Mgr. Alena Marková, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8906-1242

SCOPUS ID: 57208304255

Expertise and Field of Specialization:

Long-term research of national processes in Central and Eastern Europe: nation and nationalism, nation-building, national identity formation, national movement, historical consciousness, soviet nationality policy, history of USSR, neo-nationalism and the new wave of national emancipation, contemporary history of Central and Eastern Europe.

Other fields of research: post-soviet (-socialist) transformation, transition and their aspects (social, political, cultural and others), language planning and language policy in post-soviet countries, experience of totalitarianism, socialism and post-socialism, national identity and state ideology, contemporary history of countries of the former soviet and socialistic bloc, socialism and history of everyday life under socialism, communism, totalitarian regimes and propaganda.


  • 2007-2011 Ph.D., Charles University in Prague

    Ph.D. Thesis Subjects: „’The Belarusization Episode’ in the Process of Formation of the Belarusian Nation”, Thesis Supervisor: prof. PhDr. Miroslav Hroch, DrSc.

  • 2005-2007 Mgr., summa cum laude

    General Anthropology – Integral Study of Man, Charles University in Prague

  • 2001-2005 Bc., summa cum laude

    Liberal Arts and the Humanities, Charles University in Prague

  • 2000-2001 Certificate ÚJOP UK

    Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies (ÚJOP), Charles University in Prague

  • 1995-1999 MA Economics

    College of Management Minsk (since 2015 Minsk Innovation University), Belarus



  • Marková, A., Šliach da savieckaj nacyji. Palityka bielarusizacyji, 1924-1929 [The Road Toward Soviet Nation. Nationality Policy of Belarussization, 1924-1929], series Biblijateka časopisa „Bielaruski histaryčny ahliad“ [series Library of the Belarusian Historical Review], Minsk: BHA, 2016, -s. 324, ISBN 978-985-7140-36-7

  • Marková, A., Sovětská bělorusizace jako cesta k národu: iluze nebo realita? [Soviet Belarussization as a Way to a Nation: Illusion or Reality?], Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2012, -s. 261, ISBN 978-80-7422-230-6


  • Ivanova, A. – Tuček, J. (eds.), Cesty k národnímu obrození: běloruský a český model [The Ways to National Revival: Belarusian and Czech Cases], Praha: UK FHS, 2006, s. 415, ISBN 80-239-8444-6


  • Marková, А., “Bielaruskaja sialianska-rabočaja hramada vačyma poĺskich specslužbaŭ” [Belarusian Political Organization “Hramada” in the Documents of the Polish Secret Service], in: S. Kawalou – R. Radzik – M. Sajewicz (eds.), Polsko-białoruskie związki kulturowe, literackie i językowe, Lublin: Wydawnictwo Universytetu Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej, 2010, pp. 67-79.


REVIEWS (selected)


Research Activities, Grants and Projects

  • 2020 The 4EU+ European Universities Alliance (4EU+Alliance), Charles University Minigrants 2020, project 52A Eastern Europe from the Post-Socialist Perspective: Changes and Challenges (in collaboration with University of Warsaw, Heidelberg University and University of Milan), Flagship2, the main grantee and leader of international research team

  • 2018-2020 Czech Science Foundation (GAČR) – GAČR 18-18108S, Neo-Belarusization Processes in Post-soviet Belarus in the National Independence Era (1990-1995), the main grantee

  • 2019 Specific Academic Research Projects Competition (SVV-260 485), project Social Processes, Events and Historical Breakthroughs from the Perspective of Historical Sociology, Charles University, the main grantee and leader of research team

  • 2012 Specific Academic Research (SVV), project Contemporary Research Topics of the Eurasian Space from the Viewpoint of Historical Sociology of Politics, Charles University, co-researcher

  • 2010 Specific Academic Research (SVV-206 705), project Cultural and Social Patterns in Modern Central European History, Charles University, co-researcher

  • 2006 Transformation Cooperation Programme (12/0306/BY/FHS), The Ways to National Revival: Belarusian and Czech Cases, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the main grantee


  • 2000-2007 Government stipendiary of the programme Scholarship of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in support of foreign nationals studying at public higher educational institutions in the Czech Republic based on international agreements binding for the Czech Republic or within the Czech Republic Foreign Aid Programme


  • 2019 Support of Internationalisation of the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University (travel grants, public lectures, academic mobility)

  • 2017, 2019 PROGRES Q18, Charles University (travel grants)

  • 2017, 2018, 2019 Institucionální Plán (A), Faculty of Humanities, Charles University (IP/(A) FHS UK), (travel grants, public lectures, academic mobility)

  • 2014 The Charles University Research Development Schemes, PRVOUK (P20/2014/40)

  • 2008, 2009 Specific Research of the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University (SV-81/SV/2008, SV-82/SV/2008, SV-99/SV/2009) (travel grants, research stays)

Expert, editor and reviewing activities


  • 2018 – present, Associate Editor of The Journal of Belarusian Studies (BRILL Publisher), double-blind peer-reviewed periodical on Belarusian studies indexed by SCOPUS, EBSCO, ERIH PLUS and other databases.


  • Evaluator (external reviewer) of selected results of the National Research, Development and Innovation Policy of the Czech Republic (R&D&I) according to the Methodology for Evaluating Research Organizations and R&D&I Programs (M17+).

  • Expert Evaluator and Rapporteur of the Horizon 2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships programme (H2020-MSCA-IF-2017, H2020-MSCA-IF-2018), section (or scientific area) Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC), European Commission for research and innovation framework programme.


  • Peer Reviewer for Johns Hopkins University Press and Karolinum Press (Charles University).

  • Peer Reviewer for Ab Imperio, Acta Universitatis Carolinae Studia Territorialia, Historická Sociologie/Historical Sociology Journal (Czech and English edition), Revue církevního práva [Church Law Review], The Journal of Belarusian Studies, Lidé Města [Urban People], Mezinárodní vztahy [International Relations], Z badań nad polskimi księgozbiorami historycznymi [Studies into the History of the Book and Book Collections] and others.



  • 2020 The 5th Annual Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century Conference, 21st – 22nd February 2020, UCL School for Slavonic and East European Studies, London (group member of the organising committee)

  • 2019 Social Processes, Events and Historical Breakthroughs from the Historical-Sociological Perspective, 14th – 15th June 2019, Charles University, Prague

  • 2017 Czech-Belarusian Cultural, Social and Academic Relations from Francysk Skaryna till Nowadays, 19th October 2017, Belarusian State University, Minsk (group member of the organising committee)

  • 2016 Czech-Belarusian Cultural, Social and Academic Relations during the 19th and 20th Centuries, 29th September 2016, Belarusian State University, Minsk (group member of the organising committee)

  • 2006 The Ways to National Revival: Belarusian and Czech Cases, 4th – 6th July 2006, Charles University, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.


  • 2019 Time and Space as a Framework for Memory Studies and Macrosocial Analysis, workshop, FHS UK in collaboration with the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds for the Czech Republic, the Operation Programme Research, Development and Education (OP RDE), project International Mobility of Charles University Research Workers (CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16_027/0008495), March 26th 2019

  • 2017 - present Guarantor of the seminar series Historical Sociology Confrontations, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University,


  • “Nation-Building Processes after 1918 in Belarus: Three Waves of National Emancipation”, public debates The Emergence of New States in Eastern Europe after the First World War: Lessons for all of Europe (TENSE), Europe for Citizens programme of the EU of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), April 25th 2019, Czesław Miłosz Center of Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas.

  • „Belarusian State- and Nation-formation: from Polatsk Principality to Independent Belarus“, The Third Annual Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century Conference, 23th March 2018, University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL SSEES), London.

  • “The Ministry of Education Research Institute of the Republic of Belarus and the New Conception of National Education (1990-1995)”, International Conference The Formation of Belarusian Statehood during Geopolitical Transformation of the 20th Century, 29th – 30th November 2018, Belarusian State University, Minsk.


  • “The Post-soviet National Revival: Belarusian case“, 4th June 2019, Giessener Zentrum Östliches Europa of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.

  • „Neo-Belarusization and the New Wave of National Emancipation in Post-soviet Belarus, 1990-1995“, 28th February 2019, University of Winchester, UK.

  • “National Myth, Ideology, and Propaganda: Hussite Movement and Transformation of its Interpretation during the 20th and 21th Centuries of the Czech History”, public talk, 9th January 2019, Gymnázium Příbram, Příbram, Czech Republic.

  • Series of public lectures “Issues of Belarusian National Identity”, October - November 2017, Belarussian State University, Minsk.

  • Series of public lectures “Theoretical and Methodological Framework of the Nationality Policy of Belarussization”, September 2016, Belarussian State University, Minsk.


  • “Old nomenclature elites and new changes and challenges of 1990s.”, 8th International Congress of Belarusian Studies, 27th-29th September 2019, Vilnius, Lithuania

  • „National Emancipation and Post-soviet Belarussization of 1990s“, 4th Annual "Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century" Conference, 29th March 2019, UCL SSEES, London.

  • “Historical Memory and Post-Soviet History in Belarus (1990-1995)”, 7th International Congress of Belarusian Studies, 15th – 17th September 2017, Warsaw, Poland.

  • “Transformation of Institutional Memory’s Interpretation (an Example of Nationality Policy of Belarussization (1924-1929))”, Czech-Belarusian Cultural, Social and Academic Relations from Francysk Skaryna till Nowadays, 19th October 2017, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus.

  • “Institutionalisation of Higher Education in the Czech Republic after the Velvet Revolution of 1989”, Traditions of University: from Francysk Skaryna till Nowadays, 26th – 27th October 2017, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus.

  • „Symbolical Centres of Collective Memory in the Czech and Belarusian Historiography: Formation and Interpretation“, Czech-Belarusian Cultural, Social and Academic Relations during the 19th and 20th Centuries, 29th September 2016, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus.

Supervising and Mentoring Activities

  • Supervisor of the Post-Master’s scholarship of the Visegrad Scholarship Program 2019 (project Denunciation as a Tool of Social Control during Czechoslovak Normalization (1968-1989), Maryna Laurynovich)

  • Supervisor of Bachelor (4), Master (15) and Doctoral theses (6)

  • Tutor of foreign students, Faculty of Humanities of the Charles University, Prague, 2004-2006.

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Professional Membership:

  • The Union of Interpreters and Translators / Jednota tlumočníků a překladatelů (JTP)

  • Czech Sociological Association / Česká sociologická společnost (ČSS)

Language skills:

  • English, Czech, Russian, Belorussian – fluently

  • Polish, Ukrainian, Slovak – very good

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