May 20, 2019

Zagorka Golubović Horizons of Engagement

On May 20th 2019 at noon on the 4th floor, the Institute will host a scientific commemoration dedicated to the work and social engagement of professor Zagorka Golubović.  Golubović’s intelectual legacy represents one of the rare examples of scientific work where the understanding of social reality inextricably relates to the acting and engagement in order to change such a reality and foster principles of equality and justice. Such a commitment to science and public sphere was – despite of different historic and political challenges – a permanent mark of professor Golubović’s work.

Zagorka Golubović was the first female anthropologist at the University of Belgrade and one of the founders of social anthropology in Serbia. During the 1960s, she was a member of the editorial board, and a frequent contributor to the prestigious Praxis journal. She was the only woman among the core members of the famous Praxis group and Korčula Summer School (1963-1974) – a Marxist humanist philosophical movement. She introduced the courses of Anthropology and Sociology of Family to the undergraduate sociology program at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, and also helped establish the Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies of Anthropology. She headed a whole array of research projects and mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students.

She openly supported the students’ protest in June 1968 and took part in the biggest anti-government movement in socialist Yugoslavia. As a result, she was banned from teaching at the Faculty after the National Assembly of Serbia passed a Lex Specialis in January 1975, by which eight members of the Praxis group – including Golubović – were banned from teaching at the Faculty. Between 1975 and 1981 she occasionally taught as a guest professor at universities in Sweden, Great Britain, and USA. In 1981 she became the Principal Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and Social Theory of the Institute for Social Sciences. In 1991 she was invited back to the Faculty of Philosophy, where she taught as Full Professor until 1996. From 1996 until her retirement, in 2001, she worked at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory. She has remained active in social research and public life.

During the 1990s, Golubović had a prominent role in the anti-war movement in Belgrade. A fierce critic of Slobodan Milošević’s regime, she was actively involved in the civil and student protests of 1996-1997. After the democratic changes in 2000, she remained a critical and outspoken observer of the economic and social transition in Serbia.

Golubović was editor of Gledišta, Sociologija and Filozofija; a member of the editorial board of Praxis, as well as member of Praxis International. She was a member of the governing council of the Yugoslav Association for Philosophy and Sociology, as well as President of the Sociological Society of Serbia and Philosophical Society of Serbia. She was an active member and contributor to the Commission for Defense of Freedom of Thought and Expression, as well as the Anti-Corruption Council.

Her books: Problemi savremene teorije ličnosti, 1966; Čovek i njegov svet u antropološkoj perspektivi, 1973; Kriza identiteta savremenog jugoslovenskog društva: jugoslovenski put u socijalizam viđen iz različitih uglova, 1988; Antropološki portreti, 1991; Antropologija u personalističkom ključu, 1997; Stranputice demokratizacije u postsocijalizmu, 1999; Ja i drugi. Antropološka istraživanja individualnog i kolektivnog identiteta, 1999; Izazovi demokratije u savremenom svetu, 2003; Kuda ide postoktobarska Srbija, 2000-2005, 2006; Pouke i dileme minulog veka. Filozofsko-antropološka razmišljanja o glavnim idejama našeg vremena, 2006; Moji horizonti: mislim, delam, postojim, 2012.

Participants at the commemoration: Vesna Pešić, Milivoj Bešlin (Institute for Philsophy and Social Theory), Ivana Spasić (Faculty of Philosophy), Isidora Jarić (Faculty of Philosophy), Đorđe Pavićević (Faculty of Political Sciences), Ivan Zlatić.

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