Dr Zora Simic

Senior Lecturer, History and Women's and Gender Studies

BA (Hons 1); PhD (Usyd)

School of Humanities & Languages


+61 2 93851736
347 Morven Brown
Fields: Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Gender Specific Studies, Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Tags: Understanding Australia's Past

I have published widely on past and present feminisms and my current research includes a monograph that historicises contemporary debates about and within feminism. My research and teaching interests are also closely integrated. Drawing on my teaching of post-war migration to Australia, I continue to extend my research on the impact of migration on wider Australian society. My other current research interest - female sexuality in the context of western modernity - emerges from my teaching the history of sexuality and introductory women's and gender studies.

Dux, M and Z. Simic (2008) The Great Feminist Denial, MUP: Melbourne.

Scholarly Book Chapters
Simic, Z. 'Fat as a Feminist Issue: A History', Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism, eds. Helen Hester and Caroline Walters, Ashgate: Farnham, 2015.

Simic, Z. 'Wog Westie Feminist: Or the Evidence of Experience', Bread and Roses: Voices of Australian Academics from the Working Class, eds. Dee Michell, Jacqueline Z. Wilson and Verity Archer, Sense Publishing: Rotterdam, 2015

Simic, Z. ‘Twentieth Century Orgasms’, A Cultural History of Women in the Modern Age, ed. Liz Conor, Bloomsbury: London, 2013

Journal Articles:

'Bachelors of Misery and Proxy Brides: Migration, marriage and assimilation, 1947-1973, History Australia, Vol 11: 1, April 2014, 149-174

''Women's Writing' and 'Feminism': A History of Intimacy and Estrangement', Outskirts: Feminisms along the edge, Vol 28: May 2013

'The Long, Cumulative Labour of Transformation', Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, 17-18: 2012: 121-131

‘Door Bitches of Club Feminism: Academia and Feminist Competency’, Feminist Review, 95:1, 2010, 75-91

‘Fallen Girls?: Plumpton High and the ‘Problem of Teenage Pregnancy’, Journal of Australian Studies, 34: 4, 2010, 429-445

‘What are ya?’: negotiating identities in the western suburbs of Sydney during the 1980s’, Journal of Australian Studies, 2008, 32: 2, 223-236

‘Butter not bombs: a short history of the Union of Australian Women’, History Australia, 4: 1, 2007, 1-15

‘The Wog in the Room: On the Demidenko controversy then and now’, Overland, 187, 2007, 38-41

‘On Reading The First Stone Ten Years Later’, Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, 2006, 15, 18-32

‘A New Age?: Australian Feminism and the 1940s’, Hecate, Vol. 32, no. 1, 2006, 152-172

“Mrs Street – Now There’s a Subject!”: Historicising Jessie Street’, Australian Feminist Studies, 20-48, 2005, 291-304

Refereed Conference Papers:
‘Were Westies White? Negotiating Race and Place in the Western Suburbs of Sydney’ in Leigh Boucher et al (eds.) Historicising Whiteness: Transnational Perspectives on the Construction of an Identity. Melbourne: RMIT Publishing, 2007, 63-70


Teaching and Supervision

Session One
ARTS2906: History of Sexuality

Wednesday 4-5, Thursday 3-4

Engagement and Professional contributions

Books review editor, History Australia

Convenor, Sydney Feminist History Group

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