Film Science at Masaryk University: History in Dates

  • 1920-1924

    Aesthetist Otakar Zich (1879-1934) was in 1919 appointed a professor of philosophy and aesthetics at Masaryk University; in the autumn of 1921 he began teaching and became the Director of the Philosophical Seminar, where he also dedicated certain space to aesthetical and musical issues.

  • 1920

    František Král (1892-1980) starts working at Masaryk University; he is mainly devoted to natural-science focused science cinematography.

  • 1921

    Vladimír Úlehla (1888-1947), professor of plant physiology at the Faculty of Science, ecologist, philosopher, ethnographer and pioneer of science film (Mizející svět, 1932), was appointed an Associate Professor at Masaryk University.

  • 20s - 30s

    The humanisticly viewed film science appears in the works of Bedřich Václavek (1897-1943), Roman Jakobson (1896-1982) and Inocenc Arnošt Bláha (1879-1960).

  • 1945-1948

    Frank Wollman (1888-1969) leads the Theater Science and Dramaturgy Seminar at Masaryk University. He is the founder of theatrology at JAMU in Brno. As a literary historian, a Slavic, a theatrologist and a folklorist, he worked both in Brno and Bratislava.

  • After 1948

    Theater Science is associated to the Department of Russian Studies.

  • 1950

    Theater Science is officially transferred to JAMU (Janáček Academy of Performing Arts).

  • 1948-1953

    Jan Calábek (1903-1992), the disciple of Vladimír Úlehla, a professor of botany and director of laboratory for life events studies through film, worked at the Faculty of Education and Faculty of Science at Masaryk University.

  • 1958

    Zdeněk Smejkal returns to the Department of Slavonic and Indo-European Languages after an internship in Poland, where he was a student of Jerzy Toeplitz, Aleksander Jackiewicz and Bolesław Lewicki.

  • 1960-1963

    Zdeněk Smejkal (as an assistant professor at the Department of Slavonic and Indo-European Languages) lectures on Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Selected Chapters from the History of Soviet Film.

  • 1963

    On 1st of July, the Department of Slavonic Literatures, Theater Science and Film Science was established. Artur Závodský was the initiator and long-term Head of the Department. The assistant professors included Jarmil Pelikán, Zdeněk Srna (Theater Science) and Zdeněk Smejkal (Film Studies). In the autumn of 1963, a facultative study of Film Science began.

  • 1967

    Leo Rajnošek starts working at the Department of Slavonic Literatures, Theater Science and Film Science as a scientific aspirant for Film Studies.

  • 1968

    Leo Rajnošek, and later Zdeněk Smejkal are awarded a PhD (PhDr.) from Film Studies (the first doctorates in the field at Masaryk University).

  • 1973

    Department of Theater and Film, together with the Department of Musicology and the Department of Fine Arts History, is transferred under the Department of Art Sciences, led by prof. PhDr. Jiří Vysloužil, CSc.

  • 1976/1977

    Film Science studies were officially abolished (and to a limited extend, it was practiced only as an interest subject outside the study catalog).

  • 1978

    Zdeněk Srna takes up the post of Head of the Department of the Department of Theater and Film Science after Artur Závodský retires.

  • 1982

    Department of Theater and Film Studies was canceled. Zdeněk Smejkal and Zdeněk Srna, who was appointed as Associate Professor of Theater and Film Science in 1981, were transferred to the Department of Czech and Slovak Literature and Literary Science.

  • 1985

    Under the Department of Art Sciences, the Department of Theater and Film Science was renewed, as well as the lectures. Jaromír Blažejovský starts working at the Department as an external lecturer.

  • 1987

    Department of Theater and Film Studies becomes a part of the Department of Marxist-Leninist Aesthetics and Art Sciences, where the subject Theater, Film and Television Sciences is taught.

  • 1989

    Zdeněk Smejkal retires and keeps teaching as an external lecturer.

  • 1990

    Zdeněk Smejkal is rehabilitated and appointed Associate Professor of Film Science, lectured at Department of Theater and Film Science within the Department of Art and Aesthetics.

  • 1991

    The independent Theater and Film Science Seminar is established, led by Zdeněk Srna. Leo Rajnošek starts working as an external lecturer.

  • 1993

    Bořivoj Srba becomes the Head of the Seminar (until the end of 1999).

    Zdeněk Smejkal retires; Jiří Voráč joins the Department of Film Science.

    Film Science studies are independent; it is subsequently implemented starting with the academic year 1994/1995.

  • 1994

    The Seminar is renamed the Department of Theater and Film Studies. Leo Rajnošek becomes an assistant professor.

  • 1999

    Jaromír Blažejovský starts working as an assistant, since 2006, he has been an assistant professor.

  • 2000

    Jiří Voráč becomes the Head of the Department.

  • 2001

    The transition to a structured system of bachelor's and (post-graduate) master's studies that have been implemented since the academic year 2002/2003. Bachelor's and Master's courses are newly accredited as Theory and History of Film and Audiovisual Culture (FAV). The Doctoral course Theory and History of Theater, Film, Radio and Television is newly accredited as Theory and History of Theater, Film and Audiovisual Culture. In addition to the full-time studies, there is also a combined (distance) form of study.

  • 2002

    Petr Szczepanik starts working at the Department as an assistant professor, since 2009 he was Associate Professor (until 2016 at Masaryk University).

  • 2003

    The independent Department of Film Science and Audiovisual Culture is established by separating from the Department of Theater and Film Studies.

  • 2005

    Pavel Skopal joins the Department as an assistant professor, an Associate Professor since 2017.

  • 2006

    Jiří Voráč becomes the first habilitated associate professor of Film Science in the history of Masaryk University (the proceedings took place at the Palacký University in Olomouc).

  • 2007

    The habilitation subject Theory and History of Theater, Film and Audiovisual Culture is accredited.

  • 2008

    Anna Batistová joins the Department as a fellow (until 2014 at Masaryk University).

  • 2009

    Lucie Česálková  joins the Department as a fellow (until 2017 at Masaryk University).

  • 2012

    Jiří Voráč becomes the first professor of Film Science in history of Masaryk University (the proceedings took place at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague).

  • 2013

    Reopening of Scala cinema as a main cinema for Masaryk University. The reopening was initiated by the Department in 2011 with the public call  Dejte Scale šanci! (Give Scala a chance!), addressed to the city administration, which had decided to close the cinema.

    50 years since the establishment of the course, 20 years since the opening of the independent studies and 10 years since the establishment of its own Department.

  • 2014

    Radomír D. Kokeš joins the Department as an assistant professor.

  • 2017

    Pavel Skopal and Lucie Česálková are awarded historically first lectureship from Film Studies within the habilitation course accredited at Masaryk University.

  • 2018

    Reconstruction of Faculty of Arts. Department is located temporarily at VUT on Údolní street. Autumn Semester 2018 starts in renowated lecture room C34.

  • 2019

    Šárka GmiterkováMichal Večeřa joins the Department as an assistant professors.

    Pavel Skopal becomes the Head of the Department.