The workshop of Renata Jambrešić-Kirin, anthropologist

 

The workshop highlighted the gender aspects of the memory of violent heritage and the patriarchal and epic patterns by which the national history is narrated as the chief reason for the neglected, omission and denial of the importance of women’s experience. The patterns of “significant silence” and nonverbal communication of women’s traumas, borne out by tradition, often connected with the experience of sexual violence, are the most common form of the gendered transmission of “difficult past” from generation to generation. As shown by numerous researches into the transmission of the trauma of the Holocaust among the second generation of the survivors, although there is no uniform answer to it, most of the descendants share with their parents the feeling of uncertainty, fear, anxiety and loss of control over their own lives and distrust of centres of power. Also made clear was that strategies of resistance and the desire for a better life were also transmitted to the descendants. This was the leitmotif of her research into the history of women in 20th century Croatia, in which she draws on the work of the historian Michelle Perrot and her idea that “the role of every national and regional history of women is to attempt to depict the fight of women to become fully equal to men, a fight that hast to be fought still today”.

 

The workshop was held in the Delfin Centre for Support and the Development of Civil society, Pakrac, on September 11, 2020