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Spunar Pavel

Prof., PhDr., CSc.
Born May 21, 1928 in Prague

  • Theory and history of culture
  • Member of Learned Society since 1996

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1947, graduated, academic secondary school, Prague-Bubeneč;
  • 1947-1952, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University;
  • 1949, second state examination, Library Courses, FP, CU;
  • 1952, PhDr.; 1967, CSc.;
  • 1992, Associate Professor, FP, Masaryk University, Brno;
  • 1995, Professor, theory and history of culture, FP MU.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1952, Librarian, Museum of Czech Literature, Prague;
  • 1953, Cabinet of Philological Documentation, CSAS;
  • 1954-1961, Institute for Czech Literature, CSAS;
  • 1962-1989, Cabinet for Greek, Roman and Latin Studies, CSAS;
  • 1990-2002, Cabinet for Classical Studies, AS CR;
  • 2003, Foreign Language Institute, Brno, Institute for Classical Studies, AS CR

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1990-1998, Deputy Director, Institute for Classical Studies, AS CR;
  • 1994-1998, Chairman, Council of the Fund for Publishing of Scientific Literature, AS CR;
  • 1998-2000, Vice-Chairman, Editorial Board, AS CR;
  • 1995-2000, Vice-Chairman, Academic Evaluation Committee;
  • 1994, Editor-in-chief, Religio;
  • 1998, Member, Scientific Council, FP MU.

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • 1956, Comité international de la paléographie latine, Paris
  • 1961, Centre international de codicologie, Bruxelles

Notable awards:

  • 1986, Annual Award, Odeon Publishing House, Prague
  • 2003, Silver medal, Masaryk University
  • 2003, František Palacký Medal, AS CR

Selected publications:

  • P. Spunar: Ľ évolution et la fonction de la batârde en Bohéme et en Pologne. Studia źródloznawce 6, 1-19, tab. I-X, 1961.
  • F. M. Bartoš-P. Spunar: Soupis pramenů k literární činnosti M. Jana Husa a M. Jeronýma Pražského (A List of Sources for Literary Activity of M. Jan Hus and M. Jeroným Pražský) Prague, HÚ ČSAV 1965, 369 pp.
  • P. Spunar: Ein Beitrag zur Festlegung des Platzes Vyšehrader kodex in der Entwicklung der Schrieberkunst Mitteleuropas. Skriptorium (Bruxelles) 23, 13-23, 1969
  • P. Spunar et al.: Kultura středověku (Mediaeval Culture). Orbis, Prague 1972, 203 pp.; 2nd Ed., Academia 1995, 226 pp.
  • P. Spunar: Kultura českého středověku (Bohemian Mediaeval Culture). Odeon, Prague 1986, 557 pp., 310 figs.
  • D. Svobodová-P. Spunar: Smích a pláč středověku (Laughter and Tears of the Middle Ages). Odeon, Prague 1997, 269 pp.
  • P. Spunar: Repertorium auctorum Bohemorum provectum idearum post universitatem Pragensem conditam illustrans, I, Vratislaviae, Ossolineum 1985, 479 pp.; II, Warsowiae-Pragae 1995, 295 pp.

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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.