Dr. Pavel Blažek (Czech Republic)
Catholic, medievalist, father of 10 children – three terms that describe the life of Pavel Blažek very well and which are also important to him. Born in 1974, he first studied history and medieval studies at various universities in London (University College London), Pisa (Scuola Normale Superiore), Louvain-la-Neuve (Université Catholique de Louvain) and Jena (Friedrich-Schiller University).
He completed his Bachelor studies in London in 1996, his D.E.A. in Louvain-la-Neuve in 1997 and his doctoral studies in Jena in 2004.
In 1997, he began his further scientific career as research assistant at the Philosophical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences where he still works today.
Numerous research and fellowship stays in London at the Warburg Institute (Mellon Fellowship), in Munich at the LMU (KAAD, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), in Dresden at the FOVOG (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), in Erfurt at the Bibliotheca Amploniana (Amplonius Fellowship), in Cambridge at CRASSH/Clare Hall (EURIAS), in Berlin at Dahlem Humanities Center as well as in Paris at IRHT (Bourse de la Ville de Paris) and Cologne at Thomas-Institut (KAAD, Heinrich-Hertz-Stiftung) expanded his qualifications and promoted his academic career.
Since 2015 he has also worked as research assistant at the Thomas Institute in Cologne as part of the Durandus project on the “Edition of the Marriage Treatise (Distinctions 26 to 41) in the Fourth Book of Durandus’ Commentary of Sentences” and on the “Printing of the Edition of the Commentary of Bartholomew of Bruges on Pseudo-Aristotelian Economics”.
His further research projects relate to „Home, Marriage and Family in the Medieval Philosophy and Theology“, to the medieval reception of Aristotle and on the medieval reception of the bible” and to the edition of medieval texts from the aforementioned subject areas.
Since 2008 and after his first KAAD scholarship, he has been a member and secretary of the KAAD Partner Committee in Prague as well as our most important contact person in the Czech Republic. For this, he rightly received the “Bene Merenti” Award at the Annual Convention 2018.