Ivan Simic Biography
I have earned my 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), my research explored Soviet Influences on Yugoslav Gender Policies. I have 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, I aimed to place Yugoslav cultural history into global perspective and to shed a new light on transnational circulation of Stalinist gender policies.
To study in London at UCL, I was awarded with two major prestigious scholarships, SSEES Foundation Scholarship and the Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal scholarship for which I am very grateful. I also received several other scholarships and grants, allowing me to present my work at numerous international conferences. From September 2015, I was at Yale University on a research fellowship, and the term before that I was teaching at the Goldsmiths University as an associate lecturer. Following my PhD I have worked as an RA at the University of Calgary in Canada, and currently I am a postdoctoral fellow at Carleton University.
Besides main interests in gender history of the socialist Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union, I am interested in youth studies and studies of religious minorities.
Before starting my PhD I was a master student in Modern Global History at Uni Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen, Germany where I specialised in global history, comparative history and post-colonial studies. I graduated in July 2012 with the highest grades for MA thesis on Construction of Gender Relations at the Youth Work Actions in Yugoslavia.
I had finished my undergraduate studies in history at the Belgrade University. The programme focused on world history, but I have also specialised in the modern and contemporary history, and enriched my studies with additional courses in sociology and anthropology.
I am commited to academic service, free and available information and open access, for which I volunteer as a convenor at East European History Hub.
Contact information: i.simic.12[at]ucl.ac.uk