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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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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2017): K fenoménu Antropocén: Poznámky na okraj mezioborové debaty [On anthropocene: Toward interdisciplinary debate]. Zdeněk Konopásek's blog, 22. 7. 2017. Available at http://zdenek.konopasek.net/index.php?m=16&b=16&i=3609

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. / KAREL, R. (2016): Kudy vedla cesta ke zcela osobitému pojetí vaší hudby? (rozhovor Romana Karla se Zdeňkem Konopáskem) [What was your journey to the completely specific nature of your music? (An interview of Roman Karel with Zdeněk Konopásek]. In: Quod bene notandum - Liber secundus. Bruntál: J7K5/JeseKápě. Pp. 125-126

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Interview on the band Noční pták [Nightbird] at the occasion of its live performance in Rýmařov, during the annual exhibition of the Octopus Association, August 6 2016.

BROŽ, L. / STÖCKELOVÁ / KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2015): Symetrie je často stranická: rozhovor se Zdeňkem Konopáskem [Symmetry is often partial: An interview with Zdeněk Konopásek]. Cargo, 13 (2): 117-132

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2013): Sociologie, na které ne/záleží. [Sociology made ir/relevant]. Zdenek Konopasek's blog, January 29, 2013. Available at http://zdenek.konopasek.net/index.php?m=16&b=16&i=2757

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2013): Simulakrum jako nadávka? [Simulacra as a bad name?]. Zdenek Konopasek's blog, January 29, 2013. Available at http://zdenek.konopasek.net/index.php?m=16&b=16&i=2728

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. / PALEČEK, J. (2012): Apparitions and possessions as boundary objects: An exploration into some tensions between mental health care and pastoral care. Journal of Religion and Health, 51 (3): 970-985

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Apparitions and possessions can be taken as genuine spiritual events or as symptoms of psychopathology. We focus upon occasions when the two seemingly conflicting “interpretations” co-exist in order to explore these phenomena as a kind of boundary objects – polymorphous realities stable and graspable enough, yet belonging to different worlds at once. Related diagnostic knowledge is often uncertain and always incomplete. Yet it enables authoritative and effective professional interventions. We conclude by discussing the relevance of such a view for contemporary efforts to validate patients’ spiritual experiences within mental health care.

KONOPÁSEK, Z. / PALEČEK (2011): The principle of symmetry from the respondents’ perspective: Possessions, apparitions and mental illnesses in research interviews with clerics. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, , 12 (1): Art. 12, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1101129

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We study how experiences such as hearing the voice of the Lord or having a vision of Virgin Mary are dealt with in psychiatry and catholic pastoral practice. How the status of these phenomena is negotiated by the participants? Under what conditions they become an instance of legitimate religious experience or, alternatively, symptoms of mental illness? We approach the study of these issues “symmetrically” - we do not prefer a priori medical or spiritual explanations. Some time ago, we demonstrated and explained such an approach (which is common, e.g., in contemporary sociology of science), and its relevance for our research, in an analytic paper on the movie “The exorcism of Emily Rose” (2005). The paper discusses a highly ambiguous relationship, pictured in the film, between medical and spiritual interpretation of the story of a young girl who was considered possessed by demons and who died after unsuccessful exorcism (Konopásek & Paleček 2006). Now, the question is: can such a symmetrical approach be of any relevance also for people we are studying? In an attempt to give an answer, we have interviewed four catholic priests on this issue. The priests had been asked to watch the movie on Emily Rose and read our paper on it in preparation for the interview. Based on these discussions (and also on our current research in general), we would like to shed some light on whether and in what ways our specific epistemic perspective coheres with the views and positions of our respondents; and also, how this reflexive research experiment contributed to our own understanding of the role of the symmetry principle in our current research project.

KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2010): Co znamená "sociální konstrukce"? [What is the meaning of "social construction"?]. Zdenek Konopasek's blog, 3. 11. 2010. Available at http://zdenek.konopasek.net/index.php?m=151&i=1490&b=151

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2010): V čem spočívá pravda náboženské skutečnosti? Sociologický pohled na mariánská zjevení a démonické posedlosti [Where does the religious truth comes from? A sociological view on Marian apparitions and demonic possessions]. Biograf (52-53): 89-101

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In this paper I summarize the background and results of our three-year research project "Religious realities in the making: Apparitions and possessions as practical and collective accomplishments" (GAČR 403/08/1758). All our analyses emphasise the polymorphic nature and diversity of what we call religious faith. Inspired by theoretical-methodological approaches from contemporary science studies we try to pursue a kind of non-reductionist sociology of religion. As subjects of study we have chosen weird, rather rare and in many respects controversial situations (apparitions and possessions) that allow as to grasp "in action" and cleavage even the long and perfectly sediment reality of religion.

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