December 12, 2018

Ćeriman Jelena, Fiket Irena

Engagement within the family? Study on Academic Workers at the University of Belgrade

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, 4th floor at 12h

This presentation will be based on the insights from the empirical research carried out during 2017 with academic workers at the University of Belgrade. The focus of the presentation will be on the following question: What factors lead to family engagement that seeks to change patriarchal patterns expressed through an unequal division of household obligations between men and women?

According to the results of various studies, woman continues to be the main actor responsible for the most of the household obligations (Bianchi et al., 2000, 2012, Sullivan et al., 2014, Evertsson and Nermo, 2007). The unequal distribution of family responsibilities assigns to women the role of organizer and the main worker in the household. In the case of academic workers, this division is also reflected in the position of woman within the academic institution. Namely, the dominant family model tends to be reproduced within academia, which leads to the imbalance in the distribution of “lower-rank” jobs and transfer of the most responsibilities for such jobs to women, while men have more time to engage in academic work (Guarino and Borden, 2017), which, in fact, transforms the problem of unequal family obligations into academic issue.

Irena Fiket is a Researcher at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory at the University of Belgrade. She is a member of the Group for Social Engagement Studies, the Standing Group on democratic innovation at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), the NKEU working groups for chapters 25 and 26 (Education and Culture), and the president and one of the founders of Club 500, NGOs with a mission to improve the quality of higher education, research and scientific production in Serbia). Her research topics, which she worked on whilst at Universities of Florence, Siena, Bologna and Oslo as a postdoc, include citizen participation, democratic innovation, deliberative democracy, European identity, European public sphere, European Higher Education and the Western Balkans. So far, on those topics she published more than 15 peer reviewed papers or chapters in international journals and/or books and held more than 30 presentations, seminars and public lectures.

Jelena Ćeriman is a Researcher at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory at the University of Belgrade. She is a member of the Group for Social Engagement Studies, the main research unit of the Institute. Most of her research has been conducted in the countries of South-Eastern Europe, and has involved cross-cultural/comparative studies on social services, family practices and educational systems. She held more than 30 presentations, seminars and public lectures on these topics.Top of Form

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