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 9, 2015

Guest Editor: Susan Zimmermann

Daughters of Two Empires: Muslim Women and Public Writing in Habsburg Bosnia and Herzegovina (1878–1918)
Fabio Giomi

Gendering Balkanisms: Gender, Culture, and Class in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Travelogues in the Balkans
Marina Matešić

Converging Suffrage Politics: The Romanian Women’s Movement in Hungary and Its Allies before World War I
Oana Sînziana Păltineanu


Rural Women, Gender Ideologies, and Industrialization in State Socialism: The Case of a Polish Factory in the 1950s
Natalia Jarska

Secret Years: Hungarian Lesbian Herstory, 1950s–2000s
Anna Borgos


The Tensions within the Early Twentieth-Century Bulgarian Women’s Movement
Introduction and Translation: Krassimira Daskalova with Karen Offen

Jelentés a Nemzetközi No˝kongresszusról, 1948. December 17 / Report on the International Women’s Congress, 17 December 1948
Introduction and Translation: Éva Cserháti


Sexing Twentieth-Century European History
Reviewed by Jill Massino

Bulgarian Women Writers and the Resistance of the Literary Canon
Reviewed by Valentina Mitkova

War, Memory, and Punishment in Russia: Two Heldt Prize Winners
Reviewed by Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild


Małgorzata Fidelis, Women, Communism, and Industrialization in Postwar Poland
Reviewed by Barbara Klich-Kluczewska

Hana Havelková and Libora Oates-Indruchová, eds., The Politics of Gender Culture under State Socialism: An Expropriated Voice
Reviewed by Gabriela Dudeková

Beata Hock, Gendered Artistic Positions and Social Voices: Politics, Cinema, and the Visual Arts in State-Socialist and Post-Socialist Hungary
Reviewed by Phillip Mann

Ana Hofman, Staging Socialist Femininity: Gender Politics and Folklore Performance in Serbia
Reviewed by Kristen Ghodsee

Tanja Penter, Kohle für Stalin und Hitler: Arbeiten und Leben im Donbass 1929 bis 1953 [Coal for Stalin and Hitler. Working and Living in the Donets Basin 1929 to 1953]
Reviewed by Susan Zimmermann

Marianna G. Muravyeva and Natalia L. Pushkareva, eds., Bytovoe nasilie v istorii rossiiskoi povsednevnosti (XI–XXI vv.) [Domestic violence in the history of Russian everyday life (XI–XXI vv.)]
Reviewed by Barbara Alpern Engel

Barbara Reeves-Ellington, Domestic Frontiers: Gender, Reform, and American Interventions in the Ottoman Balkans and the Near East, 1831–1908
Reviewed by Rhoda Semple

Reneta Roshkeva and Nikolai Nenov, eds., Zhenite v modernostta [Women in modernity]
Reviewed by Amelia Licheva

Sevasti Trubeta, Physical Anthropology, Race and Eugenics in Greece (1880s–1970s)
Reviewed by Christian Promitzer

Iroida Wynnytsky, ed., Nezvychaini doli zvychainykh zhinok: Usna istoria XX stolittia [The extraordinary lives of ordinary women: Oral history of the twentieth century]
Reviewed by Oksana Kis