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 2017/2018


1. 11. 2017 Prof. Dennis Smith, Loughborough University, UK

"Historical Sociology and the bigger picture"

How did historical sociology survive the predations of modern political dictators, business moguls and religious fanatics jealous of rival purveyors of socio-historical analysis? Do the political conditions that enabled its resurgence from the 1950s to the 1990s still prevail? How can historical sociology claim its cultural and scientific space in a 21st century world where personal or group survival, individualism, nationalism, moral relativism, emotional manipulation and a constantly shifting news agenda shape society’s field of attention?


Prof. Dennis Smith is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University, UK. He studied modern history as an undergraduate (at Cambridge University), sociology at master's level (LSE) and completed his doctorate at Leicester University. He had written several books, edited Sociological Review and Current Sociology, and is the author of The Rise of Historical Sociology (Polity).


Prof. Dennis Smith's new book entitled Civilized Rebels. An Inside Story of the West's Retreat from Global Power will be published by Routledge in 2018.


Time and date:

1. 11.2017, 17.00-19.00, 5023, Jinonice.



Past seminars (held in English)

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

11.5.2017  Massimiliano Ruzzeddu: "The evolution of the Nation-State: History, Functions and Future Scenarios"

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).

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

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

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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