Zsófia Lóránd’s research interest is the intellectual history of feminism in post-WWII state-socialist Eastern Europe and the conceptual and cultural history of violence and women’s rights. Her current project focuses on the presence and absence of feminist ideas in the region between 1945 and 1989.
Her publications include articles about the history of feminist political thought in Croatia and Serbia after 1991, the problems of a missing women’s perspective in the nationalist commemorations of Hungarian history, the concept of the sexual revolution in Yugoslavia, among others.
She was a Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. She defended her doctoral dissertation at the History Department of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest in 2015 and was awarded a summa cum laude distinction. The dissertation also received the “Best Dissertation Award 2015” of CEU. The dissertation is about the intellectual history of feminism in Yugoslavia in the 1970s and 1980s. She holds MA degrees in comparative literature, political science and English literature and linguistics from the Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem (ELTE) in Budapest, and comparative East European history from the History Department at CEU.
She has taught courses in feminist theory, women’s literature and feminist political thought, as well as intellectual history in East Central Europe at BA and MA levels.
She was the project leader of the JAK-Solitude residential art program between 2005 and 2014 and she was the editor of the BÓRA Books, a fiction series publishing South Slavic women’s literature in Hungarian language. She worked for 8 years as an SOS helpline volunteer of NANE, the Hungarian feminist organisation focusing on domestic violence and as a trainer in the field of gender based and domestic violence.