Adéla Gjuričová

Institute for Contemporary History ,

Research focus:

• Political and social history of the late state socialism
• Post-communist transformation

Research experience and qualification:

• 2012 to present: Head of the Working Group on Parliaments in Transition, Institute of
Contemporary History
• 2004 to present: Research fellow at the Institute of Contemporary History (Prague), Department
for the history of post-communist transition
• 1996-1999: PhD. Studies at the Institute of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences of
the Charles University
• 1992-1993: Amsterdam Centre for Comparative Social Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam
• 1990-1996: MA Studies at the Institute of Political Science of the Philosophical Faculty of the
Charles University

The Czechoslovak Psychotherapy under Socialism: A Meeting-Point of Psy-ences

Deep into the 1980s, psychotherapy had been a vaguely defined institutional and conceptual field in Czechoslovakia, with varied venues stretching from public health-care (psychiatric) facilities, via marriage counselling centres run by the National Committees, to an established, though semi-formal system of psychotherapy training courses. As opposed to medical psychiatry, psychotherapy was not considered to have a great power potential and was left to develop without strong direct influence and control by the socialist state.
The research argues that the community of therapists became a remarkable niche of (psy-)expertise which allows us to explore several remarkable phenomena characteristic for the position of institutionalized expert environments in socialist countries: First, there was a specific manner in which actors, exploiting their multiple identities, maximized their professional chances within a politically limiting condition. Second, it was psychotherapy that became a neutral meeting-point for psychiatry and psychology as two disciplines previously set in a strictly hierarchical order. Third, the research describes the dynamics of interaction with both domestic ideological debates as well as Western psychotherapy. And finally, the research tries to specify the extent to which this environment – more or less intuitively – prepared both the therapists and the clients for the neo-liberal shift in the 1990s.

Gjuričová, Adéla – Zahradníček, Tomáš: Nevítaný pokus o emancipaci: Federální shromáždění v československé revoluci 1989 [An Unwelcome Attempt at Emancipation: The Federal Assembly and the Czechoslovak Revolution of 1989]. In: Soudobé dějiny, Vol. 23, No. 3-4 (2015), p. 348-365.

Gjuričová, Adéla: Coming to (a Short) Life: The Czechoslovak Parliament 1989-1992. In: Prispevki za novejšo zgodovino / Contributions to Contemporary History, Vol . 55, No. 3 (2015), p. 9-23.

Gjuričová, Adéla – Schulz, Andreas – Velek, Luboš – Wirsching, Andreas (eds.): Lebenswelten von Abgeordneten in Europa 1860-1990 [The Life-Worlds of Members of Parliament, 1860-1990]. Berlin, KGParl – Droste 2014.

Gjuričová, Adéla – Kopeček, Michal – Roubal, Petr – Suk, Jiří – Zahradníček, Tomáš: Rozděleni minulostí: Vytváření politických identity v České republice po roce 1989 [Divided by the Past: Political Identities in the Czech Republic after 1989] (Prague, Václav Havel Library 2011)

Cuhra, Jaroslav – Ellinger, Jiří – Gjuričová, Adéla – Smetana, Vít: The Czech Lands in European History. Volume 4: 1918-2004. Praha-Litomyšl, Paseka 2006.

Gjuričová, Adéla – Kopeček, Michal (eds.): Chapters in the History of Czech Democracy after 1989. Praha – Litomyšl, Paseka 2007.

Gjuričová, Adéla (ed.): „1989-2009: Society. History. Politics“: Collection of Conference Papers (16-18 September 2009, Liblice).

Gjuričová, Adéla: A Rather Traditional Break with the Past: The Presence of the Past in the Ideology and Political Rhetoric of the Civic Democratic Party. In: Soudobé dějiny, Vol. 16, Issue 2-3 (2009), pp. 313-332.

Gjuričová, Adéla: Politically Conscious Quixotes: The Political Thought of Růžena Vacková. In: Soudobé dějiny, Vol. 12, No. 2 (2005), pp. 285-308.