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Musil Jiří

Prof., PhDr., CSc.
Born February 20, 1928

  • Theory of sociology, urban sociology, cultural sociology, demography
  • Member of Learned Society since 1994 (Founding member)

Educational and professional preparation:

  • Student, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University, field of sociology, philosophy; completed in 1952

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1953-1958, research worker, Institute of Hygiene, Prague;
  • 1958-1983, Head, Department of Sociology, Research Institute for Building and Architecture;
  • 1983-1990, Czech Institute of Technology (CIT), Faculty of Architecture, research worker;
  • 1990-1992, Director, renewed Sociological Institute, AS CR;
  • 1992-1993, Director, Central European University, Prague and Professor at this University;
  • 1993-2003, Professor, Central European University, Budapest and Warsaw, simultaneously Professor, Faculty of Science, Charles University

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Academia Europaea, London
  • Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea, Vienna
  • World Academy of Art and Science, USA
  • 1998-2001, President, European Sociological Association

Notable awards:

  • Six medals and awards for book publications and research in the field of urban sociology

Selected publications:

  • Housing Needs and Policy in Great Britain and Czechoslovakia. University of Glasgow, London 966
  • Sociologie soudobého města (Sociology of the Contemporary City). Svoboda, Prague, 1967
  • Assessment of Current and Future Housing Needs, United Nations, Geneva 1970
  • Sociologie bydlení (Sociology of Housing). Svoboda, Prague 1971
  • Urbanizace v socialistických zemích (Urbanization in the Socialist Countries). Svoboda, Prague 1977
  • Urbanization in Socialist Countries. M. E. Sharpe, White Plains, New York, 1980
  • The End of Czechoslovakia (editor). CEU Press, Budapest, New York 1995
  • Räumliche Auswirkungen des Transformationsprozesses in Deutschland und bei den östlichen Nachbarn (editor with W. Strubelt). Leske + Budrich, Opladen 1997
  • The Meaning of Liberalism-East and Wes (editor with Z. Suda). CEU Press, Budapest, New York 1999
  • Zrod velkoměsta (Birth of a Metropolis) (with P. Horská, E. Maur). Paseka, Prague 2002.

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.