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The Inhabited Ruins of Central Europe

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The eleven essays in this volume explore the surprising resilience of productive instabilities enclosed in historical asymmetries, cultural paradoxes, and misplaced topographies. The recent history of Central Europe - a history that vividly blurs the line between imagination and reality - is a particularly vibrant case study of such dynamics, the same dynamics that lie at the heart of modern perception.

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Václav CÍLEK

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Born 1955, a geologist, climatologist, writer and philosopher. He is a graduate of the Dodoma schule ya sekondari in Tanzania, the Mining University, Příbram, and the Faculty of Science, Charles University, where he majored in Economic Geology.

From 1980 to 1990 he worked in the Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and later in the Czech Academy of Sciences Institute of Geology, which he has headed since 2004. He investigates the complex relationship between nature and civilization, climactic oscillations and ecological changes in the youngest geological past through the prism of their broad cultural-socio-philosophical context. He has authored and co-authored a number of publications including: Podzemní Praha: Soupis podzemních objektů hlavního města a vybraná bibliografie (1995), Velká kniha o klimatu Zemí koruny české (2003, with J. Svoboda and Z. Vašků), Tsunami je stále s námi: eseje o klimatu, společnosti a katastrofách (2006) and Borgesův svět (2007). In 2004, his books Krajiny vnitřní a vnější (2002) and Makom: Kniha míst (2004) received the Tom Stoppard Prize. In 2007, he was named Laureate by the Minister of Ecology for his “valuable contribution to the popularization of Czech science, especially geology and climatology”.

 

(Translated by Yveta Shanfeldová for Pandora)

Contacts and links

E cilek@gli.cas.cz

T 220 922 392, 233 087 209