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    David Zbíral

    Welcome to my website. I am a historian of religion interested in different aspects of 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), medieval studies, 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, and browse my bibliographies (a bibliography of Medieval Europe, a bibliography of Christian heresy and the Inquisition, a bibliography of history of Christianity).

    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.

    Ph.D. candidates

    If you are a prospective Ph.D. candidate interested in dissident movements in medieval Christianity and you would like to pursue your studies in order to obtain an internationally recognized Ph.D. degree in the Study of Religions, please read this call for applications and consider getting in touch. The deadlines for Ph.D. applications are the 30 April (for studies beginning in mid-September) and the 30 November (for studies beginning in mid-February).


    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