Professor of Sociology of Gender, Department of Sociology, University of Graz, Austria
She studied literary and cultural theory and obtained her PhD in English from Lancaster University, U.K., after which she completed “habilitation” (dr. habil.) in Literary and Cultural Studies at Szeged University, Hungary. She also studied Gender Studies in a non-degree postgraduate programme at Central European University in Budapest Hungary, and hold an undergraduate degree (“Magistra”) in sports studies and English from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. She writes mainly on late state-socialist Czech cultural issues and published, among others, in Signs, Slavic Review, Europe-Asia Studies, Men & Masculinities, Aspasia and Sociologický časopis.
Before going to Graz, she directed the PhD in Sociology at Palacký University in Olomouc and led the research field “Communist and Postcommunist Times in Central Europe” at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres in Vienna, Austria. She has taught at Charles University, Pardubice University, Masaryk University and Szeged University, and held research fellowships and scholarships at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki; Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh (Andrew Mellon Fellowship); Collegium Budapest/Institute for Advanced Study; and Central European University in Budapest. Her research has been funded, among others, by the European Commission (Marie Curie Fellowship), the Czech Science Foundation, Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Open Society Foundation, and the British Council.
- Cultural representations of gender
- Gender and social change
- Narrative research
Areas of interest for PhD supervision:
She welcome qualitative research projects in the sociology and cultural representations of gender and sociology of culture, particularly those, but not exclusively, that relate to her research interests.
Membership in Academic Boards:
- Full member of the Kuratorium of the Austrian Research Fund (FWF), reporter for Social Sciences
- Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the MA in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Graz
- Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (ÚSTR), Prague, Czech Republic
- Koordinationsstelle für Geschlechterstudien und Frauenförderung, University of Graz
- Doctoral School in Sociology, Palacký University, Czech Republic
- Doctoral School in Cultural Anthropology, Palacký University, Czech Republic
- International Editorial Board member, European Journal of Women’s Studies
Current Book Projects:
- Creative Families: Gender and Technologies of Everyday Life, co-edited by Jana Mikats, Susanne Kink-Hampersberger, and Libora Oates-Indruchová, Palgrave Studies in Mediating Kinship, Representation, and Difference.
- COST Action CA16213, New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent, Management committee member. (2017-2021)
- Strengthening Higher Education Capacities in Palestine for Gender Equality (SHE_GE), Academic Cooperation grant, Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development, project leader for the Austrian partner, University of Graz (grant holder: Islamic University of Gaza). (2017-2020). Project homepage: www.appear.at/she-ge
Completed Research Projects:
- Remote Mentoring für Mädchen beim Programmieren-Lernen mit Pocket Code, Netidee programme of the Internet Privatstiftung Austria, project partner (grant holder: Graz University of Technology). (2017-2018). Project homepage: https://www.netidee.at/remotementor
- Border Communities: Microstudies in Everyday Life, Politics and Memory in European Societies from 1945 to the Present; 2010-12 (research management).
- Transformation on gender culture in the Czech Republic 1948-1989; 2009-2011.
- Academic Censorship under State Socialism: Czech Republic and Hungary; 2008-09.
- Educational choices and anticipation of chances on the labour market from a gender perspective; 2007-08.
- Models of Consumption and Cultural Identity Across Eastern & Western Europe: Conflict or Challenge?; 2004-05.
- Self-censorship and “text coding” of academic texts during Normalisation, 1968-1989; 2003-04.
- Body Production under State Socialism; 1999-2000.
- Democratisation, Social and Political Change and Women’s Movements; 1994-95.