Anglo-American University in cooperation with the Institute of International Relations invites you to join us in a roundtable featuring Andrea Petó, Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary to discuss the role of gender studies in education and research as well as the importance of an academic freedom for the functioning of democratic societies.

Why: In October 2018, the Hungarian government issued a decree prohibiting gender studies courses in all universities across the country. Vast national and international protests and petitions followed, coming from the general public as well as the academic and professional community including numerous universities and scientific organizations.


The European International Studies Association (EISA) released a statement highlighting the importance of academic freedom, and the ability of universities to set their own curricula, as fundamental to the functioning of democracy.

The Political Studies Association (PSA) confirmed that gender studies form an integral part of understanding the complexities of social interaction, the impact of policy, and the dynamics of the economy. Similarly, the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) maintains that gender studies are an internationally recognized discipline and an established multi-disciplinary area of research and teaching in the social sciences which helps to understand dynamics and power relations in our society and produces novel knowledge.

What: The aim of the upcoming event is to contribute to this conversation and to discuss the place and role of gender studies in education and research as well as the importance of an academic freedom for the functioning of democratic societies. 

obrázek Who: The featured guest will be Andrea Petó, Professor from the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary and a Doctor of Science at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She has written five monographs, edited thirty-one volumes and her works on gender, politics, Holocaust, and war have been translated into seventeen languages. In 2018 Andrea was awarded the All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values. obrázek

Additional speakers will include Tamas Lattmann, a Senior Researcher from the Institute of International Relations in Prague and published author with specializations in international public law and humanitarian law. obrázek

Also contributing to the discussion will be Blanka Nyklová, expert on gender issues in research and science and researcher and at National Contact Centre – Gender and Science, Czech of Academy of SciencesBlanka Nyklová, Ph.D. focuses on qualitative and quantitative research with an emphasis on gender and feminist theories. 

obrázek The moderator of the discussion will be AAU lecturer and IIR researcher Zuzana Fellegi. Ms. Fellegi is a researcher in gender, human rights and international law as well as a qualified lawyer and Attorney at Law admitted to the Czech Bar Association. She has earned double post-graduate qualifications in Human Rights and European Law at the Humboldt University in Berlin and in Comparative Politics at the Sciences-Po, Paris. 

When: Friday, November 16th from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM in Room 2.07 @ AAU. Letenská 120/5, 118 00 Malá Strana

Registration: Please confirm your attendance by registering for the event via the form provided here. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!