Zora Simic

Senior Lecturer, History and Women's and Gender Studies
Senior Lecturer

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

Subject areas


Book Chapters
Simic Z, 2019, ''Unmistakably a book by a feminist': Helen Garner's Monkey Grip and its feminist contexts', in Arrow M; Woollacott A (ed.), , ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 139 - 159,
Simic Z, 2019, ''Historicising a "National Disgrace": Towards a feminist history of domestic violence in Australia'', in Piper A; Stevenson A (ed.), , Australian History, pp. 3 - 19
Simic Z, 2019, ''The age of consent and girls: a short history'', in Lumby C; Gleeson K (ed.), , pp. 117 - 133,
Simic Z, 2018, 'Speak English! Non-English Speaking Mothers and their Children', in Nelson C; Robertson R (ed.), , UWAP, Perth, pp. 117 - 127
Simic Z, 2018, 'TLO 2: Demonstrate a Variety of Conceptual Approaches to Interpreting the Past', in Clark J; Nye A (ed.), Teaching the Discipline of History in an Age of Standards, Springer, pp. 217 - 231,
Simic Z, 2017, ''Is the Personal Still Political?'', in Caro J (ed.), Unbreakable: Women Share Stories of Resilience and Hope, UQP, St. Lucia, pp. 53 - 72
Simic Z, 2017, 'First Person Feminism', in Ley J; Menzies-Pike C (ed.), The Australian Face: Essays From the Sydney Review of Books, edn. First, SRB/ New South Press, Sydney, pp. 205 - 217,
Simic Z, 2016, 'Fat as a feminist issue: A history', in Hester H (ed.), Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism, edn. Gender, Bodies and Transformation, Ashgate, pp. 15 - 35,
Simic Z, 2016, 'Struggle Street - Poverty Porn?', in Arrow M; Monagle C; Baker J (ed.), Small Screens: Essays on Contemporary Australian Television, edn. 1st, Monash University Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 171 - 187,
Simic Z, 2015, 'Wog Westie Feminist: Or the evidence of experience', in Bread and Roses: Voices of Australian Academics from the Working Class, pp. 39 - 47,
Simic , 2013, 'Bodies and Sexuality: Twentieth century orgasms; or the problem of female heterosexuality (in Vol. 6)', in Kalof L; Conor L (ed.), A Cultural History of Women in the Modern Age - 6 volumes, edn. 1st, Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK, pp. 35 - 59,
Journal articles
Balint R; Simic Z, 2018, 'Histories of Migrants and Refugees in Australia', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 49, pp. 378 - 409,
Simic Z, 2018, 'What Can Feminist Historians Do With Intersectionality?', Lilith (Fitzroy, Vic.), pp. 16 - 25
Simic Z, 2017, 'Reading Feminist Killjoys', Sydney Review of Books,
Simic Z, 2017, 'Gay and Lesbian History Now', History Australia, vol. 14, pp. 315 - 321,
Simic Z, 2016, 'First Person Feminism', Sydney Review of Books,
Simic Z, 2014, ''Bachelors of Misery and Proxy Brides: Marriage, migration and assimilation, 1947-1973'', History Australia: Journal of the Australian Historical Association, vol. 11, pp. 149 - 174,
Simic Z, 2013, 'Bodies and Sexuality', ,
Simic Z, 2012, 'Long Cumulative Labor of Transformation: A Response to Margaret Henderson', Lilith: a feminist history journal, vol. No. 17-18, pp. 121 - 131
Simic Z, 2012, 'Suburban dreaming: Boomburbs: Andrew Merry 52 Suburbs: A search for beauty in the 'Burbs', ReCollections, vol. 6, pp. 12
Simic Z, 2012, 'A History of Australia', LABOUR HISTORY, pp. 261 - 262,
Simic Z, 2012, 'Rivers and Resilience: Aboriginal People on Sydney's Georges River', JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIAN STUDIES, vol. 36, pp. 260 - 261,
Simic Z, 2011, 'Friday On Our Minds: Popular Culture in Australia since 1945', JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIAN STUDIES, vol. 35, pp. 129 - 131,
Simic Z, 2010, ''Door bitches of club feminism': Academia and feminist competency', Feminist Review, vol. 95, pp. 75 - 91,
Zora S, 2010, ''Door Bitches of Club Feminism?: Academia and Feminist Competency', Feminist Review, vol. Vol. 95, pp. 74 - 91,
Simic Z, 2010, 'Fallen girls? Plumpton high and the 'problem' of teenage pregnancy', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 34, pp. 429 - 445,
Simic Z, 2009, 'Destination Australia: Migration to Australia Since 1901', JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIAN STUDIES, vol. 33, pp. 380 - 382,
Simic Z, 2009, 'Australian Rock: essays on popular music', JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIAN STUDIES, vol. 33, pp. 247 - 248,
Simic Z, 2008, ''What are ya?': Negotiating identities in the western suburbs of Sydney during the 1980s', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 32, pp. 223 - 236,
Simic Z, 2007, 'Butter not Bombs: A Short History of the Union of Australian Women', History Australia, vol. 4, pp. 7.1 - 7.15,
Simic Z, 2005, ''Mrs Street - Now there's a subject!': Historicising Jessie Street', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 20, pp. 291 - 303,