Experts and selection
Doc. Libora Oates-Indruchová, PhD.
Short bio: Libora studied at Szeged University in Hungary at Faculty of Arts. She is a professor at Faculty of humanities at Charles University. Her main field is – cultural representations of gender, censorship, narrative research, feminist literary theory and culture and academia under state socialism. Libora has written many books, the two most important are Dívčí válka s ideologií (Girls war with ideology) and Ženské literární tradice (Women literary traditions).
Mgr. Linda Sokačová
Field of expertise: sociology, gender studies
Short bio: Linda graduated in Sociology and Social Policy from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University. She is the Director of Gender Studies currently on maternity leave. In addition, Linda lectures for companies and institutions of public administration, and is involved in the Company of the Year competition. Occasionally, she contributes to the online portal feminismus.cz and to other online and print media, including expert sociological periodicals. Linda also carries out gender analyses and speaks on equal opportunities and the position of women in Czech society and abroad.
Phd. Věra Sokolová
Field of expertise: gender, sexuality, feminism
Short bio: Graduated and gained her Ph.D. at University of Washington, Seattle at department of history. She is a professor at Faculty of Humanities: department of gender studies at Charles University. Her main field is – gender, sexuality and the politics of identity, gender and history, comparative history of sexuality, queer theory, gender and visual culture, gender and sexuality in totalitarian regimes of the 20th century, queer cinema, and comparative feminism.
Mgr. Magdalena Hornová
Field of expertise: librarianship and information science
Short bio: Magdalena worked at Gender Studies o.p.s. as a librarian for 5 years and become an expert on gender studies. Since 2008 she has been working in Bank Institute library as a chief librarian. Magdalena graduated in Information Science and librarianship at faculty of Philosophy at Charles University. Currently she is working on her Phd. thesis.
Mgr. Michaela Appeltová
Field of expertise: gender studies, history, journalism
Short bio: Michaela graduated in Gender Studies at Charles University at faculty of Humanities. She worked as an editor at Gender Information and Publishing Agency (gitA). She has cooperated with Centrum for Oral history doing interviews with working class and academics in the time of normalization. She also taught modern Czechoslovak history at University of Washington. Currently, she has been working for NGO called Forum 50% since May 2009 as a coordinator of quota project. She is an active journalist writing for feminist media.
Phdr. Jiřina Šiklová
Field of expertise: sociology, gender
Short bio: Phdr. Jiřina Šiklová, CSc. graduated at Faculty of Philosophy in Prague at Charles University in 1958. She was one of the initiators of Faculty of Sociology. She was imprisoned in 1981 for illegal dissemination of samizdat literature abroad. After the Velvet revolution in 1989 she returned back to faculty of social work as a professor. She also established Gender Studies Centre in 1991 and helped to build the biggest feminist library in the Czech Republic. She still teaches at universities and recently joint politics. She is a respected sociologists and a writer.
Report on the selection process by the Czech FRAGEN team
Selection was made in close cooperation with our (Gender Studies, o.p.s) partners and cooperating bodies. The working group was formed in the beginning of the project. The team consisted of sociologists, librarians, academics, philosophers and others experts active in the field. Along with the group of experts we asked our sympathizers for cooperation via email (mailing list) and our websites.
First tips we received from our sympathizers were analyzed by the working group. Each member of the working group brought up the list of tips as well. The list of tips was made and discussed on the meeting where participated member of the working group as well as some of the experts took part. The first long list included many translated and not originally Czech documents. Therefore the first pre-selection focused mainly on formal criteria. Later on the discussion focused mainly on relevance and confidentiality of the chosen material.
We had to deal with some specific issues concerning relevance of the documents. Most of the feminist texts were written in the past 10-15 years. We all agreed that is hard to measure influence on society in such a short period of time. Secondly the question of influence was discussed again, this time in context of the impact, impact on society vs. impact on individuals and/or community. After the first meeting, the list of tips was updated and consisted of 10 items. At this time the authors (publishers, etc.) were addressed with the copyright question. To receive all permissions took quite a long time. In the end, we managed to receive 7 permissions of 10.
The whole process of selection took longer than we expected. We also expected more tips and from our academic experts.