is a strong interconnectedness of the institutional and the alternative, the unofficial, and their mutual support proves to be an autonomous, creative, courageous act.

During the past ten years the Centre has, along with its teaching program, developed other activities which support its lectures and enrich the educational profile of this organisation. Most important among those are publishing activities (Women’s Studies journal/now titled Genero, first issued in 1995; a series of translations and books by local authors), library (started in 1994), and research.

The founders and members of the first Academic Board of the Center in 1991/1992 were Marina Blagojević, Neda Božinović, Biljana Dojčinović Nešić, Sonja Drljević, Daša Duhaček, Jasmina Lukić, Lepa Mlađenović, Zorica Mršević, Žarana Papić, Slavica Stojanović and Jasmina Tešanović. The activities of the Center were in the beginning coordinated by Daša Duhaček and Sonja Drljević.

From 1998, the teaching, publishing and research programs of the Center were organized by the Coordination team: Daša Duhaček, Dragana Popović, Jelisaveta Blagojević, Biljana Dojčinović Nešić and our long-term, dependable finance coordinator, Vajka Anđelković. It was the same team, except for Biljana Dojčinović, that continued to coordinate the Center until the renewal of its registration (which was required by the new legislation) in 2011.

The teaching and other programs were the task of great responsibility for the Academic Board, whose long-term members were: Staša Babić, Marina Bogdanović, Zorica Ivanović, Snježana Milivojević, Olivera Milosavljević, Zorica Mršević, Vanda Perović, Ružica Rosandić, Dubravka Stojanović, and Ljubinka Trgovčević. Since 2008 the following members, Jana Baćević, Katarina Lončarević, Marina Simić, and Adriana Zaharijević joined the Board.

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As for our Administrative team, its activities were organized and carried out tirelessly and with great commitment for over a decade by Slađana Radulović, who worked with students and lecturers, teaching programs and research projects, administrative and technical issues, and much more. The team for years relied on the dedicated work of Bosa Mitić and Snežana Škundrić. For a certain period of time we were also assisted by Aleksandar Backović, Ivana Ivković, Uroš Miloradović, Dragan Karalić, Monika Alovjanović, Aleksandra Lukić and Milica Miražić; finally Biljana, Aleksandar and Vladimir Vučinić, were our web administrators and computer consultants.

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Vajka Anđelković
Slađana Radulović
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Aleksandra Lukić
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Snežana Škundrić
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Monika Alovjanović


One of our most precious resources, the library, was over the years, for two decades, meticulously built through the efforts of Dragica Vukadinović, Nada Popović, Jadranka Radenković, Jelena Angelovski who have each and in that order taken over this important task; today the library is taken care of by Mirela Šantić.

The Žarana Papić Bequest and our archives were set up and are continuously constructed by Jasmina Alibegović.

From 2013. the Center is administered by Daša Duhaček and Dragana Popović. The members of the Council are Jelisaveta Blagojević, Zorica Ivanović and Dragana Popović. Our office assistant is Nenad Knežević.

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