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Fellows 2017


University of Regensburg/Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies

Bucerius Pre-Doctoral Grant

National Resistance as a Temporary Mean of Gender Empowerment – Reshaping the Public Sphere During the Kosovo Crisis, 1981 – 1999


This project is confined to a short and recent period in Kosovar history, significant not only in terms of national mobilisation but also because of shifts in gender roles that took place. Lying at the intersection of gender and nation, it concentrates on women’s engagement in the armed and civil resistance groups during the period 1981 to 1999. The methodological framework of the study consists of oral history, used to collect the narratives of contemporary witnesses, and semi-structured expert interviews. It hopes to bridge a gap in the research landscape of contemporary Kosovar society by engaging critically with western theories of nationalism and gender in a post-colonial sensitive research setting.

Drivalda is currently a Ph.D. student at the Graduate School of East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg. She holds a Master’s Degree in East European Studies from Ludwig-Maximilians- University Munich (LMU) and a Bachelor Degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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