Dr Klipa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Russian and East European Studies and in the Department of Civil Society Studies at the Charles University. Hegraduated in Slavic Philology (spec. in Polish Language) and Social Anthropology as well as in Area Studies from the same university. He earned his Ph.D. in Area Studies. He also studied at universities in Cracow, Copenhagen and Moscow.
Dr Klipa was the head of secretariats of the Government Council for National Minorities and the Government Council for Roma Issues at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. He also worked in the civil society in the field of human-rights protection and development cooperation. In 2014-2017 he was a research fellow and faculty member (Akademischer Mitarbeiter) at the Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies, European University Viadrina in Frankfurt an der Oder (Germany).
Dr Klipa is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Fulbright Scholarship, Deutsch-Polnische Wisschenschaftsstiftung; DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service; Erasmus Mundus HERMES; The Brandenburg Ministry of Sciences, Research and Cultural Affairs; Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship. His research focuses on migration, ethnic conflicts, ethnic and religious minorities and social exclusion.
Dr Kofron is a geographer by training and has earned his PhD in Regional and political geography at Charles University in 2012. He joined the Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles university in 2013. Since 2015, Jan is deputy head of department of political science. At the department he teaches in total nine courses at Bachelor, Master and PhD level, with roughly half of these courses focused on methodology.
Jan Kofron’s research interest is located at the intersection of geography, international relations and military affairs. There are three substantive issue areas of his research interest:
1) the role of space and geography in warfare and its changes due to technological revolutions, 2) neorealist theories, and 3) scenarios and counterfactuals.
Dr Kofron has published a dozen of peer-reviewed articles, most of them have revolved around the topics mentioned above. He is currently working on a paper examining changes in European military expenditures after the 2014 Russian-Ukrainian war.
Tomas Kucera received his PhD at the Aberystwyth University, UK, in 2014. Under the supervision of Professor Martin Alexander, Dr Kamila Stullerova, and Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara he engaged in an extensive critique of Samuel Huntington’s seminal work in the field of civil-military relations, The Soldier and the State. Through the in-depth reading of liberal thinking about the things military Dr Kucera’s thesis has revealed liberal features of military and defense policies of Western European societies, Germany and the United Kingdom in particular. In an adapted version and with an additional case study on Swedish military policy added, Routledge published the thesis under the title The Military and Liberal Society in 2018.
The thesis research has led him to develop curiosity in two other, yet related research topics, on which he recently published journal articles and which he will pursue under the collaborative framework of VITRI: military ethics and the European military integration.
Besides working on these topics, Dr Kucera teaches courses on Armed Forces and Society, Technology and Warfare, and The Ethics of Armed Conflicts at the Department of Security Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University.
Jakub Mlynarhas a PhD in Sociology from the Charles University in Prague. His dissertation thesis was based on analysis of a corpus of interviews from the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive in the context of sociological conceptions of collective memory, identity and narrative. In his more recent research conducted during post-doctoral research stay at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, Jakub is focusing on the use of digital technology in classroom interactions, as part of the project „Collective memory as an interactional practice: The case of the Czech-Jewish experience in Switzerland during the World War II period“, supported by the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the 2017–2018 Academic Year. Jakub’s recent publications include co-edited book Člověk v teoretické perspektivě společenských věd [Human Being in the Theoretical Perspective of Social Sciences], published in 2017 in Czech. In all his research work, Jakub is primarily interested in the communicative and interactional foundation of social order, exhibited by members of society through verbal and non-verbal means.
Within the framework of VITRI, Dr Mlynar will focus on the ways of coping with historical trauma through commemoration activities. In particular, he plans to analyse USC Shoah Foundation’s educational programme IWalks, which is based on relocation of the testimonies into relevant urban spaces. In praxis, participants use digital handheld devices to listen to short clips of oral history interviews at the very places where certain historical events have happened. This provides a unique setting for investigation of the largely understudied topic in contemporary scholarship, i.e., the ways in which oral histories are practically comprehended by the “audience”.
Daniela Nemeckova is a research fellow at the Department of Legal History of the Faculty of Law, Charles University. Her Ph.D. thesis focuses on retribution, in particular on the activity of Extraordinary People’s Courts in Kutná Hora, Mladá Boleslav, and Prague, for which she received a grant from the Charles University Grant Agency. She is a co-author of studies on Nazi labour camps during WWII, fate of German collaborators within Czechoslovak citizens, changes in Czechoslovak legislative and judiciary after the years 1945 and 1948, and 1950s show trials. Her main professional interest is on the layman element in Czechoslovak post-war judiciary. Furthermore, she works on development and implementation of novel methods for studies of legal history utilising historical spatial and statistical data. She is also part of a team publishing uncovered documents issued by Czechoslovak exile government in London during WWII. At the Faculty of Law, she currently teaches seminars “Czech and Czechoslovak Legal History” and “Reconstruction of 1950s Show Trials”.
Dr Petrankova holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Informatics from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. In her doctoral research, Zuzana Petrankova worked on the design and development of numerically controlled three-phase voltage and current sources. She has participated in the creation of two functional samples of a unique laboratory instrument – a controlled three phase current source and voltage source unit. These source units were used in a project of a Turbine and a synchronous generator connected to the power grid simulation. She has defended her doctoral thesis entitled Controllable Current and Voltage Power Sources in 2012.
In 2007, Zuzana Petrankova began working at the Department of Applied Electronics and Telecommunications as an assistant professor. She has been teaching Electronics, Analogue Electronic Systems, Sensors and Actuators, and Medical Electronics.
Dr Petrankova is the recipient of prestigious awards, including the Bedřich Hrozný Award for Creative Work.
In 2013, Zuzana Petrankova began working at the Department of Pathological Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen, Charles University first as a researcher, later as an assistant professor. She ensures the functioning of an electrophysiological laboratory.
Her research interest includes electrophysiology and investigation of changes of behaviour and stress reactivity in mouse models of cerebellar degeneration. She participated in behavioural characterization of a model of human spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 with focus on cognitive disorders and anxiety. She is also involved in research of therapeutic potential of neuropeptide Y in this mouse model.
Hana Ptackova completed her postdoctoral studies in Medical Psychology and Psychopathology at the 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University. She has a graduate degree from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Charles University (state final exams in Anthropology, Human ecology, Human genetics).
In her research, Dr Ptackova specializes in human biology, genetics, and child biology in particular.
Dr Smidrkal is Assistant Professor in Contemporary History at the Department of German and Austrian Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czechia. His research interest is cultural history of violence, war and armed forces in 20th century Central Europe.
Dr Smidrkal currently works on a project devoted to history of war veterans and their international contacts.
Dr Valkoun graduated from Faculty of Arts, Charles University, History. Currently, Jaroslav Valkoun is a Senior Lecturer of the Institute of Global History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, and the Department of Historical Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen.
In his work, Jaroslav Valkoun specializes in the History of the British Empire in the 19th and the 20th century. First of all, he deals with the history of the British Imperialism and colonialism in Africa (Egypt, the Sudan) and institutional and constitutional relations among the Dominion and Great Britain in inter-war period.
Dr Zila is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Russian and East European Studies of the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. His chief research interests are ethno-demographic changes, forced migrations, conflicts, postwar reconstruction, and post-socialist transformation in the countries of the former Yugoslavia, especially in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He published a monograph ‘You Are My Only Homeland’: Ethno-Demographic Metamorphoses of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Years 1945–2013 (in Czech) and more than twenty studies.
He has conducted a lot of field research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia. He received in academic year 2016/2017 a scholarship of the International Visegrad Fund for conducting a field research in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His current research is focused on the topic of the reintegration of divided Sarajevo after the end of the Bosnian conflict in the beginning of 1996 (January-March) and its specific consequences (especially the flight of Bosnian Serbs from Sarajevo).
Since 2017 Dr Zila is Senior researcher in the PRIMUS Research Programme at the Charles University in the Framework of the project “Beyond Hegemonic Narratives and Myths. Troubled Pasts in the History and Memory of East-Central & South-East Europe”.