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. 

Books:
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

Publications

Book Chapters
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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,
2019
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
2019
Simic Z, 2019, ''The age of consent and girls: a short history'', in Lumby C; Gleeson K (ed.), , pp. 117 - 133,
2019
Simic Z, 2018, 'Speak English! Non-English Speaking Mothers and their Children', in Nelson C; Robertson R (ed.), , UWAP, Perth, pp. 117 - 127
2018
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,
2018
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
2017
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,
2017
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,
2016
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,
2016
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,
2015
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,
2013
Journal articles
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Balint R; Simic Z, 2018, 'Histories of Migrants and Refugees in Australia', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 49, pp. 378 - 409,
2018
Simic Z, 2018, 'What Can Feminist Historians Do With Intersectionality?', Lilith (Fitzroy, Vic.), pp. 16 - 25
2018
Simic Z, 2017, 'Gay and Lesbian History Now', History Australia, vol. 14, pp. 315 - 321,
2017
Simic Z, 2017, 'Reading Feminist Killjoys', Sydney Review of Books,
2017
Simic Z, 2016, 'First Person Feminism', Sydney Review of Books,
2016
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,
2014
Simic Z, 2013, 'Bodies and Sexuality', ,
2013
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
2012
Simic Z, 2012, 'Suburban dreaming: Boomburbs: Andrew Merry 52 Suburbs: A search for beauty in the 'Burbs', ReCollections, vol. 6, pp. 12
2012
Simic Z, 2012, 'A History of Australia', LABOUR HISTORY, pp. 261 - 262,
2012
Simic Z, 2012, 'Rivers and Resilience: Aboriginal People on Sydney's Georges River', JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIAN STUDIES, vol. 36, pp. 260 - 261,
2012
Simic Z, 2011, 'Friday On Our Minds: Popular Culture in Australia since 1945', JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIAN STUDIES, vol. 35, pp. 129 - 131,
2011
Zora S, 2010, ''Door Bitches of Club Feminism?: Academia and Feminist Competency', Feminist Review, vol. Vol. 95, pp. 74 - 91,
2010
Simic Z, 2010, 'Fallen girls? Plumpton high and the 'problem' of teenage pregnancy', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 34, pp. 429 - 445,
2010
Simic Z, 2010, ''Door bitches of club feminism': Academia and feminist competency', Feminist Review, vol. 95, pp. 75 - 91,
2010
Simic Z, 2009, 'Destination Australia: Migration to Australia Since 1901', JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIAN STUDIES, vol. 33, pp. 380 - 382,
2009
Simic Z, 2009, 'Australian Rock: essays on popular music', JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIAN STUDIES, vol. 33, pp. 247 - 248,
2009
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,
2008
Simic Z, 2007, 'Butter not Bombs: A Short History of the Union of Australian Women', History Australia, vol. 4, pp. 7.1 - 7.15,
2007
Simic Z, 2005, ''Mrs Street - Now there's a subject!': Historicising Jessie Street', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 20, pp. 291 - 303,
2005