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Meta PHoDcast 177: Isidora Grubački, zgodovinarka

With Isidora we explore interwar feminism in Yugoslavia. #MetaPHoDcast Isidora was a doctoral candidate in Comparative History at the Central European University (Budapest/Vienna) and just recently successfully completed her PhD. Since 2021 she has been a researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History in Ljubljana. With Isidora we explore the development of interwar feminism in the 1920s and 1930s, delving into the intersection of political, intellectual, and women’s history. In her doctoral dissertation she traces the changes in feminist organizing and concepts between the two World Wars, with a focus on Yugoslavia. Isidora has a diverse academic background. She began her academic journey in Belgrade studying comparative literature. Afterward she pursued cultural policy and management for her MA. After a brief stint in the NGO world, she realized her passion for research and continued her research work in Budapest. Her transition to becoming a historian started there, at the Central European University, first at the MA and then doctoral level. Isidora examines feminist ideas by focusing on language and concepts in the context of political change, specifically exploring the vocabulary employed by women during this period. She emphasizes the significance of digitalization in accessing historical sources. She visited archives in Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Prague, and Paris and analyzed women’s periodicals along with a variety of other sources. Her research work sheds light on changing ideas and activism of feminists during the interwar period. Isidora contextualizes these ideas within the broader historical landscape, among other things exploring political alliances of feminists of different ideological orientations, and the importance of different formative experiences of different political generations at the time. Political context plays a crucial role, informing how feminist groups responded to political changes. Isidora uncovers new cooperations between feminist groups that were previously overlooked, revealing shifts in collaboration between civic, conservative, and communist feminists. The term “feminism” itself underwent varied interpretations, with groups differing on their visions for its implementation in society. The debate ranged from enabling women’s equality to demanding social justice, considering whether reform or revolution was the path to achieving their goals. Isidora recommends using Zotero to organize sources and stay updated on literature. To other PhD students she advises choosing and adhering to an effective strategy for note-taking and overall work organization. For relaxation, Isidora suggests the light-hearted series “What We Do In The Shadows,” and for a more serious exploration, she recommends “Mrs. America.” This series delves into the Equal Rights Amendment in the USA during the 1970s, covering different approaches to feminism and examining right-wing women activism. She loved traveling that came with research work for her PhD. She tries to initiate a lot of things and not just wait for them to happen. She argues that academia should not be a competitive space, and views it as full of chances for collaborations and solidarity. Her last advice is straightforward: don’t hesitate to reach out to those whose work interests you, and do not waste time with people you do not get along with. ———— Z Isidoro o feminizmu v Jugoslaviji med obema vojnama. Isidora je bila doktorska kandidatka za primerjalno zgodovino na Srednjeevropski univerzi – CEU (Budimpešta/Dunaj) in je pred kratkim uspešno končala svoj ...