Zdeněk Konopásek, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology

As academic sociologist, I am interested in ambiguous and complex relationships between science, technology and politics. I have also written about communist power and auto/biographies (both as sociological data and as subject of study). Years ago, I was involved in a study of social policy and of welfare state institutions. I do not work with questionnaires and statistical data; rather, I rely on so called qualitative data – documents, personal accounts, life narratives, observations, etc. Too “big” and abstract sociological questions seem suspicious to me. I prefer detailed investigations of particular cases, controversies or situations, approached from multiple participants’ perspectives (this is not subjectivism, but rather a kind of meticulous realism).

Besides sociology, I enjoy doing and listening music. And, occasionally, I mention some other activities on this web site. All this mixed together can be viewed in a synoptic view or separately in particular thematic sections. These can be accessed by the menu in the top or directly:

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Coming events

23. 2. 2023 -

Zdeněk Konopásek: K sociologii přírodovědy a přírodopolitiky: Bruno Latour a jak mu rozumět v souvislostech [Toward sociology of sciences and politics of nature: Bruno Latour and how to understand him in context] - the date might be subjected to change

Presentation for the series Biological Thursdays in Viničná, Viničná 7, Praha 2; starting at 5:15pm

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Latest publications

KONOPÁSEK, Z. / MARŠÁLEK, J. (2023 - in press): Když se dva hádají, třetí... pozoruje: Sociologické studium vědeckých kontroverzí [When two argue, the third… observes: A sociological study of scientific controversies]. Československý časopis pro fyziku, 73 (1): ???-???


KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2023 - in press): Věda a politika, vpravo, vlevo [Science and politics, right, left]. Sociální studia, ?? (??): ??-??

Scientific paper

MARŠÁLEK, J. / KONOPÁSEK, Z. / HADWIGER ZÁMEČNÍK, L. (2022): Kolik fyziky se vejde do vývěvy (a co všechno do fyziky)? [How much physics can fit into a vacuum pump (and what everything fits into physics)?]. Československý časopis pro fyziku, 72 (6): 424-426

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Osobní stránky Zdeňka Konopáska -, technická realizace Jakub Konopásek ©