The CKMKS People

MEMBERS

prof. PhDr. Stanislav Hubík, CSc. (Honorary President of the CKMKS)

Graduate in philosophy and sociology, he specializes in the history of philosophy of language and its current applications in communication and media theories. At the Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University in Olomouc he lectures semiotics of media and philosophy of media for students of Media Studies major. Besides dozens of studies on the issue of postmodernism, philosophy of language and philosophy of communication and media he published the books K postmodernismu obratem k jazyku (Through the Language Turn to Postmodernism) and Sociologie vědění (Sociology of Knowledge).

Mgr. Marek Lapčík, Ph.D. (Head of the CKMKS)

Graduate in sociology (specialized in culturology) at the Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University in Olomouc, where he currently works at the Department of Media and Cultural Studies and Journalism. He lectures history and theory of media studies, qualitative methods of analysis of media contents and leads courses on problems of discourse analysis. His main research activities currently concern two thematic areas: the problems of analysis of media messages (within this context he specializes in options and limits of the use of discourse analysis and conceptualization of news as a specific type of cultural discourse) and the characteristics of media systems in the context of the development of new ICT.

PhDr. Petr Orság, Ph.D. (Assistent to the Head of the CKMKS)

Graduate in history and Czech language at the Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University in Olomouc. From 1994 to 2005 he worked as a redactor and editor in domestic media (e.g. Mladá fronta Dnes, Hospodářské noviny, Aktuálně.cz). Since 2005 he has worked at the Department of Media and Cultural Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University in Olomouc as a senior lecturer, since 2007 as a head of the Department. He focuses on the history of Czech and international media (in particular, he publishes papers related to history of the Czechoslovak exile media).

Mgr. Martin Foret, Ph.D. (Secretary of the CKMKS)

Graduate in philosophy, Czech studies and journalism at the Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University in Olomouc. He works at the Department of Media and Cultural Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University as a lecturer in philosophy, semiotics and theory of image. He focuses particularly on communication theory, the issue of visual communication, semiotics of image, relation between image and text in semiotically heterogeneous messages and theory of comics.

doc. PhDr. Peter Valček, PhD.

Graduate in journalism and literature science at the Faculty of Arts of the Komenský University in Bratislava and after many years of journalistic, literary, radio and television experience in the second half of the 1990s he professionally specialized in epistemology of communication. He works at the Department of Media and Cultural Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University in Olomouc. Essayist and novelist, published an author terminology dictionary of current literature theory and psychology of communication.

doc. Mgr. Jaroslav Miller, M.A., Ph.D.

Graduate in history, English philology and Russian philology at the Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University, early modern history (M.A.) and comparative history at the Central European University in Budapest (Ph.D.). In 2005 he became an associate professor in history at the Faculty of Arts, Palacký University. He works at the Department of History, Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University and deals with cultural history, history of early modern period focusing on urbane history, historiography and political thought of the Middle Ages and early modern period.

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Mgr. Renáta Sedláková, Ph.D.

Graduate in sociology and media studies and journalism at the Faculty of Social Studies of the Masaryk University in Brno. She works as a senior lecturer at the Department of Media and Cultural Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University in Olomouc. She teaches courses on the theory of mass communication and the methods and techniques of mass media research. Further she works at the Department of Social Science, Pedagogical Faculty, University of South Bohemia, where she leads courses on introduction to sociology and sociological theories, and externally cooperates with the Institute of Sociology of the ASCR. She focuses on the issue of media, their impact and influence in the late modern society.

Mgr. Martin Fafejta, Ph.D.

Graduate in sociology and andragogy, specialized in culturology, Ph.D. in sociology. He works as a senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Education of the Adults, Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University in Olomouc and at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Studies of the Masaryk University in Brno. He is concerned with the ideologies of new social movements (feminism, queer movement, transgenderism), normalization and hegemonic discourse in relation to the status of minorities, the social construction of reality and the issue of naturalness, problems of gender and social construction of sexuality. He published Úvod do sociologie pohlaví a sexuality (Introduction to sociology of gender and sexuality, 2004), he is publishing i.a. in Sociologický časopis (Czech Sociological Review), Sociální studia (Social Studies) and Filosofický časopis (Philosophical Review).

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Mgr. Radim Zámec, Ph.D.

Graduate in Spanish philology and postgraduate in Roman languages at the Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University in Olomouc. From 2007 to 2008 he hosted at the Universidad de Granada (Spain) as a lecturer. He works at the Department of Romance Studies and he is concerned with critical discourse analysis (in his dissertation thesis he dealt with discoursive strategies in the process of legitimization of political power of Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia in media during the peace process between the AUC and the Columbian government). Besides the critical discourse analysis he also teaches courses on the development of the Spanish language, lexicology and modern history of Columbia.

Mgr. Michal Bočák, PhD.

Graduate in mass media studies and phonetics at the Faculty of Arts, University of Prešov in Prešov where he works at the Department of Communication and Media Studies. He focuses particularly on the general theory and development of communication and media studies, discourse of television news, contemporary television, gender studies, queer theory and pop-cultural representation of identities.

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Mgr. Markéta Šůstková, Ph.D.

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Mgr. Jiří Hrabal, Ph.D.

Graduate in philosophy and Czech studies at the Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University in Olomouc. Since 2001 he has worked at the Department of Czech Studies, Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University, where he teaches literary-theoretical disciplines. Between 2004 and 2006 he worked at the Department of Western Slavonic Studies, Faculty of Arts in Zagreb, between 2006 and 2007 worked in the Institute for Czech Literature of the ASCR. He translates the Croatian and Bosnian fiction and attends to editorial work. Since 1998 he has been the editor-in-chief of the Aluze Review. He is concerned with narratology, theory of text interpretation and cultural studies.

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Mgr. Petra Chvojková, Ph.D.

Graduate in philosophy and Czech Studies at the Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University in Olomouc. She works at the Department of Media and Cultural Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University, where she teaches social communication, pragmatics and the theory of text. She focuses particularly on communication theory, issues of intercultural communication and applications of theory of text and intertextuality on the issue of hypertext.

PhDr. Alexander Plencner, Ph.D.

Graduate in mass media studies at the Faculty of Mass Media Communication of the University of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, where he is currently employed. He also works at the Department of Culturology, Faculty of Arts of the Komenský University in Bratislava, where he is completing his dissertation thesis on “Reflection of popular culture at the turn of the century”. He deals with the theory of popular culture, media theory, theory and history of film and sociology of life-style.

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ASSOCIATES

Prof. Dr. Roland Posner

Roland Posner is Professor of Linguistics and Semiotics and Director of the Research Center for Semiotics at the Technische Universität Berlin. Born in Prague in 1942, he studied philosophy, comparative literature, linguistics, and communication theory at the Universities of Bonn, Munich, and Berlin. After having received his Dr. phil. in Linguistics, he habilitated in linguistics, general literature, and philosophy of language. He was guest professor at Hamburg University (1973) and at the Université de Montréal (1977), taught at Linguistik and Semiotic Summer Institutes in Salzburg, Tunis, Toronto, Lisbon, Mysore, Sao Paolo and Lund, and spent the academic year 1986/87 as a Fellow at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar. Having served as first president of the German Association for Semiotic Studies (DGS) and founded the quarterly „Zeitschrift für Semiotik“ (1979f), he is now President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS).

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Roland Posner is Professor of Linguistics and Semiotics and Director of the Research Center for Semiotics at the Technische Universität Berlin. Born in Prague in 1942, he studied philosophy, comparative literature, linguistics, and communication theory at the Universities of Bonn, Munich, and Berlin. After having received his Dr. phil. in Linguistics, he habilitated in linguistics, general literature, and philosophy of language. He was guest professor at Hamburg University (1973) and at the Université de Montréal (1977), taught at Linguistik and Semiotic Summer Institutes in Salzburg, Tunis, Toronto, Lisbon, Mysore, Sao Paolo and Lund, and spent the academic year 1986/87 as a Fellow at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar. Having served as first president of the German Association for Semiotic Studies (DGS) and founded the quarterly „Zeitschrift für Semiotik“ (1979f), he is now President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS).
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Roland Posner is Professor of Linguistics and Semiotics and Director of the Research Center for Semiotics at the Technische Universität Berlin. Born in Prague in 1942, he studied philosophy, comparative literature, linguistics, and communication theory at the Universities of Bonn, Munich, and Berlin. After having received his Dr. phil. in Linguistics, he habilitated in linguistics, general literature, and philosophy of language. He was guest professor at Hamburg University (1973) and at the Université de Montréal (1977), taught at Linguistik and Semiotic Summer Institutes in Salzburg, Tunis, Toronto, Lisbon, Mysore, Sao Paolo and Lund, and spent the academic year 1986/87 as a Fellow at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar. Having served as first president of the German Association for Semiotic Studies (DGS) and founded the quarterly „Zeitschrift für Semiotik“ (1979f), he is now President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS).

Mgr. Kateřina Krtilová

She works in the international research centre Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie in Weimar, she is a postgraduate student at the Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar. Between 2006 and 2007 she completed a research scholarship at the University of Postdam. She edited the publication Za filosofii nové doby (Behind the Philosophy of the New Era, Praha 2007), based on a series of lectures on the philosophy of media at the Goethe-Institute, and the volume 05/2007 of International Flusser Studies. In 2009 she prepared a Czech-German conference ISEK and IKKM “Thinking Media: concepts – images – media”.

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Mgr. Pavel Zahrádka, Ph.D.

Graduate in philosophy and aesthetics at the Charles University in Prague and postgraduate in sociology at the Palacký University in Olomouc. He also studied at universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He works as a senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Education of the Adults, Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University. He deals with current issues and problems of cultural studies and analysis of aesthetics: the issue of the human beauty, question of possibility and usefulness of defining art, the relationship between cultural and social hierarchical distinctions and theory of consumer culture.

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