ANN: New Publication: Czech Feminisms: Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe
Edited by Iveta Jusová & Jiina Šiklová
In this wide-ranging study of women’s and gender issues in the pre-and post-1989 Czech Republic, contributors engage with current feminist debates and theories of nation and identity to examine the historical and cultural transformations of Czech feminism. This collection of essays by leading scholars, artists, and activists, explores such topics as reproductive rights, state socialist welfare provisions, Czech women’s NGOs, anarchofeminism, human trafficking, LGBT politics, masculinity, feminist art, among others. Foregrounding experiences of women and sexual and ethnic minorities in the Czech Republic, the contributors raise important questions about the transfer of feminist concepts across languages and cultures. As the economic orthodoxy of the European Union threatens to occlude relevant stories of the different national communities comprising the Eurozone, this book contributes to the understanding of the diverse origins from which something like a European community arises.
Iveta Jusová is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Literature at Carleton College.
Jiina Šiklová, CSc., is an acclaimed Czech sociologist, writer, former dissident, and one of the most influential Czech feminists. She is founder of the Gender Studies Center in Prague.
Indiana University Press September 2016