The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History

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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.

Each volume of Aspasia generally contains an article section that is sometimes thematic; a discussion Forum (whose topic in most cases will be related to that of the central theme of the volume); translations and introductions of key primary sources; and book reviews and essays. In keeping with the current scholarly debates, in conversation with scholars from all over the world, Aspasia will bring 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.

Subjects: History, Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Studies, Gender Studies, Politics


Current Issue, Vol. 8, 2014


THEME SECTION: Gendering the Cold War

Women’s Political and Social Activism in the Early Cold War Era: The Case of Yugoslavia
Chiara Bonfiglioli

Communism, Consumerism, and Gender in Early Cold War Film: The Case of Ninotchka and Russkii vopros
Rhiannon Dowling

Masculinity in the Personal Narratives of Soviet Nuclear Physicists
Erica L. Fraser


The Ladies of Charity in Carniola, 1848 to 1914
Irena Selišnik

Bytovukha: Family Violence in Soviet Russia
Marianna Muravyeva

In and Out of the Cage: Women’s and Gender History Written in Hungary in the State-socialist Period
Susan Zimmermann


Raportul Tovarășei Ana Pauker, 11 februarie 1946 / Comrade Ana Pauker’s Report, 11 February 1946
Introduction and Translation, Raluca Maria Popa


Gendering the Cold War in the Region
Edited by Francisca de Haan

An Email Conversation Between Malgorzata (Gosia) Fidelis, Renata Jambrešić Kirin, Jill Massino, and Libora Oates-Indruchova


What’s in a Book or Becoming of Feminist Thinking?
Oana Băluţă

  • Ramona Păunescu, Evoluţii politice ale maternităţii: Perspective Feministe (Political evolutions of maternity: Feminist perspectives)
  • Bianca Burţa-Cernat, Fotografie de grup cu scriitoare uitate (Group photography with forgotten women writers)


Elisabetta Addis, Paloma de Villota, Florence Degavre, and John Eriksen, eds., Gender and Well-Being: The Role of Institutions
Reviewed by Yulia Gradskova

Nadezhda Alexandrova, Robini, kukli i chelovetsi. Predstavi za zhenite vuv vuzrozhdenskata publitsistika i prozata na Ljuben Karavelov (Slaves, dolls, individuals: Representations of women in nineteenth-century Bulgarian periodicals, and in Ljuben Karavelov’s fiction)
Reviewed by Albena Hranova

Efi Kanner, Emfi les Koinonikes Diekdikiseis apo tin Othomaniki Aftokratoria stin Ellada kai stin Tourkia: O kosmos mias ellinidas hristianis daskalas (Gender-based social demands from the Ottoman Empire to Greece and Turkey: The world of a Greek-Orthodox female teacher)
Reviewed by Anastasia Falierou

Krassimira Daskalova, Zheni, pol i modernizatsia v Bulgaria, 1878–1944 (Women, gender and modernization in Bulgaria, 1878–1944)
Reviewed by Daniela Koleva

Krassimira Daskalova, Caroline Hornstein Tomic, Karl Kaser, Filip Radunovic, eds., Gendering Post-Socialist Transition: Studies of Changing Gender Perspectives
Reviewed by Birgit Sauer

Evguenia Davidova, Balkan Transitions to Modernity and Nation-States: Through the Eyes of Three Generations of Merchants (1780s–1890s)
Reviewed by Eleonora Naxidou

Daniela Koleva, ed., Negotiating Normality: Everyday Lives in Socialist Institutions
Reviewed by Sabine Rutar

Anna Krylova, Soviet Women in Combat: A History of Violence on the Eastern Front
Reviewed by Iris Rachamimov

Marian J. Rubchak, ed., Mapping Difference: The Many Faces of Women in Contemporary Ukraine
Reviewed by Maryna Bazylevych

Ingrid Sharp and Matthew Stibbe, eds., Aftermaths of War: Women’s Movements and Female Activists, 1918–1923
Reviewed by T. G. Ashplant

Mark David Wyers, “Wicked” Istanbul: The Regulation of Prostitution in the Early Turkish Republic
Reviewed by Nadezhda Alexandrova