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WORKSHOP ORGANIZATION

LJILJANA KOLEŠNIK, IPU

The workshop will focus on the position of gender issues in the politics of non-alignment. Introductory lecture that will be given by Chiara Bonfiglioli is addressing the relationship between the Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF), established in 1945 and most active during the Cold War, and transnational women’s networks connected with the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). The lecture will also encompass exchanges between women’s organizations in socialist Yugoslavia and the Global South during the 1950s and 1960s, as well as during the UN Decade for Women (1975–1985), topics that are integral to Chiara Bonfiglioli’s long-time research focusing on 20th century women's and gender history in Southeast Europe, in particular post-war women's history in socialist Yugoslavia.

Introductory lecture will establish the framework for joint discussion on the relation between Women's Movement and NAM, opening the question of women's agency in political, social and cultural polices of NAM, and drawing on the results of the research conducted at the project GLOBE_Exchange (HRZZ-IPS-2020-01-3992).

CHIARA BONFIGLIOLI  is a Lecturer in Gender & Women's Studies at University College Cork, where she also coordinates the one-year interdisciplinary Masters in Women's Studies. She holds a BA in Political Sciences from the University of Bologna, Italy, and an MA and PhD from the Graduate Gender Programme, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. From 2012 to 2014, she has been a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, within the framework of the CITSEE project (The Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the former Yugoslavia). Between 2015 and 2017, she worked as a NEWFELPRO post-doctoral fellow within the Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism (CKPIS), at the University of Pula. In 2021, she was awarded the collaborative Elisabeth List Fellowship Programme at the University of Graz (together with Dr Rory Archer), for a project titled "Women's and gender history in Southeast Europe in the 20th Century: Oral history, ethnographic and biographical approaches as a way to advance intersectionality", to be carried out in 2022-2024.  She has published extensively on women's and feminist history in the European context. She is the author of the book Women and Industry in the Balkans: The Rise and Fall of the Yugoslav Textile Sector (2019).