Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Dr Kateřina Lišková

Fellow Kateřina Lišková

October 2015 - July 2016
Mail katerina(at)fss.muni(dot)cz

2015-present: Fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena, Germany
2007-present: Assistant Professor, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
2012-2013: Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University, New York, USA
2010: Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University, USA
2007: Ph.D. in Sociology, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
2005-2007: Researcher and Instructor, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
2003-2004: Fulbright Visiting Scholar, New School for Social Research, New York, USA
2001: M.A. in Sociology, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Research Project at the Kolleg

Sexuality constitutes one of the most important terrains in the larger societal project of modernity. By tracing sexual meanings and practices as they change across time and place, one can grasp the changing accents of modern societies. If we add science, the utmost contemporary social authority, we arrive at a potent mix that forms one of the foundations of our everyday world. My proposed project analyzes sexuality and gender as these were formed by the discipline of sexology under state socialism. With primary focus on Czechoslovakia (1948-89), this project aims to place sexual regimes within broader socio-historical processes occurring in the second half of the twentieth century in East Central and Southeastern Europe.
This proposed research focuses on three sets of questions: the first exploring the institutionalization and practical impact of Czechoslovak sexology in the communist period (1948-89) and its influence on shaping gendered understandings of individuals and interpersonal relations, the second analyzing the broader political, academic and intellectual environment (i.e. medicine, criminology, pedagogy, the law) Czechoslovak sexology was embedded in, and the third analyzing these developments in comparative perspective.

Main areas of research

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Sociological Theory
  • Family and the Social Organization of Intimacy
  • Sociology of Medicine- Social Delinquency
  • Migration and the Labor Market

Positions and Memberships

  • 2012-2014: Member of the Czech Science Foundation - Standard Research Grant (Project Educational Strategies of Migrant Children and Children from Ethnic Minorities)
  • 2009, 2011: Member of the Institute for Research on Social Reproduction and Integration (IVRIS), research team Family and the Processes of Reproduction
  • 2006-2008: Member of the Czech Science Foundation - Standard Research Grant (Project Educational Choices and Opportunities in the Labor Market from the Gender Perspective)
  • 2005-2008: Member of the National Research Program, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic (Project Family, Occupation and Education)


Hodné holky se dívají jinam. Feminismus a pornografie. [Good Girls Look the Other Way. Feminism and Pornography], Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství´, 2009.

Edited books

(with Lucie Jarkovská, Jana Obrovská, Adéla Souralová) Etnická rozmanitost ve škole. Stejnost v různosti. [Ethnic diversity in the classroom. Sameness in difference], Praha: Portál, 2015.

(with Lucie Jarkovská and Iva Šmídová) S genderem na trh. Rozhodování o dalším vzdělání patnáctiletých [Gender on the market. On the Reproduction and Subversion of Gender in Education and Employment], Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2010.

(with Jana Tesařová) Ženská práva jsou lidská práva. [Women´s Rights are Human Rights.], Brno: NESEHNUTÍ, 2002.

Rovné příležitosti žen a mužů: ve vybraných českých podnicích 2000-2001. [Equal Opportunities in the Czech and Moravian Companies 2000 - 2001.], Brno: Gender centrum, 2002.


´Against the Dignity of Man´. Sexology Constructing Deviance during ´Normalization´, in Queer Presences and Absences, (eds.) Yvette Taylor and Michelle Addison, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 13-30.

Perverzní sex a normální gender. Normalizační sexuologie promlouvá o sexu a gender ["Perverse Sex and Normal Gender: Normalization Sexology Speaks about Sexuality and Gender"], in Gender, rovné příležitosti, výzkum, vol. 13, issue 2, February 2012, pp. 40-49.

Released from Gender? Reflexivity, Performativity, and Therapeutic Discourses, in Sociological Routes and Political Roots, (eds.) Michaela Benson and Rolland Munro, Oxford: Blackwell, 2009, pp. 189-204.

Defining Pornography, Defining Gender: Sexual Citizenship in the Discourse of Czech Sexology and Criminology, In Gender and Intimate Citizenships: Politics, Sexualities, and Subjectivity, (ed.) Elzbieta H. Oleksy, New York: Routledge, 2009, pp. 147-156.

Pornography as Language: From Discourse of Domination to Heretical Subversion, in Sexual Politics of Desire and Belonging, (eds.) Nick Rumens and Alejandro Cervantes-Carson, Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi Press, 2007, pp. 41-56.