Publications, recordings and other outputs

An overview of what I have written and published (as sociologist) or recorded and released (as musician). Simply, all public "outputs" of my work. When technically feasible and legally possible, I will add full texts and, in respective parts of the musical section of this web, musical samples in mp3.
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ZDENĚK KONOPÁSEK & JAN ŠTOLBA (2024): Protoritual. Polí5

Jan Štolba and Zdeněk Konopásek first played together in Dr. Konopný's Quartet, lead by the actor, performer and the "Last Bohemian" Radomil Uhlíř. Some years later they met at Radomil's funeral, in 2019, and they promised each other to get together again soon. But the meeting didn't take place until 2023. Then, one afternoon in May, they finally gathered in a home studio outside of Prague and started to improvise without any preparation. The session was recorded and this album contains almost everything put down on tape during that musical afternoon.

ŽENY & ORKESTAR (2024): Kas​á​rna Karl​í​n. Polí5


Extraordinary performance.

KONOPÁSEK, Z. & ŘÍHA, C. (2024): Letáčky [Leaflets]. In: E. Fulínová & A. Kvíčalová, ed: Antropocennosti: Malý průvodce světem antropocénu [Matters of Anthropocene: A small guide to the world of Anthropocene]. Praha: Academia. Pp. 73-83

The leaflets of the PLA are not an Anthropocene icon, but they tell us about this phenomenon. They show that we are not only living in a time of destruction of nature, landscapes and cultural monuments, but also of unprecedented protection measures. It is not just a matter of action and reaction. It is not just the number of protected specimens and sites that is expanding, but also the types of things that are being protected. At the same time, the question of what we are actually protecting and from whom is becoming more urgent. The Anthropocene is not only the physical state of the contemporary world, but also the way we talk about it. Its characteristics include both the fact that we increasingly think of it in general terms, in terms of protection and regulation, and what specifically is the focus of this protection.

KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2023): aTrain, převod nahrávek mluvené řeči na text s využitím AI [aTrain, transcribing recorded speech to text with the help of AI]. Biograf, (77), Available at

I discuss a new program suitable for qualitative researchers that automatically transcribes recorded speech into text. It is based on the Whisper transcription model from OpenAI. Resulting transcriptions sensitively balance accuracy and readability, and surpass the work of average hired human transcribers in quality. A particular advantage for qualitative research is that the program does not send the data to remote servers for processing; everything happens on the local computer.

FISH, FLESH, FIELD & HENRY $ (2023): Zběhlý satyr. Guerilla Records


Album of songs with the lyrics by Milan Kozelka

PRACH, J. / KONOPÁSEK, Z. / ŘÍHA, C. (2023): Jak stavět v krajině: Návrh webové aplikace na podporu usměrňování stavební činnosti v CHKO [Constructing in landscape: Proposal of a web application to support the regulation of construction activities in the PLA]. Ochrana přírody, 78 (6): 26-29. Available at (in Czech):


Regulation of construction in protected areas with the aim of preserving the landscape character is an important agenda of nature protection authorities. The agenda causes a number of tensions between the citizen-builder and the authority. In the article, we present the results of the TAČR project, introduced two years ago. One of the outputs of the project is a web application, which is to reflect, in a context-sensitive manner and in an accessible form, the local qualities of the landscape character and issuing principles of protection. Its data are based on Preventive Landscape Evaluation Studies, which are elaborated and regularly updated for individual PLAs. The web interface allows to generate a printable document tailored to users needs. The application should contribute to a better articulated approach to the regulation - an approach that is differentiated and understandable for all participants.

KONOPÁSEK, Z. / MARŠÁLEK, J. / HADWIGER ZÁMEČNÍK, L. (2023): Jednička z nejistoty? Sociologie fyziky před tabulí. [An A for uncertainty? The sociology of physics at the blackboard]. Československý časopis pro fyziku, 73 (6): 432-437

In this final text in our series on the sociology of scientific knowledge (and physical knowledge in particular), we suggest that the emphasis in science studies on understanding scientific practice should permeate school science education. We argue that even in classical teaching, despite its focus on physical knowledge, some kind of description of scientific practice is implicit. The problem is that this is mostly unconscious, and that these descriptions are not entirely realistic - at least not in line with what the sociology of science tells us about collective scientific practice. However, not all forms of sociology of science are helpful in this regard. We use debates about science education in the US to illustrate this point. In the final section of the paper, we give some examples of how space can be made in the curriculum for sociological reflection on scientific practice.

KOLNA (2023): Live Kas​á​rna Karl​í​n 221102. Polí5


Full recording of Kolna's concert on the occasion of the launch of the band's second album.

KONOPÁSEK, Z. / MARŠÁLEK, J. / HADWIGER ZÁMEČNÍK, L. (2023): Jak myslí věda? O vědecké genialitě sociologicky. [How does science think? A sociological take on scientific genius]. Československý časopis pro fyziku, 73 (5): 346-349


This text focuses on a classic figure in the history of science, the genius. Sociology very early on offered its own interpretation of who the scientific genius actually was, which it tended to honour on the one hand (it did not want to deny the great figures of the history of science their greatness) and to "bring down to earth" on the other (the "genius", in its interpretation, would not be removed from the standard functioning of science). From the later sociology of scientific knowledge, the genius scientist will almost disappear, in favour of the scientific collective, scientific community, or even scientific "superorganism". More broadly the paper deals with the question of scientific achievement, but also with scientific rationality, which sociology attributes not to an exceptional way of scientific "thinking", but to scientific practice.

Platón: Sokratova obhajoba (2023) [Plato: Socrates' defense]. Audiobook, Praha: Filosofia

Plato's Defense of Socrates in the translation of Jaroslav Ludvíkovský, supplemented by the commentary of Prof. Filip Karfík, a leading expert on Plato. Edited, scripted and directed by Petr Šourek, Jaroslav Dušek in the role of Socrates, Zdeněk Konopásek plays on drum set the reactions of Athenian people.
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Platón: Sokratova obhajoba [Plato: Defense of Sokrates] (Trnava)

The voice of Sokrates by Jaroslav Dušek, people of Athens performed on drums by Zdeněk Konopásek

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