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Petrusek Miloslav

Prof., PhDr., CSc.
Born October 15, 1936

  • Sociology
  • Member of Learned Society since 1998

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1954-1959, Faculty of Philosophy, University in Brno (philosophy and history)

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1965-present, briefly in Zlín (then Gottwaldov), then Prague, engaged in sociology (with enforced interruptions), university teacher and scientific worker;
  • 1991-1997, established Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSS CU); Dean there twice;
  • Vice-Rector, Charles University (CU) (one term);
  • Currently, Professor of sociology, Institute of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, CU

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • Chairman, Council for Doctoral Studies;
  • Guarantor of BA and MA cycles of study of sociology, FSS CU;
  • Member, Scientific Council of FSS CU

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Foreign member, Polish Sociological Society
  • 1994, Member, Russian Academy of the Social Sciences

Notable awards:

  • 1997, Gold Medal (for service to Charles University)
  • 1998, Jubilee Medal, CU
  • 1998, Award, Rector, CU (or the Large Dictionary of Sociology)
  • 2003, Order of the Knights of Academic Palm (France)

Selected publications:

  • P. Machonin et al.: Československá společnost - Sociologická analýza sociální stratifikace (Czech society - Sociological Analysis of Social Stratification). Epocha, Bratislava 1969 (co-author)
  • Sociometrie - teorie, metoda, techniky (Sociometry - Theory, Methods, Techniques). Svoboda, Prague 1969
  • Malý sociologický slovník (Small Dictionary of Sociology). Svoboda, Prague 1970; Bratislava 1970 (editor and author of a number of entries)
  • Alternativa - Úvahy o postavení sociologie v nealternativní společnosti (Alternative - Considerations on the Position of Sociology in a Nonalternative Society). Originally published illegally under pseudonym “Petr Grňa,” 1986; legally published by KOS, Prague 1992
  • Sociologie a literatura (Sociology and Literature). Čs. spisovatel, Prague 1990
  • Teorie a metoda v moderní sociologii (Theory and Method in Modern Sociology). Karolinum, Prague 1993
  • Sociologické školy, směry, paradigmata (Sociological Schools, Directions and Paradigms). SLON, Prague 1994 (editor and co-author)
  • Sociologie, literatura a politika (Sociology, Literature and Politics). Karolinum, Prague 1996 (co-author with Josef Alan)
  • Velký sociologický slovník (Large Dictionary of Sociology). Karolinum, Prague 1996 (conception, head of editorial board and author of more than 200 entries)
  • T. G. Masaryk: filosofija – sociologija – politika (T. G. Masaryk: Philosophy, Sociology, Politics). Izbrannyje těksty. Izd. Rossijskogo universitěta Družby narodov, Moscow 2003, 663 pp. Compiled by M. Petrusek and N. P. Narbut. Introductory study M. Petrusek and N. P. Narbut (pp. 8-34)

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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.