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Gender Book Tour – Belgrade

Within the project „Gender Book Tour“, initiated by ERSTE Foundation and implemented by WUS Austria, a presentation of the book "Gendering Post-Socialist Transition. Studies of Changing Gender Perspectives" was organised on the 28th of March at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade.

It was a panel discussion which gathered panelists of different profiles from three countries: Marina Blagojevic Hughson from Serbia (author), Krassimira Daskalova from Bulgaria (editor), Biljana Dojcinovic from Serbia (reviewer), Karl Kaser from Austria (editor) and Andjelka Milic from Serbia (reviewer). The moderation was conducted by Isidora Jaric from the Faculty of Philosophy.

Panelists talked about the book from different perspectives focusing on two main questions:

1. What are the major messages on gender in post-socialist transition which this book delivers?
2. What will be the future most relevant issues related to gender that need further research and theoretization?

We were glad to see a large audience of different profiles which could hardly fit in the ceremonial hall of the Faculty of Philosophy. They engaged in a lively discussion with the panelists which was continued at the reception after the official part of the event.

The book "Gendering Post-Socialist Transition. Studies of Changing Gender Perspectives" was developed as Volume 1 of the ERSTE Foundation Series as a result of the research which explored the social constructions of femininity and masculinity and the role of women in Central & South East Europe with focus on the transition beginning in 1989. This was the first event within the series of the book presentations, which will be continued in Zagreb (25.4.), Sofia (14.5.) and Budapest (11.6.).  Its aim is to raise awareness and support the discussion among the academics, researchers, students, NGOs, media and the general public regarding the issue of gender and especially the transformation of gender identities in Central and South East Europe.

We are thankful to the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade and Section for Feminist research and Critical studies of Masculinities, Serbian Sociological Association for hosting the event and for their local support!