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Below is a brief introduction to the speakers featured in the headline events at the ECPG 2022.
Slavenka is a Croatian journalist, novelist, and essayist whose works on feminism, communism, and post-communism have been translated into many languages.
Slavenka noted works relate to the Yugoslav wars, notably about crimes against women in the Bosnian War, and experience of overseeing the proceedings and the inmates of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague. That work touch on the same issues that caused her wartime emigration from the home country.
In scholarly circles, she is better known for her two collections of essays: "How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed" and 'Cafe Europa'. Both are non-fiction accounts of Drakulić's life during and after communism. Drakulić lives in Stockholm and Zagreb.
Zorana is a journalist, translator and one of the best European experts on Chinese politics and culture.
Zorana was born in Belgrade, educated in Serbia and China. From the late 1980s, she works for Slovenian journal Delo, first as a correspondent for the Beijing and since 2011 when living between Vienna, Zagreb and Belgrade as a commentator specializing in Asia. In 1984 she was one of the founding members of the editorial board of the magazine Cultures of the East.
As a journalist, she closely monitors China's changes from the Cultural Revolution to the Tiananmen Square protests and the profound economic and social changes in Chinese society. With an excellent knowledge of the subject, she is well-known because of a sophisticated style of writing.
Tea is a Slovene trade unionist and activist. She was first an activist of the trade union Youth + , later she was twice elected its president. She is mainly involved in the field of advocacy, both in labour legislation and more broadly in the position of young women and men at the labour market and youth policy.
Tea gained popularity because of her explicit and loud conflict with former Prime minister, she is seen as one of the most outspoken and politically active trade unionists of her generation acting in line with her conviction that trade unionist should promote and fight for workers rights better united and more forcefully.
Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for philosophy and social theory (University of Belgrade)
Adriana research interests have developed along two axes: first, the history and theories of women’s movements both in the West and in the East, especially Yugoslavia and contemporary Serbia, with a special stress on anti-militarism, anti-nationalism and, of recent, anti-capitalism; second, theoretical and historical underpinnings of the contemporary neoliberalism.
Zaharijević’s publishes on different topics within political philosophy (critique of liberalism, feminist philosophy, and critique of violence), and engagement studies (agency, translation, and critique as engagement). Her texts have been translated into several European languages.
Zaharijević has published three books in Serbian, Becoming Woman (2010) and Who is an Individual? Genealogical Inquiry into the Idea of the Citizen (2014/2019), and Life of Bodies. Political Philosophy of Judith Butler (2020). Her book Butler and Politics will be published in 2023 with Edinburgh University Press. She regularly writes opinions in daily and weekly newspapers.
Senior Researcher and one of the founders of the Peace Institute
Vlasta is the author of several books and articles on the women's movement and feminism, gender and political theory, violence, war, and collective crimes, and a well-known connoisseur of the works of Hannah Arendt. A long-time activist against discrimination and gender inequality, she has been involved in international feminist networks and human rights activities.
Vlasta has taught courses and lectured at several universities, including the Central European University in Budapest, the University Centre for Peace Studies in Austria,the University of Sarajevo, the University of Brighton, the Autonomous University of Madrid, UC Irvine, and Princeton University. She has been a visiting scholar at the Free University of Berlin and at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. She currently teaches at the University of Ljubljana on nationalisms, racisms, and the politics of gender.
An activist and translator
Mojca has translated some of the most important feminist texts into Slovenian, including works by Alexandra Kollontai, Susan Brownmiller, Judith Squires, and bell hooks. She was editor-in-chief of the Krt book collection, which in the 1980s and early 1990s, and still today, enables critical reflection on social phenomena and provides a theoretical basis for neglected social issues.
In the mid-1980s, she actively participated in the feminist movement in Slovenia and was one of the initiators and/or collaborators of women's groups and non-governmental organisations, such as the Women's Section Lilit (1985-1991), SOS Hotline for Women and Children - Victims of Violence (1989-2002), Women for Politics (1990-1992) and so on.
Mojca has also actively participated in numerous feminist camps, conferences, workshops and campaigns. Today she is a member of the feminist group Vita Activa and contributes her feminist analysis to the web portal spol.si.
A writer, translator and LGBT activist
Suzana is a co-founder of Škuc-Lezbična sekcija LL, the first lesbian group in Eastern Europe, and actively participates in the annual LGBT film festival and Lesbian Quarter festival in Ljubljana. She has published several collections of short stories and novels. The two main themes in Tratnik's novels are marginal fates in contemporary city life and the portrayal of childhood in Yugoslavia in the 1960s and 1970s.
Suzana has also written extensively about the lesbian movement in Slovenia. Suzana Tratnik received the Prešeren Foundation National Literary Award in 2007, the Novo Mesto Short Story Award for best short story in 2017, and the Desetnica Award for best youth literature in 2018. Her books and short stories have been translated into more than twenty languages, while she herself has translated numerous fiction and nonfiction works into Slovenian, including works by Kate Bornstein, Judith Butler, and Adrienne Rich. A selection of Tratnik's stories was published in English translation in Games with Greta and Other Stories (Dalkey Archive Press, 2016).
A sociologist and researcher, professor at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Roman is the author of several books, including At the Crossroads of Discrimination (2009) and The Unbearable Comfort of Privacy (with A. Švab, 2005), and (co-)editor of several monographs, including Beyond the Pink Curtain: Everyday life of LGBT people in Eastern Europe (with J. Takács, 2007), Identitete na presečišču kriz (2019), and Anti-gender Campaigns in Europe: Mobilising against Equality (with D. Paternotte 2017), for which he received the Excellence in Science Award 2018 from the Slovene Researh Agency.
From 2017 to 2021, he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. He is currently Vice President of the Slovenian Sociological Association and Assistant Editor at Social Politics (Oxford University Press).
Professor in the Department of Government and Law at Lafayette College
Katalin graduated at the University of Economics in Budapest, Hungary where she was an activist in the coalition of movements that opposed the communist regime. She has Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Katalin held research positions at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center in Amherst, MA and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. Her research intereststs are in international relations, comparative politics, politics of Central Europe, European Union affairs, gender and politics. In her rich bibliografy is the last year's Routledge Handbook of Gender in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia that she coedited with Janet Elise Johnson and Mara Lazda.
Professor of Gender Studies and is currently a member of Central European Uuniversity's Senior Leadership Team as Pro-Rector for Foresight and Analysis
Eva has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California in Los Angeles and works in the field of comparative social inequalities. Specifically, she is interested in how and why gender differences in the labor market and elsewhere are shaped, reshaped, renegotiated and reproduced in different types of societies an din different social contexts. Her recent book, "The Gender Regime of Anti-Liberal Hungary" describes the introduction of what she calls a "carefare" regime in Hungary after 2010 (open access with Palgrave Pivot, 2022).
Her ongoing research projects address the impact of the Covid - 19 pandemic on the division of care work, and the transformation of the labor market during and following the pandemic.
A South African political scientist, historian, and scholar of gender studies and African studies
Shireen is a Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she is also affiliated with the Institute for Social and Economic Research. In 2019 she became a Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and African Politics, beginning a seven-year term in the Institute for African Studies at Carleton University.
Hassim was the first black woman full professor of political science in South Africa. In Hassim's rich bibliography are among other titles Women's organizations and democracy in South Africa: Contesting authority (2008), Fragile Stability: State and Society in Democratic South Africa in Journal of Southern African Studies, with Jo Beall and Stephen Gelb (2006), Fatima Meer: Voices of liberation (2019).
Professor Emeritus at Carleton University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Rianne research interests are on the politics of industrial and labour market restructuring in comparative perspective; child care politics, cross-national and transnational; the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as a source of social, gender and labour market policies. Current projects include migration, gender and the work of care and the incorporation of feminist ideas into the OECD’s social, migration and labour market policies and development assistance.
Rianne published amon other: After '08: Social Policy and the Global Financial Crisis, co-edited with Gerard Boychuk and Stephen McBride, UBC Press Toronto and Vancouver 2015; Feminist Ethics and Social Politics: Toward a New Global Political Economy of Care, Co-edited with Fiona Robinson, UBC Press Toronto and Vancouver: 2011 and Leviathan Undone: Towards a Political Economy of Scale, co-edited with Roger Keil, UBC Press Toronto and Vancouver: 2009.
A sociologist, specialized in gender equality policies and sociology of organizations
Rodriguez Gusta is a professor at the School of Politics and Government (National University of San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina.) and independent researcher of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET).
Ana has a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame (United States) and specializes in public policies on gender inequality and feminist theories of the State. She has been a consultant for the IDB on issues of modernization and a researcher in the areas of institutional capacities, gender equality, and organizations.
An award-winning Professor of Russian and East European Studies and a Member of the Graduate Group in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania
Kristen articles and essays have also been translated into over twenty languages and have appeared in publications such as Dissent, Foreign Affairs, Jacobin, The Baffler, The New Republic, Quartz, NBC Think, The Lancet, Project Syndicate, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung, The Washington Post, and the New York Times.
Kristen is also the author of ten books, including: Second World, Second Sex: Socialist Women's Activism and Global Solidarity during the Cold War (Duke University Press, 2019) and Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence (Bold Type Books, 2018 and 2020), which has had fifteen international editions. Her latest book is Taking Stock of the Shock: Social Impacts of the 1989 Revolutions (Oxford University Press, 2021), co-authored with Mitchell A. Orenstein.
Kristen is also the host of the podcast, A.K. 47 - Forty-seven Selections from the Works of Alexandra Kollontai, which inspired her forthcoming book with Verso, Red Valkyries: Feminist Lessons from Five Revolutionary Women.
Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana
Aleksandra teaches Sociology of Work, Economic Sociology, Theories of Society and Gender, Work and Organisations. She is Head of the Organisations and HR Research Centre (FSS, UL).
Her teaching, research and consultancy activities are in the fields of industrial relations, gender and economy, ownership and post-privatisation changes in Slovene economy, and economic democracy. She has been involved in a number of Slovene and international research projects and networks.
Since 2003 she is the coordinator of the national centre for Eurofoun. Since 2004 she is a member of the Network of Experts in the Fields of Employment, Social Inclusion and Gender Equality Issues (European Commission, Employment and Social Affairs DG). From 2020 she is an external member of the Development Council of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art.