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Women’s and Gender Studies in higher education have developed in Central Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space since the late 1980s within the context of a complex triangle made up of the interests and impact of a whole variety of transnational actors, the changing politics of higher education at national and university levels, and the interests and aspirations of academics on the ground. The study explores these constellations as they changed over time, and varied within the post-“state-socialist” world from one sub-region to the other. It highlights the often unequal processes of internationalization, the partial privatization, EU-ization, and national reform of higher education and the role played by the dedication of academics spreading the word and the institution, as the major factors producing the success story ― even if always endangered ― of the Women’s and Gender Studies trade in the “other half of Europe”. The strategic function ascribed in Central and Eastern Europe to Gender Studies as a symbolic marker of pro-Western educational “reform” has been shaping both the fortunes of Women’s and Gender Studies in the region and the academic, political, and discursive opportunities available for those involved in research and teaching in this field.

In: East Central Europe
In: Women's ILO
In: Women's ILO
In: Women's ILO
In: Women's ILO
Women’s Labour Struggles in Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond, 19th and 20th Centuries
This book examines women’s activism in and beyond Central and Eastern Europe and transnationally within and across different historical periods, political regimes, and scales of activism. The authors explore the wide range of activist agendas, repertoires, and forums in which women sought to advocate for their gender and labour interests..

Women were engaged in trade unions, women-only organizations, state instituions, and international and intellectual networks, and were active on the shopfloor. Rectifying geopolitical and thematic imbalances in labour and gender history, this volume is a valuable resource for scholars and students of women’s activism, social movements, political and intellectual history, and transnationalism

Contributors are: Eloisa Betti, Masha Bratishcheva, Jan Antoni Burek, Selin Çağatay, Daria Dyakonova, Mátyás Erdélyi, Dóra Fedeles-Czeferner, Eric Fure-Slocum, Alexandra Ghiț, Olga Gnydiuk, Maren Hachmeister, Veronika Helfert, Natalia Jarska, Marie Láníková, Ivelina Masheva, Jean-Pierre Liotard-Vogt, Denisa Nestakova, Sophia Polek, Zhanna Popova, Büşra Satı, Masha Shpolberg, Georg Spitaler, Jelena Tešija, Eszter Varsa, Johanna Wolf and Susan Zimmermann.