International Relations in the Czech Republic: Where Have All the Women Gone?

  • Blanka Nyklová
  • Kateřina Cidlinská
  • Nina Fárová
Keywords: international relations, working/study environment, research field, academic career, gender, women researchers, Czech Republic


In this article, we strive to explore what are some of the causes of the scarcity of women researchers in Czech international relations in comparison to the representation of women students in the field. To answer this question, we analysed a set of semi-structured interviews with international relations students and accessible syllabi using the conceptual framework of Sandra Harding´ s gendered universe, which differentiates between the operations of gender on the individual, structural and symbolic level. We identified some gendered barriers that might be blocking women researchers´ access to the field. On this basis we suggest that the lack of women researchers in the field parallels the situation in other social sciences and humanities disciplines, but the situation in international relations is further exacerbated by the local circumstances of the foundation of the discipline, which shaped it as a predominantly masculine field with a specific gender-blind version of doing research and academic careers.

Author Biographies

Blanka Nyklová

she is a researcher at the Centre for Gender and Research of the Institute of Sociology, the Czech Academy of Sciences. Her research interests span geopolitics of knowledge, forms of feminist engagement as well as gender in chemical research.  

Kateřina Cidlinská

she is a researcher at the Institute of Sociology, the Czech Academy of Sciences, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Sociological Studies, the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. Her research focuses on academic careers and academic identities.

Nina Fárová

she is currently enrolled in the doctoral degree program at the Department of Anthropology at the University of West Bohemia. As a member of the Centre for Gender and Research of the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, she has been conducting a research into the Czech educational system, focusing on the issue of men and masculinity in a feminized context.

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