Women's Studies Journal Selected Papers

The aim of this Collection is to represent, if only in part, the activity of Belgrade's Women's Studies Center; more precisely, the segment of its activity evinced by the Women's Studies Journal, as the Center's major publication. The Center itself was founded in 1992, and the Journal, as its publication, in 1995.

The essays selected here have all been published in the Journal of the Belgrade Women's Studies Center over the last seven years and, needless to say, most of them have originated from the numerous Courses that the Center has initiated and developed.

The intention of this Collection is to offer a brief history of the efforts that the Center and the people gathered round it have made in establishing the scene within which it has been possible to articulate the problems and concepts that related to women's studies. Of course, it is obvious that, in the course of these efforts, there has been no single, unique and fixed scene, and that it has been developing all the time. The Journal itself had a great impact on this scene, in a state of permanent flux, and the Editors hope that this selection will demonstrate how the Journal has influenced this process of permanent relocation, installation and re-installation of the scene in different political, social and cultural contexts.

The Editors also wished to present articles that show to the greatest extent possible the areas and disciplines (to put it in a somewhat old-fashioned way) dealt with by the lecturers and authors within the framework of Women's Studies: philosophy, literary theory, sociology, anthropology, law, criminology, gender theories, film theory, media theory etc.; on the other hand, this selection bears witness to the multidisciplinary or transdisciplinary approach of the Center itself, approaching what is also called cultural studies.

Besides a multitude of translations of articles by internationally recognized authors, some of which were published for the first time in this Journal, the Editors intended to present above all, if one might say so, domestic authors (male and female), that is, those who taught and wrote in the languages spoken today in the countries that were once parts of the former Yugoslavia: Croatian (Croato-Serbian), Macedonian, Slovenian, Serbian (Serbo-Croatian). Thus, in a sense, the Collection, as the Journal itself bears witness to the political events of the last decade of 20th Century.

Jelisaveta Blagojević
Dušan Đorđević Mileusnić