Picturing Modernist Future: Women Illustrators and Childhood Conceptions in Socialist Yugoslavia

research project
Basic Info

  • Project Executive on ZRC

    Dr. Katja Kobolt
  • Original Title

    Picturing Modernist Future: Women Illustrators and Childhood Conceptions in Socialist Yugoslavia

  • Collaborators

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  • Duration

    since October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2024
  • Financial Source

    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska -Curie grant agreement No. 101024090.

The action by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions research fellow Katja Kobolt introduces a systematic comparative interdisciplinary investigation into women illustrators in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY, 1945–1991). Paying attention to all former Yugoslav contexts in the action I will combine art and literary historical and theoretical approaches with cultural studies for novel critical insights into socialist aesthetic education and subjectivation of children, especially in relation to gender. Through the examination of multiple archives and interviews with older generations of professionals working within the feminized sector of publishing for minors, the action works against their disappearance before any academic documentation can take place. The action entails 3 main objectives:

  • To explore and contextually interpret distinctive childhood- and gender conceptions within Yugoslav socialist publishing for minors;
  • To map the practice of women illustrators for minors at the intersection between local, regional and international artistic and aesthetic education movements;
  • To intervene into academic “archiving” by supporting a more
    complex understanding of socialist modernist aesthetic education and subjectivation.

Thus the action contributes to redefinition of the relation between communicative and cultural memory of the European socialist past in the broader fields of Yugoslav, Slavonic, and socialist studies and the disciplines of art, literary and cultural history.