Visiting Research Fellow
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
BA in Fine Arts (University of Ostrava), MA in Fine Arts (Brno University of Technology), MA and PhD in Cultural Studies (University of Leeds)
Lenka is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Gender Studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, where she also completed her PhD in 2017. Lenka is a co-founder of the transnational and translingual Sdružení Feministického Čtení/Feminist Readings Network, and a former associate editor of parallax. She works in fields of feminist theory, deconstruction, psychoanalysis and visual culture.
Lenka completed her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at the University of Ostrava in 2008 and an MA in Fine Arts at the Brno University of Technology in 2010, both in the Czech Republic. Through collaboration with feminist activists, artists, educators and theoreticians, her MA dissertation project Feministický Akční Výzkum – Jak studovat na umělkyni? [Feminist Action Research – How to become a woman artist?] provided a space to explore and critically discuss what a “woman artist” might be (or might become), and how her education might look. At FAHACS, she completed her MA in Cultural Studies (2010) and from 2011 to 2017 conducted PhD research. Her doctoral thesis Tremendous Pedagogies: Re-inventing Feminist Resistance for a Future University theorises the concept and the institutions of the university and strives to imagine its future by bringing together particular threads within feminist and deconstructive thought. In 2018 Lenka joined the University of South Africa (UNISA) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Gender Studies.
Lenka works in fields of feminist theory, deconstruction, psychoanalysis and visual culture. Her research interest include
- (Anti)disciplinarity of the humanities and feminist scholarship
- Critical university studies
- European continental philosophy (particularly deconstruction)
- Feminist genealogies in visual art and thought
- Feminist spaces and pedagogies
- Theories of sexual difference(s)
Teaching Assistant for the modules:
- Aesthetics I (2013/14, 2015/16)
- Film and History (2013/14)
- Introduction to Cultural Analysis II (2016/2017)
- Keywords (2017/2018)
Research Projects & Grants
- Vráblíková, L. (2016). ‘From Performativity to Aporia: Taking “Tremendous Responsibility” for Feminism and the University’. Gender and Education, 3, 359-371.
- Vráblíková, L. (2013). ‘Negativita na umělecké škole [Negativity in the Art School]’. Sociální studia, 3, 51-64.
- Vráblíková, L. (2010). ‘Feministický akční výzkum – Jak studovat na umělkyni? [Feminist action research – How to study to become a woman artist?]’. In Vizualní gramotnost. Praha: Universita Karlova: 61-72.
- Vráblíková, L. (2016). ‘Roxana and other feminist (hi)stories: Book review of A. E. Berger’s “The Queer Turn in Feminism”’. Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, 38 (2), 281 – 284.
Work in Progress
- Daly R. and E. Mitchell, G. Park, L. Vráblíková, Y. Zhao (2017). ‘A Feminist Space at Leeds: collective reflections on an “Event”’. Griselda Pollock, from feminism to the concentrationary and beyond. (edited by Raluca Bibiri). Special issue of Journal of Visual and Cultural Studies series, 7 (under review).
- Vráblíková, L. (2018). ‘Feminist Scholarship and the “Performative University”: A book review of Power, Knowledge and Feminist Scholarship by Maria Do Mar Pereira’. Czech Sociological Review (in print).
- Vráblíková, L. (2018). ‘Misstress, Misstery and the Missery of the Kantian University.’ Australian Feminist Studies. (under review).
- Mercier, T. and L. Vráblíková (2019). ‘corps-à-corps in deconstruction’. Corps. Special issue of parallax. 25 (1). (under review).
- Berger A. E. and L. Vráblíková (2019). ‘The Living and Lived-in bodies: An interview with Anne E. Berger’. Special issue of parallax. 25 (1). (under review)
Research Centres & Groups
ن سوي ةال قرائ ات ش ب كة / Sdružení feministicých čtení/Feminist Readings Network – Transnational, transdisciplinary and multilingual network which provides space for the reflection and invention of feminist thinking, art, pedagogy and politics for emerging practitioners (since 2016)
Feminist Thought in Practice – Research group which explores the future of feminism in the context of fine art and art history education, FAHACS, University of Leeds. (since 2016)
World Gender: Political and Cultural Translation of Gender and Gender Studies – International collective research project which explores the question of gender in transnational and transcdisciplinary context of gender studies (includes Autonomous University of Barcelona, Cornell University, Duke University, International University of Casablanca, University of Helsinki, University of Leeds and University of Paris 8). The National Centre for Scientific Research (CRNS), France. (since 2018)
2015 – 2018 Associate Editor of parallax (quarterly peer-review academic international journal on cultural studies, critical theory and philosophy), Taylor & Francis, United Kingdom
2014 – 2017 Postgraduate Coordinator of Interconnections (Initiative promoting cultural, educational and social collaboration within the postgraduate community of the Faculty), Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures, University of Leeds
She also co-organised ‘A Feminist Space in Leeds: Looking Back to Think Forward’ symposium (2017);‘To Become Two (2016) by Alex Martinis Roe’: screening and Q&A with the artist‘ research event (2017), ‘Feminist Readings 2: Theory, practice and politics of reading today‘ conference (2016).