Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Confronting Czech Gender Stereotypes: Harder Than Ever

Wed, November 10, 2010 | Garrison Hall, room 1.102

1:00 PM

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies presents:

Confronting Czech Gender Stereotypes: 
Harder Than Ever

Libuse Heczkova
Visiting Professor, Charles University, Prague

What have Czech women been doing in the democratically restored public space after 1989? Has their emancipation directed by the communist state (1948-1989) left “positive” or “negative” traces upon their self-esteem, approaches to social functioning, ambition and goals? What do representations in the media say about women and their doings? Do authentic women produce information about “women’s issues” that is mostly readable and visible in the Czech media? Do they themselves validate timid, patient, conventionally feminine and heterosexually obedient behavior, which survives as the gender norm, because it pays, or are they under pressures to do so? Are there chances that Czech society, as one among many, will open itself to a gender change, in functioning and in representations? 

Libuse Heczkova is a Visiting Professor from Charles University in Prague. This semester she is teaching a course in Czech Literature for CREEES.
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