Contributions by Daša Koprivec

Daša Koprivec, holding a PhD degree in ethnology and university degree in sociology of culture, is employed by the Slovene Ethnographic Museum. Since the establishment of the Society for the Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of Alexandrian Women Prvačina in November 2005, she has cooperated as a Member of the Management Board.

In her contribution entitled "Image of Alexandrian Woman - A Wet Nurse" she has found out that Alexandrian women are still very much linked to wet nurses and that simultaneously, in discussions on nursing foreign children cases of Alexandrian women are often mentioned. On the basis of results of a research project lasting for several years and carried out within the framework of the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, the author has, however, established that Slovenian women were not nursing only in Egypt but also in Trieste, Ljubljana and other Slovenian places. In Goriška region, women were breast-feeding children of those women working in Egypt and also of those who had emigrated to Argentina. The contribution is available in the Slovenian language.

In her essay "Migrations of Children of Alexandrian Women from the Thirties to Sixties of the 20th Century", Daša Koprivec discusses some fundamental characteristics of migrations of children of Alexandrian women taking place in the 1930th and 1940th of the 20th century. The article is available in English: Migrations of the children of the Alexandrian women from the 1930s to the 1960s.; the entire e-book is in Slovenian: "Slovenian Migration in the Light of Child's Experience": A Cultural and Historical Aspect" (editor: Janja Žitnik Serafin. Ljubljana: Publisher ZRC, ZRC SAZU (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts), 2011, p. 43-52).pdf

In her essay "Testimonies of Children of Alexandrian Women on their Life in Egypt in the First Half of 20th Century", published in the 19th volume of Ethnologist (2009), Daša Koprivec presents new findings from her research on the phenomenon regarding Alexandrian women. This essay tries to draw attention to the family life of the Alexandrian women in Egypt in the first half of the 20th century. In her work, the author focuses on the testimonies of children of the Alexandrian women since their stories are of key importance in uncovering their lives in Egypt. Numerous children spent several decades with their mothers in Egypt. These mothers called for their children even when they were of 6 to 10 years old to join them in Egypt. Daša Koprivec divides these children into two generations: the first generation of children was born in the years from 1922 to 1929 in the Goriška region, and the second one was born in Egypt in the period from 1937 to 1948. Testifiers in the present research come from the Goriška region, from Australia, Canada, Italy and Switzerland. The essay is available in Slovenian.