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Ivan Simic

Ivan Simic No permanent affiliation
Communist Gender Policies towards Muslim Minorities in Eastern Europe: From Unveiling to Expulsion
Advanced Academia Platform

Ivan Simic has earned his PhD at University College London - School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Supervised by Dr Bojan Aleksov and Prof Susan Morrissey (in the initial stages of the project), his research explored Soviet Influences on Yugoslav Gender Policies. The project examined how and which Soviet models were transferred, adapted, and applied to Yugoslav practices. By looking at the main agents and channels of cultural transfer, he aimed to place Yugoslav cultural history into global perspective and to shed a new light on transnational circulation of Stalinist gender policies. This project is being published as a book with Palgrave in 2018.

Ivan Simic is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Carleton University, exploring gender policies towards Muslim communities in Eastern Europe. Before joining Carleton, he worked at the University of Calgary and had a fellowship at Yale University. He was also teaching at Goldsmiths, University of London as an associate lecturer.

He was awarded with numerous scholarships and grants, including two major prestigious scholarships, SSEES Foundation Scholarship and the Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal

Besides main interests in gender history of Eastern Europe, he is interested in youth studies and studies of religious minorities.

He holds MA in Modern Global History from the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen in Germany, and BA in History from the University of Belgrade in Serbia.



  • 2018    Simić, Ivan. Yugoslav Gender Experiment: Soviet Influences on Yugoslav Gender Policies. Palgrave Macmillan (Genders and Sexualities in History series). Accepted for publication.

Peer-reviewed Articles:

  • 2018    Simić, Ivan. ‘Building Socialism in the Countryside: The Impact of Collectivisation on Yugoslav Gender Relations.’ Journal of Social History, Summer 2018 (51:4). In Print. doi: 10.1093/jsh/shx023.
  • 2017    Simić, Ivan. “Gender Policies and Amateur Sports in Early Yugoslav Socialism.” The International Journal of the History of Sport, 2018. 10.1080/09523367.2017.1402762
  • 2016    Simić, Ivan. ‘Gender and Youth Work Actions in Post-War Yugoslavia.’ In Gender in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, edited by Catherine Baker, 143–56. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • 2015    Simić, Ivan. ‘Soviet Model for Yugoslav Post-War Legal Transformation: Divorce Panic and Specialist Debate.’ Annual for Social History, no. 2 (2015): 83–101.

Special Edition Editor:

  • 2019    Simić, Ivan ed. ‘Health Sciences in Communist Europe.’ Canadian Slavonic Papers, March 2019.

Book Reviews:

  • 2016    Simić, Ivan. ‘Društvena istorija u fokusu XXV (In Serbian)’. Godišnjak za društvenu istoriju 2 (2016): 131–35.
  • 2014    Simić, Ivan. ‘Društvena istorija u fokusu XX (In Serbian)’. Godišnjak za društvenu istoriju 1 (2014): 111–15.
  • 2013    Simić, Ivan. ‘Društvena istorija u fokusu XVIII (In Serbian)’. Godišnjak za društvenu istoriju 1 (2013): 145–48.
  • 2012    Simić, Ivan. ‘Društvena istorija u fokusu XV (In Serbian)’. Godišnjak za društvenu istoriju 2 (2012): 115–19.
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