Kateřina Sidiropulu Janků, Ph.D.
I WAS BORN in Ostrava-Vítkovice, one of the formal industrial centres of Austrian-Hungarian Empire. The omnipresent modern urban order formed my imagination during my teenage, when I spent my time working as Czech Red Cross Youth volunteer. Since my MA studies of Sociology at Masaryk University in Brno, it was no longer bearable to keep both, my volunteering activities and proceeding in developing the virtue of sociological imagination. For many years the latter won over my engaged self, I became assistent professor first at the Human Geography department (2004-2008), then at the Sociology department (2007-2017). I focused mainly on the ethnographic sociology, inter-ethnic relations, migration and understanding the mechanisms of social marginalization. This melange based the theoretical base for the applied work in the project O Leperiben / Memory of Roma Workmen. In 2016 I became an establishing member of the Centre for the Cultural Sociology of Migration. Since then I am dedicated to the meaningful opportunities to use the virtue of sociological imagination, often in an interdisciplinary environment, that seems to be both, a need and a challenge of our times.