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Krejčí Jaroslav

Prof. JUDr, Dr. Lit. h.c.
Born February 13, 1916 at Polesovice

  • Emeritus Professor in Social Sciences
  • Honorady member of Learned Society since 

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1935-1939, Charles University, Faculty of Law. Dr.jur. 1945

Employment and Academic positions:

  • 1940-1945, Central Union of Commerce, in charge of trade law
  • 1945-1949, State Planning Office, Department of National Accounting, in 1947-48 Secretary to the Chairman
  • 1950-1953, State Bank, Documenatation Department
  • 1954-1960 Prison and labour camp, coal mine and glass factory
  • 1968 Cabinet for the Theory of Architecture and Human Environment, Research worker
  • 1968 The Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna          
  • 1969 Lancaster University Research Fellow (1969-1970), Lecturer (1970-1973), Senior Lecturer (1973-1976); Professor (1976-1983), Professor Emeritus (1983-now)
    Departments: German Studies, European Studies and Religious studies, as Emeritus attached to the Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • 1993-1999 Visiting professor, Department of Politics and European Studies Palacky University, Olomouc
  • 1995- Visiting professor, Department of constitutional law, Charles university, Prague

Notable Awards:

  • 1946 Medal for participation in the Anti Nazi Resistence
  • 1948 Habilitated in macroeconomics at the Graduate School of Social Studies in Prague (1948, not approved by the Post-February Communist minister of Education)
  • 1975 Associate Senior member of St Antony´s College, Oxford
  • 1989 Wilson Lecture to the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, US
  • 1994 Distinguished Speaker at the 1944 Conference of the International Society for Comparative Study of Civilizations, Dublin
  • 1998 National Merit by the President of the Czech Republic
  • 2000 Doctor of Letters honoris causa, University of Lancaster
  • 2003 Josef Hlavka Medal of the Czech Literary Foundation
  • 2006 Medal for the merits in the development of science (Societas scientiarum

Selected publications:

Books only (Those in English simultaneously published in the UK and in the US:

  • Důchodové rozvrstvení (Income distribution), 1947
  • Social Change and Stratification in Postwar Czechoslovakia (1972)
  • Social stucture in Divided Germany (1976)
  • Ethnic and Political Nations in Europe (with V. Velimsky) (1981)
  • National Income and Outlay in Czechoslovakia, Poland and Yugoslavia (1982)
  • Great Revolutions Compared, the Search for a Theory (1983); Czech version (1992); 2nd enlarged edition with subtitle the 0utline of a Theory (1944)
  • Czechoslovakia at the Crossroads of European History (1990)
  • The Civilizations of Asia and the Middle East before the European Challenge (1990), Czech translation 1993 (Charles Unïversity Press)
  • The Human Predicament, Its Changing Image (1993); Czech translation, (1996) (Charles University Press)
  • Czechoslovakia 1918-1922 (with P. Machonin) (1996)
  • Society in a Global Perspective (Slon Prague 1993)
  • České křižovatky (Czech Crossroads) (Elk 2001)
  • Postižitelné proudy dějin (Intelligible Currents of History) Slon 2002
  • The Paths of Civilization (Palgrave/Macmillan 2004)
  • Křesťanská Levanta (The Christian Levant) with O. Vodakova (2006)

Membership in Professional Associations and Scientific Societies:

  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies
  • International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations
  • Masaryk Czech Sociological Society
  • British Chapter of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences
  • Josef Hlavka Economic Institute (Prague)
  • Director of the Centre for Research into Socio-Cultural Pluralism at the Institute of
    Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Other Activities:

  • Reviewer of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic

Lancaster home: 278 Bowerham Road, Lancaster, LA1 4LP
Tel.: 0044 1524 69451
Lancaster University
Prague, home: Nepomucká 13, 150 00 Prague 5, Czech Republic
Tel.: (02) 57211009

Institute of Philosophy, Jilská 1, PRAHA 1, Czech Republic
Tel.: (2) 22220107, Fax: (2) 22220725

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.