Gender and Knowledge Production

In order to foster transnational debate on the ways in which knowledge is produced, reproduced and legitimised in different historical and cultural contexts, I have established cooperation with Marta Vohlídalová from the Sociology Institute of the Czech Academy of Science, who has systematically studied gender aspects of research and academic life. In the framework of the TECHDEM Project, Marta came to Madrid to give lectures on gender aspects of academic careers of Czech researchers. These lectures were attended by students and senior researchers and led to a debate about transnational trends (growing competitiveness, precariousness, grant-based funding, constant emphasis of performance and its evaluation) and local factors (discourse of intensive maternity in Czechia, use of low-paid staff in Spain) that shape individual trajectories of men and women in the academia. In order to further explore this dimension, Alejandro Camino has become another collaborator of the project, his aim being to carry out similar inquiry into the situation of woman researchers in Spain. Until now, the collaboration has been extremely fruitful. Presenting the results to academic public has proven to be a very efficient as a way of opening up debate on the equality in the academia and in the society as a whole, and led to the questioning of a gender-neutral notion of excellence.

In order to foster transnational debate on the ways in which knowledge is produced, reproduced and legitimised in different historical and cultural contexts, I have established cooperation with Marta Vohlídalová from the Sociology Institute of the Czech Academy of Science, who has systematically studied gender aspects of research and academic life. In the framework of the TECHDEM Project, Marta came to Madrid to give lectures on gender aspects of academic careers of Czech researchers. These lectures were attended by students and senior researchers and led to a debate about transnational trends (growing competitiveness, precariousness, grant-based funding, constant emphasis of performance and its evaluation) and local factors (discourse of intensive maternity in Czechia, use of low-paid staff in Spain) that shape individual trajectories of men and women in the academia. In order to further explore this dimension, Alejandro Camino has become another collaborator of the project, his aim being to carry out similar inquiry into the situation of woman researchers in Spain. Until now, the collaboration has been extremely fruitful. Presenting the results to academic public has proven to be a very efficient as a way of opening up debate on the equality in the academia and in the society as a whole, and led to the questioning of a gender-neutral notion of excellence.
Marta Vohlídalová is sociologist at the National Centre for Gender foto-carnet-martaand Reseach of the Sociology Institute of the Czech Academy of Science. H
er research focuses on gender aspects of academic career and mobility, on sexual harrassment  in the academia, on gender inequality in labour market and on the sociology of family and of private life. Besides
other publicacions, she is author of “Academic mobility in the context of linked lives.“ Human Affairs 24 (1, 2014):89-102 or of “Academic couples, parenthood and women’s research careers” in the special issue Gender and Work/Life Interferences in Scientific Careers del European Educational Research Journal (to be published in 2017).
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foto-alex-blogAlejandro Camino Rodríguez is Ph.D. student at the Department of Modern History, of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where he had received his degree in History and his M.A. in Modern History. His main line of research focuses on analysing Spanish conservative women and their ways of  negotiating, resisting and re/appropriating the gender models that are imposed on them. His second line of research consists of analysing academic careers of female researchers in the twentieth and twenty-first century.

Darina Martykánová

Darina Martykánová is historian, dealing mainly with Spain and the Ottoman Empire. She works at the Departament of Modern History of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her research focuses on the history of professions and on transnational circulation of knowledge. Her second line of research concerns the redefinition of masculinites in interaction with the discourse of "progress of civilisation".

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