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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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20.05.19

XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.

19.05.19

Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.

07.05.19

XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.