Vitezslav Sommer

Junior Researcher

Vítězslav Sommer received his PhD from Charles University in Prague in 2011. His dissertation explored the origins of communist party historiography in Czechoslovakia and its development in the Stalinist, post-Stalinist and reform communist period (1950-1970).

Vítězslav joined the Futurepol project in 2013. His research explores the transformations of Czechoslovak “future studies” from the “scientific and technological revolution” (STR) research project in the 1960s and 1970s to prognostika (economic forecasting) in the perestroika period. His main research topics are the institutional and social background of the “future studies” in state socialist Czechoslovakia; analysis of the knowledge produced by STR and prognostika and its practical application in the policies of the socialist state; and the transnational dimension of Czechoslovak “future studies”. 

Since January 2015, Vítězslav Sommer is head of the research project "The Road to Technocratic Socialism: Concepts of Governance in Socialist Czechoslovakia (1953-1975)" at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague. He has been recruited as a permanent researcher of the  Institute for Contemporary Czech Republic but is still collaborating to Futurepol's research project.

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