PhDr. Petr Roubal, PhD.

Institute for Contemporary History ,

Research focus:

• Legitimisation strategies of state-socialism, modern political rituals, physical education under
state-socialism, history of Sokol movement
• Dealing with the communist past, Czechoslovak Federal Assembly 1989-1992, Czech neo-
liberalism after 1989, Czech far-right after 1989
• Post-war history of Prague

Research experience and qualification:

• 2008 to present: Senior researcher at Institute of Contemporary History (Department of
late-/post-socialism), Academy of Sciences, Prague
• 2011 to present: Lecturer at Faculty of Philosophy & Arts, Charles University, Prague
• 2007 – 2011: Lecturer Council on International Educational Exchange, Prague
• 2007: Ph.D. in Comparative History, Central European University, History Department
• 2002: M.Phil in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Dept. of Social Anthropology
• 2000: MA in History, Central European University, History Department

Planning Prague from late-socialist to neo-liberal governance

Relying on interviews, expert journals and archival materials, the research will explore the radical shift in city planning of Prague that took place between the years of perestroika and the early 1990s. Focusing on discourses of the city planners it aims at contrasting the two widely divergent views of the city, the late state-socialist and the early neoliberal. The research also tries to see underlining continuities between the two modes of city planning and explore the changes in the state-socialist planning that enabled the later radical move away from paternalistic vision of the city and (temporal) distrust in the very idea of city planning. It hopes to establish – on the examples of transport and housing city policies and planning – that state-socialist planners paved way in many respects for the neo-liberal shift from city planning to urban design.

Monographs and edited volumes:

Československé spartakiády. Prague: Academia, 2016.

Starý pes, nové kousky: kooptace do Federálního shromáždění a vytváření polistopadové politické kultury, Prague: Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR, 2013.

Rozděleni minulostí: Vytváření politických identit v České republice po roce 1989, (Together with: Adéla Gjuričová, Michal Kopeček, Jiří Suk a Tomáš Zahradníček). Prague: Knihovna Václava Havla, 2011.

Prague Perspectives III. Jan Slavík (1885–1978): A Czech Historian of Revolutions. (Ed. together with Lukáš Babka). Prague: Národní knihovna ČR, 2009.

Prague Perspectives (II): A New Generation of Czech East European Studies. (Ed. together with Lukáš Babka), Prague: Národní knihovna ČR, 2007.

Prague Perspectives (I): The History of East-Central Europe and Russia (Ed. together with Václav Veber), Prague: Národní knihovna ČR, 2004.


Mass Gymnastic Performances under Communism: The Case of Czechoslovak Spartakiads. In: Balázs Apor, Péter Apor, E. A. Rees, eds., The Sovietization of Eastern Europe: New Perspectives on the Postwar Period, Washington, New Academia Publishing, 2008, p. 171-180.

Visual Representation of the Czech/Czechoslovak State, 1945-2000: A Survey of the Literature. In: European Review of History-Revue européenne d’Histoire, 13 (2006), p. 83-113.

The body of the nation. The Czechoslovak Spartakiades from a gender perspective. In: Havelková, H. a Oates-Indruchová, L., eds., The Politics of Gender Culture under State Socialism: An Expropriated Voice. New York: Routledge, 2014.

The conservative counter-revolution: post-dissident neoconservatives in post-communist transformation. In: Michal Kopeček and Piotr Wciślik. In: Thinking Through Transition: Liberal Democracy, Authoritarian Pasts, and Intellectual History in East Central Europe After 1989. Budapest: CEU Press, 2015, p. 171-200.