Isidora Sekulić

Name Isidora Sekulić
Spouse and other names Stremnicki
Date of birth February 16, 1877
Date of death April 05, 1958
Country Serbia
Language Serbian
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About her personal situation

Isidora was born in Vojvodina, as a citizen of the former Austro - Hungarian Empire. She studied in Budapest, and graduated in mathematics and natural sciences. She worked as a teacher of mathematics in Pančevo, Šabac, Skoplje and Belgrade. Due to her recurring health problems (she suffered from tuberculosis), she often took sick leave. In 1910, Isidora become a Serbian citizen. She travelled a lot: Norway, Sweden, Germany, Great Britan, France, Italy. She married a Polish doctor, Emil Stremicki, who died shortly after their marriage (1914). Isidora never remarried, and had no children. She spoke and translated from German, English, French and Russian. She also translated from the Norwegian and Swedish language. She obtained her PhD in Germany. She was a member of a number of women's organizations, their representative at numerous conventions, and was elected Board Secretary at the International Council of Women, held in Christiania, in 1920. She was also one of the founders of the Teachers' Association for Secondary Vocational Schooling. After WWII, she became a Board member of the AFŽ (Yugoslavian anti-fascist women's front). She socialized with many renowned intellectuals of her time, and was a proud member of various associations. She was famous for the weekly gathering organized in her house, where literature, music, theatre, painting, etc. was discussed...


Place of birth Mošorin, Vojvodina
Place of death Beograd
Nationality srpska
Marital status Divorced Widowed
Education University education

About her professional situation

She wrote prose, short stories, novels, literary critisms, essays, travelogues, discussions, notes, and translated from different languages. She published her first piece of writing, "Šta su Srbinu gusle?", in a school magazine Školski list (1983). She was the first Serbian woman to be elected member - correspondent of the Serbian Royal Academy of Science (1939), a member of the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts (1950), honored president of the Serbian PEN Center (1931), vise - president of the Association of Writers of Yugoslovia, and president of the Association of Writers of Serbia. Her works were published in various magazines: Branik, Srpski književni glasnik, Brankovo kolo, Delo, Savremenik (Zagreb), Naša književnost, Letopis matice srpske, Nova Evropa, Domaćica, Ženski pokret, Misao... A TV drama about her life was filmed, and a film named after and based on her novel, Đakon bogorodičine crkve, directed by Uglješa Šajtinac, was also made. Every year a scientific conference is organized in her honor, where the annual "Isidora Sekulić" awards are granted, and the proceedings, Isidorijana, issued. 


Profession(s) and other activities Writer of prose and novel, Travel writer, Contributor to periodical press, Literary critic, Teacher/governess, and Translator
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