Jakub Mlynář

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Czech Republic

Main Research Interests

Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis; Sociological Theory; History of Sociology; Collective Memory; Narrative Studies.


Malach Centre for Visual History

Malach Centre for Visual History at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague provides local access to the extensive digital archives of the USC Shoah Foundation - the Institute for Visual history and Education, the Refugee Voices archive of the Association of Jewish Refugees, and the testimony collection of the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno.

The Visual History Archive of USC Shoah Foundation contains over 50 000 witness testimonies covering the history of entire 20th century. Filmed interviews are fully accessible through an on-line interface in Malach CVH. Users can search for and view testimonies of interest by using more than 55 000 keywords or a database of 1.1 million names. The testimonies available in Malach Centre were recorded in 56 countries and in 32 languages. The Refugee Voices archive complements this collection with additional 150 interviews, while the testimonies of the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno provide the much needed record of genocide and persecution of the Roma (in Czech and Slovak language).

For further details see: https://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/malach


UNCE Center for the Transdisciplinary Research of Violence, Trauma and Justice (principal investigator: Faculty of Social Sciences, CU)

The Center for the Transdisciplinary Research of Violence, Trauma and Justice (acronym VITRI) represents a hub for the study of collective violence, reconciliation, and transitional justice at the Charles University:

WP 1 Violence from a Historical Perspective 

WP 2 Transitional Justice 

WP 3 Violence and Trauma from a Mental Health Perspective

WP 4 Security Community

VITRI is a joint project of five faculties of Charles University, namely the Faculty of Social Sciences (with the Institute of Political Studies and Institute of Area Studies representing the backbone of the project), the Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen (Psychiatric Clinic and the Institute of Pathological Physiology), and the Law Faculty (Department of Legal History). Juniors from the Faculty of Arts (Institute of Global History) and the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (Malach Center for Visual History) complement our team. 

Our research center of excellence has two principle aims. It strives to strengthen ties between individual researchers, disciplines and faculties, and thus endorse further cohesion within the Charles University. More importantly, it  promotes excellent research and provides members with necessary tools to enhance the academic, societal, cultural and economic impact of their work.

For further details see: https://www.vitriresearchcenter.org/

Curriculum Vitae


2011 – 2016: The Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, Sociology (PhD.)

20042009: The Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, Sociology

19952003: Jaroslav Heyrovský High School, Prague


▪ 03/2010 – present: coordinator of the Malach Centre for Visual History, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, CU

▪ 01/2017 – present: teacher and researcher at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, CU

▪ 09/2016 – 08/2018: post-doctoral stay at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (Interaction and Social Practices Research Group, Department of Social Sciences + Human-Ist Institute)

▪ 01/2016 – 06/2017: researcher in the project “Začlenění židovského obyvatelstva do poválečného Československa a Polska” [“Integration of Jewish inhabitants into post-war Czechoslovakia and Poland”] (Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, no. 16-01775Y; PI: Kateřina Čapková)

▪ 01/2015 – 12/2017: researcher in the project “Homo Sociologicus Revisited” (Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, no. 15-14478S; PI: doc. Jiří Šubrt)

05/2013 – 05/2014: USC Shoah Foundation Teaching Fellowship for 2013/2014

09/2009 – 06/2012: teacher of Social Science at Josef Škvorecký Private High School

06/2009 – 07/2009: document analysis, conduction of structured interviews and preparation of documents for department of Local and Regional Studies, Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Selected Bibliography

Mlynář, J. (2022). How is Oral History Possible? On Linguistically Universal and Topically Specific Knowledge. The Oral History Review, https://doi.org/10.1080/00940798.2022.2050412

Mlynář, J. (2021). “Getting on the page”: The practical accord of material resources in educational interaction. Ethnographic Studies, no. 18, pp. 145–172.

Mlynář, J. (2021). Rewatching a video clip in classroom work with digital oral history. Bulletin suisse de linguistique appliquée, Special issue, vol. 1, 57–76.

Lloyd, M., J. Mlynář. (2021). “Hand-ling ‘road rage’: Embodiment in conflict on the move.” Social Interaction. Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality, 4(4). https://doi.org/10.7146/si.v4i4.125177

Kocián, J., J. Mlynář, P. Hoffmannová (eds.). (2020). Malach Center for Visual History on its 10th Anniversary: Compendium of Papers of the Prague Visual History and Digital Humanities Conference 2020. Praha: MatfyzPress.

Mlynář, J. (2020). “’I’ll Tell You Later On’: Proleptic and Analeptic Tying Devices in Oral History Interviews.” Narrative Inquiry 30(1): 161–184.

González-Martínez, E., J. Mlynář. (2019). “Practical Trust.” Social Science Information 58(4): 608–630. https://doi.org/10.1177/0539018419890565

Bukovská, K., J. Mlynář. (2019). “Jméno: jeho změna, ztráta a navrácení v rozhovorech s židovskými přeživšími holocaustu.” Historická sociologie / Historical Sociology 2/2019: 121–139.

Mlynář, J. (2019). “Robert Musil and The Man Without Qualities: On the Plurality of Identities in Contemporary Society.” Pp. 359–370 in W. Pape, J. Šubrt (eds.): Mitteleuropa denken: Intellektuelle, Identitäten und Ideen. Der Kulturraum Mitteleuropa im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Mlynář, J., González-Martínez, E., Lalanne, D. (2018). “Situated Organization of Video-Mediated Interaction: A Review of Ethnomethodological and Conversation Analytic Studies.” Interacting with Computers 30(2): 73–84.

Mlynář, J., Alavi, H., Verma, H., Cantoni, L. (2018). “Towards a Sociological Conception of Artificial Intelligence.” Pp. 130 – 139 in M. Iklé, A. Franz, R. Rzepka, B. Goertzel (eds.): Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence. Artificial General Intelligence: 11th International Conference, AGI 2018. Springer.

Mlynář, J. (2018). “Proměny a stálost Garfinkelovy etnometodologie. [Transformations and Continuity of Garfinkel’s Ethnomethodology].” Sociológia 50(2): 172–195.

Mlynář, J. (2017). “Analysing Oral Histories: Social Roles and Narrative Self-Regulation in Holocaust Survivors‘ Testimonies.” SAGE Research Methods Datasets. Available on-line: http://methods.sagepub.com/dataset/oral-histories-genocides

Mlynář, J., Paulíček, M., Šubrt, J. et al. (2017). Člověk v teoretické perspektivě společenských věd [The human being in the theoretical perspective of social sciences]. Prague: Karolinum.

Mlynář, J. (2016). “Pluralita identit v autobiografickém vyprávění československých Židů žijících v zahraničí [Plurality of Identities in the Autobiographical Narratives of Czechoslovak Jews Living Abroad].” Historická sociologie / Historical Sociology 1/2016: 33–51.

Mlynář, J. (2016). “Stroje, texty, sítě a jiné obrazy: Metaforický rozměr sociologie [Machines, Texts, Networks and Other Images: The Metaphorical Dimension of Sociology].” AUC Philosophica et Historica – Studia Sociologica XXI: 51–71. (received the Miloslav Petrusek’s Award for the best student paper in sociology published in peer-reviewed journal in 2016)

Mlynář, J. (2014). “Language and Collective Memory: Insights from Social Theory.” Slovak Journal of Political Sciences 14(3): 217–236.