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Department of Comenius Studies and Early Modern Intellectual History

The department focuses on Comenius studies and various aspects of the early modern intellectual history of the Czech lands and Central Europe. Its main long-term project is the critical edition of Comenius's works J. A. Comenii Opera omnia. It also publishes the international review of Comenius studies and early modern intellectual history Acta Comeniana (indexed by Scopus).

Among the most important recent outcomes are six monographs dealing with Comenius's project of universal language, his drama, his use of biblical quotations, the anthropological consequences of changes in early modern cosmology, and concepts of evidence. Three volumes contain pioneering editions of Comenius's correspondence, his metaphysical writings, and the important philosophical work De luce mentium by Valerian Magni.

Five major projects have dealt with philosophy and knowledge in the Czech lands and in the broader European context, with Comenius's philosophy, forms of Humanism in literature of the Bohemian lands and early modern encyclopaedism.  They also included cooperation on the European COST Action project Reassembling the Republic of Letters which discussed digital methods and tools for studying European intellectual networks. Cooperation on the exhibition „An Invisible Bridge. Milada Blekastad 1917–2003" (presented in the Czech Republic and Norway) features among the department's outreach activities.

The history of the present department goes back to the early 1990s when part of the team based previously in the Institute of Education moved to the renewed Institute of Philosophy. The continuity of the interdisciplinary research of Comenius's life and work and editorial activities within the Academy of Sciences dates, however, from the mid-1950s. Thus the current team continues the work of some of the outstanding scholars in the field active in the Academy of Sciences, such as Jan Patočka, Antonín Škarka and Julie Nováková.

Dr. Andrés L. Jaume



Dr. Andrés L. Jaume

Visiting Academic at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Institut of Philosophy, Department of Comenius Studies and Early Modern Intellectual History, Prague, Czech Republic: August 2014, August 2012

Field of Specialization & Main interests: Metaphysics & Theory of Knowledge; Comenius Philosophy & Cartesianism

Prof. Dr. Shinichi Sohma



Prof. Dr. Shinichi Sohma

Visiting Japanese researcher at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Institut of Philosophy, Department of Comenius Studies and Early Modern Intellectual History, Prague, Czech Republic, August 2014–August 2015

Main research interest: Educational thought in Seventeenth-century Europe, Jan Amos Komenský

 

místnostroom: 308a
email: sohma(at)shudo-u.ac.jp

Doc. Veronika Čapská, Ph.D.



Doc. Veronika Čapská, Ph.D.

cultural history; history of migration, exile, and diasporas; translation history; gift exchange; gender and women's history; history of religion and asceticism; theory of history

místnostroom: 110a
telefontelephone: 221 183 319
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Mgr. Magda Králová



Mgr. Magda Králová

cooperation in the editing of J. A. Comenii Opera omnia; reception of classical antiquity and cultural history of Scandinavia

místnostroom: 308a
telefontelephone: +420 221 183 340
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Mgr. Petr Pavlas, Ph.D.



Mgr. Petr Pavlas, Ph.D.

Work position:  A Research Fellow and an Editor of Acta Comeniana

Research Fields of Interest:
- late Renaissance and early modern philosophy
- history of the idea of perfect language
- history of metaphors, metaphorology

- pansophism and encyclopaedism: John Amos Comenius and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

místnostroom: 101a
telefontelephone: +420 221 183 311
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PhDr. Markéta Klosová, Ph.D.



PhDr. Markéta Klosová, Ph.D.

Work position: Research fellow and Editor of Comenius' Latin works in the critical edition of Johannis Amos Comenii Opera Omnia

Research fields of interest:
– editing and translating of Latin works by Comenius and other early modern Middle European authors
– research of Czech and Latin drama of the early modern era

místnostroom: 110a
telefontelephone: 221 183 319
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PhDr. Vladimír Urbánek, Ph.D.



PhDr. Vladimír Urbánek, Ph.D.

Head of the Department

Work position:  Senior researcher

Research Fields of Interest:
- 17th-century intellectual history
- learned communication in early modern Europe
- intellectual world of the post-White-Mountain exiles
- eschatological and millenarian thought
- J. A. Comenius, his life and work

místnostroom: 101a
telefontelephone: 221 183 311
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Mgr. Marcela Slavíková, Ph.D.



Mgr. Marcela Slavíková, Ph.D.

Work position: Postodoctoral Fellow and Editor of Latin works in critical edition J. A. Comenii Opera omnia.

Research Fields of Interest:
- early modern correspondence
- Humanist Greek poetry; Humanist poetry composed in Latin
- ancient Greek music, ancient treatises on music

místnostroom: 101a
telefontelephone: 221 183 311
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Mgr. Lenka Řezníková, Ph.D.



Mgr. Lenka Řezníková, Ph.D.

Work position: Research fellow

Research Fields of Interest:

- theory and history of the historical writing (since the 17th century)
- social and cognitive aspects of textuality; anthropology of the literature
- social memory studies (especially in the connection with J. A. Comenius)

místnostroom: 110a
telefontelephone: 221 183 319
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