Gender Research Laboratory of the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (GenLab) deals theoretically and empirically with gender issues through the interdisciplinary and applied research. Members of this laboratory are dedicated to studying and further developing feminist theory, analysing various aspects of gender-based inequalities and violence, and advocating for gender equality based on research data.

GenLab brings together researchers from various fields such as sociology, philosophy, anthropology, political science, and literature who theoretically and empirically engage with questions of gender. The research program of the Gender Research Laboratory focuses on several research areas. One research line concerns the analysis of feminist theory and its further development with a special focus on the specificity of the context in which it emerges. Furthermore, GenLab monitors global and local events related to anti-gender policies and actively collaborates with university centres, especially in Southeastern Europe, in this field. In the previous period, this topic has been the main focus of many lab members, resulting in various theoretical and empirical research projects. In addition, lab members, recognizing that various forms of gender-based violence represent an important social and political issue, are dedicated to researching this phenomenon in order to combat it in the academic community and the wider context that determines the manifestation of violence. Finally, within the lab, gender perspectives are explored in culture, society, and science. This broadly conceived thematic area includes research on gender-sensitive language, discursive construction of gender identities in public, artistic, educational, and scientific discourse, social practices and discourses related to gender, including legal, educational, and scientific fields. In this regard, it should be emphasized that GenLab’s particular interest lies in improving the position of women in academia. To enable the networking of academic women at the University of Belgrade, Gender Lab established UdruŽene za znanje.

The Gender Research Laboratory is aimed at:
Conducting applied and theoretical multidisciplinary research in order to improve and disseminate corpus of knowledge on gender, anti-gender politics and gender-based violence in different socio-political, cultural and historical contexts;
Developing international cooperation in the field of gender studies and gender research;
Improving exchange and cooperation between academic community and other social spheres in order to support gender equality practices;
Supporting local professional associations and experts in their application of gender-related knowledge. For this purpose, we implement the training “All our identities” for employees in secondary schools, which has been accredited by the Institute for the Advancement of Education of the Republic of Serbia since 2014.
Recent activities:
Participation of two members of the laboratory, Jelena Ćeriman and Adriana Zaharijević, in the Gender Equality Committee of the University of Belgrade and presentation of the Draft Plan for Gender Equality (https://www.bg.ac.rs/rodna-ravnopravnost/ ). Within the Committee, involvement in the preparation and implementation of training for equality commissioners at the University of Belgrade.
Organization of the winter school “Gender and Violence” in cooperation with the University of Novi Sad, the TPO Foundation, and the University Gender Resource Center (UNIGeRC) of the University of Sarajevo. The winter school was held in Novi Sad from February 19 to 23, 2024, and included 17 interactive lectures and a panel discussion on gender and violence, covering topics such as the connection between sex and gender, bodies and power relations, patriarchy, sexuality, violence in private and public spheres, discrimination, law, disability, as well as the representation of gender and violence in language, literature, and media.
Within the research network Gender and Politics in Southeast Europe (GenPolSEE), an event titled “Who’s Still Afraid of Gender?” was organized in collaboration with the Institute of Social Sciences. The event aimed to stimulate scholarly discussion on anti-gender movements and policies through three panel discussions dedicated to various topics.
In line with these goals, the Gender Research Laboratory’ associates are implementing the following research projects:
University and Gender Mainstreaming (UNIGEM) (2022-2025)
INSPIRE Centre of Excellence on inclusive gender equality in research and innovation (2024-2026), IFDT is part of the community of practice within the Knowledge and Support Hub on Widening Participation

External associates:

Selena Špica (Universite Paris 8, Laboratoire d’etudes de genre et de sexualite (LEGS))
Biljana Stanković (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade)
Bosiljka Đikanović (Institut for Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade)
Đurđa Trajković (Reconstruction Women’s Fund)
Dušan Maljković (“Dositej” Professional School)
Bojan Todorović (Eight Grammar School)
Melita Ranđelović (School of Pharmacy and Physiotherapy, Belgrade)
Ana Bukvić (Institution for Children and Youth “Sremčica”, Belgrade)
Violeta Bogdanović Šutković (Fifth School of Economics “Rakovica”, Belgrade – School of Economics “Nada Dimić”, Zemun)
Biljana Đorđević (Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade)

  • 2024. Gender Equality for Show: Serbian Performative Europeanisation. Adriana Zaharijević & Zorana Antonijević. In Gender, Religion and Populism, J. Garraio, A. Giorgi and T. Toldi (eds.). New York and London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Religion-Gender-and-Populism-in-the-Mediterranean/Giorgi-Garraio-Toldy/p/book/9781032259741
  • 2024. Butler Travelling East. On Practices of Reading and Translating. Adriana Zaharijević. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 49(3)
  • 2024. „O estetskoj revoluciji i političkoj subjektivizaciji: jugoslovenska ženska književnost 30-ih godina 20. veka”. Tijana Matijević & Stanislava Barać. Kniževnost i revolucije (zbornik radova)
  • 2024. “The Rapeability and Takeability of Bodies and Lands”. Zona Zarić. In Contours of Change: A Decade of Transformative Inquiry at CAS SEE – Ten Year Anniversary Publication ed. Sanja Bojanić and Valeria Graziano. University of Rijeka: CAS SEE Editions. P. 176-189, print: ISBN 978-953-7720-77-3 online: ISBN 978-953-7720-78-0
  • 2023. From Gender Re-Traditionalizations to Anti-Gender Mobilizations: Care for Family in Serbia and Croatia, Ćeriman Jelena & Vučković Juroš Tanja, East European Politics and Societies: and Cultures
  • 2023. “The Age of Skin and the Epoch of an Author: A Eulogy to Dubravka Ugrešić”. Tijana Matijević. Comparative Southeast Europan Studies 71 (3): 434–447.
  • 2022. Diskursi o „voditeljskoj“ književnosti. Resanović, Milica. U Dremel, A., et al. (ur.) Razvrgnute zaruke: emocija, manipulacija, legitimacija. Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije i Sveučiliše Sjever, 33-53.

Public Debates:

Jelena Ćeriman i Marija Mandić su učestvovale na Društvenim dijalozima „Kako do rodno senzitivnog jezika?” u organizaciji Ministarstva za ljudska i manjinska prava i društveni dijalog Republike Srbije
Jelena Ćeriman i Marija Mandić bile su učesnice Okruglog stola na temu „Posledice usvajanja Zakona o rodnoj ravnopravnosti“ u organizaciji poslaničke grupe Srpski pokret Dveri – Patriotski blok, održanog u zgradi Narodne skupštine Republike Srbije.
Izrada predloga praktične politike koji je nastao u okviru studijskog boravka članice laba Jelene Ćeriman u Institute for Minority Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences u Budimpešti, a objavljen je 2022. god: Entan-Policy-Paper-No.-7_final.pdf

Academic Debates:
BASSES: Roundtable: Wither Internationalism? Decolonisation narratives and the (im)possibility of supranational feminist, socialist, and pacifist solidarities. Kristen Ghodsee, Adriana Zaharijević, Agnieszka Mrozik and Chiara Bonfiglioli
Christina Research Seminar: Adriana Zaharijević: Ontology and Politics in Judith Butler (9.4.2024, 16-18, main building)
SKY Masterclass Judith Butler and Politics, University of Helsinki
Predavanje Why read Judith Butler if you are a sociologist? Fakultet za družbene vede, Univerza u Ljubljani, Slovensko sociološko društvo, razgovor o knjizi Judith Butler and Politics, s Ninom Perger

Media Appearances:

Akušersko nasilje: Ljiljana Pantović, doktorka antropologije | Tampon zona podkast 04 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJMrV1wKkrk&t=109s)
Zona Zarić: Povodom unošenja prava na abortus u Francuski ustav 8 mart 2024 i medijskog informisanja kao da se radi o prvoj zemlji na svetu, a u ustavu YU 1974 već postojalo https://youtu.be/-cqHWNoJl4M?feature=shared
Zona Zarić: Rodno senzitivni jezik u Francuskoj https://youtu.be/g0P_kHDEj9c?feature=shared
Marija Mandić: gostovanje u emisiji Radio Beograda 2 „Sporovi u kulturi“, Melihe Pravdić (https://www.rts.rs/lat/radio/radio-beograd-2/5361567/rodno-osetljiv-jezik-i-standardi-srpskog.html)
Marija Mandić: gostovanje u emisiji „UranaK1” o Zakonu o rodnoj ravnopravnosti, rodno osetljivom jeziku i društvenom dijalogu koje je organizovalo Ministarstvo za ljudska i manjinska prava i društveni dijalog, 24.05.2023. u Novom Pazaru.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk7CT9woocI&t=80s&ab_channel=K1Televizija

EVENTS
ABOUT

GenLab brings together researchers from various fields such as sociology, philosophy, anthropology, political science, and literature who theoretically and empirically engage with questions of gender. The research program of the Gender Research Laboratory focuses on several research areas. One research line concerns the analysis of feminist theory and its further development with a special focus on the specificity of the context in which it emerges. Furthermore, GenLab monitors global and local events related to anti-gender policies and actively collaborates with university centres, especially in Southeastern Europe, in this field. In the previous period, this topic has been the main focus of many lab members, resulting in various theoretical and empirical research projects. In addition, lab members, recognizing that various forms of gender-based violence represent an important social and political issue, are dedicated to researching this phenomenon in order to combat it in the academic community and the wider context that determines the manifestation of violence. Finally, within the lab, gender perspectives are explored in culture, society, and science. This broadly conceived thematic area includes research on gender-sensitive language, discursive construction of gender identities in public, artistic, educational, and scientific discourse, social practices and discourses related to gender, including legal, educational, and scientific fields. In this regard, it should be emphasized that GenLab’s particular interest lies in improving the position of women in academia. To enable the networking of academic women at the University of Belgrade, Gender Lab established UdruŽene za znanje.

ACTIVITIES
The Gender Research Laboratory is aimed at:
Conducting applied and theoretical multidisciplinary research in order to improve and disseminate corpus of knowledge on gender, anti-gender politics and gender-based violence in different socio-political, cultural and historical contexts;
Developing international cooperation in the field of gender studies and gender research;
Improving exchange and cooperation between academic community and other social spheres in order to support gender equality practices;
Supporting local professional associations and experts in their application of gender-related knowledge. For this purpose, we implement the training “All our identities” for employees in secondary schools, which has been accredited by the Institute for the Advancement of Education of the Republic of Serbia since 2014.
Recent activities:
Participation of two members of the laboratory, Jelena Ćeriman and Adriana Zaharijević, in the Gender Equality Committee of the University of Belgrade and presentation of the Draft Plan for Gender Equality (https://www.bg.ac.rs/rodna-ravnopravnost/ ). Within the Committee, involvement in the preparation and implementation of training for equality commissioners at the University of Belgrade.
Organization of the winter school “Gender and Violence” in cooperation with the University of Novi Sad, the TPO Foundation, and the University Gender Resource Center (UNIGeRC) of the University of Sarajevo. The winter school was held in Novi Sad from February 19 to 23, 2024, and included 17 interactive lectures and a panel discussion on gender and violence, covering topics such as the connection between sex and gender, bodies and power relations, patriarchy, sexuality, violence in private and public spheres, discrimination, law, disability, as well as the representation of gender and violence in language, literature, and media.
Within the research network Gender and Politics in Southeast Europe (GenPolSEE), an event titled “Who’s Still Afraid of Gender?” was organized in collaboration with the Institute of Social Sciences. The event aimed to stimulate scholarly discussion on anti-gender movements and policies through three panel discussions dedicated to various topics.
In line with these goals, the Gender Research Laboratory’ associates are implementing the following research projects:
University and Gender Mainstreaming (UNIGEM) (2022-2025)
INSPIRE Centre of Excellence on inclusive gender equality in research and innovation (2024-2026), IFDT is part of the community of practice within the Knowledge and Support Hub on Widening Participation
MEMBERS

External associates:

Selena Špica (Universite Paris 8, Laboratoire d’etudes de genre et de sexualite (LEGS))
Biljana Stanković (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade)
Bosiljka Đikanović (Institut for Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade)
Đurđa Trajković (Reconstruction Women’s Fund)
Dušan Maljković (“Dositej” Professional School)
Bojan Todorović (Eight Grammar School)
Melita Ranđelović (School of Pharmacy and Physiotherapy, Belgrade)
Ana Bukvić (Institution for Children and Youth “Sremčica”, Belgrade)
Violeta Bogdanović Šutković (Fifth School of Economics “Rakovica”, Belgrade – School of Economics “Nada Dimić”, Zemun)
Biljana Đorđević (Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade)

PUBLICATIONS
  • 2024. Gender Equality for Show: Serbian Performative Europeanisation. Adriana Zaharijević & Zorana Antonijević. In Gender, Religion and Populism, J. Garraio, A. Giorgi and T. Toldi (eds.). New York and London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Religion-Gender-and-Populism-in-the-Mediterranean/Giorgi-Garraio-Toldy/p/book/9781032259741
  • 2024. Butler Travelling East. On Practices of Reading and Translating. Adriana Zaharijević. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 49(3)
  • 2024. „O estetskoj revoluciji i političkoj subjektivizaciji: jugoslovenska ženska književnost 30-ih godina 20. veka”. Tijana Matijević & Stanislava Barać. Kniževnost i revolucije (zbornik radova)
  • 2024. “The Rapeability and Takeability of Bodies and Lands”. Zona Zarić. In Contours of Change: A Decade of Transformative Inquiry at CAS SEE – Ten Year Anniversary Publication ed. Sanja Bojanić and Valeria Graziano. University of Rijeka: CAS SEE Editions. P. 176-189, print: ISBN 978-953-7720-77-3 online: ISBN 978-953-7720-78-0
  • 2023. From Gender Re-Traditionalizations to Anti-Gender Mobilizations: Care for Family in Serbia and Croatia, Ćeriman Jelena & Vučković Juroš Tanja, East European Politics and Societies: and Cultures
  • 2023. “The Age of Skin and the Epoch of an Author: A Eulogy to Dubravka Ugrešić”. Tijana Matijević. Comparative Southeast Europan Studies 71 (3): 434–447.
  • 2022. Diskursi o „voditeljskoj“ književnosti. Resanović, Milica. U Dremel, A., et al. (ur.) Razvrgnute zaruke: emocija, manipulacija, legitimacija. Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije i Sveučiliše Sjever, 33-53.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Public Debates:

Jelena Ćeriman i Marija Mandić su učestvovale na Društvenim dijalozima „Kako do rodno senzitivnog jezika?” u organizaciji Ministarstva za ljudska i manjinska prava i društveni dijalog Republike Srbije
Jelena Ćeriman i Marija Mandić bile su učesnice Okruglog stola na temu „Posledice usvajanja Zakona o rodnoj ravnopravnosti“ u organizaciji poslaničke grupe Srpski pokret Dveri – Patriotski blok, održanog u zgradi Narodne skupštine Republike Srbije.
Izrada predloga praktične politike koji je nastao u okviru studijskog boravka članice laba Jelene Ćeriman u Institute for Minority Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences u Budimpešti, a objavljen je 2022. god: Entan-Policy-Paper-No.-7_final.pdf

Academic Debates:
BASSES: Roundtable: Wither Internationalism? Decolonisation narratives and the (im)possibility of supranational feminist, socialist, and pacifist solidarities. Kristen Ghodsee, Adriana Zaharijević, Agnieszka Mrozik and Chiara Bonfiglioli
Christina Research Seminar: Adriana Zaharijević: Ontology and Politics in Judith Butler (9.4.2024, 16-18, main building)
SKY Masterclass Judith Butler and Politics, University of Helsinki
Predavanje Why read Judith Butler if you are a sociologist? Fakultet za družbene vede, Univerza u Ljubljani, Slovensko sociološko društvo, razgovor o knjizi Judith Butler and Politics, s Ninom Perger

Media Appearances:

Akušersko nasilje: Ljiljana Pantović, doktorka antropologije | Tampon zona podkast 04 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJMrV1wKkrk&t=109s)
Zona Zarić: Povodom unošenja prava na abortus u Francuski ustav 8 mart 2024 i medijskog informisanja kao da se radi o prvoj zemlji na svetu, a u ustavu YU 1974 već postojalo https://youtu.be/-cqHWNoJl4M?feature=shared
Zona Zarić: Rodno senzitivni jezik u Francuskoj https://youtu.be/g0P_kHDEj9c?feature=shared
Marija Mandić: gostovanje u emisiji Radio Beograda 2 „Sporovi u kulturi“, Melihe Pravdić (https://www.rts.rs/lat/radio/radio-beograd-2/5361567/rodno-osetljiv-jezik-i-standardi-srpskog.html)
Marija Mandić: gostovanje u emisiji „UranaK1” o Zakonu o rodnoj ravnopravnosti, rodno osetljivom jeziku i društvenom dijalogu koje je organizovalo Ministarstvo za ljudska i manjinska prava i društveni dijalog, 24.05.2023. u Novom Pazaru.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk7CT9woocI&t=80s&ab_channel=K1Televizija

VIDEOS