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Ms Jana Nahodilova

Ms Jana Nahodilova

Ms Jana Nahodilova
MPhil, UCL, London, MSc, Birkbeck College, London

Deputy Language Director

Office 2.56, 17 Woodland Road
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Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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Jana is a Deputy Language Director with responsibility for Czech. She has been at the University of Bristol since 2001. She is responsible for teaching and organisation of all Czech language units at undergraduate level as well as teaching on distance learning MA in Translation Programme.

Based on her research interest, she designed and teaches cultural units ‘Czech Gender Relations’, ‘Introduction to Czech Cinema since 1963’ and ‘Contemporary Czech Society and Politics’. She also contributes to new school-wide units, ‘Woman and Nation’ and ‘Communism in Europe’.

Jana also supervises final year BA and MA in Translation dissertations within her research expertise (e.g. in 2010/2011 Health of Czech Roma Women; Translation of Academic articles from Czech into English).

Jana’s academic interest also lies in development of interactive resources for independent study and teaching purposes and she created an extensive online interactive material for students of Czech. She is currently working on creating new interactive authentic resources using audio-visual material.


‘Aspekty genderu v Babičce očima mladé generace’ in Jedním okem – One Eye Open, Prague, Vol. 6, 2006.

‘Family Matters: The Early Films of Alice Nellis’ in KinoKultura, Special Issue, No. 4, 2006.

‘Sex in the City: Review of Vladimír Morávek’s Bored in Brno’ in KinoKultura, Special Issue, No. 4, 2006.

‘The Evil Within: National Stereotyping in Eva Klenová’ in Central Europe, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2007.

Nation in Formation: Inclusion and Exclusion in Central & Eastern Europe, Catherine Baker, Christopher J Gerry, Barbara Madaj, Liz Mellish and Jana Nahodilová (eds), Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe, No. 1, 2007.


Jana completed BA in Legal Studies in Prague in 1999 with a dissertation on Legality of Pornography. She then completed MSc in Gender Studies in 2002 at Birkbeck with dissertation on Emancipation of Czech women. In 2011 she completed her MPhil in Czech Literature at UCL, London with the title 'Czech Mothers: Gender and Nation in Czech Women’s Literature'.

Before joining University of Bristol, Jana has been teaching Czech language since 1995, from one to one to group teaching assignments at all levels - Survival, Beginner’s and Intermediate Czech and Czech for Business.

In addition to her main area of studies and teaching Czech, Jana has also concentrated translation and interpreting. Jana has trained and worked as a translator and interpreter, gaining a Diploma in Translation in 1999 and becoming a member of the Institute of Linguists. Translation work has covered wide range of topics including technical translation and film subtitling (Channel 4 documentary ‘Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves’ and films such as Lion King). Interpreting has covered welfare, housing, education, health and immigration. Jana has also designed and delivered a Czech unit on IoLET Diploma in Translation distance learning course and on Subtitling course at City University.

She also regularly assesses translation tests and interpreting abilities for educational institutions and she conducts cultural briefings about the Czech Republic.


  • Czech Language
  • Translation Studies
  • Gender
  • Women
  • Nationalism
  • Cinema
  • Roma



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