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Pešek Jiří

Prof. PhDr. , CSc.
Born February 10, 1954

  • Modern History
  • Member of Learned Society since 2013

Educational and professional preparation

  • 1973-1978, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University;
  • 1978, PhDr, FP, CU;
  • 1987, CSc, Institute of Czech and World History, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague;
  • 1995 Associate Professor, Modern history, FSS, CU;
  • 2000, Professor, Czech history, FSS, CU.

Employment and academic positions

  • 1978-1994, Prague City Archives (1990-1994 Deputy Director);
  • 1992-1993, Visiting Lecturer, Department of History, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Düsseldorf (Germany)
  • 1994-1995, Lecturer, Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, CU;
  • 1995-2012, Chair, Department of German and Austrian Studies, Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, CU
  • 1997 – 2003, Director, Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, CU
  • 2000 – 2001, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Philosophy (Bohemicum), University of Regensburg
  • 2001 – 2002, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Göttingen
  • 2006, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Philosophy (Bohemicum), University of Regensburg
  • 2006, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Philosophy (Bohemicum), University of Regensburg
  • 2008, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Konstanz
  • since 2012, Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, CU

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • since 1986, Czech Art Historians’ Association
  • since 1993, Joint Czech-German Historians‘ Committee (2001-2008 Chairman of the Czech section)
  • since 1999, Board, Czech Historical Association (2002-2005 Chairman)
  • since 2002, Editor-in-chief, Český časopis historický (with Jaroslav Pánek);
  • 1999 – 2012, Chairman, Evaluation Panel for the Humanities, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
  • since 2006, Academic Council, Charles University, Prague

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies

  • 1991, Collegian, Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz (IEG)
  • 1997, Member, Collegium Carolinum, Munich (2004-2009 Board Member)
  • since 2000 Historical Committee for the Czech lands, Heidelberg (Corresp. Member)
  • since 2007 Executive Board, Action Austria – Czech Republic, Prague
  • 2007-2013 Board of Advisors, Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (FRIAS), School of History, University of Freiburg
  • since 2010 Board of Advisors, Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz (IEG)

Notable Awards

  • 2007 German Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse)

Selected publications

  • Jiří Pešek, The University of Prague, Czech Latin Schools and Social Mobility 1570-1620, History of Universities (Oxford) 10. 1991, S. 117-136.
  • Jiří Pešek, Měšťanská vzdělanost a kultura v předbělohorských Čechách 1547-1620 (The burgher Education and Culture in Bohemia 1547-1620 ), Praha 1993.
  • Jiří Pešek, Les étudiants des pays tchèques entre Prague et Vienne: comparaison du role des trois universités en 1884, in: M. Godé - J. Le Ridder - F. Mayer (edd.), Allemands, Juifs et Tchèques a Prague, Montpellier 1996, s. 101-113.
  • Jiří Pešek, Protestant literature in Bohemian private libraries circa 1600, in: Karin Maag (ed.), The Reformation in Eastern and Central Europe (St Andrews Studies in Reformation History), Aldershot 1997, s. 36-49
  • Jiří Pešek, Kontinuität und Diskontinuität in der tschechischen Kultur 1945-1965, in: Gernot Heiss - Alena Míšková - Jiří Pešek - Oliver Rathkolb (edd.), Österreich und die Tschechoslowakei nach 1945. An der Bruchlinie, Innsbruck - Wien 1998, p. 77-102.
  • Jiří Pešek, Od aglomerace k velkoměstu. Praha a středoevropské metropole 1850-1920" (From Agglomeration to the City. Prague and middle-european Metropolis 1850-1920) Praha 1999.
  • Václav Ledvinka - Jiří Pešek, Prag (Prague – History of the City), Praha 2001.
  • Christoph Cornelißen – Roman Holec – Jiří Pešek (edd.), Diktatur – Krieg – Vertreibung. Erinnerungskulturen in Tschechien, der Slowakei und Deutschland seit 1945, Essen 2005.
  • Manfred Kittel – Horst Möller – Jiří Pešek – Oldřich Tůma, Deutschsprachige Minderheiten in Europa 1945. Bilanzen eines deutsch-tschechischen Projekts, München 2007.
  • Ralph Melville – Jiří Pešek – Claus Scharf (edd.), Zwangsmigrationen im Mittleren und Östlichen Europa. Völkerrecht – Konzeptionen – Praxis (1938-1950), Mainz 2007
  • Jiří Pešek, Prague, Wroclaw, and Vienna: Center and Periphery in Transformations of Baroque Culture?, in: Gary B. Cohen – Franz J. Szabo (edd.), Embodiments of Power. Building Baroque Cities in Europe, New York – Oxford 2008, s. 80-96.
  • Jiří Pešek – Lucie Filipová, Věda a politika. Německé společenskovědní ústavy v zahraničí, Praha 2013.

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Luboš Perek is celebrating his 100th year

Founding fellow of the Learned Society and its doyen, astronomer doc. RNDr. Luboš Perek, DrSc, is celebrating his 100th birthday on 26 July 2019. He is an indelible part of history as the person who helped define cosmic space, he was the first to point out the issue of cosmic waste and was also a teacher to the most important Czechoslovak astronomers. Let us express our respect and admiration of the extraordinary scientific career of a person who worked tirelessly and continues to work. The Learned Society wishes Mr Perek health, optimism and joy in the oncoming years.


The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic has appealed to the Hungarian President to support academic freedom

On Friday 19 July the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Learned Society of the Czech Republic sent a letter to Hungarian President János Ánder, in which they state their concerns regarding the situation in respect to management and funding of scientific activities in Hungary. An act, according to which not the Academy of Sciences, but a thirteen-member political committee, will decide on research, funding of scientific activities and establishment or closure of scientific workplaces, will come into force on 1 September.


The loss of Learned Society Fellow prof. Josef Koutecký

We regret to inform that prof. Josef Koutecký, a fellow of the Learned Society, a renowned physician and the founder of paediatric oncology in this country, passed away on 5 July 2019 at the age of 88. He founded paediatric oncology here in 1964 and a separate paediatric oncology department was then established at the Faculty Hospital in Motol, Prague in 1978.