- Dominik Zelinsky
- Sociology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh UK
- Research Interests
- Social theory, Cultural Sociology, Communism, Central Eastern Europe, Dissent, Semiotics, Literary Theory, Comparative/Historical Sociology, Hermeneutics, Historical sociology, Sociology of Knowledge, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Art
My research focuses on the phenomenon of unofficial or 'underground' seminars in communist Czechoslovakia. Unofficial seminars emerged after the Czechoslovak reform movement was forcefully quelled by the invasion of the armies of the Warsaw Pact in 1968. In the following process of “normalisation”, the Communist Party imposed strict regulations on academic life that debarred many from pursuing their studies or careers in research and academia. Unofficial seminars offered an alternative, unofficial education and provided spaces for discussion of philosophical, sociological, or theological topics forced out of the official academy dominated by Marxism-Leninism. My approach is based on the tradition of interpretive social science, inspired by the works of Émile Durkheim and Max Weber. It further draws inspiration from phenomenology, symbolic anthropology of Victor Turner, Clifford Geertz or Mary Douglas, and from recent American cultural sociology.
(I am currently a visiting research assistant at Yale University, New Haven)
since 2016 - PhD in Sociology, University of Edinburgh
2014 - 2016 - Mgr. (MSc) Sociology, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)
2011 - 2014 - Bc. (BA) Sociology, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)
Awards and Scholarships
2018 - Tatrabanka Foundation Grant
2018 - ESRC Overseas Institutional Visit Grant
2017 - Jan Hus Educational Foundation Scholarship
2016 - Graduate School of Social and Political Science Special Award
2016 - Economic and Social Research Council +3 Scholarship
Želinský, Dominik (2018) 'Freedom from, or in Socialism? The Prague Spring in Slovak Political Discourse' 1968: Origins - Myth - Impact (working paper, international graduate workshop, Tuebingen University)
Želinský, Dominik and P. Janebová (2017) 'What Does It Take to Become a Hero: Perspectives of Cultural Sociology and Political Science.' Pp. 37-46 in Transregional versus National Perspectives on Contemporary Central European History, edited by M. Vít and M. Baran. Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag.
Želinský, Dominik and W. Binder (2017) 'How Not to Prepare Majales: A Meaning-Centred Analysis of Subversive Student Performances in Communist Czechoslovakia.' Sociální Studia 13 (4): 61-79.
Želinský, Dominik (2017) 'An Ethnographer inside the Stasi: On Andreas Glaeser's Political Epistemics.' American Journal of Cultural Sociology 6 (2): 387-400.
Želinský, Dominik (Forthcoming 2018) 'The Only True Philosophers: Iconicity and Knowledge Production in Czechoslovak Underground Seminars.' Social Science History Association. Phoenix, USA
Želinský, Dominik (Forthcoming 2018) 'To Anyone Who Might Be Listening: Understanding and Expectation in Unofficial Philosophy Seminars.' Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies. Boston, USA.
Želinský, Dominik (2018) 'The Appeal of Understanding: A Sociological Analysis of Underground Seminars in Communist Czechoslovakia.' British Sociological Association Annual Conference. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Želinský, Dominik (2017) 'Philosophy and power: Solidarity, resistance, and underground seminars in communist Czechoslovakia.' 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association. Athens, Greece.
Želinský, Dominik (2017) 'The Music of Spiritual Poverty: Jazz in Stalinist Czechoslovakia.' Yale Center for Cultural Sociology Annual Spring Conference. New Haven, USA.
Želinský, Dominik (2016) 'Where It All Happened: Authenticity and Commemoration Ritual.' ISA 3rd Forum of Sociology. Vienna, Austria.