Conferences, workshops, lectures

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23. 2. 2002 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek & Tereza Vajdová: A national profile of public accountability: The Czech republic

Presentation at the working meeting of the international research project "Analysing public accountability in contemporary European contexts", February 22-24 2002, Riga, Latvia

12. 1. 2002 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: The discourse of purity and the discourse of hybridity: Some observations on the scientific-public controversy over the case of "devitalisation of tumors"

Presentation for the international colloquium "Science, or else? The political life of scientific facts", Vila Lanna, Praha, January 11-13 2002 (organised by AV ČR and ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

12. 11. 2001 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Sporná místa činu a berličky svobody [Controversial sites of action and crutches of freedom]

Lecture within the series of Monday CTS seminars (seminar room, Husova 4, Praha 1)

21. 10. 2001 ::::

Ivan M. Havel & Zdeněk Konopásek: Jak zacházet s věcmi na hranici známého? [How to deal with issues on the borders of what is known?]

Presentation at the 20th bi-annual workshop of CTS in Rybníček near Jičín

26. 9. 2001 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek & Zuzana Kusá: A plea for flexible politics of qualitative data archiving: The users' point of view

Presentation at the international conference "Institutions, interrelations, sequences: The Bremen life-course approach", September 26-28 2001, Bremen, Germany

Re-use of qualitative data can be seen as a very common practice. Almost every qualitative researcher engages in it, though usually not in a planned, explicit and systematic way. If we want to support more organized and methodical modes of data re-use (e.g., via the institution of data archives) we should try to understand this practice in all its diversity and complexity. In this paper we contribute to such an understanding by discussing some methodological, ethical and technical problems of secondary analysis from the users’ perspective. We do so in three steps. First, using examples from our long-term research work on the problem of communist power we describe some difficulties arising from shifted interpretive contexts of the data we worked with - those data had not originally been collected for our current purposes and by both of us. We show that and how the difficulties, related to secondary analysis in general, can be overcome (or even turned into advantages) by means of research collaboration between data providers and data re-users. Second, we complicate the picture a bit. We discuss diverse sources of possible reluctance, both on the side of the provider and on the side of the re-user, to engage in such collaboration. Third and finally, we make few summary remarks on data archives themselves. On the basis of previous discussions, we argue that if specialised data archives are to attract and make sense for the diverse and growing community of qualitative researchers they should allow, in their politics and designs, for a broad, open and flexible view of the data re-use.
10. 6. 2001 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Co je "public accountability"? [What is public accountability?]

Presentation at the 19th bi-annual workshop of CTS in Kravsko near Znojmo

12. 2. 2001 ::::

Public discussion on "Political films - 1.: Czech society from the dramatic perspective of political events

Archa Theatre, Praha - panel discussion related to the documentary film of Jan Růžička and Jan Gogola

15. 1. 2001 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Vědci a jejich vědění: socio-logika objektivity [Scientists and their knowing: Socio-logics of objectivity]

Lecture at the interdiciplinary conference "Perspectives on science and society in the 21st century", January 15-16 2001, Nečtiny near Plzeň

11. 12. 2000 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Objektivita a hermeneutika: spory o vědu a vědeckost [Objectivity and hermeneutics: Controversies over science and scientificity]

Lecture within the series of Monday CTS seminars (seminar room, Husova 4, Praha 1)

7. 12. 2000 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Jak byl komunismus možný? O malých a obyčejných zdrojích velké a neobyčejné moci [How was communism possible? About small and ordinary sources of a strong and extraordinary power]

Lecture within the series of Thursday CTS seminars (10pm, seminar room, Husova 4, Praha 1)

18. 10. 2000 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Obrat k textům a láska k realitě [The textual turn and love for reality]

Presentation at the seminar of the department of cultural and social anthropology, Faculty of humanities, Western-Bohemian University in Plzen

4. 10. 2000 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek & Zuzana Kusá: Relevance and reliability of re-used life stories from ethnomethodological perspective

Presentation at the international conference "Social science methodology in the new millennium - 5th international conference on logic and methodology", October 3-6 2000, University Cologne, Germany

In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, there are still no life history archives with wider access for social scientists. Nor the ethical and methodological problems of re-using documents are discussed. However, the authors as well as many other scholars often re-use their collections of life stories. They use the data for studying new topics that are sometimes far from the original research questions and objectives. In this paper we will discuss some methodological problems arising from such practice. We argue that, on the one hand, ethnomethodological perspective is especially demanding on the quality and pinpoint accuracy of the transcripts (insufficiency of transcript can be corrected by the use of archived audiotapes) and descriptions of the interviews by which the narratives were elicited (field memos). On the other hand, however, the ethnomethodological perspective orients the scholars to formulate their research objective according what the materials themselves offer. Therefore the problem of relevance and reliability can be never resolved in advance and on a general level.
15. 4. 1999 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Co má společného studium komunismu se sociologií vědy? [What the study of communism has in common with sociology of science?]

Presentation at the first Slovak-Czech sociological conference, April 15-16 1999, Bratislava, Slovakia

18. 2. 1999 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Making state socialism durable: Some preliminaries from a biographical research project

Presentation at the international conference "The division of Europe in biographical perspectives", February 17-21 1999, Technical University Berlin, Germany

19. 11. 1990 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Criteria of situations indicating social incomes: Standard of society or standard of individual life course?

Speech at the international conference "Social security, its development and perspectives", Praha, November 19-22, 1990

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (????): Antropocén: Více než jeden, méně než dva [Anthropocene: More than one, less than many]. In: P. Pokorný & D. Storch, eds: Antropocén. (edited book in preparation)

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. / SONERYD, L. / SVAČINA, K. (2018): Lost in translation: Czech dialogues by Swedish design. Science & Technology Studies, 31 (3): 5-23

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BARTLOVÁ, M. / BÍLEK, P. / KONOPÁSEK, Z. / REIFOVÁ, I. (2017): Diskuze o interdiciplinárních přístupech k normalizaci [Discussion on interdisciplinary approaches toward normalization]. In: K. Činátl, J. Mervart & J. Najbert, eds: Podoby česko-slovenské normalizace: Dějiny v diskusi [Forms of Czech-Slovak normalization: History debated]. Praha: ÚSTR/NLN. Pp. 81-101

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