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Iva Šmídová, Ph.D.

Iva Šmídová, Ph.D., Head of the Gender Studies Program at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

Iva Smidova

How is a certain gender stereotype or view on fatherhood constructed and how is it reproduced over time? Those are the questions Iva is seeking to explore and answer. Her argument is, that both the construction and the reproduction of gender and fatherhood is social in nature. Its a difficult argument, Iva makes, but in doing so, she reminds the reader about the fundamental difficulties in changing existing views on gender and fatherhood.

Dr. Iva Šmídová, Ph.D., Head of the Gender Studies Program at the Department of Sociology, School of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic ( She has worked in the field of gender studies since the early 1990s with a particular focus on Men’s Studies. She has been teaching university courses on gender since 1998. Since September 2001 she has been working full-time as a Senior Lecturer at the Sociology Department, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno.

Iva is working to promote gender equality through a combination of academic and non-academic activities. She coordinated a series of seminars on gender for teachers (both primary- and secondary level) from 1999-2002, co-founding the Gender Centre at the FSS MU in Brno in 2000 (, she is a member of the executive board of the NGO: NORA, Gender Information Centre in Brno, o.p.s. ( Her M.A. thesis and later her PhD. thesis featured qualitative research on Different Men in the Czech Republic (Alternative Lifestyles connected to Environmental Protection). She was grant coordinator for a research project on equal opportunities among employees at the FSS MU (1999-2002), and has recently worked as a leading researcher on the study Families Where Fathers Nurture at Masaryk university in Brno (2003-2004) and Parents Before and After childbirth concerning the reproduction and changes of gendered parenthood, featuring strategies of parents overcoming gender stereotypes (2005-2006). Her latest research - funded by the Czech Science Foundation - focuses on the reproduction of gendered opportunities in educational and labour-market systems as well as in family decision-processes concerning school choices for their children. She was an associate member of the Critical Research on Men and Masculinities (CROME) EU Network (FW 5 Research Programme, 2000-2004). She is a consortium member of (EU FW 6) Coordination Action on Human Rights Violations (CAHRV): Sub-Network 2: The roots of interpersonal violence: gendered practices, social exclusion and violation (2004-2007).




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