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Kateřina Lišková


"Sex seems like the most intimate matter in the world. Yet, it is shaped by public discourses: experts through their assessments or governments through their policies form what kinds of sex we (are allowed to) have with whom and how we understand ourselves in the mix. Sex is public!"


Scientific career

Associate Professor at the Gender Studies Program, Sociology Department, Masaryk University

2018: Habilitation at Masaryk University 


2016-2018: IPODI Fellow, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

2015-2016: Fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena, Germany

2012-2013: Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University, New York, USA as part of a Marie Curie People International Outgoing Fellowship, European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), 2012-2014

2010 (spring): 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

2003-2004: Fulbright Visiting Scholar, New School for Social Research, New York, USA


Research interests

I am interested in gender, sexuality, and the social organization of intimacy, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, where my research intersects with the history of science and medicine, expert systems and the history of socialism.




IPODI Research Project

Sexuality, expertise, and power in state socialist East Central Europe

Duration: 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2018

Mentor: Prof. Dr. Sabine Hark, Faculty I, Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung

Abstract: Common sense has it that life under socialism was dreary, devoid of pleasure and without exciting new knowledge. My research so far has proven otherwise. Expert knowledge about sexuality called sexology existed and flourished in many countries of Central and Eastern Europe bringing expertise from medical doctors to ordinary people and their communist governments about the female orgasm (and satisfying heterosexuality) or about homosexuality (and why it should be decriminalized) already in the 1950s, years before such topics were broached in the West. My IPODI project traces the ways in which this “sexpertise” traveled between sexologists, state authorities, and people as well as across East and West. My aim is to understand how intimacy gets constructed under a vastly different socio-political regime and how socialist power shapes (and is shaped by) expert knowledge. Last but not least, I want to capture how “sexpertise” changed over time in connection with the changing political climate.

More at http://sexocom.fss.muni.cz



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