I wish to introduce this group to Gender a výzkum (in Czech) or Gender and Analysis (in English), a transdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal based within the yr 2000 and devoted to analysis in Feminist and Gender Research within the Czech Republic. Whereas the journal’s foremost focus is figure pertaining to Central and Jap Europe, it’s open to a variety of geographical areas and subjects. The journal, which publishes articles in Czech and English, typically places out calls for people or teams of individuals to edit monothematic points. Previous monothematic points embody feminist reflections on Covid, a problem on using language regarding intercourse and gender, gender in standard tradition, kids, adolescence and sexuality, feminist interpretations of Islam, and postcolonial and decolonial considering in feminist principle to call just a few. If you want to learn them, the journal is on the market on-line in addition to in print.
Two colleagues, Dr. Tereza Jiroutová Kynčlová and Dr. Blanka Knotková-Čapková, and I’ve simply edited for the journal a monothematic concern on faith and spirituality entitled Gender, naboženství a spirituality or Gender, Faith and Spiritualities. It is a milestone for the intersection of feminism and faith inside this nation, though curiosity within the area from the attitude of gender, particularly in Christian Protestant circles, might be traced again to the Nineteen Nineties and ThDr. Jana Opočenská (word 1). Our concern features a memorial about ThDr. Opočenská, who lately handed away, but whose affect within the area is really felt right here.
Our concern grounds feminist work in religions throughout the bigger historical past of the feminist motion, each within the Czech Republic and in a world sense, and illustrates as effectively simply how faith shapes lives, significantly the lives of ladies. Within the concern, we not solely introduce our readers to the foremothers of the sphere in america, a lot of whom have been concerned in or beloved by our group comparable to Carol P. Christ, Leila Ahmed, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Judith Plaskow, Rita M. Gross, Z. Budapest, Mary Daly, and Carter Heyward, but additionally intertwine the work of ThDr. Opočenská and different Czech feminists who research faith into the broader discussions about faith feminists across the globe are having.
There are six articles in our concern – 5 in Czech and one in English (by me)- in addition to an editors’ introduction that provides the reader with the essential historical past of feminism and faith and the way feminist critiques and reconstructions of religions and religious traditions have occurred. The Czech articles (word 2) study the ecofeminist works of the Rosemary Radford Ruether, gender within the Roman Catholic Church, Czech New Age spirituality, emancipatory ideas within the works of Saba Mahmood and Judith Butler, and subversive Jewish Orthodox feminist discourses surrounding the mechitza. My article, in English, argues for a change in method to Jewish environmental ethics from the individualistic principle-based idea of bal tashchit (don’t destroy) to a communal, feminist stance by which the atmosphere is included within the Talmudic/Torahic class of the poor.
What our concern uniquely brings to the journal is the concept there are people dwelling within the Czech Republic who discover religions necessary, thus research (and maybe observe) them, and accomplish that from a feminist/gender research perspective. As the problem is directed extra to lecturers as most tutorial journals are, we’re, I suppose then, extra focused on illustrating to feminists within the academy the next: our hope is that the problem, “provide[s] the reader a quick glimpse into a various area of analysis,… present[s] better entry to the topic space,… and encourage[s] additional reflections on the analytical potential of gender for analysis inside faith and spirituality,” (23). In different phrases, throughout the Czech Republic, faith is an fascinating and broad matter of research for additional feminist inquiry. Nonetheless, we as author activists additionally need to attain a broader viewers and make actual, concrete feminist change right here within the Czech Republic and within the world context to spiritual establishments, organisations, communities, rituals, theology, and so on.
I hope you discover our concern and the journal Gender a výzkum/Gender and Analysis a useful useful resource on your feminism and achieve some perception into the extra academically-minded feminist discussions going down right here in Central Europe.
- I need to acknowledge that there was a monothematic concern on Islam and feminism. The problem treats Islam as a faith practiced outdoors of the Czech Republic (even when Muslims clearly additionally stay right here). (The subject of non secular range and acknowledging distinction within the Czech Republic is a subject for an additional weblog; I’ve mentioned it considerably right here.) Based on the introduction to the problem, Islam and feminism is a subject for research due to varied Islamophobic views prevalent within the Czech Republic in addition to the parable that feminism and Islam are incompatible (i.e. there aren’t any feminist Muslims). This is essential work, however it’s completely different from what we need to do. We need to deliver discussions about faith into the Czech context and the religions current right here.
- I’ve discovered that google translate helps to make the articles in Czech at the least comparatively accessible. It’s not excellent as tutorial writing in Czech typically depends closely on the passive voice, however you may attempt it in case you are focused on one of many articles and have no idea Czech. All the articles additionally embody a brief summary in English in order that one can get a basic sense of the article.