The analysis of the war-related activism of the Belgrade and Zagreb feminists in the 1990s might seem at first glance as a too specific endeavour whose conclusions are irrelevant for the broader public, especially that which is not directly engaged with gender equality and feminism. A closer look at that activism reveals, however, valuable insights for all those who are interested in the laborious formation of a political stand in times of violent societal changes, as well as in the consequences of those positions. Equally important are the epistemological lessons which emerge from the examination of the relevant (Western) scholarship; Lessons which any scholar who uses and produces texts on large scale violence should keep in mind.
Ana Miškovska Kajevska is a researcher and activist. She is affiliated with the Political Science Department of the University of Amsterdam and is currently a Junior Visiting Fellow at the IWM. Her PhD dissertation won the ECPR 2015 Gender and Politics PhD Prize and was published by Routledge in 2017. The book, “Feminist Activism at War: Belgrade and Zagreb Feminists in the 1990s”, was nominated for the 2018 Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies.
Comments by Slavenka Drakulić (Croatian author)