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The Free Academy: Lucie Jarkovská and Kateřina Lišková

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 23, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

Who is using “gender ideology” as a threat, and why. The example of sex education, its history and concrete practice in Czech school

Issues of gender and sexuality are not just a matter of individual identity but also a useful indicator of the openness and democracy of a given society. In the contemporary Czech Republic and beyond, anti-democratic forces are mobilising around the alleged threat of “gender ideology”. Their aim is not just to suppress the rights of specific groups: they seek to subvert the principles of democratic organisation. The lecture will illustrate these processes using the example of sex education, demonstrating how the content of such education is linked to the socio-political context of the time.

Lucie Jarkovská and Kateřina Lišková perform as Duo docentky (Female Docent Duo), popularising feminism and research on gender and sexuality via stand-up comedy. The pair also co-founded the field of gender studies at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University. Lucie is currently working at the Institute of Inclusive Education Research at the Faculty of Education of Masaryk University, while Kateřina works at the Czech Academy of Sciences’ Institute of History.


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