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PhD Michal Kopeček
Institute of Contemporary History, Prague
Puškinovo nám. 9
160 00
Praha 6
Telephone: 00420 (2) 224 933 510
Link: PhD Michal Kopeček at the Institute of Contemporary History, Prague

Education / Work Experience

Since 2010 Assistant Professor of Czech and Central European History, Institute off Czech History, Faculty of Arts,  Charles University, Prague
Since 2006 External lecturer, International Area Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University Prague, Contemporary History Study Program
Since 2001 Researcher, from 2003 Head of the post-1989 Democratic Transition History Department at the Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
2008 - 2013 Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia, member of the ‘Negotiating Modernity: History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe’ project, supported by European Research Council,
2007-2010 Member and Prague manager of the international post-graduate project “Sozialistische Diktatur als Sinnwelt” (Institute o of Contemporary History, Prague; Center for the Contemporary History Research, Potsdam)
2005-2006 Fulbright scholar-in-residence, Endicott College, Beverly, MA, USA
2005  Ph.D. degree, Russian and Eastern European Studies, Institute of International Area Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague. Dissertation title:  ‘In Quest of the Revolution’s Lost Meaning.  Marxist Revisionism in Central Europe 1953-1960.’
January 2001- December 2005 Manager of the project ‘History of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and Radical Socialism 1918–1989”, at the Institute of Contemporary History, Prague.  
January 2001-December 2003 Member of the international project ‘Regional Identity Discourses in Central and Southeast Europe (1775–1945)’ at the Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia, Bulgaria, supported by Prince Bernhard Foundation (Netherlands).
2001 - 2003 Researcher, Institute of Contemporary History (ICH), Prague
April 1999 - March 2000 Member of the research project ‘Visegrád: Prospects and Limits of Central European Cooperation’ organized by the Institute for International Area Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Rep.
1998 - 2000 Freelance journalist, Czech Radio 1-Radiožurnál
1992 - 1998 History studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague

Research Interests

Comparative modern intellectual history of East Central Europe
History of state socialism and communism in Central and Eastern Europe
Transition and democratization studies
History and theory of historiography

Fellowships/ Awards/ Memberships

Sept. 2012 – Aug. 2013 Imre Kerstész Kolleg Jena Fellowship
August 2012 Fellowship at Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam within the project "Physical Violence and State Legitimacy in Late Socialism"
June-July 2011 Visegrad Scholarship at the Open Society Archives, Budapest
Sept. 2005-June 2006 Fulbright Scholar-in-residence Fellowship, Endicott College, Beverly, MA, USA
Sept. 2003 – June 2004 International Visegrad Fund Fellowship, István Bibó Research Center, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest.
July 2002 CEU Summer School Fellowship, ‘Global Mappings: Symbolic Geographies Revisited’, CEU Budapest
Jan. 2001 – June 2001 Robert Bosch Junior Visiting Fellowship, Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna
Sept. - Oct. 2000 DAAD Research Fellowship, Humboldt University, Berlin.
Nov. 1999 Open Society Fund research grant for research trip to Poland and Hungary
Associate fellow, Centre for Advanced Studies, Sofia, Bulgaria
2009 Otto Wichterle Prize, Academy of Science of the Czech Republic
2008 International Visegrad Fund Award for junior scholars in history and ethnography
Member of the Academic Board of the Institute of Contemporary History, Prague
Member of the editorial boards of academic journals Soudobé dějiny (Contemporary History; Prague) and Dějiny, teorie, kritika (History, Theory, Critique; Prague)