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Innovative presentation of scientific knowledge I - JSM570
Title: Innovative presentation of scientific knowledge I
Czech title: Inovativní prezentace vědeckého poznání I
Guaranteed by: Department of Sociology (23-KS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: both
E-Credits: 4
Hours per week, examination: 0/2, C [HT]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (16)
summer:unknown / unknown (16)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: Mgr. Barbora Spalová, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Barbora Spalová, Ph.D.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Incompatibility : JSM560
Is incompatible with: JSM560
Annotation - Czech

The aim of the seminar is to offer students the opportunity to try innovative forms of presentation of scientific knowledge (exhibitions, theater / dance performances, happenings, moderation of group discussions, film, campaign, walk, interactive digital presentations, etc.). In the introductory meetings we will get acquainted with the theory and practice of innovative representations of scientific knowledge. The guests of the course will introduce the genres they work with and will offer a discussion on the possibilities of the given genre for the presentation of scientific knowledge. In the middle of the semester, students or groups of students will consult their innovative intentions during the weekend seminar “KVAS” (in the form of a walking seminar – 12.-14.4. Dolní Podluží). At the turn of April and May, each team or author presents the ongoing work to colleagues. The condition for granting the credit is a report on the implementation of the project, including a reflection of the influence of the presentation genre on the content of the communication. If the project is larger, its implementation can be divided into two phases and two semesters (possibility to enroll into Innovative presentation of scientific knowledge II). It is assumed that the topics of the presentations will be based on research work carried out in other courses or on research carried out during the elaboration of the diploma thesis. In addition to specific skills and contacts, the participants of the seminar will also gain insight into the issues of applied science.

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Last update: Spalová Barbora, Mgr., Ph.D. (04.02.2024)
Aim of the course - Czech


The aim of the seminar is to offer students the opportunity to try innovative forms of presenting scientific knowledge (exhibitions, theatre/dance performances, happenings, moderating group discussions, film, campaign, walk, interactive digital presentations, etc.).

Last update: Spalová Barbora, Mgr., Ph.D. (04.02.2024)
Course completion requirements - Czech


-active participation in course meetings 

- weekend seminar KVAS (12.-14.4.): active participation, preparation of a project outline before KVAS

- realisation of the project

- written reflection of the project 

Last update: Spalová Barbora, Mgr., Ph.D. (04.02.2024)
Literature - Czech

Povinná literatura

ERIKSEN, T. H. (2006): Engaging anthropology: The case for a public presence. Oxford: Berg Publishers

Eriksen, T. H. (2016): Veřejná antropologie ve 21. století, s některými příklady z Norska. Český lid: etnologicky casopis; 103 (1): 23-36.

SCHNEIDER, Arnd / WRIGHT, Christopher (eds.). 2010. Between art and anthropology. Oxford: Berg


Doporučená literatura

BARTSCHERER, T. / COOVER, R., eds. (2011): Switching codes: Thinking through digital technology in the humanities and the arts. Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press

COFFEY, A., / ATKINSON, P. / HOLBROOK, B. (1996): Qualitative Data Analysis: Technologies and Representations. Sociological Research Online, 1 (1). Dostupné na adrese: http://

COLLIER, J. / COLLIER, M. (1986): Visual anthropology. Photography as a research method. Albuqurque: The University of New Mexico Press

HORST, A. H. / MILLER, D., eds. (2012a): Digital antrhopology. London, New York: Berg

JAMES, A. / HOCKEY, J. / ALLISON, J., eds. (1997): After Writing culture: Epistemology and praxis in contemporary anthropology. London, New York: Routledge

PINK, S. (2006): The future of visual anthropology: Engaging the senses. London, New York: Routledge

Last update: Spalová Barbora, Mgr., Ph.D. (04.02.2024)
Syllabus - Czech

1-2. Discussion of the basic questions of the course:

What criteria make knowledge scientific? What are the nature of the boundaries between scientific and non-scientific knowledge?

What is the position of the social sciences in Western societies? How has it changed and is it changing, depending on what conditions? What aspects of power has this position had and has, and how is it changing?

Why shouldn't/shouldn't social sciences be engaged/action/applied/public? What hinders and what helps engagement?

Examples of engaged and applied research undertaken in the social sciences.

3-5. genres of representation represented by different guests.

6. KVAS retreat.

8. Presentation of student projects.

Last update: Spalová Barbora, Mgr., Ph.D. (04.02.2024)
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