Isidora Sekulić

Spouse Emil Stremnicki
Date of birth February 16, 1877
Date of death April 05, 1958
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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, Skopje 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 Stremnicki, 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 languages. She obtained her PhD degree in Germany. She was a member of a number of women's organizations, a representative of theirs 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 (Women's Anti-Fascist Front of Yugoslavia). 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. were discussed.

Place of birth Mošorin, Vojvodina
Place of death Beograd
Nationality Serbian
First language(s) Serbian
Marital status widowed
Number of children 0
Education University education
Religion Eastern orthodox

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She wrote prose, short stories, novels, literary criticisms, essays, travelogues, discussions, notes, and translated from different languages. She published her first piece of writing, "Šta su Srbinu gusle?" ("What Do the Gusle Mean to a Serb?"), in a school magazine Školski list (The School Journal, 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), vice-president of the Association of Writers of Yugoslavia, and president of the Association of Writers of Serbia. Her works were published in various magazines: Branik (The Defender), Srpski književni glasnik (Serbian Literary Herald), Brankovo kolo (Branko's Circle), Delo (Opus), Savremenik (The Contemporary, Zagreb), Naša književnost (Our Literature), Letopis matice srpske (The Matica Srpska Journal), Nova Evropa (New Europe), Domaćica (The Housewife), Ženski pokret (Women's Movement), Misao (Thought)... A TV drama about her life was filmed, and a film named after and based on her novel, Đakon bogorodičine crkve (The Deacon of Notre Dame Church), 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, published.

Profession(s) and other activities translator, literary critic, contributor to periodical press, travel writer, fiction writer/novelist, and teacher/governess
Language(s) in which she wrote Serbian
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