1998- :::: Center for Theoretical Study

The Institute for Advanced Studies at the The Institute for Advanced Studies at the Charles University in Prague and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Address: Jilská 1, 110 00  Praha 1, Czech Republic
(entrance Husova 4, 3rd floor)
Phone: (+420) 221 416 933 or 221 183 527
Fax: (+420) 222 220 653
Web site of the institute:
Office: (+420) 222 220 671 (Darja Zoubková, Barbora Svatá)

Center for Theoretical Study (CTS) was established in the beginning of 90s as a small joint institute of the Charles University in Prague and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. It is a research institute with no study programme of its own. It gathers scholars from various disciplines, across natural and social sciences, as well as humanities - philosophers, mathematicians, physicists, biologists, historians, cognitive scientists, linguists, theoreticians of art or architecture, political scientists, and sociologists. I became a permanent fellow of CTS in 1998 and since then it is my main, full-time affiliation. It was here where sociology of science and technology started to be my primary scientific concern.

2005-2014 :::: Faculty of Social Studies, Masary University in Brno

department of sociology

Adresa: Joštova 10, 602 00 Brno
Web site of the faculty:
Dept. office: (+420) 549 493 750 (Soňa Enenkelová)

People say that the Sociology department in Brno belongs to the oldest sociology departments in Europe. It was established, at the Masaryk University, in 1921. The main current topics of sociological work in Brno are, e.g., social inequalities, poverty and social exclusion, political and social transformation, civil society, population studies, or ethnic and other marginalised minorities. There are three study programmes available: sociology, social anthropology and gender. I became member of staff (part-time) in 2005 and I was teaching, on a regular basis, mainly sociology of science and politics and methods of qualitative analysis until 2014. Since then I only serve as a tutor for selected PhD students.

1990-2005 :::: Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague

department of sociology

In 1990 I became researcher at the newly established Institute of social and political sciences, headed by Josef Alan. As an academic research facility, the institute administratively belonged to the Charles University (as a whole). Soon, however, the institute became part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, only to be completely cancelled as a research institute shortly afterwards. Thus, I became member of sociology department at the faculty. My fields were: biographical sociology, contemporary sociological theory and qualitative social research methods. Since 1998, when I was offered full-time job at the Center for Theoretical Study (at the Charles University), I kept only part-time affiliation to the sociology department. I left completely, after the faculty refused to support my project of an STS (Science and Technology Studies) PhD programme in 2005.

2000-2004 :::: Center for phenomenological studies

Joint project of Center for Theoretical Studies and The Institute for philosophy and religion studies, Charles University in Prague

This was a relatively marginal, small part-time affiliation due to my interest in science studies and due to my job at the Center for Theoretical Study, one of the founding institutions of this academic "joint venture". In fact, I took my affiliation to CFB as matter of fact part of my job at CTS. At CTS, there always has been a strong group of philosophers-phenomenologists, who - among others - take care of the Jan Patocka Archive.

1989-1990 :::: Research institute for social development and labour

Prague branch of the research centre, belonging to the federal ministry of the same name

In 1988-89, still based elsewhere, I attended weekly social science seminars on family issues organised by a couple of sociologists of family (Josef Alan & Jiří Kabele) at this institute of applied research. After I escaped from my previous job, I somehow managed to get position here. I was involved in expert work on social security and family policy reforms and studied more general issues related to the contemporary welfare states. It was a short, but key period in my professional life, when I met some really good sociologists, generous and friendly superiors and nice colleagues. When, in 1990, Josef Alan was leaving the institute to establish a university research center, I was offered to follow him.

1987-1989 :::: Institute for social medicine and health care administration

Institute for applied research

My first research-related affiliation ever. I participated, as research assistant, in a long-term follow-up study of health, social and family conditions of children.

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11. 11. 2020 -

Zdeněk Konopásek: Antropocén, ožehavá věc [Anthropocene, a delicate thing]

Presentation for the online seminar of the Sociology Dept, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague

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POKORNÝ, P. & KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2020, in press): Lítáme v tom: Dialog o klimatu na pomezí vědy, politiky a aktivismu [We're in: Climate dialogue at the edge of science, politics, and activism]. In: A. Vondra, ed: Musí být ekologie alarmistická? Hledání realistických odpovědí [Does ecology have to be alarmist? Finding realistic answers]. Brno: Books & Pipes. Pp. 63-101

book chapter

KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2020): Latour o antropocénu: Složité vztahy mezi intelektuálním a politickým radikalismem [Latour and anthropocene: Complicated relations between intellectual and political radicalism]. Vesmír, 99 (512): ??-??

Discussion paper

KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2020, in press): Antropocén: Více než jeden, méně než dva [Anthropocene: More than one, less than many]. In: P. Pokorný & D. Storch, eds: Antropocén. Praha: Academia. Pp. 32-50

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