Alexandra Ghit

Post-doctoral researcher

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Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51

I am a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the ERC-funded project ZARAH : Women’s labour activism in Eastern Europe and transnationally, from the age of empires to the late 20th century (PI Prof. Susan Zimmermann).  My research interests include women's labour history (with a focus on twentieth century Eastern Europe), the history and sociology of social policy and the social history of state socialisms. My current major research focus is women's labour activism in the Romanian tobacco industry since the 19th century, a ZARAH component study tentatively titled Transnational State vs. Transnational Workers: Women Workers’ Organizing in the (State-Run) Romanian Tobacco Industry, 1880s-1990s. I am developing an interest in digital humanities, especially digital archiving practices.

My dissertation (defended in January 2020) deals with the interconnected social assistance and social research projects carried out by competing or collaborating categories of women welfare activists in interwar Bucharest in transnational context. Constructed as a left-feminist revision to the dominant “modernity paradigm” interpretation of the interwar period in Romania, the dissertation also contributes to challenging the prevailing institutionalism and masculinist bias in studies on welfare provision in Eastern Europe. I have also published on the gender history of labour historiography in post-war Romania and produced research on communist women's organizations in the country, as well as on women's politics in the Habsburg Empire.

I was a Teaching Assistant for prof. De Haan's "Communism and Gender" course (CEU, Winter 2014) and as Global Teaching Fellow at the Asian University of Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh, I have taught seminars focusing on the global history of textile work and the social history of radio.

I have a Matilda Erasmus MA in Women's and Gender History from CEU in cooperation with the University of Nottingham, and a BA in Political Science from Babes- Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca.

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