Ústav pro českou literaturu AV ČR Institute of Czech literature of the CAS
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Department of 20th Century and Contemporary Literature

The basic task of this department is to undertake comprehensive research on the history of Czech literature and theatre from the end of the First World War to the present.

After department chair Pavel Janoušek won the Praemium Academiae in 2019, activities of the department were organised into three interrelated working groups:

1) one team, conducting research on 20th century literature within the auspices of interdisciplinary project Art–Gesture–Argument, focuses on the relationship between poetics and politics in interwar culture and art;

2) another team conducts research on contemporary (post-1989) literary history;

3) and a third team, which conducts research on modern Czech theatre, focuses mainly on the relationship between theatre and the dramatic text.

The aim of the department is to create individual and, above all, collective publications, which serve not only to lay out the essential facts and interpretive analysis of a particular issue, and map out its specific historical forms, but also to invite contemporary Czech and foreign thinkers to participate in an active discussion on literature and theatre. Department members are directly involved in co-creating the image of Czech culture, and in the formation of national memory, as well as taking part in its critical self-reflection.

The department under its current title was founded in May 2010, but in direct connection with previous research in its field. Its history thus dates back to 1990, when the Department of Contemporary Literature was newly established under the leadership of Pavel Janoušek, whose first task was to map post-war literature.

PhDr. Lucie Antošíková, Ph.D.
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doc. PhDr. Zuzana Augustová, Ph.D.
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MMag. Dr. Marie Brunová
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MgA. Barbora Čiháková
MgA. Barbora Čiháková
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Mgr. Ing.  Petr Hruška, Ph.D.
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prof. PhDr. Pavel Janoušek, DSc.
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PhDr. Lenka Jungmannová, Ph.D.
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Mgr. Tomáš Kubart, Ph.D.
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Mgr. Klára Kudlová, Ph.D.
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Mgr. Marek Lollok, Ph.D.
Mgr. Martin Lukáš, Ph.D.
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Mgr. Aleš Merenus, Ph.D.
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Mgr. Iva Mikulová, Ph.D.
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PhDr. Kateřina Piorecká, Ph.D.
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PhDr. Karel Piorecký, Ph.D.
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Mgr. Alena Šidáková Fialová, Ph.D.
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Mgr. et Mgr. Jitka Šotkovská, Ph.D.
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PaedDr. Jiří Zizler, CSc.
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Current projects

Art – Gesture – Argument

Main instigator: Kateřina Piorecká
Project team: Marie Brunová, Lukáš Holeček, Klára Kudlová, Martin Lukáš, Iva Mikulová
Year: 2020

The international interdisciplinary project called Art – Gesture – Argument approaches the artistic production during the First Czechoslovak Republic in various disciplines (literature, fine arts, theatre, film, music, etc.) from the perspective that artistic experience and interest are formed collectively. It focuses on the way art shapes public discourse and, conversely, how public debate intervenes in artistic poetics and form.

Publication department