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    David Zbíral

    Welcome to my website. I am a historian of religion interested in medieval Christianity and in the practice of interdisciplinary history, informed mainly by historical anthropology and the digital humanities. My special focus is religious nonconformism and its repression in medieval Europe, Catharism, inquisitional records from Italy and Languedoc (ca 1270-1330), and the transmission of innovations as the central mechanism of religious change at all scales.

    I earned a Ph.D. in the study of religions from Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic in 2008. Since then, I have taught at this university’s Department for the Study of Religions. I am currently general secretary of the Czech Association for the Study of Religions and managing editor of Religio: Revue pro religionistiku, an international journal for the study of religions published by this association.

    What you will find on this website

    This website presents some of my work, mostly in the study of religions (in particular Christianity in medieval Europe) and historical anthropology. You can go through my curriculum vitae and publications, read some of my articles or lectures and conference papers, learn more about my research, check my blog, or use my bibliographies (a bibliography of Medieval Europe, a bibliography of Christian heresy and the Inquisition, a bibliography of history of Christianity, and a catalogue of sources on Cathars and Bogomils). These bibliographies serve also as the catalogue of the library on religion in medieval Europe (especially religious dissent and its repression) that I have been building in Brno since 2006; it is now one of the best libraries on the topic in central Europe. Let me also invite you to my Czech website focusing on areas of my work different to my research in the study of religions; there, you can find electronic dictionaries, essays related to different topics in the study of religions, artwork, photos and more.


    Dr. David Zbíral
    Department for the Study of Religions
    Masaryk University
    Arna Nováka 1
    602 00 Brno
    Czech Republic
    E-mail: see the Information System of Masaryk University