Department of South Slavonic and Balkan Studies

M M Blažić J  Kovačič (Praga 27 4 12) 013The Department of South Slavonic and Balkan Studies came into being on February 1, 2011. Its pedagogic and research activities follow the tradition of the earlier Department of Slavonic Studies and the Institute of Slavonic and East Slavonic Studies.

The departmental research profile is very diverse and wide: it includes the study and teaching of languages in the region (Albanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Roumanian, Slovenian, Serbian) and of the related literatures and cultures. The members of the department carry out research in the following areas:

  1. Linguistics:  Palaeoslavonic, contrastive linguistics, synchronic and diachronic Slavonic, lexicography, modern languages
  2. Literary studies: modern Bulgarian literature, contemporary Croatian literature, Slovenian literature of the beginning of the 20th century, South Slavic and Balkan – Czech Relations, Slavic Women Writers
  3. Folklore of Balkan Slavs
  4. Modern history of SE Europe: political history of Yugoslavia, demographic changes of SE Europe, History of Bosnia, developmental analysis of Albania under the regime of E. Hoxha

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARecent projects (finished in the years 2013-2014):

1.The Perspectives of the Western Balkans in the Context of its Political, Ethnic and Demographic Development in the Last Twenty Years (GA ČR, nr P410/10/0136, 2010–2014) The central aim of the complex analysis of the recent history and the current position of the area are the assessment of the future development of the Western Balkans area, i.e. the estimation whether the Western Balkans trends lead up to the long-therm stabilization, or the decrease of tensions represents only an inter-period of the crisis. Main researcher: doc. PhDr. Jan Pelikán, CSc., second researcher: PhDr. Ondřej Žíla.

2. Language acquisition (L2 acquisition) of Russian native speakers in Czech vs. German language Environments (GA ČR, nr P410/10/0136, 2012-2014, bilateral grant with Slavisches Seminar, Albert Ludwig-Universität Freiburg, Germyny). The Project analysed challenges faced by Russian-speaking immigrants in terms of language integration in new communication settings Czech and German. Main researcher: prof. PhDr. Hana Gladkova, CSc.

_original3. Women Writers in History (nr IS 0901), The aim of the COST Action was to lay the groundwork for a new history of European women’s participation in the literary field of the centuries before 1900. The COST Action has developed the database WomenWriters into a broad Research Infrastructure, allowing researchers to stock and manipulate data concerning the contemporary reception of women’s writing, and to apply different research models to these data. Co-researcher – the member of the project (2010-2013): doc. PhDr. Alenka Jensterle Doležalová, CSc.

4. History of Romanian literature (Literary life in a cultural space), project of Slovak Academy of Science, Institute of World Literature (VEGA 2/0096 2012-2014). The result of the project will be the first history of Romanian literature in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Main external researcher: PhDr. Libuše Valentová, CSc.

A majority of the staff are currently participating in two projects:
  1. History in interdisciplinary perspective. Profilation – assimilation – coexistence – integration – reflection (development of language, religious, ethnic and national identities in Eastern and Southeastern Europe).
  • general coordinator:  prof. PhDr. Ivan Šedivý, CSc.
  • key researcher and coordinator for Department of Russian and East European Studies and for Department of Balkan and South Slavonic studies: PhDr. Standa Tumis, M A., Ph.D
  • participators from  the Departement of Balkan and South Slavonic studies: doc. PhDr. Alenka Jensterle-Doležalová, CSc., PhDr. Jaroslav Otčenášek, Ph.D., PhDr. Milada Nedvědová, Ph.D., Mgr. Orkida Backus Borshi, Mgr. Jarmila Horáková, Mgr. Přemysl Vinš, Mgr. Sandra Vlainić, PhDr. Ondřej Žíla., Mgr. Mircea Dan Duta, Ph.D., PhDr. Jaroslav Otčenášek, Ph.D., PhDr. Milada Nedvědová, Ph.D., Mgr. Orkida Backus Borshi, Mgr. Jarmila Horáková, Mgr. Přemysl Vinš, Mgr. Sandra Vlainić, PhDr. Ondřej Žíla.
  1. Prof. PhDr. Hana Gladkova, CSc. is currently coordinating the thematic module entitled: Czech Language in the Context of Slavic Languages in frame of the “Program for development of science sectors – Linguistics”
  • general coordinator – prof. PhDr. Ivana Čeňková, CSc
  • associated researchers from the Department of South Slavonic and Balkan Studies: Ph.D., Mgr. Karel Jirásek, Ph.D., Mgr. Božana Niševa, Ph.D..


Members from the Department of South Slavonic and Balkan Studies have recently organised and/or contributed to the organisation of the following conferences:

  • Language Politics and Slavonic Languages (May 2011)
  • Three international Slovenian conferences:
  1. Edvard Kocbek (1904-1981) in November 2005
  2. Zofka Kvedrová (1878-1936 ) in March 2007
  3. Mutual Perspectives. Czech – Slovenian and Slovenian-Czech Relations in the 20th Century in November 2010
  • Colloquium Romanian literature: non-fiction in past and present, Prague, 23 – 24 October 2013, Rumanian Cultural Institute.
  • International congress of Slavists in Minsk (XV. Mezinárodní kongres slavistů, Minsk, 20 – 27 August 2013), Round table: Language Law an Slavonic Languages (organised by prof. dr. Hana Gadková),
  • International Symposium One hundred Years of Slovene Studies at the  Charles University (Doc. AJ. Doležalová and A. Šurla), together with the exhibition at the Faculty of Arts, 5 – 6 November 2014.

Kazanlak-tombRecent publications:

Gladkova, Hana – Vačkova, Kina (eds.): Jazykové právo a slovanské jazyky (Language Law and Slavonic languages). Praha, Filozofická fakulta UK v Praze 2013,  587 p.

Jensterle-Doležal, Alenka: Avtor, text, kontekst. Poglavja iz slovenske moderne (Author, Text, Context. Chapters about Slovene “Modernism”). Maribor: Mednarodna založba Filozofske fakultete  Zora  (103), Maribor, Slovenia, 2014, 417 p.

Jensterle-Doležalová, Alenka – Šurla, Andrej – Honzak Jahić, Jasna (eds.): Sto let slovenistiky. Pedagogy a vědci  ve stínu dějin (One hundred Years of Slovene Studies. Teachers and Academics in the Shadow of History). Praha: Práce Filozofické fakulty Univerzity Karlovy, Varia, 27. svázek, 2014, 570 p.

Nisheva, Bozhana: Inovační procesy v české a bulharské jazykové situaci (na materiálu jazyka médií). Innovative Processes in Czech and Bulgarian Language Situation (on the Material of Languages used in Media). 1 vyd, Praha: Karolinum, 2014. Studia Philologica Pragensia, 184 p.

Pelikán, Jan: Novými cestami. Kosovo v letech 1958–1969 (New Ways. Kosovo in the Years 1958-1969). Praha, Filozofická fakulta Univerzity Karlovy, 2014, 400 p.

Žila, Ondřej: “Jedna si jedina moja domovina?” Etno-demografické proměny Bosny a Hercegoviny v letech 1945–2012 (“Is this  my only Homeland?” Ethno-demographical changes of Bosnia and Hercegovina in the Years 1945-2012). Praha: Filozofická fakulta Univerzity Karlovy, 2014.


  • 2014: doc. Alenka Jensterle-Doležal and Dr Andrej Šurla received an award of the Embassy of Slovenia in the Czech Republic for encouraging the friendship between the Slovenians and the Czechs and for popularizing Slovenian language, culture and literature in the Czech Republic.
  • 2014: Dr Libuše Valentová received a Diploma of Excellency (Diplomă de Excelenţă) from the Romanian Ministry of education for popularizing Romanian language, culture, and literature in the world.
  • 2011: Dr Jíři Našinec received a Diploma “Meritul cultural” (For merits in culture) from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Moldavia  and Committee of the Republic of Moldavia  for UNESCO.