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 second decade Aspekt does so by means of its (subversive and pioneering) publishing and educational activities.
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.
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 www.ceeol.org.
In 2004 ASPEKT changed its paper format and its successor is published as a webzine ASPEKTin.
1/1993 Beauty Myth
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
1/2002 Flesh Became Word
1/2003-2004 Herstories of Women
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.
From 1996 Aspekt has published more than 100 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
* NUDES: Uncensored Works by Modern Masters
The exhibition thus presents a dual potential, a binary intention: on one hand, to show old-master values in (predominantly) state collections; on the other hand, via their critical "readings against the grain" - in form of a dialogue or a cartoon - to spotlight even that sexist aspect of the old-mastery. Read MORE.
* pinkandblueworld.sk: Gender Sensitive Pedagogy The project ruzovyamodrysvet.sk (pinkandblueworld.sk) is aimed at increasing gender sensitivity and gender awareness of teachers and elementary and secondary school pupils.
* EQ-Train: Equality Training for Trainers 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)
* 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
Aspekt takes part in
* civic association Pro Choice Slovakia
* Initiative Fifth Woman against violence against women
* regional program of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung "Women's Politics and Empowerment in Central Europe"
* Slovak Women's Lobby
* Developmental Partnership "ruzovyamodrysvet.sk" within the framework of the Community Initiative EQUAL project
* another changing coalitions and antinomies
Aspekt is grateful to Heinrich Böll Stiftung (originally Frauen Anstiftung) for its existence. Pro Helvetia East-West, Open Society Foundation - Nadácia otvorenej spoločnosti, Open Society Institute, Czech-Slovak Women's Fund and European Social Fund have supported Aspekt in particular; among other donators there are Fund for Central and East European Book Projects, Goethe Institute, Jozef Felix Fund, British Council, The Ministry of Culture of SR etc.