Mgr. Alice Koubová, Ph.D.

Institute of Philosophy of the CAS


  • To analyse the forms, tools and risks of public communication
  • To investigate the role of communication and social interaction in the development of personality
  • To demonstrate the historical forms and transformations of communication
  • To propose new methods for the formal analysis and modelling of communication
  • To analyse the possibilities and functions of interdisciplinary communication and of the dialogue between the scientific community and society
  • To investigate the communicative potential of art

Participating CAS Institutes
Institute of Ethnology
Institute of Philosophy
Institute of Physics
Institute of History
Masaryk Institute and Archives
Oriental Institute
Institute of Psychology
Institute of Sociology
Institute of Art History
J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry
Institute of Computer Science
Institute of Czech Literature
Institute of the Czech Language
Institute of Contemporary History
Institute of State and Law

Cooperating partners
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic
Prague City Assembly
Association of Educational Psychology
Advisory Centre Employees (APPPP)
National Institute of Public Health (SZÚ)
Czech Television
Czech Radio
National Archives in Prague (NA ČR)
National Library of the Czech Republic
National Museum
Parliament of the Czech Republic
Government of the Czech Republic
National Gallery in Prague
Moravian Gallery in Brno
National Film Archives
Czech and foreign universities and other institutes

The programme is focused on investigating the social, cultural and psychological functions of communication, the conditions of understanding among individuals and social groups, and the sources of communication failures. The subjects of the research include the development of forms of communication and their function in generating, maintaining, and disrupting social structures, the role of communication in shaping personality and its contribution to the emergence of personality disorders, the possibilities of formal analysis and modelling the processes through which linguistic utterances are understood and language is acquired, the nature of communication among scientific disciplines and between the scientific community and society, the communicative functions of art, and the social conditions for their fulfillment. Each of the ten main research topics is conceived as a basis for collaboration among representatives of various disciplines and Academic institutes. The typical outputs are collective monographs, thematic issues of journals, interdisciplinary (and in most cases international) conferences, exhibitions etc.

In view of the key role played by communication in all spheres of social life, it can be expected that the research results will find relevant practical applications and will be of use to (among others): a) institutions regulating the (potentially contentious) relations between social groups, including those whose participation in the social dialogue is for various reasons limited; b) institutions active in the sphere of education and edification; c) institutions responsible for directing scientific research, for creating the necessary conditions for its development and for the social applications of its results; d) institutions responsible for implementing state cultural policy and for creating favorable conditions for the social functions of art.


Website of the programme