Past projects

Past projects

European projects

Understanding and combating African Swine Fever in Europe (ASF-STOP)

COST Action, COST: European Cooperation in Science & Technology

CA15116; 2016-2020

Principal investigator: National Veterinary Institute – Dr. Dolores Gavier-Widén

Partners: Etnologický ústav AV ČR

Project participants from the Institute: Dr. Luděk Brož

African swine fever (ASF) is a viral haemorrhagic fever of domestic pigs and wild boar. The disease causes massive loss of animals due to mortality and the essential eradication control policies which give rise to animal welfare problems as well as further economic loss from trade restrictions. There are no vaccines for ASF. ASF has been present in Russia and neighbouring countries since 2007 and recently the disease has entered the EU.

This Action tackles the main challenge of stopping ASF from further spread in Europe and protecting the European pig industry. Specifically, how to:

-better manage and control wild boar populations given their importance in ASF spread and maintenance

-develop methods of surveillance to increase the early detection of ASF incursion into new areas

-understand the epidemiology of ASF in the unique European context; to determine the epidemiological role of wild boar, ticks vectors of the virus, and the environment

-develop and improve management tools; such as an ASF vaccine and novel diagnostics, determine how to involve stakeholders and the general public in preventing ASF spread and determine how policy and legislation can contribute to prevention, control and eradication of ASF.

This Action aims to bring together the leading European teams in these fields to improve the knowledge, diagnosis, surveillance and management of ASF. The Action by supporting the reduction of overlap and identification of knowledge gaps will facilitate a shared European vision and innovative approaches to an ASF-free domestic pig sector and wild boar population in Europe.|Name:overview


Projects funded by The Czech Science Foundation

Changes in funerary rites in Bohemia and Moravia during the 20th century

Changes in funerary rites in Bohemia and Moravia during the 20th century

Standard Projects, Czech Science Foundation GA19-09208S; 2019-2021

Principal Investigator: Olga Nešporová

Team members: Alexandra Navrátilová, Heléna Tóth

The project studies shifts in funerary rites and related ideas during the 20th century. It aims to focus particularly on the era of Communist Party rule (1948-1989). The previous period (the first half of the 20th century) will be observed mainly in relation to the spread of cremation and related secular funeral ceremonies, with the intention of attempting to explain the latter changes. The project will include the ethnographic field research of the experiences of funeral professionals and semi-professionals who were involved in disposal and the conducting of funeral rites prior to 1989. The project will employ the ethno-methodological approach and apply comparative analysis as the main interpretative tool. Thus, the field research will be conducted in three distinct geographical areas in Bohemia and three areas in Moravia. International cooperation will lead to a comparative study of

Czechoslovak and Hungarian funerals during the period 1948-1989. Czech funerary rites will be introduced to foreign scholars by means of a summarising monograph in English, and to domestic scholars in three articles.

Waste Regime at a Crossroad: Divergent Trajectories of Things, Cars, and Electronics

Waste Regime at a Crossroad: Divergent Trajectories of Things, Cars, and Electronics (Czech Science Foundation, 2020-2022)
Grant no.: GA20-06759S

Principal Investigator: Daniel Sosna
Team Members: Pavel MašekBarbora Stehlíková

The project aims at studying the contemporary waste regime associated with the Czech Republic. This regime faces dramatic changes such as a shift from landfilling to incineration, increasing mobility of waste, and reconceptualization of the linear model of resource management. Zsuzsa Gille’s concept of waste regime enables us to analyse how materiality, social practices, classification, asymmetries in power, and economic processes related to waste co-constitute the social. In this perspective disposal is imagined as a door that opens various ways for the transformation of value. It is not just a final solution responsible for the disappearance of the unwanted. Three ethnographers will examine divergent waste trajectories constructed along the three different analytical axes: 1. landfilling and incineration of municipal solid waste, 2. disposal of cars, and 3. disposal of electronics. The research will generate a reflection of the contemporary waste management and contribute to the understanding of the internal dynamics of waste regimes and their social effects.

Text structure of the Czech folk songs from the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries

Text structure of the Czech folk songs from the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries
Standard Projects, Czech Science foundation
GAČR 21-04973S 2021–2023
Coordinator: Czech Language Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences
Partners: Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences
Project participants from the Institute: PhDr. Zdeněk Vejvoda, Ph.D.

The analysis of the linguistic component of pre-Erben Czech folk songs, the basis for which is the song as a distinctive musical-verbal genre that absorbs elements of both artificial and nonartificial art. The tectonics and style of the folk song are examined in the material of the oldest song collections from the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries untouched by the romanticising interference of adapters. The analysis also takes into account the melodic component. The language of the songs reflects both the older stage of Czech, in particular the Czech of the Baroque era, and the period language of the emerging "long" 19th century. The project includes a critical edition of two as yet unpublished collections (A. Francl, V. Hanka Sr) that provides, among other things, comparative melodic material obtained from other song collections.

Army as an Instrument of Socialization. Reflection of the Phenomenon of Compulsury Military Service in the Czech Lands (1968–2004)

Army as an Instrument of Socialization. Reflection of the Phenomenon of Compulsury Military Service in the Czech Lands (1968–2004)

Standard projects, Grantová agentura České republiky GA19-19311S; 2019-2021

Principal Investigator: Mgr. Jiří Hlaváček PhD.

Team members: PhDr. Karel Altman, CSc., Mgr. et Mgr. Petr Wohlmuth PhD.

Partners: Institute of Contemporary History of the CAS

The project goal consists of rendering the transformation and meaning of the compulsory military service phenomena within Czech lands between 1968-2004, in connection with régime change (from communist to democratic).

Weight and Weightlessness of the Folklore: The Folklore Movement of the Second Half of the 20th Century in Czech Lands


Project members: Daniela Stavělová, Lucie Uhlíková, Matěj Kratochvíl, Dorota Gremlicová, Zdeněk Vejvoda, Martina Pavlicová, Vít zdrálek, Zita Skořepová-Honzlová, Miroslav Vaněk, Jiří Traxler


GA ČR 2017-2019


The project aims to deal with the „folklore movement“, that is, activities of folk ensembles – a wide spread phenomenon in the former socialist Czechoslovakia (1848 – 1989), which has its continuity in today´s Czech Republic. It is an interdisciplinary project based on the methods of oral history, textual analysis and anthropological study of music and dance which aims to explore the ambivalence of the phenomenon and its ideological connotations. The investigation will be based on narratives which occur in the discourse of socio-cultural context of the folk ensembles in different periods of the so-called folklore movement. Narratives provide considerable material to be interpreted with the aim of understanding specific features of the phenomenon of the folklore movement in a particular socio-cultural and political context. The main output of the research will be a collective monograph, proceedings of the international symposium, and six studies published in peer-reviewed ethnological journals Český lid and Národopisná revue.

Ethnographical Atlas of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia : Spiritual and Material Aspects of Religious Peregrination and Narrative Imagination

GA ČR, GA17-05373S, 2017–2019

Project members: Markéta Holubová, Luboš Kafka, Jaroslav Otčenášek

The Ethnographic Atlas of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia will describe and analyze the territorial differentiation of traditional folk culture, define cultural areas and reveal the relationship between the individual components of traditional folk culture and its link to the natural environment. The project will primarily use an ethnocartographic method that makes it possible to specify the space and time contexts of researched phenomena. The research will focus on the expressions of popular piety related to the material and spiritual aspects of religious peregrination and narrative imagination. The 2 upcoming volumes of the atlas will follow up on the previous volumes (so far 7 volumes have been published) as well as on the atlases of our neighboring countries and will be coordinated in view of the concept of the International European Ethnocartographic Working Group, today Space-lore and Place-lore Working Group of SIEF. Approx 30 maps in A3 format will reflect the researched phenomena, emphasizing their state in the 18–20th century. A workshop mapping piety will be organised.

Czech agricultural revolution of 19th century in the perspective of microhistory and ecological anthropology

GA16-15716S, 2016–2018

Project members: Jana Krčmářová, Jiří Woitsch

The project will reconstruct the “agrarian revolution” in the light of everyday life of commonpeople of 19th century Czechia countryside. The story of the agricultural modernization is rarely narrated as a multi-vocal plot but nowadays usually gives attention to the main “voices” whose words were widely expressed and listened to – those of political, educational, scientific and industrial elites of 18th and 19th century. To counterpart for the formerly mentioned imbalance in the modernization history the project will search also for the voices of those, who were not given such space in the public debate, media or textbooks – the common rural people as the majority of practitions of agriculture. In the microhistorical research enriched by concepts of ecological anthropology the knowledge stored in their everyday lives and their engagement with local landscapes through agriculture will be analysed. So will be also their active role, perception, willingness and resistance to accept the changes brought to their life and their environment by agricultural innovations.

Between state plan and research freedom. Ethnography and folklore studies in Czechia in the context of development of culture and society in 1945-1989

Project members: Lydia Petráňová, Jiří Woitsch, František Bahenský, Karel Altman, Marie Bahenská (MÚA AV ČR), Adéla Jůnová-Macková (MÚA AV ČR), Jiří Hlaváček (ÚSD AV ČR), Doubravka Olšáková (ÚSD AV ČR)

Project aims at the research of institutional and personal development, theoretical-methodological and epistemological changes and other aspects (e.g. relation to political power and ideology) of ethnography and folklore studies and related disciplines in Czechia in 1945–1989. The research hypothesis rests upon the results of previous research in the history of humanities, according to which the dynamics of the development of scientific disciplines was determined not only by the official line of research, but also by the “niches” of the Czech science (the places of scientific freedom). Thus, analysis would reach to development and works of central institutions, but also to the research realized in museums, in the regions, to applied research, but also unofficial research (dissent, researchers in exile). Special attention will be rendered to the international influences on the development of disciplines. Methodologically the project draws upon the combination of approaches to the history of science (hermeneutical analysis of texts and archival funds) with the methods of oral history.

Ethnographical atlas of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia: Vernacular architecture, settlements and dwellings

Project members: Jiří Woitsch, František Bahenský, Martin Dohnal

The aim of the Ethnographic atlas of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia is to describe and analyze the spatial differentiation of the vernacular culture, to detect cultural borders and to make clear a role of the natural surroundings in the popular culture development. The ethnocartographic methodology enable to find space oriented systematic of selected cultural facts defined morphologically, socially and functionally, which occur at certain times, in certain territories and in specific social environment. The basis for research is written archive documents and field research. Grant research will cover topics (esp. building material and construction, vertical as well as layout structuring and spatial distribution of buildings and settlements) related to vernacular architecture and dwelling with emphasis on rural settlements in the 19th Century. The grant project of the Atlas volume is organically associated with previous volumes (6 published) and the atlases of contiguous European countries. Research will be co-ordinated with International Ethnocartography Network of SIEF.


Projects funded by NAKI (Ministry of Culture)

Traces of human ingenuity

Traces of human ingenuity

Program for the support of applied research and experimental development of national and cultural identity for the years 2016-2022, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic DG20P02OVV00; 2020-2022

Principal Investigator: Přemysl Mácha

Team members: Daniel Drápala, Jiří Woitsch, Radim Červenka, Lenka Tlapáková, Luděk Krtička, Vojtěch Bajer, Václav Michalička, Radek Bryol, Miroslav Bubík, Samuel Španihel

Partners: Institute of European ethnology, Masaryk University

The goal of the project is 1) to locate and document endangered small technical, proto-industrial and agricultural heritage sites in open landscapes including the associated infrastructure and the necessary knowledge for their operation with regards to their role in the formation of local culture, history, landscape, and identity; 2) to raise public awareness about the importance of these heritage sites for local culture, history, landscape and identity and promote a greater interest among the general public in their conservation.

The research will be carried out in the former Rožnov estate as an example of a relatively compact economic and productive unit encompassing lowland and highland villages representing different stages and types of settlement formation with numerous handcrafts and valuable heritage sites. Thanks to the activities of the National traditional culture and Open-Air Museum in Rožnov p. R., this area is also characterized by a strong support for traditional cultural forms and practices which are reflected in the identity of the local population and the perception of the region by visitors. The results of the project will bring new information about the region but also offer more general conclusions for the protection, renewal and presentation of this type of cultural heritage elsewhere.

The principal project outputs include:

- exhibit,
- exhibit catalgoue (book),
- specialized map with expert content,
- peer-reviewed articles,
- international conference.

INDIHU – vývoj nástrojů a infrastruktury pro digital humanities

Společný projekt více uchazečů (konsorcium příjemců) na období 2016-2020


Příjemce: Archeologický ústav AV ČR, Praha, v. v. i.; Archeologický ústav AV ČR, Brno, v. v. i.; Filosofický ústav AV ČR, v. v. i.; Knihovna AV ČR, v. v. i.; Ústav dějin umění AV ČR, v. v. i.; Ústav pro českou literaturu AV ČR, v. v. i.; Etnologický ústav AV ČR, v. v. i.

Za EÚ se na projektu podílejí B. Gergelová a M. Suchomelová, technická spolupráce ing. Z. Holínský

Hlavním cílem projektu je vytvořit nástroje a infrastrukturu pro vědeckou práci v humanitních oborech, jejímž základem budou zdroje dostupné v elektronické podobě – například digitalizované dokumenty, elektronické databáze či různé separátní kolekce elektronických dat vědecké povahy.

Jednotlivé výstupy projektu naplňují deklarované specifické cíle následujícím způsobem:

  1. Vytvoření zastřešující platformy INDIHU
  2. Vývoj nástrojů pro vědeckou práci a prezentaci kulturního dědictví v digitálním světě
  3. Prototyp virtuální výstavy
  4. Virtuální znalostní báze
  5. Integrace open-source OCR mechanismu
  6. Vzdělávání vysokoškolských studentů v oblasti použití digitálního obsahu v rámci digital humanities

4. Zajištění interoperability a sdílení dat mezi různými digitálními kolekcemi včetně napojení na mezinárodní infrastrukturu

VISKALIA – Virtual open air museum of the vernacular architecture

VISKALIA – Virtual open air museum of the vernacular architecture
NAKI II, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic
DG20P02OVV003; 2020-2022
Coordinator: National museum (Klára Woitschová)
Partners: Czech Technical University in Prague, Institute of Ethnology of the CAS
Project participants from the Institute: Dana Motyčková (PI), Kateřina Sedlická, Barbora Gergelová, Jiří Woitsch, Klára Ondrigová

The project aims to (1) rescue the resource of plans, drawings and photographs of vernacular architecture in the Czech Republic which contains original ethnological data about the form, function and identity importance of vernacular architecture before its transformation into museum buildings, and (2) enable innovative access to this source by the public within a single platform, which will contribute to more relevant social perception of vernacular architecture and folk culture in general, will be useable in the educational process and in the future documentation and identification of cultural values of folk architecture and its marketing as well as economic utilisation. Vernacular architecture can be yet regarded as one of the cornerstones of a regional and national identity. The implementation of the stated general objectives of the project will achieve the following: (a) through the creation of the Virtual Open-air Museum of Vernacular Architecture (VISKALIA) which will cover basic thematic, typological and geographic variabilities of this architecture in the Czech Republic. The VISKALIA will fundamentally and innovatively document and present cultural heritage through new technologies – particularly 3D modelling and software applications. It will also become a basic tool for studies and popularisation of folk architecture in the online environment and electronic media, will be useable in education and training focused on issues related to cultural heritage; (b) creation of a specialised public database and map outputs including plans and photographs and other documentation of vernacular architecture at the level of the Czechia, complemented by a maximum of ethnographic, historic and spatial metadata; (c) access to the information on vernacular architecture by the public through exhibition and publications; (d) preservation and digitization of specific collection and archive sources of The Institute of Ethnology of the CAS and National Museum.

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Key outputs:

  • A – audiovisual creation: Virtual open-air museum of vernacular architecture

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  • S – specialized public database: Database of visual sources of vernacular architecture

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  • Nmap – specialized map with expert content: Basic structural-typological characteristics of folk architecture in the territory of the Czech Republic and their ethnographic documentation (certified, no. MK 53218/2022 OVV),

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  • Ekrit – organization of the exhibition with a critical catalogue:

Paper village exhibition, Ethnographic Museum of the National Museum, Kinského zahrada 98, Prague 5; 9/29/2022 – 6/1/2023; catalog: Paper village (editor: Klára Woitschová), 152 pages, ISBN 978-80-7036-720-9.


Folk song and dance of the Czech lands - digital system for presentation and preservation

Folk song and dance of the Czech lands - digital system for presentation and preservation

Program for the support of applied research and experimental development of national and cultural identity for the years 2016-2022, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic
DG18P02OVV053; 2018-2022

Principal Investigator: Matěj Kratochvíl
Team members: Lubomír Tyllner, Daniela Stavělová, Zdeněk Vejvoda, Lucie Uhlíková, Marta Toncrová, Klára Císaríková, Marek Janata

Partners: The National Folk Culture Institute

The main goal of the project is to create an effective instrument for making available traditional folk song and dance as an important part of cultural heritage and national cultural identity. It will provide the public with an access to the material, which until now remains largely unused, because major part of field records (written or audio) has never been published or the access to them is limited.

The project aims to enable a broad circuit of users to get detailed and comprehensible information about folk song and dance. This information will be delivered through an electronic application based on the latest knowledge aboutprotection and preservation of data carriers.

The goal will be achieved through several partial goals:

a) Creation of an internet portal, which enables its users to get information about specific sources of the folk songs and about the songs themselves. In the core of the portal, there will be a newly developed software connecting several layers of information: melodic and text incipits, localities, genres, dances, time of collection, the collector etc. The portal will allow search for the data and their comparison.

b) Preparing a system that will be able to overcome dialectological inconsistencies of song texts, which makes it hard to use current database or search systems. The system will also show melodic variants of songs.

c) Formulating a certified methodic for digitalization and normalization of melodic and text incipits, which will make possible future adding of new data to the system.

d) Creation of a database containing digitized sources for the folk songs from the collections of the Institute of Ethnology (approx. 150 000 units) as well as the data from the principal printed editions. The digitalization will make the online access to those sources possible and will also prevent the loss of an important part of cultural heritage stored on endangered media (magnetic tapes, older written records).

e) Creation specialized maps enabling visualization of information from the database

Broadside Ballads in the Historical Collections in Brno

NAKI II, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic
NAKI II: DG18P02OVV021; 2018–2022
Coordinator: Masaryk University – Faculty of Arts
Partners: Institute of Ethnology Czech Academy of Sciences, Moravian Library, Moravian Museum
Project participants from the Institute: Věra Frolcová, co-researcher, Markéta Holubová, researcher, Tomáš Slavický, researcher

The aim of the project is to create tools contributing to preservation, scholarly registration, presentation and accessibility of broadside ballads. In the centre of the attention are funds in Moravian Library in Brno, in the Brno’s department of the Institute of Ethnology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v. v. i., and in Ethnographic Institute in Moravian Museum. In total the funds contain about 17 000 broadside ballads from the period of the 17th to 19th century.
The instrument to achieve mentioned goals is the methodology for the creation of bibliographic records of broadside ballads, which will be possible to be used by other institutions managing artefacts of similar type, and the preparation of the broad-based exhibitions, which will present broadside ballads from the collections of institutions in Brno as a specific type of cultural heritage. The presentation on the user-friendly level will be guaranteed also by the specialized map, focused on the presentation of the regionally-geographic origin of the collections. Involvement of researchers from different fields allows to present the broadside ballads in the complex way, with emphasis on the textual, musical and also visual side. Broadside ballads are unique artefacts, genre and thematically various. It is possible to demonstrate on them the understanding of the contemporary mentality (sacred discourse and profane interests of the recipient in the researched period) and their significance for preservation of continuity of the standard language in the period between the Baroque epoch and the National revival period.
Among other outcomes of the project are several monographs of interdisciplinary character, conference and workshop concerning the problematic of broadside ballads. Above mentioned will be presented as the outcomes of the team of experts from different fields.


FERALHUNT - Hunting the Unruly Pigs of the New Wild: an anthropology of recreational hunting

Hunting the Unruly Pigs of the New Wild: an anthropology of recreational hunting (FERALHUNT)
Call no. 02_20_079 for International Mobility of Researchers - MSCA-IF IV, OP VVV, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/20_079/0017525; 2021–2022

Principal Investigator: Paul G. Keil

Globally, wild pigs are thriving in connection with human activity. This project is an anthropological study of recreational pig hunting and its role in the material and symbolic proliferation of feral pigs in Australia. Recreational hunting and feral pigs are subjects yet to be examined through a multispecies ethnographic lens, despite the novel questions they raise regarding nature/culture binaries, nonhuman agency, and ecological change. These questions are also relevant to Europe as it grapples with African Swine Fever and the re-emergence of wild boar.

This project’s aim is to analyse pig hunting in Australia as a form of human-nonhuman co-existence, with attention paid to how porcine agency and identity emerges from this relation. By conducting in-depth ethnographic fieldwork, engaging in inter-disciplinary collaboration with animal scientists, and deploying a multi-methodological toolkit, this project asks: How is hunting revaluating the feral pig’s place in the native environment? How does hunting culture shape nonhuman ways-of-being in multifaceted ways? And how do feral pigs provoke anxieties about an ungovernable more-than-human agency?

This project will be done in close collaboration with a social scientific team based in the Czech Republic that examines people’s interaction with wild boar across EU states. Australian findings will engage in comparative analysis with European research, yielding additional insights on the social factors shaping European stakeholder's engagement with boar. Mobility is necessary for this comparative exchange, and will augment the impacts of ethnography at a cross-cultural and global level, and create the opportunity for emergent conceptual and methodological innovation. The host organisation will complement and build upon the researcher's existing academic and professional skillset. Czech expertise and multi-disciplinary training will expand the researcher's methodological capacity to research human-animal relations.

International mobility of researchers, technical and administrative staff of the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (EUMOB)

International mobility of researchers, technical and administrative staff of the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (EUMOB)

Call No. 02_18_053 International Mobility of Researchers, Technical and Administrative staff of research organizations in the priority axis 2 OP, Operation Program Research, Development and Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/18_053/0017842; 1.9.2021 – 30.6.2023

Principal Investigator: PhDr. Jiří WOITSCH, Ph.D.

The project is aimed at increasing the mobility of research, technical and administrative staff of the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The project aims to increase and improve the professional and other competencies of employees, strengthen the internationalization of research, and the general improvement of the HR environment at the Institute towards research and organizational excellence in the national and, especially, international environment.


Projects funded by Technology Agency of the Czech Republic

Agrolesnictví – šance pro regionální rozvoj a udržitelnost venkovské krajiny

Technická agentura ČR, projekt č. TL01000298, 2018-2020

Zapojené instituce: Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze, Výzkumný ústav Silva Taroucy pro krajinu a okrasné zahradnictví, v. v. i., Mendelova univerzita v Brně, Botanický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i., Asociace soukromého zemědělství České republiky, Etnologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i. 
Aplikační garanti: Středočeský kraj a Jihomoravský kraj
Řešitelka za EU: Jana Krčmářová

Cílem projektu je posoudit přínosy, možnosti a bariéry uplatnění agrolesnických systémů (ALS) na území ČR s primárním zaměřením na socioekonomický, legislativní a environmentální kontext. Jedná se o hodnocení výsadby dřevin na orné půdě v oblastech postihovaných půdní erozí a suchem a dále chov zvířat v kombinací se stromovou složkou. Na základě podrobné literární rešerše, terénních socio-etnologických šetření a produkčně-ekonomických dat shromážděných od zemědělců budou komplexně hodnoceny přínosy ALS na zemědělské půdě. Analyzovány budou dále legislativní bariéry, příležitosti a podpory pěstování stromů na zemědělské půdě. Konečným výstupem projektu budou jak výsledky v podobě vědeckých publikací tak zejména podklady (metodiky) pro uplatnění a zavádění agrolesnických systému v ČR.

The aim of the project is to evaluate the benefits and constraints of using agroforestry systems (AFS) in Czechia with a focus on the socio-economic, legal and environmental context. The project will evaluate planting of trees on arable land in areas affected by soil erosion and drought, and animal husbandry combined with tree components. Based on detailed literary review, socio-ethnological surveys, production and economic data gathered from farmers, the AFS benefits on the agricultural land will be fully evaluated. Furthermore, legislative constraints and opportunities for tree growing on agricultural land will be analyzed. The final outputs will be the scientific publications and, in particular, the documents (methodologies) for the application and implementation of the agroforestry system in Czechia.


Konference: Agrolesnictví – šance pro regionální rozvoj a udržitelnost venkovské krajiny (7. 12. 2018)

New approaches to the coordination of expatriate issues

Strategy AV 21

Preparation and electronic edition of the annual reports of the Jesuit residence a place of pilgrimage in Bohosudov

Strategy AV21, Czech Academy of Sciences; 2020–2021

Investigator: Markéta Holubová

The aim of the project is to create and launch a model e-edition of the annual reports of the Jesuit residence a place of pilgrimage in Bohosudov near Teplice. Electronic access to the annual reports of the Jesuit residence will emable very effective work with them with the help of quality registration and other aids.

Interrupted Memory – Vanished and Vanishing Form of the Czech Countryside

Researcher: Jaroslav Otčenášek

This project focused on selected areas of the Czech countryside, where the traditional cultural landscape and the associated cultural memory have either completely disappeared or been significantly interrupted, and efforts to reconnect with older traditions are so difficult, if not sometimes impossible. Specifically, these are military areas, areas of dam construction and regions affected by opencast minning, especially brown coal after 1945. Numerous documents are stored in the collections of the Institute of Ethnology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic v. v. i., on the basis of which the study of collective memory, cultural landscape memory etc., can be studied very well. Areas flooded by dams and devastated by opencast coal minning are captured relatively well, but military areas and the border zone are unfortunately insufficiently captured, mainly due to practical inaccessibility at the time.
Selected locations with relevant photos and details can be found here.

Digital preservation and publication of the funds of the "Survey project of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts - Ethnographic Commission"

Zpřístupnění a uchování fondu Zaměřovací akce České akademie věd a umění – Národopisné komise pomocí digitalizace

Team members: PhDr. Dana Motyčková, CSc. a PhDr. Kateřina Sedlická

Cílem aktivity je zpřístupnění a uchování fondu Zaměřovací akce současnými neinvazivními prostředky, dále revize a doplnění databáze a především digitalizace plánové dokumentace a fotografií, v první fázi z lokalit ve Středočeském kraji. Fond byl protektorátním projektem Národopisné komise (1940–1946), za cíl si kladl především dokumentaci vesnické roubené architektury s jejími regionálními specifiky a vytvoření stavebně-technických výkresů tradičního lidového stavitelství. Vzniklý jedinečný soubor plánů a kreseb (2000 jednotek formátu A0 - A2), fotografií (10 000 jednotek) a písemných materiálů má nevyčíslitelnou historicko-oborovou dokumentační hodnotou pro poznání jeho tradičních forem.

Czechs abroad - series

Ediční řada Češi v cizině (project website, Czech only)

Database of broadsheet and old prints in the collections of the Institute of Ethnology
Database of German broadsheet and old prints in the collections of the Institute of Ethnology
Digitalization of KSVI newsletters

Digitalizace Zpravodajů KSVI 2017 (project website, Czech only)

Folk culture - Ethnographic encyclopedia of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia
City as a Laboratory of Change

Hlavní koordinátorka projektu Město jako laboratoř změny: PhDr. Adéla Gjuričová, Ph.D., Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR, v. v. i.
Koordinátor výzkumných aktivit za Etnologický ústav: PhDr. Přemysl Mácha, Ph.D.
Web projektu Město jako laboratoř změny


Každodenní život v Brně v první polovině 20. století

Investigator: Jana Nosková

Doba řešení: 2020

Edice autobiografických pramenů ze sbírek Etnologického ústavu AV ČR Edition of autobiographic sources from the archive of The Institute of Ethnology. 


The urbanonyms of Ostrava in time and space
Strategy AV21, Czech Academy of Sciences, 2020
Investigator: Přemysl Mácha
Team members: Luděk Krtička, Jaroslav David
Partners: University of Ostrava, City of Ostrava

The goal is to build upon, and expand, previous research on Ostrava urbanonyms in order to create an interactive public on-line database with the possibility of visualizing information about street names and the history of individual places. Additional outputs include a peer-reviewed article and a paper presented at an international conference.


Protests in post/socialist countries (workshop)

Investigator: Eva Šipöczová

Year: 2020

Cieľom workshopu bude kultúrne-historický pohľad na podobu protestov, demonštrácií a manifestácií v postsocialistických krajinách. Vedecká perspektíva bude rozšírená o prístupy aktérov a aktérok z oblasti umenia a aktivizmu. Počas workshopu bude snahou zbúrať hranice postavené vzťahom výskumník/čka – informátor/ka. Aktéri a aktérky s priamou skúsenosťou s realizáciou protestov budú počas workshopu v pozícii expert with experience. Sami pri svoje práci často siahajú po odbornej literatúre (historická, sociologická, umenovedná) a ich praktické skúsenosti prekračujú hranice odborníkov/čiek vymedzené základným výskumom.

Otvorenie diskusie mimo akademické prostredie predstavuje možnosť popularizácie vedy, a zároveň možnosť naviazania rovnocenného dialógu medzi zástupcami a zástupkyňami rôznych perspektív uchopovania kultúry protestu.


City festivities: music and dance as a means of forming the identity of place.

Investigator: Daniela Stavělová

Years: 2020-2021

The goal of this project is the reasearch of festivities in which music and dance becomes a part of so called ritual language, capable of transfering shared symbols in public communication. The results will include a documentary movie.

Other projects

Prosaic Folklore and The Post-Socialist Memory

Prosaic Folklore and The Post-Socialist Memory
Programme for research and mobility support of starting researchers, CAS MSM300582101; 2021
Principal Investigator: Mgr. Eva Šipöczová, Ph.D.
Partners: The Estonian Literary Museum, The Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica

The submitted project focuses on folkloristic research on collectively shared ideas of the past, transmitted orally and through contemporary prosaic folklore. The project addresses how society creates images of the past by means of jokes, anecdotes, rumours, surmises, unverified information, conspiracy theories, and urban legends. Attention will be paid to the reflection on twentieth-century history with regard to the Second World War and the era of Socialism. The folkloristic approach will be combined with theoretical knowledge about the memory as a cultural phenomenon. During the research stay, materials will be collected by means of interviews and questionnaires distributed among young generation, which creates their relation to the twentieth-century historical events primarily in a way different from their own experience (family narrations, education, pop culture etc.). The research in Estonia and Slovakia will offer an opportunity of comparing the collected materiál and the interpretation thereof to the backdrop of a different post-war development of the countries.