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Lesbian Activism in the (Post-)Yugoslav Space

Sisterhood and Unity

Editors: Bilić, Bojan, Radoman, Marija (Eds.)

  • Fills a significant gap in the literature, which all too often fails to examine the important role of lesbians and lesbian activism in the political culture of the region
  • Takes an intersectional approach to research on a range of activist groups
  • Weaves together academic and activist perspectives
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About this book

This book intertwines academic and activist voices to engage with more than three decades of lesbian activism in the Yugoslav space. The empirically rich contributions uncover a range of lesbian initiatives and the fundamental, but rarely acknowledged, role that lesbian alliances have played in articulating a feminist response to the upsurge of nationalism, widespread violence against women, and high levels of lesbophobia and homophobia in all of the post-Yugoslav states. By offering a distinctly intergenerational and transnational perspective, this collection does not only shed new light on a severely marginalised group of people, but constitutes a pioneering effort in accounting for the intricacies – solidarities, joys, and tensions – of lesbian activist organising in a post-conflict and post-socialist environment. With a plethora of authorial standpoints and innovative methodological approaches, the volume challenges the systematic absence of (post-)Yugoslav lesbian activist enterprises from recent social science scholarship.

Lesbian Activism in the (Post-)Yugoslav Space will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including gender studies, history, politics, anthropology, and sociology. 

About the authors

Bojan Bilić is FCT Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal and Adjunct Professor of Gender and Social Movements in South East Europe at the School of Political Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy.

Marija Radoman is a researcher and teaching assistant in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

 

Reviews

“Contemporary women's history and global queer studies are both the richer for this exceptional example of lesbian-led activism and scholarship. Bilić, Radoman and their contributors are equally driven by a resolve for lesbians' courage and friendship in the face of patriarchal nationalism not to be forgotten, and an urge to resist their struggles being co-opted by neoliberal and conservative forces. Thinking transnationally and acting locally, their activist-academic insight and their collective ways of writing and knowing resonate well beyond, yet always also address, the (post-)Yugoslav semi-periphery from which they speak.” (Catherine Baker, University of Hull, UK)

“An exciting volume that fills a significant gap in the literature, which all too often fails to examine the important role of lesbians and lesbian activism in the political culture of the region.” (Janice Irvine, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)

“This book is an invaluable repository of reflections on lesbian activist movements and initiatives, documenting them on their own terms and in their own words. Skillfully negotiating between academic and activist practices, temporalities, styles and concerns, its intellectual, activist and – for some – therapeutic interventions will shape this field over the coming years.” (Andrew Hodges, Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Germany)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Recovering/Rethinking (Post-)Yugoslav Lesbian Activisms

    Bilić, Bojan

    Pages 1-26

  • Yearning for Space, Pleasure, and Knowledge: Autonomous Lesbian and Queer Feminist Organising in Ljubljana

    Oblak, Teja (et al.)

    Pages 27-59

  • Cartographies of Fear and Freedom: Lesbian Activists in the First Belgrade and Zagreb Pride Parades

    Kajinić, Sanja

    Pages 61-85

  • Sisterhood Beyond Borders: Transnational Aspects of Post-Yugoslav Lesbian Activism

    Dioli, Irene

    Pages 87-108

  • Breaking the Silence: Lesbian Activism in Macedonia

    Cvetkovic, Irena

    Pages 109-131

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77754-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77753-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lesbian Activism in the (Post-)Yugoslav Space
Book Subtitle
Sisterhood and Unity
Editors
  • Bojan Bilić
  • Marija Radoman
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77754-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77754-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77753-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 239
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