23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Inspiration Forum 2018 Guests
Japanese mathematician and politician. He served as the mayor of the city of Hiroshima from 1999 to 2011. He was a member of the Japanese House of Representatives for nine years. He co-chairs Hiroshima Council Against Atomic & Hydrogen Bombs and focuses on issues of peace and nuclear weapons. He received the Ramon Magsaysay Award (also known as Asia‘s Nobel Prize) and Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold from the United Nations Association of Germany in Berlin for his activities.
Czech art historian and journalist. She is the author, among other things, of Pravda zvítězila: výtvarné umění a husitství 1398–1490 (2015), a book on medieval art – her main topic of interest. Her other interests include contemporary art, the theory and methodology of art history and the question of identities and historical memory.
Czech musicologist. Focuses on musical sociology, history of new music in 19th and 20th century and methods of musical analysis. He is a co-author of Czech music dictionary of people and institutions. Since 2011, he has been the rector of Masaryk University and Czech Rectors Conference Vice-President for education.
Czech journalist. Reporter for Aktuálně.cz and the Hospodářské noviny. Among other thigns, he covers problems in socially excluded localities. He also writes reports, stories about human rights, crime stories and texts about transport, the army, and the environment. He worked in the Mladá fronta DNES for 20 years and has worked for Economia for two years.
Slovakian educator. He graduated from Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. In November 1989 he co-founded the Teachers‘ Forum and a er the Velvet Revolution worked at the Ministry of Education. He is currently head of EXAM testing, a company he founded in 1994, and editor-in-chief of the Dobrá škola magazine. He organizes the annual „Cesty k dobrej škole” conference. He is concerned about today›s school systems and thinks they must be reformed substantially.
Independent producer, filmmaker, and lecturer. His main field of interest consists of documentary films with social and historical themes. He collaborates with Czech Television as programming director for documentaries, and also leads fi lm workshops and lectures using various platforms. In addition to creative films, he has made dozens of television documentaries, many of them shot outside Europe. Bystřičan is currently focusing on international coproduction opportunities for documentary film.
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Slovakian director and writer. Her school films were awarded at local and international fi lm festivals, including those in Nyon, Kassel, and Krakow. Her bachelor film Alda (2009) won an award for the best debut at Visions du Réel (Regard Neuf, 2010), documentary Olda (2011) was included in the Doc Alliance Selection. Her work is characterized by merging documentary and fiction and by a strongly contemporary film language.
Czech journalist and commentator, editor-in-chief and owner of Investigative magazine Reportér. Robert Čásenský was an editor-in-chief of Mladá Fronta DNES between 2006–2013 but lleft after MAFRA media group was bought by Andrej Babis’ Agrofert. In 2009 he was one of the main instigators of journalistics protests against so-called “Muzzle law”.
Czech journalist and writer. In the 1980s and 1990s he had his own production company and worked for the nationwide British Channel Four. He was also a commentator and reporter for the BBC’s Czech broadcast, Radio Free Europe, and Czech Radio. Since 1996 he has been the editor of the internet cultural and political daily Britské listy. Čulík also teaches Czech literature, history, and fi lm at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.
Artist of Czech-Argentinean descent. He gained renown with his iconic golden drop LacrimAu presented at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. For seven years he was head of the Supermedia Studio at UMPRUM in Prague, he also lectured at Columbia University and worked with the University of Cambridge.
Czech journalist, Daniela Drtinová, worked as a long-time editor of Czech Television and is currently a moderator of DVTV Internet television. She was awarded the K. H. Borovsky journalistic prize, the OSF Foundation prize and the special jury prize of the FITES Trilobit Beroun. DVTV Internet television received 7x Křišťálová Lupa award.
Anna Pospěch Durnová
Anna Durnová is a political scientist who explores on the role of knowledge, expertise and emotions in modern democracies, primarily focusing on the controversies in the field of health and science. She works at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna and is a Faculty Fellow of the Yale University Centre for Cultural Sociology. She has been a lecturer at Universities in Essex, Lyon and Paris. Anna published a monograph entitled The Politic of Intimacy (University of Michigan Press, 2018). Since 2018, she has been the leading researcher of the project called the Roles of Intimacy in the Czech Controversy Regarding Home Birth at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University in Prague. In addition to her professional activities, Anna has been a contributor to a2alarm and Hospodářské noviny. She lives and works in Vienna and produces irregular commentaries on current affairs in Austria for Czech Television and Czech Radio.
Czech journalist and political scientist. He has been working for Hospodářské noviny since 2001, he was the head of the international section for 12 years, now he is the chief analyst there. He has been working in Czech newspapers since 1992. He is the author of books Globalizace: Pro a proti” and Třetí dekáda: O životě, politice a lidech mezi Bruselem a Gazpromem.
Czech journalist. As a CNN and Czech TV reporter he worked in more than sixty countries covering the wars in Afghanistan, Iran and other conflicts. He worked in China and Asia for seven years. His reporting appeared on BBC, ITN, Channel 4 and in the Czech press. In 2007 he received the Emmy Award.
Czech journalist, writer and former politician. He worked as a journalist for the Respekt weekly and served briefly as its editor-in-chief. He is a commentator for Aktuálně.cz and the Insider daily. After 1989 he served as a spokesperson for the federal Minister of the Interior Ján Langoš and as deputy for the Minister of Interior Jan Ruml.
Czech journalist and writer focusing on ecology, education and rural issues. He worked for the Reflex weekly. He contributed to the preparation of the “Případy 1. oddělení” crime series for Czech TV. He promotes education in the public benefit organization EDUin.
Czech journalist. His journalism earned him the Rudolf Medek Prize (2010) and the Ferdinand Peroutka Prize (2012). He was the main commentator for Lidové noviny, worked for the Czech BBC and headed the cultural sections of Hospodářské noviny and Czech TV, both for three years. Czech TV also broadcasted his show “Konfrontace Petra Fischera”.
Czech historian. Expert in 19th-century history, history of historiography and history of Christianity. He works at the Historical Institute and Centre for Democracy and Culture Studies. He has held a Professor chair since 2010. He teaches at Philosophical Faculty, Masaryk University in Brno.
She manages the activities of the Via Clarita Foundation, linking projects from the worlds of international corporations and philanthropy. Her focus is primarily on HR, social responsibility, humanitarian and development projects in Africa and Asia, as well as a long-term focus on the topics of volunteerism and global education.
Slovak sociologist and political scientist. Since 2016, she has been the director of the Institute of European Studies and International Relations, Comenius University in Bratislava. She focuses on the rights of minorities and political culture, and analyses of populism and right-wing extremism.
Ivan M. Havel
Czech scientist. Havel works at the Center for eoretical Studies at Charles University and the Academy of the Czech Republic, where he deals with cybernetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, cognitive sciences, and philosophical questions related to these fields. He is also the editor-in-chief of the magazine Vesmír (Universe)
Czech economist and sociologist. He prepared socioeconomic analyses and behavioural economy for the European Commission. Before this, he had been a member of various think tanks and worked for private companies. He is currently involved in a start-up connecting social sciences and information technologies.
Czech priest, educator, translator and writer. In the 80s, during his studies at Brno University of Technology, he secretly pursued theology and became a Salesian. In 1987 he immigrated to Italy where he gained a degree in philosophy and theology. He returned to his home country after the Velvet Revolution and was ordained a priest in 1994. Since the 90s, he has been teaching Biblical studies, Greek and Hebrew at vocational schools and universities.
Czech entrepreneur. He invests part of his profits to improve the environment around him. He founded the DobroKáva project, a coffee stand located at the Green Market in Brno, where people do not pay with money, but with good deeds. For this achievement, he received the #laskavec award. Last year, the mobile cafe inspired more than 12,000 people.
Director of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, founded in 1997. He studied documentary filmmaking at FAMU from 1998-2005. Hovorka is the co-founder of Doc Alliance, a network of European documentary film festivals, the film market East Silver, and DAFilms, an online distribution platform for documentary films.
Slovak novelist. His debut work A Strong Feeling of Purity was published in 1998. Ten more books, anthologies of stories, and novels have thus far followed. The film Wilsonov / Wilson City is based on one of his novels. A Czech translation of his most recent book, Troll, was published this year. Hvorecký’s also translates from German and works at the Goethe Institute.
Vice President of the Union of Industry and Transport of the Czech Republic and member of the IBM Central Region management. She is responsible for the relations of IBM and the public administration in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. She began her career in social services and later worked as the director of the social services department at the Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. She has also worked for the Union of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic.
Polish publicist, Bohemist and translator. He has translated a number of Czech authors (Václav Havel, Josef Škvorecký, Milan Kundera). Prior to 1989, he was part of the Polish opposition and was engaged as an intermediary between Charta 77 and Polish dissent. He was also active in Polish samizdat. Between 1989 and 1996 he was a contributing editor of Gazeta Wyborcza and its foreign correspondent in Prague. For his work, he received Polish and Czech state and literary awards.
Head of communications and analyst at EDUin, a think tank. His texts on education appear in Czech media outlets and also in the book “2036 Tomáš Sedláček a hosté: Jak budeme žít za 20 let”. He drafted the Czech Education System Audit. He helped launch Education Republic, an educational startup, and contributed to the content and organization of Forum 2000 in 2015. He works as editor for Britské listy.
Czech art theorist living in the US since 1970. She currently acts as an independent curator, in years 1983– 2007 she worked in the Brooklyn Museum in New York. She also chaired Jindřich Chalupecký Society. She is the great-granddaughter of T. G. Masaryk.
Czech journalist, writer, computer scientist, and educator. He worked at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and was program director of the company Internet Info. Since 2001 he has taught at the University of Economics in Prague and does business as an IT market analyst. In 2013 he won the Křišťálová Lupa award in the category Personality of the Year.
Czech lawyer and scientist. She graduated from Masaryk University, Faculty of Law and currently pursues a doctorate at the university‘s Institute of Law and Technology. She works at the Department of Private Law at the Institute of State and Law focusing her research on legal aspects of AI, robotics, brain-computer interface and connecting organic life with technologies.
British political commentator. He is chair of Compass, a left-wing labor think thank. He is an advisor of We own it!, a group trying to stop privatization of public services in the UK. He is also editor of the left-wing journal Renewal. Sociologist Zygmunt Bauman described Lawson as “one of the brightest and most ingenious minds of the British political scene”.
Czech political analyst and social entrepreneur. Founder and director of the nonprofit think tank Glopolis, which is trying to improve the political culture in the Czech Republic and to support the search for new ways to improve the economic situation and the environment.
Czech scientist. He works in space research and cooperates with NASA and the European Space Agency. Currently, as a member of the Department of Space Physics IAP ASCR, he is building a device for detecting electrical discharges on Mars for the ExoMars 2020 mission. For his research, he has won the prestigious British Interplanetary Society Award and was selected by the Financial Times and Google to the New Europe 100, a list of 100 Central Europeans with the greatest influence on our future.
Expert in robotics, founder and former director of the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics, the Czech Technical University in Prague. Since 2010, he has chaired the research committee of the Technological Agency of the Czech Republic. He focuses on artificial intelligence and its application in automatic control and systems for decision-making, in particular with regard to the needs of industrial practices.
Polish journalist, historian, and writer. Currently, he is the editor-in-chief of the Polish newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza. In 1976, he co-founded the Committee for the Workers’’ Defence Committee (KOR). In the 1980s, he was one of the leading figures of Solidarność. He spent a total of six years in prison for his fight against the Polish communist regime. He was a member of the Parliament between 1989 and 1991.
Mikletičová is engaged in education, culture, sports, management, production, project implementation, and public benefit activities. She helps organize training courses for the professional and the lay public, and also participates in the annual conference “Jihlava Talks About Education.” She worked in the waste sector for nearly 14 years, where her primary areas of concern were quality, sustainability, and environmental awareness.
As part of her secondary school graduation project, she organized the charity event Life Stories Known and Unknown, which invited people with disabilities to share their difficult stories. She’s been working on this project for four years in her spare time, without compensation.
Austrian writer, journalist and curator of exhibitions. He writes for the Viennese weekly Falter and acts as a columnist for the Berlin daily Die Tageszeitung. He publishes his comments on political affairs in his videoblog FS Misik on the Austrian site der Standard. His latest book is called Liebe in Zeiten des Kapitalismus (2018). He received several literary and journalism awards.
Emiliana Rodríguez Morales
Mexican co-founder of AtentaMente, an organization providing educational programs for adults and children. She holds a Master‘s degree from the prestigious Harvard University. Her professional focus is on the cognitive function of the brain. She is a member of the Research Schools International research team.
Czech philosopher, dramaturge and director. He focuses on the philosophy of dialogue and published a book Dialog uměním about this topic in 2016. He is an active journalist and commentator, a selection of his texts Průhledné zrcadlo was released in 2018. He made several documentaries and teaches media ethics at Masaryk University. He also teaches at JAMU‘s Theatre Faculty.
Czech journalist, activist, and co-founder of Konsent, an association dealing with the prevention of sexual violence. She is a member of the executive committee of the Czech Women’s Lobby and the Observatory on Violence against Women at the European Women’s Lobby. She has been active in promoting women’s rights. She writes texts for the online journal, Alarm.
David D Omni
Cuban musician who is behind the interdisciplinary music project Omni-Zonafranca. His music oscillates between art rock, new age, experimental music and world music. He draws inspiration from urban genres such as hip hop, reggae or electronic music.
Szilárd István Pap
Hungarian journalist, anthropologist and political scientist. He is PhD candidate at the Central European University in Budapest where he studies sociology and social anthropology. He co-founded Mérce, an independent Hungarian news site focusing mainly on social justice, inequality and discrimination. He writes mainly on nationalism and national identity in Central and Eastern Europe.
Czech journalist and reporter, longterm foreign correspondent for Czech TV (in 2006–2010 from Russia and in 2012–2016 from Poland). Since November 2016 he served as deputy editor-in-chief of Aktuálně.cz becoming its editor-in-chief in April 2018.
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Czech professor and scientist focusing on AI, applications and technology transfer. Co-founder of several AI start-ups and of the science and technology-oriented study program Open Informatics at ČVUT. He also headed scientific projects funded by American agencies FAA and NASA. In 2015 he was included in the list of exceptional innovators New Europe 100.
Jan Pichl is PhD a student at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of CTU in Prague. As part of his doctoral studies, he works as Alquist Team Leader, who ranked second in the Amazon Alex Prize competition in 2017. Together with his team, he develops conversational artificial intelligence, which aims to lead a meaningful and fun conversation with the user on any topic.
Graduate of the Faculty of Education at the Charles University, Prague and a scout. He currently works at the Embassy of Finland in Prague. His previous work experience are mainly associated with education and training in the Czech Republic and Finland.
Czech writer and journalist. She is the author of novels Návrat přítelkyně (The Return of the Girlfriend, 2004) and Aaronův skok (Aaron’s Leap, 2006), the short story collections Sůl, ovce a kamení (Salt, Sheep and Stones, 2003) and Recyklovaný muž (Recycled Man, 2008), and the children’s book Toník a jeskyně snů (Tony and the Cave of Dreams, 2010). In 2013 she published the book Anarchista (Anarchist) and in 2018 her latest novel, Druhá strana ticha ( e Other Side of Silence), was released. She also works as an editor at Literární noviny and Respekt.
Czech photojournalist. Since 2014, he has been taking photographs for the news server, Aktuálně.cz. He received an award in the Czech Press Photo competition for his series of pictures from northern Iraq. This year, he provided photographs for the “Chudé Česko” (Impoverished Czechia) project.
Czech journalist. The deputy editor of the Hospodářské noviny. He studied at London universities for several years, most recently at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He focuses on industry, energy, financial groups, and private equity funds. He has worked for Economia for more than six years.
Czech journalist, sociologist and media analyst. He is currently head of research in Median. He worked as a journalist for iDNES.cz and holds a Bachelor‘s degree in Sociology and a Master‘s degree in Media Studies from Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences.
Polish researcher. She earned her PhD in Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence from the University of Warsaw. Her interests include the development of new technologies and AI and their impact on human life. She works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.
Martin C. Putna
Czech literary historian and critic. He graduated from classical philology, Slavic studies and theology and lectures at Charles University in Prague. He served as head of Václav Havel Library and focuses mainly on the relationship between culture and religion. His publications include three volumes on Czech catholic literature (České katolické literatury 1998–2017), three volumes on cultural history (Obrazy z kulturních dějin – Amerika, Rusko a Střední Evropa 2010–2018) or a portrait of Václav Havel (Duchovní portrét Václava Havla v rámu české kultury, 2011).
Polish journalist and cultural theorist writing about culture, art and politics. She is the author of Poor but Sexy, a book on how the West views Eastern Europeans. She writes for the Polish and British press.
Czech director, cameraman, and producer. He studied documentary filmmaking at FAMU and co-founded the Institute of Documentary Film, which helps promote Czech film abroad. He gained wider public awareness along with Vít Klusák with their controversial film reality show about a fictitious hypermarket entitled Czech Dream. He received the Pavel Koutecký Award for his film The Tadpole, the Rabbit, and the Holy Ghost.
Russian dramatist, screenwriter, and author. He graduated from the Gorky Literary Institute, and collaborated with the festival of young writers, Ljubimovka, and the TEATR.DOC. He is one of the representatives of the so-called new drama. He writes documentary plays and film scenarios. His screenplay for Boris Khebnikov’s film Free Floating (Svobodnoe plavanie), won an award at the Venice Festival in 2006; his screenplay for Everyone Will Die, Only I Won’t (Vsje umrut, a ja ostanus) was awarded at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.
Czech philosopher and cybernetics expert. Until 2015 he worked at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, where he was the head of Human and machine interaction at the New Technologies Research Center. He focused on researching artifi cial intelligence at the Faculty of Applied Science and taught philosophy of artifi cial intelligence at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts. From 2015, he has been building an analytical team focused on the use and development of advanced machine learning in the fi eld of telecommunication data as the Chief Scientist at O2.
Journalist and moderator. He moderates morning broadcasts and mostly political Interviews at Český Rozhlas Plus. In autumn 2017 he launched the Public debate Plus in the regions with the creative team. Previously, he worked at Association for International Affairs, studied Politics at FSV UK, and spent a semester at ULB in Brussels.
French political scientist and historian focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. He is professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and research director at the Fondation des Sciences Politiques in Paris. From 1977 to 1982 he was editor for BBC World Service in London and from 1990 to 1992 worked as advisor to President Václav Havel.
Czech documentarian and journalist Rychlíková focuses on socially critical documentaries. Her film Hajek at the Castle, Petr in the House (2011) earned an Animus Award from director Karel Vachek. Her documentary on the phenomenon of cheap labor, The Limits of Work (2017), was named Best Czech Documentary in the Czech Joy section at the 21st Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, and also earned the Film Critics’ Award in the non-cinema category. In 2017, Rychlíková was a laureate of the Open Society Foundation’s Journalism Award in the category of “Best Commentary.”
Czech director and screenwriter of documentaries and feature films. He made his debut with the feature film Pravidla lži (Rules of Lies, 2006), awarded with the Czech Lion for Best Screenplay. He also directed the documentary series České století (The Czech Century), written by writer Paul Kosatík for the Czech Television, about historical events between 1918 and 1992.
Czech economist and university professor, author of Economics of Good and Evil. In the past, he was an adviser to President Vaclav Havel, and member of the National Economic Council and the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. He currently works as the main macroeconomic strategist of ČSOB. He also lectures on philosophy and economics at Charles University.
Czech priest. He is a assistant minister at the Hus Congregational House of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church in Prague – Vinohrady. In theology, he studies religious freedom and the relationship between religion and violence. Currently, he focuses on the concept of the spiritual service and education to the priesthood.
Czech politician. As chairman of the International Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in the 1980s, he advocated respect for human rights in Europe. In the autumn of 1989 he was appointed chancellor of the president. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs and First Deputy Prime Minister. In September 2013, he ran for the presidency of the Czech Republic in the first-ever direct presidential election.
Czech journalist and publisher currently launching a new independent daily Nový deník. For twelve years, until 2018, he was head of Internet Info, a publishing house running such sites as Lupa.cz, Měšec. cz, Podnikatel.cz. He organizes the Czech internet award Křišťálová Lupa. He published a collection of memories Mé dětství v socialismu and edited books titled České nesvědomí, Přelud svobody and Mediální revoluce.
Czech political scientist. Her topics of interest are work digitization, gender issues and the sociology of technological development. She comments on political and social aff airs in Germany. She works as a researcher at the Czech representation of the German think thank Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and also as a journalist.
Czech artist. He is the head of the Intermedia Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brno. In his work, he focuses primarily on social, political and environmental issues through video, installation and performance, topics that also characterize his teaching, curatorial, and life practices. He o en collaborates with interdisciplinary and anti-expert teams on his projects, and he is the co-founder of the collective for the termination of narrow specializations.
Czech journalist. She works for the Respekt magazine’s editorial office, first as the editor for the foreign column and later the economy column, which she also led. For five years she was the Brussels correspondent for Lidové noviny. She has long focused on the Czech Republic’s foreign policy, Europe, and themes with a social dimension. Šafaříková was voted among the ten best foreign correspondents in Brussels during the 2004–2009 period. She also worked for Czech Television. She received the Karel Havlíček Borovský Award in 2017.
Czech politician. Prime Minister of the Czech Republic and chairman of Czech Social Democrats from 2002 to 2004. Since 2004 he served for six years as Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Director of the social-democratic think-thank Masaryk Democratic Academy since October 2011.
Founder of the Facebook group Jesus’ Grandchildren (Ježíškova vnoučata). In a very short time, she collected a large number of members who decided to join this project. anks to this group, seniors can request almost anything: books, subscriptions to their favorite magazines, treats, a visit to a museum, a stationary bicycle, or even a ride on a Harley.
Member of the Czech Union of Secondary Schools; she seeks to involve secondary school students in discussions about education and student rights. She led several student campaigns to make provisions for student evaluation of teaching and to increase public expenditure in education. These efforts resulted in the promise of an additional 30 billion Czech crowns from the state budget in 2019. She currently works for Teach Live, which focuses on changing the educational system through better training of teachers and education counselors.
Václav Štětka has been working at the British University in Loughborough since 2016, where he teaches media studies and political communication. In 2009-2013, he was a researcher at Oxford University, then moved to Charles University, where he headed the PolCoRe Research Group in 2013-2015. His professional interests include social networks, the transformation of media systems and the issues of globalization and media ownership.
Coordinator for the #laskavec and #jsemlaskavec projects, and PR manager for the Karel Janeček Foundation. She worked previously as the PR manager for the culinary event Prague Food Festival and also worked on the winter online Grand Restaurant Festival.
Czech journalist. He writes on video games and culture looking at technologies within the social and political context. Since 2012 he has been writing for various media outlets: Finmag, A2 or ArtZóna of Czech television. For the last two years he has been contributing to the “Děrné štítky” show on Czech Radio station Radio Wave.
Czech-British journalist and historian. He immigrated to the UK in 1939. Since the 60s he worked for the BBC, from 1986 to 1993 he was managing director of the international broadcaster BBC World Service. He also served as managing director of the Barbican Arts Centre in London. He was awarded knighthood by Queen Elizabeth in 2003.
Czech journalist and musician and a graduate from Charles University, Catholic Theological Faculty. He currently heads the culture news department of Czech TV. In the past he wrote articles for Lidové noviny, Hospodářské noviny, Respekt and Reflex. He also played drums in the bands Otcovy děti, Traband a Šarközi.
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Czech journalist. She studied Romani studies, and then worked on a field research in socially excluded localities. She taught at the Roma Secondary School of Social Studies in Kolín for four years, and since then, she has worked as a journalist (Deník Referendum, Romano Vodi, Alarm). In 2017, she mapped out the working conditions of unskilled and low-income workers. As part of the project, she published reports in the online newspaper, Alarm, and appeared in the documentary Hranice práce (The Limits of Work) directed by Apolena Rychlíková.
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Czech-German writer and journalist. Since 1969 she lives partially in Saarbrücken and in Prague. Her longtime focus of interest is the life of Milena Jesenská – she published her biography titled Milena Jesenská (1994). She released a book of interviews with expelled Sudeten Germans Hrdinové naděje (2008). She sat on the Board of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, she is a member of PEN International.
Czech Professor and education specialist. She focuses on comparative, higher education and school pedagogy, educational policy and methodology of pedagogical research. She worked as a director of the Institute for Research and Development of Education at the Faculty of Education, Charles University in Prague.
Dalibor ‚Dála’ Zíta
Czech journalist and musician. In the Czech Radio, he first worked for the Rádio Česko station, the successor to the Czech department of the BBC; later, he went through several departments, and now, he prepares shows and reports for the Radio Wave and Czech Radio Plus stations and manages the Czech Radio Jazz station social media. He plays Eastern European folk music and his own neo-folk songs.
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