Helena Ulbrechtová graduated from the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno in 1995, where she studied Russian and German language and literature. There she also obtained her PhD degree in 1998 in the "History and Theory of Russian Literature" branch. Since that year she has worked as a literary scholar in the Institute of Slavonic Studies of the Czech Academy of Sciences, since 2003 as the head of its History of Slavonic Studies and Slavic Literatures Department. In 2007 she was appointed the director of the Institute of Slavonic Studies and in 2017 she finished her 2nd term in the office. In 2017 she was elected to the Institute of Slavonic Studies' Board and she became its chair. Since 2007 she has lectured contemporary Russian literature at the Institute of East-European Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague (both bachelor's and master's programmes), she has been a supervisor of doctoral programme there as well. In 2011 she became an Associate Professor in Slavic Studies there, in the period 2012–2016 she held a position of the Slavic Literature Area Board's chairperson there. She is a member of the Academic Council of the Faculty of Arts at University of Ostrava and a member of the Academic Council of the Slavonic Library of the National Library of the Czech Republic.

In her research Helena Ulbrechtová focuses primarily on theoretical research of contemporary European literary studies as well as Russian-German literary and cultural connections. Her research concerns the interrelationship of literary and cultural studies and transfer of philosophical and political thought to literary works. She has written three monographies, she is an editor of six collective monographies. Her numerous studies have been published in Czech and foreign scholarly publications and journals. She is a member of the executive editorial board of the international scholarly journal Germanoslavica. Zeitschrift für germano-slawische Studien. Since 2015 she's been a member of the evaluating panel 406 "Linguistics and Literary Studies," since 2016 a member of the evaluating commission for research support programmes at Charles University and since 2017 she has been a member of Philology evaluating panel within the National Accreditation Agency. Her outputs, written in Czech, Russian, and German, have been quoted and reviewed 60 times in Czech and foreign publications. She headed the international team projects "Literaturen und Kulturen zwischen West und Ost" (in 2007–2009), "Literatur und Wissen" (2012–2017), Czech and Slovak project "Russian Imperial Thought in History, Literature and Art" (2013–2015), at present she is the head of the international team project "Crimea as the Crossroads of Cultural Memory – Literary and Cultural Connotations." H. Ulbrechtová also inquiries into the issues connected with scholarly evaluation within humanities.


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