doc. Kateřina Lišková, Ph.D.

Research Associate – Department of Modern Transnational and Intellectual History

+420 225 443 323

Research areas

The history of knowledge, gender, sexuality, expertise, and health, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe in comparative and transnational perspectives 

Graduated programmes, schools and thesis topics, academic degrees

1998–2001: Master of Arts in Sociology at Masaryk University, thesis title: Rape. Feminist Understanding of Violence against Women

2001–2007: Ph.D. in Sociology at Masaryk University, thesis title: Feminist Anti-Pornography Discourse: A Sociological Analysis

2012–2013: Postdoctoral Fellow at The Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University, USA

2016–2018: International Postdoc Initiative Fellow at Fakultät I, Geistes- und Bildungswissenschaften, Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

2018: Habilitation in Sociology at Masaryk University, thesis title: Sexual Liberation, Socialist Style: Communist Czechoslovakia and the Science of Desire, 1948-1989

Foreign internships and scholarships

October 2003–October 2004: Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Transregional Center for Democracy Studies, New School for Social Research, New York, USA

February–June 2010: Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, New York University, USA

October 2015–July 2016: Fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg, Friedrich Schiller Universität, Germany

April–June 2021: Senior Fellow at the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

since February 2021: guest researcher at the Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

International grants and projects

2003–2004: Fulbright Commission: Pornography: sociological aspects of representations of sexuality and violence against women

2012–2014: Marie Skłodowska Curie, International Outgoing Fellowship, European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme (FP7): Constructing Sexuality and Gender in Czechoslovak Sexological Discourses during Communism (1948-1989)

2016–2018: Czech Science Foundation, JUNIOR STAR: Intimate life during state socialism in comparative perspective, Principal Investigator

2016–2018: Marie Skłodowska Curie, COFUND Fellowship, European Commission and Technische Universität Berlin

Projects of Excellence in Basic Research

2021–2026: EXPRO – Excellence in Research grant, Czech Science Foundation: Expertise in authoritarian societies. Human sciences in the socialist countries of East-Central Europe, Principal Investigator

Domestic grants and major projects

2005–2006: National Research Program, Ministry of Education, Czech Republic: Representation of Sexuality: Reproduction and Subversion of Gender Inequalities, Principal Investigator

2008–2009: Czech Science Foundation, Post-doctoral Project: Gender, Sexuality, and Performativity in Discourses on Pornography as a Social Representation of Sex, Principal Investigator


Sociology, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University (2005-2022)

Membership in editorial boards

Editorial Board member, Sociální studia (since 2011) 
Editorial Board member, European Journal for the History of Medicine and Health (since 2020) 

Membership in domestic and foreign professional societies and scientific councils

Reviewer for the Program for Research Support, Grant Agency of Charles University in Prague (2013–2014)
Review panel member, Program for Research Support, Grant Agency of Masaryk University (2015–2022)
Scientific Evaluation, Academy of the Sciences of the Czech Republic (History, Sociology, Philosophy) (since 2015)
Reviewer for the Slovak Research and Development Agency (since 2017)
Member of Doctoral Program in Sociology Board, Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University (since 2018)
Scientific Evaluation of research outputs for the Research, Development and Innovation Council of the Government of the Czech Republic (since 2018)
Expert Evaluator and Rapporteur for Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships, European Commission (since 2020) 
Scientific Board member of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (since 2023)

Significant awards 

2019: Adele E. Clarke Book Award honorable mention, detail here
2019: Barbara Heldt Prize for Best book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Women's and Gender Studies awarded by the American Association for Women o Slavic Studies, detail here
2022: Barbara Heldt Prize for Best article in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Women's and Gender Studies awarded by the American Association for Women in Slavic Studies, detail here