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Možný Ivo

Prof., PhDr., CSc.
Born August 31, 1932

  • Sociology, family sociology, social change
  • Member of Learned Society since 1994 (founding member)

Employment and academic positions:

  • 2004-present, Vice-Dean, development and public relations;
  • 1998-2004, Dean, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University;
  • 1995-1997, Director, School of Social Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, Masaryk University;
  • 1997, visiting fellow, Institute for Human Studies;
  • 1994-1997, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, Masaryk University;
  • 1993-1995, visiting fellow, European School for Historical and Comparative Sociological Research, Amsterdam;
  • 1992-present, Professor of sociology and social philosophy, Masaryk University;
  • 1990-1994, Head, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, Masaryk University;
  • 1990-1992, Associate Professor in sociology, Masaryk University;
  • 1970-1982, marriage counsellor, Brno Marriage and Pre-marriage Consulting Centre;
  • 1969-1989, professional worker, Faculty of Philosophy, Masaryk University;
  • 1967-1968, Deputy Head, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, Masaryk University.

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Fellow, European Academy of Art and Sciences 
  • Visiting fellow The Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies, Wassenaar
  • Visiting fellow Institute of Advanced Studies, Collegium, Budapesť

Notable awards:

  • Gold medal, Masaryk University

Selected publications: 

  • Status for the Poor. Essex, Centre for European Studies 1995. (Co-author with P. Mareš)
  • Social Consequences of a Change in Ownership. Brno, Spisy FF MU 1995 (Co-author with P. Mareš, L. Musil, I. Řezníček and T. Sirovátka)
  • An Attempt at Non-Economic Explanation of the Present Full Employment in the Czech Republic. Czech Sociological Review, Vol 3 (1995), 1.
  • Double Squeeze: Some Reasons for and Consequences of the Present Increase in Marriage Age and Decline in Fertility in the Czech Republic. Pp. 89-105. In: Rudolf Richter and Sylvia Supper (eds.):
  • New Qualities in the Lifecourse. ERGON Verlag, Würzburg 1999
  • Česká společnost. Nejdůležitější data o kvalitě života (Czech society: Most important data on the quality of life). Prague, Portál 2002
  • Sociologie rodiny: její vývoj, teorie a základní problémy (Sociology of the Family: its development, theory and basic problems). Prague, SLON 1999; II. vyd. 2002
  • Česká rodina v době pozdní modernity (The Czech family in the period of late modernity). in: Potůček, M. (ed.): Česká společnost na konci tisíciletí (Czech society at the end of the millenium). Praha, Karolinum 1999. pp. 27-37
  • Proč tak snadno… (Why so easy…) Prague, SLON 1990.II. Edition with a new author's introduction 2001
  • Modernizace české rodiny a mezigeneračních vztahů v mezinárodním srovnání (Modernization of the Czech family and intergenerational relations in international comparison). In: Mareš, P. and T. Potočný (eds.): Modernizace a česká rodina (Modernization and the Czech family). Brno, Barrister & Principal 2003

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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.