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Sommer Petr

Prof., PhDr., CSc., DSc.
Born 30 November 1949 in Rakovník

  • Archaeology, history
  • Member of Learned Society since 2015

Studies and professional preparation

  • 1968-1973 Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Charles University (FFUK) in Prague, prehistory-history
  • 1977 PhDr., FFUK in Prague
  • 1983 Defence of his Candidate of Science dissertation work (CSc.), FFUK in Prague, Theme: The material culture of the Bohemian order houses founded until 1306.
  • 2001 Habilitation (process to become an Assoc. Prof.), Scientific Council of FFUK in Prague. Theme of the work: The spiritual culture of early medieval Bohemia
  • 2007 Appointment as a professor for the field of art history, Charles University in Prague
  • 2009 Granting of the degree “Doctor of Sciences”, Scientific Council of the CAS. Theme: Saint Procopius: From the beginnings of the Bohemian state and church.

Employment

  • 1972-1975 East Bohemian Museum in Pardubice
  • 1975 Museum of the Capital City of Prague
  • 1976- Institute of Archaeology of the CAS in Prague, v.v.i.
  • 1998- Institute of Philosophy of the CAS Prague, v.v.i./Centre of Medieval Studies of the CAS and CU in Prague

Membership and functions in domestic scientific bodies

  • SC of the Pedagogical Faculty in Prague
  • SC of CU in Prague
  • SC of the Institute of Archaeology of the CAS Prague, v.v.i., president
  • Supervisory Council of the Institute of Archaeology of the CAS Brno, v.v.i., president
  • Permanent Working Group of the Accreditation Commission of the MEYS of the CR – History.
  • Gremium for Granting Scientific Degrees of the CAS
  • Scientific Council for Monument Care MC of the CR
  • Learned Society of the CR

Membership and functions in foreign scientific bodies

  • Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, corresponding member
  • Geistewissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas e. V. in Leipzig, member of the editorial council
  • Commission of the History of Architecture ICOMOS (Wroclaw)
  • Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG) - Katholische Universität Eichstätt (Member of SC)
  • Europäisches Romanik-Zentrum Halle, member of the international council
  • Member of the advisory board of the project Monastic Wales (University of Lampeter)

Significant awards

  • 2001 Honorary citizenship of the town of Sázava
  • 2003 Award of the CAS for best scientific result of 2002
  • 2008 Annual award of the publishing house Vyšehrad for original work
  • 2010 Award of the Rector of CU for the best publication of 2009 in the area of the social sciences
  • 2010 Award of the CAS for scientific result
  • 2010 Annual award of the Czech Literary Funds Foundation
  • 2013 Award of the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports for exceptional results of research, experimental development and innovation for 2013
  • 2014 Honorary field medal of František Palacký for merit in the historical sciences
  • 2015 Membership in the Learned Society

Selection of the publications:

Monographs
  1. Začátky křesťanství v Čechách. Kapitoly z dějin raně středověké duchovní kultury [The Beginnings of Christianity in Bohemia: Chapters from the history of early medieval spiritual culture], Praha 2001, 174 p., il., phot., edice Historica.
  2. Svatý Prokop. Z počátků českého státu a církve [Saint Procopius: From the beginnings of the Bohemian state and church], Praha 2007, Velké postavy českých dějin 6.
  3. The Churches of the Sedlčany Region, Sedlčany-Praha 2011 (ed. Martin Stecker)
  4. Sázavský klášter [Sázava Monastery], Praha 2013 (with Jan Royt and Martin Stecker)
Collective monographs
  1. České země v raném středověku [The Czech Lands in the Early Middle Ages], Praha 2006.
  2. Svatý Prokop, Čechy a střední Evropa [Saint Procopius, Bohemia and Central Europe], Praha 2006.
  3. Arts and Crafts in medieval Rural Environment. L‘artisant rural dans le monde medieval. Handwerk im mittelalterlichen ländlichen Raum, Turnhout 2007, Ruralia. 6. (et Jan Klápště).
  4. Odorik z Pordenone: z Benátek do Pekingu a zpět. Setkávání na cestách Starého světa ve 13.–14. století.= Odoric of Pordenone: From Venice to Peking and Back. Meetings on the Roads of the Old World in the 13th–14th Centuries, Sborník příspěvků z mezinárodní konference Plzeň, 13.–14. listopadu 2006. = Proceedings of the International Conference Pilsen, 13th to 14th November 2006, Praha 2008, Colloquia mediaevalia Pragensia 10 (ed V. Liščák).
  5. Přemyslovci. Budování českého státu [The Přemyslids: Building the Bohemian State], Praha 2009. Resume in English (edd. Dušan Třeštík, Josef Žemlička, cooperation Pavlína Mašková, Robert Novotný).
  6. Vladislav II. Druhý král Přemyslova rodu. K 850. výročí jeho korunovace [Vladislaus II, the Second King of the Přemyslid Dynasty: On the 850th anniversary of his coronation], Praha 2009 (edd. Michal Mašek, Josef Žemlička et al.).
  7. Jeden den ve středověku [One Day in the Middle Ages], edd. Martin Nodl, Petr Sommer, Praha 2014.
  8. Otevři zahradu rajskou. Benediktini v srdci Evropy 800-1300 [Open the Gates of Paradise: The Benedictines in the Heart of Europe 800–1300], ed. Dušan Foltýn, Jan Klípa, Pavlína Mašková, Petr Sommer, Vít Vlnas, Praha 2014.

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26.06.20

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.

24.06.20

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.

27.11.19

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.