November

2018

Program: Special Focus

Grants approved – November 2018

Number of grants: 5

1. Informal group – Katarina Lončarević and Adriana Zaharijević

  • RSD: 300.000
  • Project title: ANTHOLOGY OF WORKS FROM THE CONFERENCE “SOMEBODY SAID ‘FEMINISM’? FEMINIST THEORY IN SERBIA TODAY”

Anthology of works from the conference Somebody Said ‘Feminism’? Feminist Theory in Serbia Todayis a continuation and finalization of efforts to organize a joint conference in the field of feminist theory and publish its results. The anthology offers an overview of topics and issues present in the feminist theory and politics in Serbia today. Chosen articles show the importance of feminist reflections on history, language, state, politics, literature, art, etc. and indicate, regardless of the marginalization of feminist voices in theoretical and political mainstream, how necessary these voices are for both understanding and changing the world of inequalities. The anthology aims to show presence and relevance of feminist research in various disciplines (philosophy, anthropology, ethnology, history, literary theory, art theory, economy, law, psychology, linguistics, social work and policies etc.). It is intended for everyone interested in feminist theory, from activists to students, since we believe that one of the most important missions of the feminist movement is, always and everywhere, to share the knowledge we as feminists have gained through our work, to discuss that knowledge and learn from each other.

 

2.  CLARA AND ROSA

  • RSD: 80.000
  • Project titleSTICKING TOGETHER

Subotica is a town with over hundred thousand inhabitants of different nationalities, grouped into national clans that give the illusion of belonging, safety and multiculturalism. A town where free artists and intellectuals, hence supranational culture and contemporary works have no support, where people mostly live alienated from one another, not daring to express their problems, attitudes, ideas. A town left by the largest number of people, especially youth. Problems of women are not even being mentioned under such circumstances. Discrimination of women at work is rooted in patriarchal social and cultural patterns. Women over 45 years of age suffer injustice at the labor market. Position of women in villages is unenviable. Representation of women in media is sexist and stereotyped, violence against women is dealt with sensationalism, and women from multiple-marginalized groups are invisible in media space.

Due to the lack of continual care for women`s problems and mental health, and with the goal of starting to openly and actively express through artistic forms, we came to the idea to combine psychological and creative approach focused on women. The project includes a series of workshops of dancing, singing, acting, psycho-drama, which should result in a performance aiming to additionally empower women.

 

3Informal group Emancipation Through Education 

  • RSD: 246.000
  • Project title: Critical Education For Social Engagement 

Workshops of critical reading and discussions with secondary school pupils, based on selected texts and movies, are designed to shed light on the connection between education and social and political relations and political engagement. The expected result is to raise their interest in individual and collective engagement in community and society, as well as to develop feminist principles of such engagement. The project relies on two basic principles – participative democracy and critical pedagogy. Through detailed learning about this model of democracy, that has to include feminist principles of association and participation, pupils will get to know more about tools for critical thinking and values crucial for understanding the genesis of militarism, nationalism and racism, as well as for more active struggle against them.

One of the main motives to initiate the project was the analysis of current school curriculum in Serbia. Besides insufficient work on the subjects such as equality, solidarity, inclusion, the very methodology of education is deeply troublesome, inert and conservative, unsupportive to critical thinking and plurality of options. The subject of connection between education and prevailing economic system becomes even more relevant with the introduction of dual education into secondary schools, since it additionally contaminates the field of education, linking it closely to the market as the main factor of structuring school curriculums.

 

4BeFem, Feminist Cultural Center

  • RSD: 174.000
  • Project titleBeFem Festival 2018 – Different Voices – One Struggle

Feminist Cultural Center BeFem, for ninth time in a row, organizes the feminist festival on 1stand 2ndof December 2018. All these years the festival of feminist culture and action grows through exchange and production of other and different knowledge and through common rethinking of feminism in post-Yugoslav and spaces of international feminist thought and action, with the purpose of reaching strategies and techniques of resistance to all forms of patriarchate, nationalism, fascism, homo(trans)phobia, re-traditionalization and conservativism. Therefore, the festival for 2018 is primarily focused on the alarming situation and position of women human rights defenders around the world. BeFem also opens feminism to those who haven`t been part of feminist initiatives before, and this year would be no exception. Festival will be held in Cultural Center Grad, where we will organize two days of interactive feminist feast, full of panels, performances, exhibitions and concerts. Program of the BeFem 2018 raises the questions of relations of power, established and legitimized in different ways, but first of all those that produce and create resistance and discourses opposed to dominant, hegemonic and patriarchal structures. This two day event aims to gather feminists from Europe who will discuss current problems of violations of human rights and growing extremist movements on the European territory, and work on developing the alternative resistance strategies.

 

5. Context

  •  RSD: 244.000
  • Project title: Parenthood In Neo-Liberalism 

Project Parenthood In Neo-Liberalismincludes a series of texts dealing with the issue of parenthood and motherhood. Authors will research the fields and issues of legislation, economy, reproductive rights of women, different forms of parenthood, both biological and others, availability of care and support during and after pregnancy. Recognizing lack of solidarity in society as one of the major problems, caused by insufficient information and neo-liberal social relations, we consider it a necessity to create a media space for analyses of crucial subjects and demystification of parenthood, motherhood and maternity issues, abortion, family planning, one-parent families and queer families, and the way the state treats all these issues, bringing into question not only social policies but also systemic problems caused and reproduced by neo-liberalism.

Nationalist population policies reduce women to machines for giving birth to white Serbian children. Ignoring the complexity of social and economic situation, the state claims to promote policies of stimulating births, but judging by the laws being adopted, these are just empty claims and promises. Establishing the current pattern of motherhood in Serbia means giving up the idea of family planning, i.e. the autonomy of deciding on whether or not a woman wants to have a child in the first place. Continual panic in the media because “the nation dies away” includes no mention of the economic position of parents, but does blame women and their emancipation for egoism and aggression that result in decreased birth rate which jeopardizes the social order and national interests.