Department of Biographical Studies

Areas of Focus

The department devotes its efforts to the upcoming publication of the Biographical Dictionary of the Czech Lands. Members specialize in the methods and theoretical problems of biographical research, and through studies, papers, and monographs, they compile the life stories of individuals who have lived and worked in the Czech lands.

Primary Research Projects

  • The compilation, preparation, and coordination of biographical entries for the Biographical Dictionary of the Czech Lands.
  • Collaboration with the editors of the Austrian Biographical Lexicon, the Slovak Biographical Dictionary, and other similar publications in neighbouring countries. 
  • Biographies of the originators and bearers of the Czech national myth – biographies of individuals, both well known and less so, who helped shape the social, political, cultural, scientific, and economic evolution of the Czech lands. 

Funds and Collections

Database of the Biographical Dictionary of the Czech Lands