Prof. Libora Oates-Indruchová

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Professor of Sociology of Gender, Department of Sociology, University of Graz, Austria


I studied literary and cultural theory and obtained my PhD in English from Lancaster University, U.K., after which I completed „habilitation“ (dr. habil.) in Literary and Cultural Studies at Szeged University, Hungary. I also studied Gender Studies in a non-degree postgraduate programme at Central European University in Budapest Hungary, and hold an undergraduate degree (“Magistra”) in sports studies and English from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. I write mainly on late state-socialist Czech cultural issues and published, among others, in Signs, Slavic Review, Europe-Asia Studies, Men & Masculinities, Aspasia and Sociologický časopis.

Before coming to Graz, I directed the PhD in Sociology at Palacký University in Olomouc and led the research field “Communist and Postcommunist Times in Central Europe” at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres in Vienna, Austria. I have taught at Charles University, Pardubice University, Masaryk University and Szeged University, and held research fellowships and scholarships at the University of Toronto; Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh (Andrew Mellon Fellowship); Collegium Budapest/Institute for Advanced Study; and Central European University in Budapest. My research has been funded, among others, by the European Commission (Marie Curie Fellowship), the Czech Science Foundation, Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Open Society Foundation, and the British Council.


Research interests:

  • Cultural representations of gender
  • Gender and social change
  • Censorship
  • Narrative research


Areas of interest for PhD supervision:

I welcome qualitative research projects in the sociology and cultural representations of gender and sociology of culture, particularly those, but not exclusively, that relate to my research interests.


Membership in Academic Boards:


Current Book Project

Scholarly Publishing and Censorship in Late State-Socialism: Snakes and Ladders.


Completed Research Projects

  • Border Communities: Microstudies in Everyday Life, Politics and Memory in European Societies from 1945 to the Present; 2010-12 (research management).
  • Transformation on gender culture in the Czech Republic 1948-1989; 2009-2011.
  • Academic Censorship under State Socialism: Czech Republic and Hungary; 2008-09.
  • Educational choices and anticipation of chances on the labour market from a gender perspective; 2007-08.
  • Models of Consumption and Cultural Identity Across Eastern & Western Europe: Conflict or Challenge?; 2004-05.
  • Self-censorship and “text coding” of academic texts during Normalisation, 1968-1989; 2003-04.
  • Body Production under State Socialism; 1999-2000.
  • Democratisation, Social and Political Change and Women's Movements; 1994-95.




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Sociology of Gender & Gender Studies
Universitätsstraße 15/G38010 Graz

Univ.-Prof. Dr. habil. Libora Oates-Indruchová, PhD
+43 (0)316 380 - 7086

Office Hours:
by appointment;
outside of the teaching weeks: by mail

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