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Visiting Fellows 2017–2018

Libora Oates-Indruchová, University of Graz, Austria
“Scholarly Publishing and Censorship in Late State Socialism:  Snakes and Ladders”
(15 January – 11 February 2018)


Biography:
Libora Oates-Indruchová obtained her PhD from the University of Lancaster and a habilitation from the University of Szeged in Hungary. She is Professor of Sociology of Gender in the Department of Sociology at the University of Graz. Her research interests include cultural representations of gender, gender and social change, censorship and narrative research. Her articles have appeared, among others, in Signs, Slavic Review, Men & Masculinities and Europe-Asia Studies. She has edited two anthologies of original Czech translations of feminist theory (1998 and 2007) and acted as a guest editor for Journal of Contemporary History, East European Politics and Societies, Nationalities Papers, East Central Europe, and Österreichishes Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft. She co-edited the Routledge volume The Politics of Gender Culture under State Socialism: An Expropriated Voice (2014, ppbk. 2015), which won the BASEES Women’s Forum Book Prize in 2016. She is currently working on a book on scholarly publishing during late state socialism.

Short description of ongoing research:
This book project draws on previous research on censorship in the Eastern bloc, but advances the discussion and the theory of state-socialist censorship by 1) re-focusing the inquiry from literature to the social sciences and humanities; 2) attempting a more complex treatment of writing and publishing under the conditions of censorship, by bringing together multiple actors and levels at which censorship was deployed; 3) striving for a nuanced account of repression, resistance, negotiation and complicity. It looks at all stages of the writing process from the inception of an idea to its post-publication reception, and at the institutional and policy context surrounding this process. What strategies did the authors, and also the institutions in which they worked and for which they wrote, use in the process of scholarly text production? It considers, in turn, a variety of actors participating in the process, while placing the greatest focus on the self-perceptions of the authors themselves, in order to examine the relationship of the author-scholar to their text and the reader. How do the authors perceive now how intellectual communication between authors and readers worked then? The agency and negotiations of the creative actors, rather than their instrumentalisation by the censoring repressions of state institutions, stand at the centre of this inquiry.
Czechoslovakia and Hungary are the countries of investigation, but the project takes a broader perspective that includes the former Soviet Union and most other countries of East Central and Eastern Europe. Oral history interviews constitute the backbone of the project, complemented by contemporary science-policy documents and the archive of the Editorial Board of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.
The goals in the course of the fellowship are 1) to develop a book publishing proposal; and 2) to finalise the manuscript for publication following feedback from the Aleksanteri Institute scholars who attend the presentation of the project results and/or with whom I will discuss my work in the first weeks of the fellowship.

Email: libora[AT]juniperus.at
Academic hosts at the Aleksanteri Institute: Katja Lehtisaari, Saara Ratilainen