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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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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.