Dr Lenka Vráblíková

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Fine Art, Critical Studies
Department Art
Email L.Vrablikova (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Lenka Vráblíková

Lenka is a lecturer in Fine Art, Critical Studies and the Department of Visual Cultures. Her work lies at the intersection of visual culture studies, contemporary art, transnational feminisms and political ecology, and brings together visual and textual analysis, autoethnography and artivist research. She is particularly interested in examining the role forests, mushrooms and their foragers have played in the cultural and political imagination of European heteropatriarchal and colonial modernity, with the aim to generate new notions of belonging in a world defined by unequally distributed social precarity and ecological emergency.

Lenka is a co-founding member of Feminist Readings Network that provides transnational and translingual space to explore feminist, queer and anti-racist thought, art and pedagogy. Before joining the Department of Visual Cultures, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the College of Human Sciences at UNISA (the University of South Africa).

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, United Kingdom 2017
  • MA in Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, United Kingdom 2011
  • MgA. in Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic 2010
  • BcA. In Fine Arts, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic 2008

Teaching and Supervision

modules convened and taught:

  • Feminist Lab: Art and Technoscience (2nd year BA, Fine Art, Critical Studies)
  • Feminist and Queer Technoscience (2nd year BA, Visual Cultures)
  • Landscape and Power (3rd year BA, Visual Cultures)
  • The Ocean as Archive (MA Contemporary Art History Special Subject, Visual Cultures)

modules co-taught:

  • Beyond Boundaries (1st year BA Visual Cultures)
  • Fine Art Critical Studies (1st year Fine Art, Critical Studies)

For Term 1 of 2023-24 academic year Lenka is Acting Programme Leader for BA Curating Programme

Research interests

Lenka's current research focuses on three areas: The first area focuses on feminist visual ethnomycology. She examines how fungi have become ‘the threatening Other’ in the racist nationalisms in modern and contemporary Europe and how they can become a potent means to unravel the divisive binary ‘native’ vs. ‘alien.’ The second area concerns how gender operates in art education and entangles with Eurocentrism, capitalism and its correlate, the overcome state-socialism. The third strand of her research addresses the politics of the body in contemporary cultural theory, focusing on how translation–conceptualised as a necessary yet impossible practice–transforms the understanding of the key aspects of our political, socio-cultural and affective life such as embodiment, belonging and political and cultural representation.

Research areas: visual culture studies, feminist visual ethnomycology, transnational feminisms, critical and creative ecologies, embodiment and belonging, postcolonial and decolonial theories, feminist deconstruction, postsocialism, critical university studies and anti-disciplinarity, gender and art education, collaborative practice-led research methodologies.

Publications and research outputs


Mitchell, Elspeth and Vráblíková, Lenka. 2022. Feminist ethnomycology and the politics of visual culture. FlashArt,

Mitchell, Elspeth and Vráblíková, Lenka. 2022. Out of Office: Mycorrhizal encounters and the art of feminist un/learning. Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture(58), pp. 96-107. ISSN 1756-9575

Vráblíková, Lenka. 2022. 'You keep belittling us and we are sick of it!': Four lessons learned from feminist interventions in Czech art schools. Gender and Education, 32(7), pp. 838-851. ISSN 0954-0253

Vráblíková, Lenka. 2021. Othering Mushrooms: Migratism and its racist entanglements in the Brexit campaign. Feminist Encounters: Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, 5(1), 05. ISSN 2468-4414

Khosi, Motlatsi and Vráblíková, Lenka. 2020. The Salon is now in session: a reflection on UNISA’s decolonial reading. Journal of International Women’s Studies, 21(7), pp. 23-36. ISSN 1539-8706

Berger, Anne Emmanuelle and Vráblíková, Lenka. 2019. Live Body: An interview with Anne E. Berger. parallax, 25(2), pp. 119-136. ISSN 1353-4645

Mercier, Thomas Clément and Vráblíková, Lenka. 2019. à corps: the corpus of deconstruction. parallax, 25(2), pp. 111-118. ISSN 1353-4645

Vráblíková, Lenka and Mercier, Thomas Clément. 2019. corps à: body/ies in deconstruction. parallax, 25(1), pp. 1-7. ISSN 1353-4645

Vráblíková, Lenka. 2018. Maria Do Mar Pereira: Power, Knowledge and Feminist Scholarship: An Ethnography of Academia. Czech Sociological Review, 54(3), pp. 481-484. ISSN 0038-0288

Daly, Ruth; Mitchell, Elspeth; Park, Gill; Vráblíková, Lenka and Zhao, Yelin. 2017. A Feminist Space at Leeds: collective reflections on an “Event”. Images: Journal of Visual and Cultural Studies, 7, pp. 261-272. ISSN 2247-7950

Vráblíková, Lenka. 2016. Roxana and other feminist (hi)stories: Book review of A. E. Berger’s “The Queer Turn in Feminism". Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, 38(2), pp. 281-284. ISSN 1522-5321

Vráblíková, Lenka. 2016. From Performativity to Aporia: Taking 'tremendous responsibility' towards feminism and the university. Gender and Education, 28(3), pp. 359-371. ISSN 0954-0253

Vráblíková, Lenka. 2012. Negativita ve studování na umělecké škole [Negativity in the studying in the Art School]. Sociální studia [Czech Social Studies], 9(3), pp. 51-64. ISSN 1214-813X

Book Section

Vráblíková, Lenka. 2023. The University. In: Tilottama Rajan and Daniel Whistler, eds. The Palgrave Handbook to German Idealism and Poststructuralism. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 383-398. ISBN 9783031273445

Vráblíková, Lenka. 2023. Bodies in e-motion: Hélène Cixous and Sarah Kofman encountering Rembrandt. In: Lynn Turner, ed. Erotics of Deconstruction: Autoaffections of the Living. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Vráblíková, Lenka. 2010. Feministický akční výzkum – Jak studovat na umělkyni? [Feminist action research - How to study to become a woman artist?]. In: Katarína Přikrylová, ed. Vizuální gramotnost. Prague: Univerzita Karlova, pp. 61-72. ISBN 9788072904877

Edited Journal

Mercier, Thomas Clément and Vráblíková, Lenka, eds. 2019. à corps, parallax, 25(2). 1353-4645

Vráblíková, Lenka and Mercier, Thomas Clément, eds. 2019. corps à, parallax, 25(1). 1353-4645


Vráblíková, Lenka and Mitchell, Elspeth. 2021. Out of Office: Mycorrhizal encounters and the art of feminist un/learning.

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