Dr Zdeněk Nebřenský

Curriculum Vitae 

Zdeněk Nebřenský came to the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena as a fellow in April 2013. From 2008 to 2012 he was a junior lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University in Prague. He was awarded his PhD at the same university in June 2012 with a comparative study on the everyday life of Czech, Slovak, and Polish young people after Stalinism. Before completing his PhD, he was a doctoral fellow at the Berlin School of Comparative European History from 2006 to 2008. In addition to research fellowships at Comenius University in Bratislava and the University of Warsaw, he was awarded the visiting fellowship of the Czech-German Fund for the Future at Humboldt University Berlin in the 2004/2005 academic year. Zdeněk Nebřenský studied modern Czech history, general and comparative History, social and economic history, and social and cultural anthropology at Charles University in Prague and the University of Leipzig. 

Research project at the Kolleg

The Young Intelligentsia’s World of Meaning: Intimacy, Equality, and Difference in Czechoslovakia and Poland, 1956–1968 
At the Kolleg, Zdeněk Nebřenský is working on his book project, a comparative social and cultural history of the post-war generation in East Central Europe. The project is mainly concerned with the everyday life of students in Prague, Bratislava, and Warsaw after Stalinism. Based on an analysis of official and media discourses in Czech, Polish, and Slovak, it examines ideas and practices that represented an alternative to the existing order. The project investigates the role played by these ideas and practices in the transformation of authority in East Central Europe in the second half of the twentieth century and asks how they prepared the ground for the societal upheavals of 1968. The first chapter focuses on socialist intimacy, i.e. the party’s politicisation of youth sexuality, student marriage, and the housing troubles of young families. The second chapter deals with the work placement of higher education graduates. Paradoxically, the allocation of work in accordance with central planning generated inequalities at local level and it restricted the labour and social mobility of young people. The third chapter focuses on the changing role of student clubs and their impact on the generational and cultural differentiation of socialist youth in the public sphere.

Main areas of research

  • Comparative and transnational history of modern Central Europe
  • Social history, cultural history, and the history of everyday life under state socialism
  • History of modern historiography

Positions and Memberships 

  • Member of the Centre for the Study of Popular Culture, Prague