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.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Aspasia 11: The Russian Revolution 100 Years Later

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


Volume 10, 2016




NOT Finding Women in the Archives: The Case of Evegeniia Serebrennikova, Pioneering Woman Physician in Late-Nineteenth-Century Russia
Michelle DenBeste

Writing the History of Ordinary Ottoman Women during World War I
Elif Mahir Metinsoy


Paternalism, Modernization, and the Gender Regime in Turkey
Pınar Melis Yelsalı Parmaksız

A Woman Politician in the Cold War Balkans: From Biography to History
Krassimira Daskalova


Radio Free Europe Information Item #687/54 (29 January 1954): The Decline of Family Life
Introduction and Translation: Melissa Feinberg


Ten Years After: Communism and Feminism Revisited
Edited by Francisca de Haan

Francisca de Haan

State Socialist Women's Organizations in Cold War Perspective: Revisiting the Work of Maxine Molyneux
Kristen Ghodsee

Audiatur et altera pars: In Response to Nanette Funk
Krassimira Daskalova

From Revolutionary Agents to Re-Active Actors: The Transformation of Socialist Women's Organizing Poland Between 1940s-1980s
Magda Grabowska

One Socialist Story, Or How I Became a Feminist
Jasmina Lukić  

On Vida Tomšič, Marxist Feminism, and Agency
Chiara Bonfiglioli

“We Opposed It”: The National Council of Women and the Ban on Abortion in Romania (1966)
Raluca Maria Popa

Partisan Potential: Researching Communist Women’s Organizations in Eastern Europe
Alexandra Ghit


Telling Russia’s Herstory
- Melanie Ilic, Life Stories of Soviet Women. The Interwar Generation
- Marianna Muravyeva and Natalia Novikova, eds., Women’s History in Russia: (Re) Establishing the Field
- Francesca Stella, Lesbian Lives in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia

Reviewed by Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild


Gisela BockGeschlechtergeschichten der Neuzeit. Ideen, Politik, Praxis (Gender histories of the modern era. Ideas, politics, practice)
Reviewed by Johanna Gehmacher

Helene Carlbäck, Yulia Gradskova, and Zhanna Kravchenko, eds., And They Lived Happily Ever After. Norms and Everyday Practices of Family and Parenthood in Russia and Eastern Europe
Reviewed by Svetla Baloutzova

Peter Coleman, Daniela Koleva, and Joanna Bornat, eds., Aging, Ritual and Social Change: Comparing the Secular and Religious in Eastern and Western Europe
Reviewed by Orlin Sabev

AslıDavaz, Eşitsiz Kız Kardeşlik. Uluslararası ve Ortadoğu Kadın Hareketleri, 1935 Kongresi ve Türk Kadın Birliği (Unequal sisterhood. International and Middle East women’s movements, the 1935 Congress and the Turkish Women’s Union)
Reviewed by Nezihe Bilhan

Sashka GeorgievaZhenata v bulgarskoto srednovekovie (Woman in Medieval Bulgaria)
Reviewed by Tsvetelin Stepanov

Kristen GhodseeThe Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe
Reviewed by Evgenia Kalinova

Marina HughsonPoluperiferija i rod – Pobuna konteksta (The semiperiphery and gender – The rebellion of the context)
Reviewed by Zorana Antonijevic

Luciana Jinga, Gen si Reprezentare in Romania Comunista, 1944–1989 (Gender and representation in communist Romania, 1944–1989)
Reviewed by Alexandra Ghit

Roswitha Kersten-Pejanić, Simone Rajilić, and Christian Voß, eds., Doing Gender – Doing the Balkans. Dynamics and Persistence of Gender Relations in Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav Successor States
Reviewed by Chiara Bonfiglioli

Daniela Koleva, ed., Ljubovta pri sotsializma. Obraztsi, obrazi, tabuta (Love during socialism. Patterns, images, taboos)
Reviewed by Ana Luleva

Agnieszka Kościańska, Płeć, przyjemność i przemoc. Kształtowanie wiedzy eksperckiej o seksualności w Polsce (Gender, pleasure and violence. The construction of expert knowledge of sexuality in Poland)
Reviewed by Barbara Klich-Kluczewska

Denis Kozlov, The Readers of Novyi Mir: Coming to Terms with the Stalinist Past
Reviewed by Courtney Doucette

Anna Pelka, Z [politycznym] fasonem. Moda młodzieżowa w PRL i NRD(In [political] fashion. Youth fashions in the PPR and the GDR)
Reviewed by Katarzyna Stańczak-Wiślicz

Amelia Sanz, Francesca Scott, and Suzan van Dijk, eds., Women Telling Nations
Reviewed by Valentina Mitkova

Zilka Spahić-Šiljak, ed., Contesting Female, Feminist and Muslim Identities: Post-Socialist Contexts of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo
Reviewed by Vjollca Krasniqi

Roumiana Stoilova, Pol i stratifikatsia. Vlianie na sotsialnia pol vurhu stratifikatsiata v Bulgaria sled 1989 g.(Gender and stratification: The impact of gender on stratification in Bulgaria after 1989)
Reviewed by Pepka Boyadjieva

Svetlana Tomić, Realizam I stvarnost: Nova tumacenja proze srpskog realizma iz rodne perspective (Realism and reality: A new interpretation of Serbian realist prose from a gender perspective)
Reviewed by Marina Hughson

Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Rachel Duffett, and Alain Drouard, eds., Food and War in Twentieth Century Europe
Reviewed by Rayna Gavrilova