Czech Theatre Studies Department

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The Czech Theatre Studies Department is a research and documentation centre. It conducts research on the history of theatre in the Czech Republic from the Middle Ages up to the present and in relation to the wider context of European theatre history.

The department was founded in 1956 at the Institute of Czech Literature of the Czechoslovak Academy of Science. After a reorganisation of the institute in 1993, the department was moved to the Theatre Institute. The department has been a member of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) since 1956 and was one of the initiators behind its creation. It was instrumental in establishing the Theatre Research Society (1997), which brings together individuals with an interest in theatre and theatre research.

For more on the history of the Department of Czech Theatre Studies see

  • Celetná 17, Prague 1
    (2nd Floor, Rooms 206 and 209)
  • Daily by prior agreement
  • +420 224 809 113, 117, 133, 177
  • Petra Ježková

The work of our department

 

 

Work on the Czech Theatre Encyclopaedia has been the department’s main long-term task since 1997. This team project seeks to map the history of Czech theatre and theatre in other languages on the territory of what is how the Czech Republic, and to process that history using lexicographic methods into thematic ‘dictionaries’ (e.g. of dance, musical theatre, etc.). The findings from this work are published as biographical lexicons produced in both print and electronic format.

This publishing series was founded in 2017 and is a counterpart to the biographical lexicons that are published in book form. The publications in this series include monographs and edited texts (correspondence, diary entries, archival materials) that provide authentic testimony about the life, fate, feelings, dreams, and reality of significant figures in the field of theatre and other artists.

This research project is conducted in collaboration with the theatre departments of the National Museum and the Moravian Museum. The aim is to develop a set of methods and specific tools for preserving, making use of, and facilitating access to the content of historical theatre posters, which are one of the richest available sources of information on theatre history.

Czech Theatre Review (Divadelní revue), a peer-reviewed journal of theatre research, is a publishing platform for the results of the department’s work. The journal is published three times a year and is indexed in SCOPUS.

After the department became part of the Theatre Institute, it launched a publication series called Essays, Criticism, Analyses. The publications in this series devoted to figures in the field of theatre criticism and theory provide greater insight into Czech thought on the theatre arts. This series became a subgroup of the Czech Theatre publication series, which the department works on in close cooperation with the Publishing Department.

Alongside the Czech Theatre Encyclopaedia and the Road to Theatre project, the department has worked on and continues to work on a number of other research projects. These projects are listed chronologically further below.

Collections

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Archive of the Department of Czech Theatre Studies

Throughout the department’s existence it has been developing an archive of historical sources....

Throughout the department’s existence it has been developing an archive of historical sources. These are materials that have collected in the course of our research to prepare the volumes of The History of Czech Theatre (1968–1983), and that we continue to gather for the entries that we prepare for inclusion in the Czech Theatre Encyclopaedia.

In the spring of 2011 we began conducting an inventory of these materials in order to identify and document them and to make them accessible to others.

In 2013 we processed the personal research archive of PhDr. Milena Cesnaková, CSc. (*1924 in Prague), a theatre arts researcher who built her research career mainly in Slovakia and whose research interests were largely centred on early theatre and on the Renaissance and Baroque periods in particular. The inventory of her collection lists 615 items, along with the Personal Bibliography of dr. Milena Cesnaková Michalcová – (download the PDF).

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Contacts

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Mgr. Petra Ježková, Ph.D.

+420 224 809 133, 177
+420 774 053 110
petra.jezkova@idu.cz

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Mgr. Martin Hanoušek

+420 224 809 113, 117 
+420 728 894 899
martin.hanousek@idu.cz

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PhDr. Alena Jakubcová, Ph.D.

+420 224 809 113, 117
+420 732 571 743
alena.jakubcova@idu.cz

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Klára Kadlecová

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+420 739 229 012
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Mgr. et Mgr. Radka Kunderová, Ph.D.

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r.kunderova@seznam.cz

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Mgr. Kristýna Sýbová

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kristina.sybova@idu.cz

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Mgr. et Mgr. Klára Škrobánková

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Mgr. Martin Švejda

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+420 723 317 749
martin.svejda@idu.cz

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Mgr. Věra Velemanová

+420 224 809 113, 117
vera.velemanova@idu.cz

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Berenika Zemanová Urbanová

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+420 777 097 168
berenika.zemanova@idu.cz

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PhDr. Jitka Ludvová, CSc.

+420 224 809 113, 117
jitka.ludvova@idu.cz

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PhDr. Milan Pospíšil, CSc.

+420 224 809 113, 117
milan.pospisil@idu.cz

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Václav Štěpán, p. h., CSc.

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Mgr. Honza Petružela, Ph.D.

+420 608 873 807
honza.petruzela@idu.cz

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Mgr. Martin Pšenička, Ph.D.

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PhDr. Barbara Topolová, Ph.D.

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