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Fedora Parkmann is a post-doctoral researcher at the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences (CEFRES) and Charles University, and an associate researcher at the Photography Research Centre (CVF) of the Czech Academy of Sciences. She received her PhD in art history from Sorbonne University in 2017. In 2011, she was a Louis Rœderer research fellow at the National Library of France and in 2014, a research fellow at the Centre Pompidou. She lectured at the Université de l’Ouest in Angers, the Université de Lorraine in Nancy and Sorbonne University.

Her areas of research and teaching include the history and theory of photography, art in the 20th century, the history of museums and exhibition studies. In her dissertation, she focused on Czech-French exchange in interwar photography, a transnational approach that she further developed in her subsequent projects. From 2019-2021, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, focusing on the Czech social photography movement in the transnational context. Her interest in the legacy of this movement as museum object and history in postwar East-Central Europe led her to organize the international workshop Worker Photography in Museums in 2020. Extending her study of the links between photography and politics, her current project is entitled “Czech photography under socialism: between socialist realism and avant-garde”. Her latest articles on these topics have appeared in History of photography, Revue des études slaves, Photographica and Transbordeur.