Historical Sociology Confrontations

The aim of this seminar is to introduce the main directions, concepts and methods of research carried out by the department's members. Some guests from other faculties or universities, including from abroad are planned for the seminars as well. Both members of the department as well as guests will present their research activities. As well as focusing on the subjects of research at hand, particular attention will be paid to questions of methodology during the presentations and debates.


For more information contact seminar guarantor Alena Marková, Ph.D.:


Where and When: U Kříže 8, Prague 5, room 1036, between 5-7pm




Historical Sociology Confrontations 2016/2017


6. 4. 2017 Univ.-Prof. em. Dr. Dirk Kaesler, Philipps-Universität in Marburg: Universal Rationalization: Max Weber‘s Great Narrative


Among the “classical” diagnoses of modernity the German scholar Max Weber (1864-1920) has been assigned the role of the creator of a “theory of rationalization”. If there was a single word, for which Max Weber even 150 years since his birth is now remembered, it probably would be that of “rationalization”. By this we refer to Weber's alleged “theory” of a universal “rationalization” as a whole that shall dominate the whole world. I count this “theory” not so much to the stock of sociological theories in the strict epistemological sense, but rather to the reservoir of “Great Narratives” the discipline sociology during its history has bequeathed to the self-understanding of humanity.


Dirk Kaesler was Professor of Sociology at the University of Hamburg (1984-1995) and of Marburg (1995-2009). He has held visiting professorships at the University of Chicago, the University of Köln, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the Indiana University Bloomington, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the Humboldt-University Berlin, the University of München, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Graz. He served as President of the “Research Committee on the History of Sociology” of the “International Sociological Association” (1989-2002) and as member of the Executive Council of the “German Sociological Society”(2002-2005). His main research interests cover theories of sociology, history of sociology and Max Weber-research. In all these fields he has published many books and numerous articles. [http://www.kaesler-soziologie.de]


11. 5. 2017 dr. Massimilliano Ruzzeddu, University Niccolò Cusano in Rome: The evolution of the Nation-State: History, functions and future scenarios


Nation-States have been the main institutional actors in Modern History. However, the faster and faster globalization processes have progressively weakened the States’ functions both within their own borders and in the international arena. In this lecture, wil be discussed the epistemic issues related to the description of this phenomenon, as well as the possible future scenarios.


Massimiliano Ruzzeddu is tenured researcher in Sociology at the University Niccolò Cusano in Rome. He is Scientific Director of World Complexity Science Academy. He published essays in epistemology of social sciences, social theory and social innovation.




Past seminars (held in English)

16. 3. 2016 Massimiliano Ruzzeddu: Sociology of contemporary Italy: political culture and social representations

21. 3. 2016 Helmut Staubmann: The Rolling Stones in Sociological Perspectives

29. 3. 2016 "Migration, Borders and Identities in Europe" - Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (Science’Po Pařiž), Solange Maslowski (Pravnická fakulta UK), Nóra Köves (Eötvös Károly Institute).

11. 5. 2016 Gregor McLennan: Critical Intellectuals: from Legislators to Interpreters to Mediators?

11. 11. 2014 Martin Bulmer – Tereza Pospíšilová – Jan Balon – Marek Skovajsa aj.: Workshop Interests and motivations explaining philanthropic support for social science between the wars: the Fisher-Bulmer debate

20. 10. 2014 Dr. Dominik Bartmanski: The vinyl: The analogue medium in the age of digital reproduction

7. 5. 2014 prof. Bernhard Giesen (University of Konstanz): On Ambivalence

9. 4. 2014 dr. Katarzyna Grzybowska-Walecka: The role of civil society and political society in democratization

28. 3. 2014 prof. Pierre Rosanvallon: From Equality of Opportunity to the Society of Equals

25. 6. 2013 prof. Derek Sayer: Prague, Capital of the 20th Century?

13. 3. 2013 Werner Binder, Ph.D.: The Long Road to Abu Ghraib. History and Memory in the War on Terror

28. 11. 2012 prof. David B. Edwards: The Politics of Martyrdom in Afghanistan

9. 5. 2012 prof. Gerard Delanty: Cultural encounters and the prospects of cosmopolitanism

18. 4. 2012 prof. Maslowski Mikhail: The Soviet model of modernity and the political transformations in post-communist Russia

21. 3. 2012 doc. Marek Kucia: The Meanings of Auschwitz in Poland

18. 1. 2012 prof. Raymond Tallis: The Latest Wave of Anti-Humanism: Neuromania and Darwinitis



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