Scheda insegnamento

  • Docente Sanja Kajinic

  • Crediti formativi 4

  • SSD M-STO/03

  • Modalità di erogazione In presenza (Convenzionale)

  • Lingua di insegnamento Inglese

  • Orario delle lezioni dal 02/05/2018 al 12/06/2018

Anno Accademico 2017/2018

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

With this module students will become acquainted with the interdisciplinary field of gender studies and will familiarise them with the most important gender-related concepts, arguments and debates in Southeast European context. Students are also expected to grasp the most commonly used qualitative methods for studying gender, thus developing critical reading, thinking, and writing skills and deepening their understanding of feminist political and cultural analysis.


Thematically, the module will start with a theoretical introduction to the most important concepts and major discussions in the fields of cultural studies and to feminist approaches to analyzing culture, with an emphasis on visual culture, and continue with relevant analytical and ethnographic studies dealing with the SEE region.


Lesson 1: Defining the Terms – South East Europe through Popular Culture

Viewing film excerpts (available on internet):

Whose is This Song?,2003, dir. Adela Peeva.

Compulsory reading:

Tanja Petrović. Introduction: Europeanization and the Balkans. In: Tanja Petrović (ed.). Mirroring Europe: ideas of Europe and Europeazation in Balkan societies. Leiden: Koninklijke Brill. Pp. 41-64.

Recommended reading:

John R. Lampe. “Introduction“. Balkans into Southeastern Europe. A Century of War and Transition.

London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Pp. 1-10.

Donna A. Buchanan. “Oh, those Turks!” Music, Politics, and Interculturality in the Balkans and Beyond. In: Balkan popular culture and the Ottoman ecumene: music, image and regional political discourse. Buchanan, Donna A. (ed.). Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow press, 2007. Pp. 3-53.

Lesson 2: Defining the Terms – Studying Popular Culture

Compulsory reading:

Jason Dittmer. “Popular Culture: Theories, Methods, and Intertexuality“. In: Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc, 2010. Pp. 23-47.

Recommended reading:

Winders, James A.. “Popular Media and Modern Culture, ca. 1930 to 1980”. In: European Culture Since 1848. From Modern to Postmodern and Beyond. New York: Palgrave, 2001. Pp. 135-165.

Lesson 3: Defining the Terms – Cultural Studies and Feminist Analysis of Culture

Compulsory reading:

Hermes, Joke. “A perfect fit: Feminist Media studies”. In: Rosemarie Buikema and Anneke Smelik. Women’s Studies and Culture: A Feminist Introduction. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 1995. Pp. 56-66.

Presentation 1:

Chris Beasley. “Starters on the feminist menu: liberal, radical, and Marxist/socialist feminisms”. In: What is Feminism?: An Introduction to Feminist Theory. London: Sage, 1999. Pp. 51-65.

Presentation 2:

Chris Beasley. “More on the menu: postmodernist/poststructuralist influences”. In: What is Feminism?: An Introduction to Feminist Theory. London: Sage, 1999. Pp. 81-101.

Lesson 4: Urban Space-time and Ideology/Gender of the cities

Compulsory reading:

Dunja Rihtman-Auguštin. The Monument in the Main City Square: Constructing and Erasing Memory in Contemporary Croatia. In: Balkan Identities. Nation and Memory. Maria Todorova (ed.). C. Hurst and Co. Publishers, 2004. Pp. 180-197.

Introduction by teacher: Gender of Zagreb monuments

Presentation 3: Athena Athanasiou. "Precarious Intensities: Gendered Bodies in the Streets and Squares of Greece." In: Signs 40, 1 (2014): 1-9.

Lesson 5: Methodologies of Researching Culture and Women’s Activism in SEE

Compulsory reading:

Francisca de Haan. 2008. On Retrieving Women’s Cultural Heritage – Especially the History of Women’s

Movements in Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe. In: Saskia Wieringa (ed.). Travelling

Heritages. New Perspectives on Collecting, Preserving and Sharing Women’s History. Amsterdan:

Aksant Academic Publishers. Pp. 65-79

Recommended reading:

Francisca de Haan. Introduction. In: Biographical Dictionary of Women's Movements and Feminisms in Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe: 19th and 20th Centuries. Central European University Press, 2006. Pp. 1-20.

Presentation 4:

Chiara Bonfiglioli. “Memories (1978-2008). Remembering the transnational encounter”. In: Belgrade 1978: Remembering the Conference Drug-ca Žena. Žensko pitanje – Novi Pristup? (2008). Pp. 74-97.

Lesson 6: Gender and Modernity in Popular Culture

Compulsory reading:

Marina Vujnović. A Feminist Political-Economic Analysis of Zenski list: From its Rise to the Transformation and Demise. In: Forging the Bubikopf Nation: Journalism, Gender, and Modernity in Interwar Yugoslavia. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2009. Pp. 117-175.

Presentation 5:

Marina Vujnović. Interwar Yugoslavia, Gender, and History of Women’s Magazines. In: Forging the Bubikopf Nation: Journalism, Gender, and Modernity in Interwar Yugoslavia. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2009. Pp. 29-69.

Recommended reading:

Stefano Bianchini. The “peasant state”: ideology and politics of agrarian movements in Central-Eastern Europe between the two world wars. In: Eastern Europe and the Challenges of Modernity, 1800-2000. New York: Routledge, 2015. Pp. 64-85.

Lesson 7:

Performing Popular Culture

Compulsory reading: Ana Hofman. “Singing Exclusion”. In: Staging Socialist Femininity: Gender Politics and Folklore Performance in Serbia. Leiden: Brill, 2011. Pp. 85-103.

Presentation 6: Denise Roman. 2007. “Blue Jeans Generation” and ”Generation PRO”: Youth, Pop Culture and Politics. In: Fragmented Identities. Popular Culture, Sex, and Everyday Life in Communist Romania. Lanham: Lexington Books. Pp. 55-73.

Lesson 8: Women’s agency in Films

Compulsory readings:

Aleksandra Djajić Horváth. "Of Female Chastity and Male Arms: The Balkan "ManWoman" in the Age of the World Picture." In: Journal of the History of Sexuality 20, 2 (2011): 358-81.

Dina Iordanova. “Narrating the Balkans”. In: Cinema of Flames: Balkan Film, Culture and the Media. British Film Institute: 2001. Pp. 55-70.

Lesson 9: Festivals and geopolitics of the “Other” Europe

Compulsory reading:

Neven Anđelić. 2015. “National Promotion and Eurovision: from Besieged Sarajevo to the Flodlights of Europe”. Contemporary Southeastern Europe, 2015, 2(1), 94-109.

Presentation 7:

Ana Hofman. 2014. “Balkan Music Awards: Popular Music Industries in the Balkans between Already-Europe and Europe-To-Be”. In: Tanja Petrović (ed.). Mirroring Europe: ideas of Europe and Europeazation in Balkan societies. Leiden: Koninklijke Brill. Pp. 41-64.

Presentation 8:

Catherine Baker. Gender and Geopolitics in the Eurovision Song Contest. Contemporary Southeastern Europe, 2015, 2(1), 74-93.

Lesson 10: Conclusion

Short discussion of students’ paper topics (5 minutes presentations of paper topic ideas, and discussion), theoretical background, methodology, main dilemmas. Wrapping-up the course and discussing the remaining open questions.

Discuss methodology of researching visual materials and/or popular culture.

Compulsory reading:

Rose, Gillian. Researching with visual materials. In: Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to the Interpretation of Visual Materials. London: Sage, 2007. Pp. 1-18.


Readings on: Gender and popular culture in SEE, Gender and visual arts, Media and gender in the region, Gender in (post-)socialist cinema, Gender and sexuality in SEE, Culture and feminist activism, and performing gender in SEE. The additional bibliography will be provided to students at the start of the module.


Metodi didattici

Introductory lectures by the teacher, seminar (student course work and moderated group discussion), selected film footage, individual student presentations of the topic of their final research paper.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento


Students are expected to participate in class discussions (20% of the grade), make a presentation of one recommended reading and discuss their essay topic during the last lesson (combined: 30 % of the grade), and write a final research paper of around 2000 words on a topic related to the course using a chosen theory/methodology discussed in class (50 % of the grade).

The outcome of the module will be averaged to that of the other module composing the integrated course in order to determine the final grade.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Lectures, moderated group discussion, film excerpts, internet and powerpoint visuals.

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Sanja Kajinic