Vojtěch Ripka, Ph.D. (*1979)

Employee CVs, Department of Education

Contact information (landline, work email address)

+420 221 008 533, vojtech.ripka@ustrcr.cz

Professional Specializations (research themes)

  • The pedagogy of history, comparative social politics, methodologies of social science, communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe, transitional justice

Research Projects

  • Dějepis pro 21. století (development and operation)

Education

  • 2008–2013: Ph.D. in Political Science, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University (summa cum laude; dissertation: “Controlled by Social Policy? Housing policy in Real-Existing Socialism Revisited”)
  • 2004–2007: Master’s in Political Science at the Political Science Department of the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University
  • 1999–2004: Bachelor’s in Political Science, Social Politics, and Social Work at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University

Professional Experience

  • 2014–present: Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, head of the Department of Education
  • 2009–10; 2012–14: Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, head of the Department of Documentation
  • 2010–2012: Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, director of the Department of Research
  • 2003–2008: Agora Central Europe (www.agora-ce.cz), analyst, organizer of public discussions and civic education

Study trips and fellowships abroad

  • 2010–2011, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, UK (yearlong study and research stay with Prof. Martin Seeleib-Kaiser)
  • 2009: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (three week-long fellowship)
  • 2005–06: Salford University, UK (study abroad, winter semester)

Teaching experience

  • Lectures for history and social science teachers (2008 - present, more than 40 seminars with more than 1,000 participants; Czech Republic, USA, Slovakia, and Lithuania)
  • SIT World Learning - Lecturer in Contemporary History (2008-17)
  • Invited lectures: Faculty of Social Studies and the Philosophical Faculty, MU; Pedagogical Faculty, Charles University; Harvard Summer School in Prague; East and Central European Studies Summer School, Charles University; New York University in Prague; Anglo-American University, and others (more than 40 lectures total)
  • Masaryk University in Brno: “Výuka předmětů Politika a média ve Velké Británii” and “Politické systémy demokratických zemí 2008-2012”
  • Opponent for approx. 20 Bachelor’s theses (Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University)

Grant projects (Grantee or co-grantee)

  • 2017–2018: Antisemitismus a anticiganismus v Česku - EVZ 32.5.1C08.0033.0 (Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft Foundation- co-grantees)
  • 2015–2017: Inovace výuky dějepisu: vývoj digitální aplikace pro práci s prameny - TAČR TD03000063 (Projekt Omega- co-grantees)
  • 2014–2016: History and Media/Media and History: Educating Creatively, Active European Remembrance, EACEA ref. 556530
  • 2009–2010: 20 Years After: Central and Eastern European Communist Regimes as a Shared Legacy, Active European Remembrance, EACEA, ref. 160431
  • 2007–2008: Central Europe in Debate; Agora CE (nominated for the “Golden Star” prize by the European Commission), Active European Remembrance, EACEA, ref.CSP-2007-146

Bibliography (selected)

Professional  Monographs

  • MAŠKOVÁ, Tereza a RIPKA, Vojtěch. Železná opona v Československu: Usmrcení na čs. státních hranicích v letech 1948–1989. Praha: ÚSTR a Sociologický ústav AVČR 2015.
  • RIPKA, Vojtěch (ed.). 20 Years After: Central and Eastern European Communist Regimes as a Shared Legacy. Praha: Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů, 2010. 295 s. ISBN 978-80-87211-40-3.
  • KOUTSKÁ, Ivana, RIPKA, Vojtěch a ŽÁČEK, Pavel (eds). Občanské fórum, den první. Vznik OF v dokumentech a fotografiích. Praha: Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů a Městská část Praha 1, 2009.
  • VITÁSKOVÁ, Anna, RIPKA, Vojtěch a TUREK, Matěj. A Report on Contemporary Czech Youth Policy in the Czech Republic. 4-H foundation and ISEA, 2005.

Studies and chapters in collections

  • RIPKA, Vojtěch. Socialism Realised. In: Public History Weekly 5 (2017) 19, DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1515/phw-2017-9294.
  • RIPKA, Vojtěch a MAREŠ, Miroslav. Czech Republic: The Awakening of the politics of Welfare. In SCHUBERT, Klaus; VILLOTA GIL-ESCOIN, Paloma; KUHLMANN, Johanna (eds.). Current Challenges to European Welfare Systems. New York: Springer Publishing.
  • RIPKA, Vojtěch. Between Scholarly Research and Symbolic Transitional Justice Approaching the Czech Communist Regime Today. In: Central European Political Science Review. Vol. 15. Nr. 55. Spring 2014.
  • RIPKA, Vojtěch. Životní jistoty jako nabídka normalizace. In: KALOUS, Jan a KOCIAN, Jiří (eds.). Český a slovenský komunismus (1921–2011). Praha: ÚSTR a USD 2012. s. 193–200.
  • RIPKA, Vojtěch a MAREŠ, Miroslav. The Czech welfare system. In: SCHUBERT, Klaus, HEGELICH, Simon, BAZANT, Ursula. The Handbook of European Welfare Systems. 1. vyd. London, New York: Routledge, 2009. s. 101-119, ISBN 978-0-415-48275-2.

Educational materials

  • Group of authors. Socialism Realised. Life in Communist Czechoslovakia 1948-1989 [educational application]. Praha: ÚSTR, 2016. Available online.
  • Web 1989 – cesta k listopadu
  • Multimedia educational DVD: Listopad a cesta k němu

Work published in the media

  • More than 25 pieces on the themes of the politics of memory, British politics, and education politics in Czech media
  • Reviews in Political studies review, Sociologický časopis, Politologický časopis, Paměť a dějiny, Securitas Imperii