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ASPEKT (Journal + E-zine)


ASPEKT is a feminist educational and publishing organisation. It was founded in 1993 (the official registration July 26, 1993) as an interest association of women, who agreed it was time to take the discourse on equality and democracy seriously and apply it to the lived realities of the people of feminine gender in Slovakia. Already in its second decade ,Aspekt does so though its (subversive and pioneering) publishing and educational activities.

Feminist cultural journal ASPEKT
In the period 1993-2004 there were 21 issues of the feminist cultural journal ASPEKT published (in A4 format, ranging from 92 to 334 pages). The journal opened new topics in the Slovak and Czech discourses; the translations of the most substantial texts of feminist movement, women's and gender studies were published; journal's editors also initiated writing of many original studies, which were applying the feminist view. Both metaphorically and literally it built the vocabulary of emerging feminists and feminisms. The anthological character of the journal preserves it as an always-actual studying material.

Many of the articles you can access electronically via the Central and Eastern European Online Library at

1/1993 Beauty Myth
1/1994 Motherhood
2/1994 Feminisms
3/1994 Witches
1/1995 Women's Writing
2-3/1995 Women and Power
1/1996 Lesbian Existence
2/1996 Fears and Barriers
1/1997 Human Rights
2/1997 Female Body I
3/1997 Female Body II
1/1998 Women's Thinking
2/1998 Women's Spaces
3/1998 Violence Against Women I
1/1999 Violence Against Women II
2/1999 Personal is Political
1/2000 One Is Not Born a Woman
2/2000-1/2001 Patriarchy
2/2001 Dramas
1/2002 Flesh Became Word
1/2003-2004 Herstories of Women

ASPEKT Anthology / ASPEKT Anthologie
is the collection of texts originally published in the feminist cultural journal ASPEKT or in other different journals in Slovak or Czech that were translated to English and German for the purpose of this web-anthology.

Webzine ASPEKTin
In 2004 ASPEKT changed its paper format and its successor is published as a webzine ASPEKTin. Publishing of the webzine proves the idea that Internet is a vital medium for opinions that don't follow the mainstream. It publishes dramas, fiction, outraged commentaries, interesting news; it draws attention to good authors and artists and bad advertisements, too. It welcomes both regular and new readers and contributors. Its sections proliferate and develop according to the recent happenings.

Book edition
From 1996 Aspekt has published more than 96 fiction and non-fiction books. Besides presenting Slovak women fiction authors (e.g. Jaroslava Blažková, Etela Farkašová, Jana Juráňová, Uršuľa Kovalyk, Irena Brežná) and numerous translations (Nicole Müller, Elfriede Jelinek, Margaret Atwood, Olga Tokarczuk, Virginia Woolf), other focal points include feminist theory (Carole Pateman, Judith Butler, Elisabeth Badinter, Karen Horney), educational books for prevention from child sexual abuse and violence against women, and feminist or gender-sensitive "Aspects" of recent political issues (political participation, violence against women, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation etc.) and others. One of the most popular publications are funny and informative everyday companions for women and girls - diaries, and the books focusing on gender sensitive education and gender stereotypes.

A unique library of its kind in Slovakia; it specializes in feminist and gender studies literature in various languages. The library is regularly open for the broad public and besides providing access to its funds it also offers professional consultancy. The on-line catalogue and web information service help readers to find the information sources they need.

Our projects include
* Gender Sensitive Pedagogy The project ( is aimed at increasing gender sensitivity and gender awareness of teachers and elementary and secondary school pupils.

* EQ-Train: Equality Training for Trainers (EQ-TRAIN NEWS) International project about gender-sensitive vocational education with focus on Equal Pay.

* Gender Issues 2008: Gender Sensitive Education in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine (report, pdf)

* Equal Pay for Equal Work? Aspects of the Gender Pay Gap (summary, pdf)

* Gender Issues 2007: Violence against Women, Gender Pay Gap, Access to Childcare Facilities, Implementing Gender Policies in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine (report, pdf)

* Women's Histories

* Gender Information Packages

* What Has the EU to Offer Women?

* Gender Audit of the EU Pre-Accession Funds 1999-2004 (report, pdf)

* Aspekt is 10


48° 8' 45.2112" N, 17° 6' 25.6932" E
Timerange, Issue-nr, ...: 
1993-2004 (21 journal issues), 2004-now (webzine).
Language of project: 
Slovak, Czech
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