The second episode is about Women’s Studies. This episode gives a brief explanation of the discipline, which is at the same time an exciting field of interdisciplinary research and is now, for half a century, a challenging study program in the international academic community.
Women’s Studies is best explained by telling the story of its beginnings, which takes us back to the politically turbulent, but intellectually stimulating times of the late sixties and seventies of the last century, to the times of student protests and women’s liberation movement.
The episode reminds us that many issues of establishing Women’s Studies are still topics of debate, such as how do theories translate into political practices. One of the issues is, the institutionalization of Women’s Studies programs, and how this process relates to teaching and educational projects alternative to mainstream systems of higher education. On that topic, in this episode, we introduce a text by Jelisaveta Blagojević who shares both her experiences from within and from without the system.
The episode is written and read by Daša Duhaček
For further reading:
Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan, An Introduction to Women’s Studies. Gender in a transitional world. McGraw Hill, New York, 2002.
Dragana Popović, ed. Center for Women’s Studies 1992-2012. Center for Women’s Studies, Belgrade, 2012.