Head of the Research Centre:

Prof. PhDr. Irena Korbelářová, Dr.


Mgr. Jorga Kunčíková

Masarykova tř. 37

746 01 Opava

Czech Republic




The Research Centre for Cultural History of Silesia and Central Europe continues in the research in the area of political, economic, social and administrative history of the monitored territory that has been carried out at the Silesian University in Opava and other institutions for the past period. While respecting the standard history methods, the transgenerational research team strives to find new, interdisciplinary-oriented interpretative models applied in traditional research fields. When studying the processes of shaping local and land identities, changes of mentality of communities or other topics, the research approaches applied by the members of the Research Centre take into account the determination of the monitored phenomena by their cultural and social frameworks.

Within the framework of such a chosen approach, time as well as spatial overlaps of the research interest of the Research Centre, formally defined by the interval of 1000 and 1800, are unavoidable. Specific topics concerning medieval or early modern history can be studied from the prehistoric period to the new era and at the same time territorial overlaps from west-European regions of the Empire to the territories of Eastern or Southern Europe can be taken into consideration. A similar link in the considerations of the Research Centre members is also their awareness of the importance of regional cultural heritage for preserving the diversity of the unifying Europe as well as the awareness of the role of local and regional roots with focus on the unquestionable importance of the multi-layered processes of cultural transfer, communication and interaction between centres and peripheries.

The Research Centre members are mainly scientists and educators from the historical departments of the Faculty of Philosophy and Science (Institute of Historical Sciences, Institute of Archaeology). Nevertheless, experts from other departments of the Silesian University oriented on history and social science participate in the Centre activities within specific research teams. With regard to the study of cultural heritage issues, its preservation, protection and importance in contemporary regional practice, the Centre cooperates closely with other specialized faculty and university departments as well as with experts from practice.

The Research Centre and its members intentionally devote themselves to gifted doctoral and master students whose professional growth is supported by participation in professional activities at various levels of research. They are involved in solution of partial issues mainly of heuristic and analytical nature, in organization of scientific conferences and seminars. They also participate as co-authors in publishing the research results.


Tangible and intangible manifestations of the Silesian society everydayness are studied on the background of its structures and mentality, action patterns and gender positions of individuals and groups influenced substantially by the position of Silesia, at an imaginary crossroads of meeting and intertwining of languages, cultures, political and religious influences, taking into account the role of the regions and their cultural heritage in contemporary Europe.


The name combines the interest of Centre researchers in the history of pre-modern media and their role in conveying meanings, in memory studies and in the socio-cultural structure of historical phenomena. The three interconnected concepts combine innovative approaches in the field of cultural, political and social history that, by their nature, exceed the conventional boundaries of the Middle Ages and early Modern period and include the sphere of written, verbal and visual communication.


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