Kurt and Ursula Schubert Centre of Jewish Studies, Palacky University in Olomouc
Contact detailsFF UP v Olomouci
Tř. Svobody 26,
CZ - 772 00
Tel: + 420 585 633 203
Tel: +420 58 563 3203
Awards degrees in Jewish Studies as a sole or major component
Offers courses in Jewish Studies
There is a Jewish Studies library
Main research activities
The Kurt-and-Ursula-Schubert-Institute of Jewish Studies is the first secular institution that offers a full-fledged graduate program in Jewish Studies in the Czech
Republic. The establishment of the new institute is also crucial for academic research. The supreme aim is to revitalize the study of the history, culture and tradition of Czech Jewry that has been interrupted by the Holocaust and neglected during the years of communism by providing access to international research results and hosting renowned foreign scholars. The aim of the study program
is to offer Jewish topics in a broad context, as for instance, history, sociology, political science, theology, philology, art history etc.
The study program of Jewish Studies is designed as an interdisciplinary program of cultural studies. The program is compatible with Jewish Studies-programs at foreign universities. The international faculty staff promotes multidisciplinary research and the teaching of Czech and
Central European Jewish history and heritage. Therefore, high-level language proficiency in German, English and Hebrew is emphasized.
It is a principal mission of the Institute to call attention to Moravian Jewish history in terms of research and education. Under the communist regime, academic research and teaching of Jewish topics were very restricted. Graduates of the new study program, as educated specialists, should fill the gap cause by the Holocaust and communist policy. On the one hand, they should establish a new
form of scholarly communication between the Czech Republic and the
international academic community and on the other hand, they should become opinion-leaders in current social and political discussions on Jewish topics in the Czech Republic.
MAIN RESEARCH AREAS
This newly accredited study program (November 2005) is following the tradition of region orientated research at the Philosophical Faculty of Palacký University. Therefore, the research activities in Jewish studies will deal with history, literature, culture, arts, and the social life of Moravian Jewry. One of the most important activities will be an independent project on mapping out the Jewish documents written in Hebrew and Yiddish and preserved in Bohemian and Moravian archives.