Dossiers

From the Heartland of Empire: a Roundtable on Palestinian Solidarity and Struggle in America

From the Heartland of Empire: a Roundtable on Palestinian Solidarity and Struggle in America

As part of a dossier on the international movement for Palestinian liberation, we asked seven different organizations to tell us about their history, their priorities, their political orientations, and the broader state of the internationalist Palestine solidarity movement in the United States. Readers can explore their answers either by organization or, below that, by theme. RESPONSES BY ORGANIZATION Within Our… Read more →

Editor’s Introduction: the Many, Multiplying Fronts for Palestinian Liberation

Since 2014, the movement for Palestinian liberation has opened up new fronts for struggle and solidarity, winning growing support in the United States for the Palestinian struggle in a whole host of movements, institutions, and popular opinion at large. This shift has even been evident in the realm of electoral politics, where an unprecedented support for Palestine has been exhibited,… Read more →

No Choice but to Break Free: An Interview with Ahmed Abu Artema

As part of a dossier on the international movement for Palestinian liberation, Viewpoint asked psychologist and scholar Lara Sheehi to interview Ahmed Abu Artema, one of the main organizers of the Great March of Return. Interview and English translation: Lara Sheehi Lara Sheehi: Would you mind first introducing yourself to our readers, knowing how important the question is in the… Read more →

The Lost Revolution: Yugoslav Women's Antifascist Front between Myth and Forgetting

The Lost Revolution: Yugoslav Women’s Antifascist Front between Myth and Forgetting

Tijana Okić and Andreja Dugandžić | Introduction: A Word from the Editors The experience of victory and defeat, past and present, both the AFŽ’s and our own, is a reminder that our new and future struggles and fronts, the battles yet to be won, stand open before us and testify to the creation of the possible even where everything seemed impossible.… Read more →

The Creation Of The New Yugoslav Woman – Emancipatory Elements Of Media Discourse From The End Of World War II

The Creation Of The New Yugoslav Woman – Emancipatory Elements Of Media Discourse From The End Of World War II

The end of WWII is the period of construction of the new Yugoslav woman who actively participates in the war, educates herself and enters the world of work, whilst the emancipation of women from the shackles of patriarchal culture was one of the “undisputable tasks of the Antifašistička Fronta žena (AFŽ).1 In that period, which saw an historical breakaway from… Read more →

The Role And The Position Of The People’s (Progressive) Teacher In The Crucial Years For The Construction Of A New Socialist Society In Bosnia And Herzegovina

The Role And The Position Of The People’s (Progressive) Teacher In The Crucial Years For The Construction Of A New Socialist Society In Bosnia And Herzegovina

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE, ME LUVLY TEACHER, I BELIEVE IN YOU.1 1. Introduction Early debates on the invisibility of women in Yugoslav history were initiated as late as the mid-1980s3 and the greatest contribution to the promotion and strengthening of feminist historical research of autonomous women’s organisations and associations was made by the late Lydia Sklevicky, the feminist… Read more →

AFŽ Activists’ Biographies: An Intersectional Reading of Women’s Agency

AFŽ Activists’ Biographies: An Intersectional Reading of Women’s Agency

Introduction The experience of entering an archive is always an affective experience, an encounter. As Antoinette Burton notes, “history is not merely a project of fact-retrieval (…) but also a set of complex processes of selection, interpretation, and even creative invention – processes set in motion by, among other things, one’s personal encounter with the archive, the history of the… Read more →

From Revolutionary to Productive Subject: An Alternative History of the Women’s Antifascist Front

From Revolutionary to Productive Subject: An Alternative History of the Women’s Antifascist Front

But you, when at last it comes to passThat man can help his fellow man,Do not judge usToo harshly.—Brecht 1. Introduction, or Beginning After the End of History – Thinking the Women’s Antifascist Front Again and Anew Thinking the Women’s Antifascist Front (henceforth AFŽ) today, 74 years after its formation and 63 years after its “dissolution”, requires a lot more… Read more →

Glossary, Acronyms and Periodicals

AVNOJ Anti-Fascist Council of People’s Liberation of Yugoslavia AFŽ Women’s Antifascist Front afežeovke members and activists of the Women’s Antifascist Front CC CPY Central Committee of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia chetniks Serb-nationalist rebels, in particular members of Draža Mihailović’s ‘Yugoslav Army in the Fatherland’ DFJ Democratic Federal Yugoslavia feredža burka, a veil covering the face and body worn by… Read more →