Project managers:

Mgr. Veronika Klusáková, Ph.D. veronika.klusakova(at), phone: +420 732 749 477 (maternity leave)
Mgr. Tomáš Jirsa, Ph.D. – t.jirsa(at), phone: +420 732 931 001

Mgr. Petr Vlček – petr.vlcek(at), phone:+420 733 690 758 

prof. Ian Christie - ianchristi(at)

Team members:

Doc. PhDr. Jiří Lach, Ph.D., M.A. - jiri.lach(at)
prof. Marcel Arbeitmarcel.arbeit(at)
Mgr. Petr Bilík, Ph.D. - petr.bilik(at)
Mgr. Jakub Korda, Ph.D. - korda.jakub(at)
RNDr. Martin Čihák, Ph.D. - martin.cihak(at)
Mgr. Martin Mazanec - martin.mazanec(at)
Mgr. Pavel Bednařík - pavel.bednarik(at)
Mgr. Martin Elbel, Ph.D. - maelbel(at)
Mgr. Martin Škabraha, Ph.D. - skabraham(at)
Mgr. Petr Čehovský, Ph.D. - petr.cehovsky(at)
Mgr. Pavel Zahrádka, Ph.D. - pavel.zahradka(at)

Eva Richterová - project administrator, eva.richterova(at)
Lucie Mánková - project administrator, lucie.mankova(at)


Prof. Ian Christie (1945)

A professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck, University of London, having previously taught in Oxford University and the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is currently a visiting professor at the Palacky University in Olomouc, where he is mentoring an ESF project Re-Presenting the Past. He has co-curated many exhibitions, especially on Russian art and film, and written on the historic and contemporary avant-garde film.

A regular critic and commentator on film in both academia and the popular media, his work is increasingly concerned with audiences and contexts of reception. Recent publications include: Stories We Tell Ourselves: the Cultural Impact of UK Film (co-author, 2009) and Audiences: Defining and Researching. Screen Entertainment Reception (editor, 2012).

"Since my work on cultural impact and the UK film audience, I've become involved in a number of projects that study how audiences relate to different media experiences - from old-style film screenings to online engagement with new platforms and formats. Re-presenting the past is bringing some very interesting visitors to Olomouc, and our discussions about different kinds of history, and how these do - or could - reach new and more diverse audiences, is stimulating me to think about the whole ongoing history of diffusing history. Just why does it continue to fascinate us?"

Mgr. Veronika Klusáková, Ph.D. (1981)

Between 1999 and 2005 she studied English philology and film studies at the Faculty of Arts, Palacky University in Olomouc. During her studies, she co-founded the PASTICHE FILMZ film club and worked as a programmer and program director of the Festival of Film Animation (PAF), she was also involved in the organization of the International Festival of Science Documentary Films Academia Film Olomouc, from 2008 to 2013 she worked here as the program director.

In 2012 she finished her PhD. studies at Palacky. Currently she is an assistant professor at the Dept. of Theatre, Film and Media Studies at Palacky, her academic focus is the history of world cinema and the image of childhood on screen. She is the main investigator of the project.

„The project entitled Re-presenting the Past deals with interdisciplinary modes of history interpretation, its bold ambition is to establish media images of the past as relevant points of academic research of history. What I particularly like about the project is its diversity, which produces inspiring and thought-provoking discussions with leading Czech and international scholars thematically ranging from the issues of reception and audience studies over the past as narrative to the role of cultural memory vis-a-vis official historiography. In this way, history sheds away its unbecoming reputation of a discipline of given dates and undisputable interpretations, and reveals itself as a dynamic and complex repository of images, emotions and stories, open to audiences and their current participation."

Mgr. Petr Vlček (1980)

Graduated from film studies and Polish philology at the Faculty of Arts, Palacky University in Olomouc. Between 2008 and 2011 he was the head of Pastiche Filmz film club. His academic focus is on Polish cinema, especially animated film, and he translates scholarly papers from Polish. Since 2008 he's been employed as the head of production at the Academia Film Olomouc science film festival, since 2009 he's been working as a programmer at the Summer Film School in Uherske Hradiste. In the project, he has replaced, in organisation and economic matters, the main investigator, Veronika Klusáková, who is maternity leave.

Mgr. Tomáš Jirsa, Ph.D. (1983)

Is a literary theorist and translator, interested primarily in the relationship between visuality and literature, the issue of affect in art, French Post-structuralism and Deconstruction. Currently he is employed as a teacher and postdoc at the Institute of Czech and Comparative Literature at Charles University in Prague, while also working at the Department of Theater and Film Studies at Palacky University in Olomouc where he used to organize the International Festival of Science Documentary Films AFO between 2007–2010, and has coordinated film industry internships for students. In the project, he has replaced, in research and ideological matters, the main investigator, Veronika Klusáková, who is on maternity leave.
After studying Czech philology, he got his Ph.D. in 2012 and published his thesis under the title Physiognomy of Writing: In the Folds of Literary Ornament (2012). From 2008 to 2009 he got a research scholarship at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in 2010, he was invited to pursue his research at Sorbonne in Paris. Along with translations from French spanning over the fields of philosophy (Marc Augé), aesthetics (Roland Barthes), psychiatry (Henri Ey) and film history (Sylvie Lindeperg), he also translates French movies (Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Robert Bresson).

Prof. PhDr. Marcel Arbeit, Dr.

Professor in the Department of English and American Studies, Palacký University, Olomouc. His main fields of research are contemporary southern literature and Canadian cinema. He is the author of a monograph on the novels of Fred Chappell and Cormac McCarthy published in 2006 (in Czech) and the main editor of the three-volume Bibliography of American Literature in Czech Translation (2000).

His recent publications focus on Doris Betts, Fred Chappell, Harry Crews, Richard Ford, Lewis Nordan, Chris Offutt, and Elizabeth Spencer; he co-edited The Mississippi Quarterly special issue on Lewis Nordan (2007, with Thomas Ærvold Bjerre). Between 2005 and 2013 he was the President of the Czech and Slovak Association for American Studies.

„My field of research within this project is Canadian film. I am especially interested in the artificial hiatus between English-speaking Canadian and Québecois filmmakers and its historical roots. Almost every Canadian director I have interviewed so far told me that there were hardly any affinities and relations between these two cinematographies. Still, the best Canadian directors, the English-speaking and French-speaking alike, make movies in the same existentialist vein; they address the general communication problems in the contemporary world, and often in very similar artistic ways. For me, the cinema of the moral unrest, at home in Poland in the 1980s, moved to Canada before the turn of the millennium, and even though now it is moving on to other territories, possibly to Germany and Austria (it never stays at one place for a long time), there is a lot to explore and analyze."

Mgr. Petr Bilík, Ph.D. (1974)

Studied history and theory of literature, theatre and film, and for a short time history of art as well. While his first academic paper was devoted to the poetry of Ivan Wernisch, his master thesis was properly situated in the field of literary and film studies, namely film and TV adaptations of the novels of Ladislav Fuks. During his studies, he coorganized and founded several film festivals (Summer Film School Uherské Hradiště, Academia Film Olomouc, Festival of Film Animation) and worked as the editor-in-chief of DocRevue and Filmové listy.

After his studies, he worked as an editor of a literary magazine Host in Brno and later as an editor of literary and drama programs in Czech Television. He returned to Palacky University for his PhD. studies (he wrote his dissertation on the Czech filmmaker Ladislav Helge), and currently teaches history of Czech cinema at the Dept. Of Theatre, Film and Media Studies.

His research focus has shifted from general history of Czech cinema of the 1950s and 1960s to the exploration of the biographical method in film studies, applied to living filmmakers, whose life journey bespeaks the complicated situation in postwar Czech culture and politics.

„Within the project, my job is to invite Czech specialists for short-term lectures. Besides this, I focus on the development of the biographic method. What I appreciate most about the project is the possibility to consult extensively with Ian Christie, whose views on traditional methodology are refreshingly liberal and open-minded."

Mgr. Jakub Korda, Ph.D. (1977)

Graduated from film studies and sociology at the Faculty of Arts, Palacky University in Olomouc, where he currently works as a head of Department of Theatre and Film Studies. His research and pedagogical focus is on television studies, in 2012 he published a book on Czech television crime series after 1989 and their genre implications. He was the director of the International Festival of Science Documentary Films Academia Film Olomouc and the manager of 4SCIENCE, a project aimed at the connection of TV, film and science. Thus, he also gives classes on culture and project management.

"Thanks to many discussions with my students as well as friends and parents, I have realized how often we base our concept of history on films and television programmes. We are provided with images of behavior, language, desires, intimate life hardly to be found in academic papers. It is sometimes really hard to pinpoint the origin of our impressions of history. Television is nowadays the most popular and common source of such images with fiction and factual programmes and tricky formats like docudramas and dramadocs. That's why it is so important to ask questions about the relation of particular texts and genres to audience expectations and readings."

Mgr. Pavel Bednařík (1980)

Graduated from film studies and philosophy at the Faculty of Arts, Palacky University in Olomouc. He was one of the founders of PASTICHE FILMZ, Palacky University students' film club, worked as the director of the Festival of Film Animation (PAF), from 2007 to 2011, he was the artistic director of the Association of Czech Film Clubs and the Summer Film School festival.

He cooperated with many Czech film festivals on the level of programming, journalism and PR (Karlovy Vary IFF, IDFF Jihlava, Academia Film Olomouc). Since 2011 he is a freelance film historian, lecturer, journalist and film education advisor. Recently he's been working for an NGO Summer School Lipnice as a PR manager, teaching film history and practice at Tomas Bata University in Zlin and Prague Film School. He is a keen cyclist.

„In 2013 I started my PhD. studies at the Centre of Audiovisual Studies (CAS) at FAMU, where I continue my research in the field of film education and audiovisual literacy. Audiovisual literacy is closely linked to the interpretation of the past in my view, which is why I started participating in the project. The topic I develop here is the ideological interpretation of historical films, and the example I use is the reception of the ideological dispositive in the James Bond series in socialist Czechoslovakia."

Mgr. Martin Škabraha, Ph.D. (1979)

Studied philosophy and history at the Faculty of Arts, Palacky University in Olomouc. His research interest lies in contemporary political philosophy, social and political aspects of modern science, and the philosophy of film. Currently he works at the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Arts, Ostrava University, but has taught at the Academy of Arts in Prague and at Palacky as well.

Besides his academic activities he engages strongly in the civic sector - as a journalist, activist and Green Party member. Considering the feedback of several readers, he used to be a promising prose writer, however, currently he devotes his energy only to essays and texts accompanying contemporary art exhibitions. Within the project he works on a book on the relation of man and history in the films of Terence Malick, entitled provisionally Expelled into Eden, and is interested in the representation of the village, and ideological aspects of the countryside in Czech cinema.

RNDr. MgA. Martin Čihák, Ph.D. (1964)

Born on May 28, 1964 close to the confluence of Labe and Orlice in Hradec Kralove. He graduated from pedagogy at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, in 1988, and from the Department of Editing at FAMU, Prague, in 1993. In 2004 he finished his PhD. studies at the Department of Film Studies, Charles University in Prague. Currently he teaches at the Department of Editing at FAMU, where he worked as a vicedean for pedagogical, artistic and academic issues from 2002 to 2007.

Since the mid-1980 he's been an independent filmmaker, cinematographer and editor. Besides FAMU and the Faculty of Arts at Palacky, he taught at various universities in the Czech Republic (Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague etc.) as well as abroad (Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá; Baltic Film and Media School, Tallinn; Fachhochschule Salzburg; Anadolu Universitesi, Eskisehir aj.).

In 2013 he published a book on the editing techniques of film avantgarde The Underground River of Cinema. Within the project his major focus is on „cinegeometrical" approach to film avantgardes and on the development of physical and cinematic image of the world in the 20th century.

Mgr. Petr Čehovský, Ph.D. (1979)

Works as an assistant professor at the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Arts, Palacky University in Olomouc. In his teaching he focuses of the history of architecture and visual arts in the Czech lands and central Europe from 11th to 16th centuries. His research interests embrace architecture, its stone carving and sculptural decoration in central Europe of late gothic period and early Renaissance, and the art of Italian Renaissance.

„Within this project I've been working on the specific character of Renaissance architecture in central Europe. Looking closely upon it, it is evident that we cannot speak about one Renaissance style, but at least three - Italian style, a style developed north of the Alps, and one that combined elements of gothic and renaissance style into a ‘mixed' style. It is a theme widely addressed by historians of art and architecture in the last century, yet only recently has it been discovered that particular styles had their distinct meaning. By choosing a particular style, the builders pursued a hidden agenda, comprehensible to educated audiences only. My research is focused on the reasons leading to the choice of a given style."

Doc. PhDr. Jiří Lach Ph.D., M.A. (1971)

Besides his position as the dean of the Faculty of Arts (held since 2010), he works at the Department of Politics and European Studies, which he headed from 2007 to 2010. His research and teaching stand at the border between political science and history, his major interest is the history of Czech historiography of the 20th century, in the field of political studies he pursues the development of political systems in Europe and Czech political parties.

He's published three books, and a series of studies in Czech and international reviews and proceedings. His work has got more than 25 reviews, and has been cited more than 100 times, 16 times abroad. He was a visiting professor at universities in the US (West Point, Valdosta) and Germany (Jena). He has two children with his wife Mirka - Evelina (10) and Sofia (6). If time permits, he likes to cook and enjoys good pipe tobacco.

Mgr. Martin Mazanec, Ph.D. (1981)

Studied sociology and film studies at the Faculty of Arts, Palacky University in Olomouc, from which he graduated in 2004 and 2006 respectively. Since 2007 he's been working as a programmer and curator of the platform for film animation and contemporary art PAF Olomouc (, since 2010 he's been curating the databasis of Czech moving image His research focus is curatorship and remediation of the moving image in galleries and the cinema space (Youth Gallery, Brno; Josef Sudek Studio, Prague; The Brno House of Arts, KGVU Zlín, BrotKunsthalle Vienna etc.).

He edited several books, anthologies and catalogues - Peter Kubelka (2008), Object of Animation. The Third Sense (2009), Manifestos of the Moving Image: Color Music (2010), Manifestos of the Moving Image: Fragile Cinema (2012). His texts have been published in magazines and reviews like Homo Felix, Cinepur, Iluminace, Labyrint Revue, A2.

Mgr. Pavel Zahrádka, Ph.D. (1977)

Studied philosophy and aesthetics at Charles University in Prague and sociology at Palacky University in Olomouc. In 2010 and 2011 he taught philosophy as a visiting professor at the University of Münster, Germany. Currently he is an assistant professor of sociology at the Faculty of Arts, Palacky University in Olomouc.

His main areas of research are philosophy of art and theory of consumption. Among his recent publications are New Perspectives on Consumer Culture Theory and Research (editor, 2012), Aesthetics at the Turn of the Millenium (editor, 2011), and High versus Low Art (2009).

Mgr. Martin Elbel, M.A., Ph.D. (1971)

Since 1999, when he finished his PhD. studies, he's been working as an assistant professor at the Department of History at Palacky University in Olomouc. He was awarded several fellowships (2001 - Warburg Institute and IASH Edinburgh, 2006 - NIAS Wassenaar) focused mostly on the study of rituals and visual culture. In his research and publications, he pursues the relation between images and ceremonies and the communication strategies of the Franciscan order. At the Department of History he gives courses on cultural history (Word and Image in the Culture of Early Modern Times, Magic and Witchhunts in Early Modern Europe), within the Euroculture program (Erasmus-Mundus), his focus is European visual culture.


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History Between Media and Audiences

The main publication of the project, entitled Where Is History Today? New Ways of Representing the Past, is now finally available for download here! The book draws on postmodern impulses as well as contemporary approaches to historiography, and tests them in the Central European context, to bring new insights into the relation between history, media and audiences. Edited carefully by Ian Christie and Marcel Arbeit, the monograph links researchers across humanities from both Palacký University and worldwide (Laura Mulvey, Roger Odin and others). 

Expelled to Paradise - download it now!
Re-presenting the past by Frank Ankersmit

Gianmaria Givanni: A Portrait of Black London

Sun 19. 4. | Divadelní sál | 10:30

Lucie Česálková: History of Czech Science Documentary Films

Wednesday | April 17 | 11AM | film hall - Konvikt

Vikings - AFO 2015

Reconstructing history in modern computer games - AFO 2015

Jeffrey Geiger: Pacific Fantasy in Hollywood and Amateur Film (AFO 2015)

Re-interpretation of the history

Lorenz Engell: 20th Century in the Rhythm of Television

Ian Christie: Whose history is it anyway?

The summer semester is just about to start and it is our pleasure to invite you to a varied, well-founded and thought-provoking series of lectures and workshops taking place in the scope of the Re-presenting the Past project. The opening will belong to the main mentor of the project, prof. Ian Christie, whose talks on hidden, controversial and often ignored histories will take place on February 25 and 26. The summer semester is just about to start and it is our pleasure to invite you to a varied, well-founded and thought-provoking series of lectures and workshops taking place in the scope of the Re-presenting the Past project. The opening will belong to the main mentor of the project, prof. Ian Christie, whose talks on hidden, controversial and often ignored histories will take place on February 25 and 26. 

Curator Bruno Marchand for Festival of Film Animation Olomouc 2014

Bruno Marchand, a theorist and curator based in Lisboa, Portugal, will present a special selection of films by João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Their work is rooted in two basic traditions of early cinema – on one hand there is the documentary character of brothers Lumière with their unassuming acceptance of everyday reality, on the other hand, the tradition of magic ascribed to Georges Méliès, the father of special effects and the founder of sci-fi and fantasy films. During the two presentations, more than 20 films will be shown, selected especially for this occasion by the artists themselves.

Janet McCabe at Screen Industries conference


27-29 November 2014, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Ian Christie: Visuality and War
Roman Empire (not only) on the Film Screen by Maria Wyke

Between November 5 and November 7, Maria Wyke, a prominent classicist from University College London, will deliver a series of lectures focused on the fascination of film by ancient Rome, as well as an astonishing analogy between US imperial politits of George W. Bush, and the figure of Caesar. Her Wednesday and Friday talks at the Art Centre of the Palacky University - Konvikt, will be topped by a unique screening of silent shorts depicting life in ancient Rome, with live piano accompaniment, which will take place on Thursday, November 6, in the spectacular setting of the baroque Corpus Christi Chapel.

Peter Lyth on the History of Transport and National Identity

On Wednesday October 22, and Friday October 24, historian Petr Lyth (University of Nottingham) will give two talks on the historiography of transport and its role in nation-building. They will be accompanied by a screening of the last Alfred Hitchcock´s British film The Lady Vanishes (1938) on Thursday October 23.

Ian Christie Launching a New Series of Lectures on October 1

On Wednesday, October 1 Ian Christie will start the fall series of lectures within the Re-presenting the Past project, focusing on how new data sources change our perception of history.



Robert Rosenstone back in Olomouc on May, 12th

Provocative historian Robert Rosenstone back in Olomouc with his lecture "What Does the Historian Filmmaker Do (to History)? on Monday May, 12th.

Lecture on melodrama by Petra Hanakova in May 7th

On Wednesday, May 7th, Petra Hanakova, professor of film studies at Charles University in Prague will held lecture on melodrama as a challenge for film studies.

Natalie Lemann lecture on 30th April

In her lecture Natalie Lemann from Institute of Contemporary Culture in Lodz focuses on film history as spectacle in television and film in Poland.

Museum Instalation of Art & Wunder kabinett - lectures of M. Winzeler

April 9th and 10th, 2014 Dr. Marius Winzeler will held two lectures on Museum instalation of Art and Wunder kabinett tradition.

Spring lectures of prof. Christie

Next lectures of prof. Ian Christie on visual history and material culture will take place on 26th and 28th of March in Olomouc.

Conference programme in pdf
Conference gallery

Explore the gallery from the conference Uses, Abuses and Inventions: Where is History Today? actually taking place in Olomouc.

Where Is History Today?

On March 13 to 15, the project hosts its first international conference Uses, Abuses and Inventions: Where Is History Today? The conference speakers include Laura Mulvey, Roger Odin and Daniel Pick.

Robin Nicholson (UK) and Lectures on Architecture

On February 19 and 21, the first lectures of 2014 will be held, this time in the field of architecture and urbanism. Our guest is Robin Nicholson of London-based Cullinan Studio.

Ernest Edmonds: Projection and Lecture at PAF

On Friday, December 6, a lecture and projection by artist, theorist and university professor Ernest Edmonds will be held at the Festival of Film Animation Olomouc.

Stephen Bann’s Lectures on Photography on November 27

On Wednesday, November 27, Professor Stephen Bann of the University of Bristol will lecture on the principles of the photographic image. The first lecture starts at 8 am. Stephen Bann is the Emeritus Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol. He was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 1998.

Ian Christie and Lectures on Visions of the End (November 6, 8)

The November series of lectures by Prof. Ian Christie (Birkbeck College, University of London) will deal with visions of the end and the apocalypse as well as with visions of the future predicted after World War 2. The lectures will be held on November 6 and 8 in the Art Centre of Palacký University.

Two Lectures on Historicism on Friday, October 25

On Friday, October 25, two lectures by prominent Czech historians, Doc. PhDr. Ivan Klimeš and PhDr. Jiří Rak, Ph.D., dealing with historicism in the context of cinema, will be held within the lecture series. They represent two of the few lectures of Czech academic experts held within the project.

First Fall Lectures: Robert Burgoyne (October 2–4)

On October 2, at 3 pm, the fall series of Re-Presenting the Past lectures will be launched by Professor Robert Burgoyne who will discuss embodiment in Kathryn Bigelow’s films.

April Lectures: Peter Kramer and Prof. Josef Vojvodík

In April, the lecture series presents external lecturers Peter Kramer and Professor Josef Vojvodík. On Friday, April 5, Peter Kramer will give a lecture on the relation of archives and (not only) film history illustrated by the example of the archive of Stanley Kubrick. On Tuesday, April 9, Professor Josef Vojvodík will lecture on affect in the reception theory in art.

Ian Christie's Lecture on Friday, March 15

On Friday, March 15, at 10 am, Ian Christie will give another of his lectures called “Do You See What I See? Case Studies in Reading Images Historically”. The lecture will be held in the Theatre Hall of the Art Centre of Palacký University (Konvikt).


Jerome de Groot: Lecture on Historical Narratives

On Wednesday, March 13, at 5 pm, Prof. Jerome de Groot will give a unique lecture on historical narratives illustrated by the example of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Django Unchained (2012). The lecture will be held in the Auditorium Maximum of the Art Centre of Palacký University (Konvikt).


Ian Christie’s Lectures in February and March 2013

Another series of lectures by international expert Ian Christie will be held on February 22 and 27, 2013 in the Theatre Hall at the Art Centre of Palacký University. This time, the lectures will focus on the change of history and historiography with the arrival of modernity as well as on the past reflected by epic films of the 1910s. On Friday, March 1, a thematic lecture dealing with the characteristics of film audiences in the early 20th century will follow.


FRIDAY, February 22, 2013 | 10 am – 12 pm

“On or about December 1910, Human Character Changed.” How Did Modernity Change History?

WEDNESDAY, February 27, 2013 | 1 – 3 pm

Representing the Nation: Cinema Projects ‘Big History’ in the 1910s

FRIDAY, March 1, 2013 | 10 am – 12 pm

Being an Audience in the Early 20th Century


November Lectures of Prof. Ian Christie

Another lecture series will be held on November 2 and 7 in the Art Centre of Palacký University (Konvikt).

The First Series of Lectures by Prof. Ian Christie

The first series of lectures by Prof. Ian Christie will be held on October 24 and 26, 2012 in the Art Centre of Palacký University (Konvikt).