Dr Zsófia Lóránd

Marie Curie Individual Fellow
Zsofia Lorand

Zsófia Lóránd is an intellectual historian of feminism in post-WWII state-socialist Eastern Europe. Currently she is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. Her book, The Feminist Challenge to the Socialist State in Yugoslavia was published in the Palgrave Macmillan series “Genders and Sexualities in History” in 2018. She got her PhD at the Central European University in Budapest and has held positions at the European University Institute in Florence and the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Göttingen. Her further publications include articles about the history of feminist political thought in Croatia and Serbia after 1991, the problems of a missing women’s perspective in the nationalist commemorations of Hungarian history, the concept of the sexual revolution in Yugoslavia, among others. For 8 years, she worked as an SOS helpline volunteer and trainer in the field of domestic violence.

Intellectual history, history of political thought, East Central Europe, feminism, state socialism, human rights.


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Alison Richard Building, Cambridge CB3 9DT


Key Publications

The Feminist Challenge to the Socialist State in Yugoslavia. Monograph in the series “Genders and Sexualities in History”. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018. https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319782225

“‘A Politically Non-Dangerous Revolution is Not a Revolution’ – Critical Readings of the Concept of Sexual Revolution by Yugoslav Feminists in the 1970s”, European Review of History / revue européenne d histoire, 22:1 (2015), 120-137.

“New Yugoslav Feminism during Socialism between ‘Mainstreaming’ and ‘Disengagement’: The Possibilities of Resistance, Critical Opposition and Dissent”, The Hungarian Historical Review Vol. 5. No. 4 (2016), special issue “1956, Resistance and Cultural Opposition in East Central Europe”, 854-881.

“Exhibiting Rape: Alaine Polcz in the House of Terror Museum in Budapest”, East Central Europe 42 (2016), 321-342.

Other Publications

 “New Feminist Identity and Politics through Conceptual Transfers and Activist Inspirations in Yugoslavia in the 1970-80s”, in: Joachim C. Häberlen and Mark Keck-Szajbel (ed.s), Politics of Authentic Subjectivity: Countercultures and Radical Movements Across the Iron Curtain (1968-1989). Berghahn Series “Protest, Culture & Society”, 2018. 110-130.

“Violence against Women, Feminism in Yugoslavia and 1968”, in: Sarah Colvin and Katharina Karcher (ed.s), Emancipation? Women – Violence – “1968”. Essays Toward a Critical History of the Present. Routledge Studies in Gender and Global Politics, 2018. 84-97. 

“Feminist Intellectuals – From Yugoslavia, in Europe”, in: Marja Jalava, Stefan Nygård and Johan Strang (ed.s), Decentering European Intellectual Space. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2018. 269-291.

 “’Nem osztálykérdés, nem biológiai meghatározottság.’ A feminista ellenzék elméleti keretei a Tito alatti Jugoszláviában” [‘Neither class, nor nature’. The theoretical frameworks of feminist opposition in Tito’s Yugoslavia], translated by Éva Cserháti, Eszmélet vol. 27. no. 108 (2015 Winter), 131-150.

 “Feminist Criticism of the “New Democracies” in Serbia and Croatia in the early 1990s”, in: Michal Kopeček and Piotr Wciślik (ed.): Thinking Through Transition: Liberal Democracy, Authoritarian Pasts, and Intellectual History in East Central Europe After 1989. New York and Budapest: CEU Press, 2015. 431-461.

“(Poszt-)szocialista poszt-feminizmus” [Post-socialist post-feminism], TNTF Vol. 2. No. 2. (September) 2012. 68-82.

“Szexuális erőszak diskurzusok a kilencvenes évek (poszt)jugoszláv háborúiban / háborúiról” [Discourses of sexual violence in and of the (post)Yugoslav wars of the 1990s], Századvég, 2009. No. 3. 79-98.