Jan Kozák

Mgr. Jan Kozák, Ph.D.

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Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Místnost č. 225

Courses Taught This Semester

Office Hours

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Research Interests

  • Old Norse Religion (myth, ritual)
  • Theory of Myth and the history of the interpretations of Myth, the Monomyth
  • J.R.R. Tolkien and Mythopoesis
  • The New Comparative Mythology
  • Modern Mythology: Conspiracy theories, Conspirituality, Myth and Popular Culture

Personal webpage: https://jan-a-kozak.cz/en/home/

CV

  • 2020-present Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
  • 2022 Snorri Sturluson Fellow at the University of Iceland (Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies) ( https://www.arnastofnun.is/is/styrkir-snorra-sturlusonar )
  • 2018-2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Bergen ( https://iforum.cuni.cz/IFORUM-16097.html )
  • 2015-2018 Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University

Research Experience – Grants (see also Research Teams below)

  • Snorri Sturluson Fellowship (2022)
  • Progres Q14 excellence cluster, Rationality Crisis and Modern Thought (junior researcher)
  • University Centre for the Study of Ancient and Medieval Tradition (UNCE) (junior researcher)
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF, 2018-2020): “The Symbolism of the Body in Northern Europe: Cognitive Metaphors and Old Norse Myth from the Viking Age to Late Medieval Times”
  • GAČR 17-09663S (2017-2018): “Myth as a Constitutive Exception: Dynamics of Transgressive Reflexivity”
  • FFUK 130193 (2011): “Initiatory Structure and the Paradox of Quaternity”
  • FFUK 224120 (2009): “Otherworld and Otherness in Myth and Religion”
  • FFUK 224115 (2008): “The Function of the Dead in the Burial Mounds in Old Norse Literature”

Monographs

  1. Současná mytologie [Contemporary Mythology], Praha: Paseka 2023 [in preparation]
  2. Monomýtus [Monomyth], Praha: Malvern 2022
  3. Óðinn: mýtus, oběť a iniciace [Óðinn: Myth, Sacrifice, and Initiation], Praha: Herrmann a synové 2018
  4. Sága o Hervaře, II – Komentář, Praha: Herrmann a synové 2009 [a commentary volume to my bilingual edition of Hervarar saga]
  5. Sága o Hervaře, I – Hervarar saga, Praha: Herrmann a synové 2008 [Old Norse–Czech bilingual edition with critical apparatus, introduction and notes]

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Collections

  1. Jan A. Kozák, “The Dialectic of Seduction: Óðinn and Vǫlundr”, Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 19 (2023), 119-146.
  2. Jan A. Kozák, “Cosmic Prison Break: From Gnostic Movies to Conspiracist Cosmology”, Central European Journal for Contemporary Religion 1-2 (2021), 67-97; ( https://doi.org/ 10.14712/25704893.2023.4 )
  3. Matyáš Lednický, Tereza Malá, Abraham Maurer, Jan A. Kozák, “’Do I Believe?’: Three Aspects of ‘Belief’ in Conspiracy Theories”, Central European Journal for Contemporary Religion, 1-2 (2021), 99-116; ( https://doi.org/10.14712/25704893.2023.5 )
  4. Jan A. Kozák, “Hero Mythology”, Encyclopedia of Heroism Studies, eds. Scott T. Allison, James K. Beggan, George R. Goethals, Berlin: Springer 2023, 1-8; ( https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-17125-3_266-1 )
  5. Jan A. Kozák, „Climate Change and Myth“, Handbooks in Philosophy. Handbook of the Philosophy of Climate Change, eds. Gianfranco Pellegrino, Marcello di Paola, Berlin: Springer 2023
  6. Jan A. Kozák, “Zimní slunovrat u starých Seveřanů: mýtus a rituál”, Hradiště Hradec u Levína: výsledky archeologického nedestruktivnho výzkumu, ed. Jindřich Šteffl, Teplice: Regionální muzeum v Teplicích (2023)
  7. Jan A. Kozák, “Rhetorical Tropes and Body Symbolism: The Semiotic Approach to Old Norse Myth”, Methodology in Mythology, eds. Jesse Barber, Bob van Strijen, Viking Collection Series, Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag [accepted, to be published in 2023]
  8. Jan A. Kozák, “Depresivní společnost a konspirační teorie”, Depresivní společnost, ed. Olga Plíčková, Jakub Mlynář, Praha: Karolinum 2023 [in print]
  9. Jan A. Kozák, “Od čeho jsme se odřízli: Cena za vítězství domestikovaného myšlení”, Depresivní společnost, ed. Olga Plíčková a Jakub Mlynář, Praha: Karolinum 2023 [in print]
  10. Jan A. Kozák, “Psychedelika a náboženství: evoluční typologie a divoké myšlení“, in Psychedelika a psychonautika II. Rizika užívání, spiritualita, etika a právo, ed. Vojtěch Cink, Praha: dybbuk 2022, 59-68.
  11. Jan A. Kozák, „Fenomén psychonautů: náčrt kosmologie komunity“, in Psychedelika a psychonautika II. Rizika užívání, spiritualita, etika a právo, ed. Vojtěch Cink, Praha: dybbuk 2022, 167-175.
  12. Jan A. Kozák, “Óðinn and the Mead: The Two-Faced Myth”, Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 17 (2021), 135-164
  13. Jan A. Kozák, “The Echo of Creation: Parallels in Old Norse Cosmogony and Eschatology”, Temenos-Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion57, no. 1 (2021): 103-26
  14. Jan A. Kozák, “Psychedelický rituál“ [Psychedelic ritual], in: Filip Tylš a kol. (eds.), Fenomén Psychedelie, Praha: dybbuk 2017, 21-28.
  15. Kateřina Ratajová, Jan A. Kozák, “Mrtví a jejich poklady: Funkce mohyl ve staroseverských ságách [The Dead and their Treasures: Functions of Burial Mounds According the Old Norse Sagas]”, in: Archeologické rozhledy LX, 1/2008, 3-35
  16. Jiří Starý, Jan A. Kozák, “Hranice světů: Staroseverský Miðgarð a Útgarð ve strukturalistických a poststrukturalistických interpretacích [Borders of the World: Old Norse Miðgarðr and Útgarðr in Structuralist and Poststructuralist Interpretations]”, in: Religio 1/2010, 31-58
  17. Jan A. Kozák, “Óðinn a medovina básnictví [Óðinn and the Mead of Poetry]”, in: Religio 2/2010, 191-213

Edited Volumes

  • Jan A. Kozák, Marie Novotná, Jiří Starý, Zuzana Stankovitsová (eds.): Hybrids and Metamorphoses in Old Norse Mythology, Studia Folkloristica Fennica, Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society 2024 [in preparation]

Translations

  • J.R.R. Tolkien: Pád Artušův / The Fall of Arthur, Praha: Argo 2016 [English-Czech bilingual edition]
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: Legenda o Sigurdovi a Gudrún / The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, Praha: Argo 2012 [English-Czech bilingual edition]
  • Eddica Minora, ed. Jiří Starý, Praha: Herrmann a synové 2012 [from Old Norse and Latin to Czech]
  • “Heiðrekovy hádanky”, in: Plav 9/2009, 33-38 [from Old Norse to Czech]

Reviews

Reports

  • Jan A. Kozák, Konsta I. Kaikkonen, “Methodology in Mythology: Aarhus Old Norse Mythology Conference”, in Retrospective Methods Network Newsletter 15–16 (2020–2021): 86–89

Other

  • Jan A. Kozák, “Zlomek Písně o Slagfinnovi”, in Hrdinství starých, sborník k 50. narozeninám Jiřího Starého, ed. Marie Novotná, Jaroslav Tulka, 2021
  • Jan A. Kozák, Sága o Lundirovi, Malvern 2023

Theses

  • Doctoral Dissertation: “Sacrifice and Initiation in the Myths of Óðinn” [supervisor: doc. Radek Chlup, PhD.]
  • MA Thesis: “Þórr’s Journey to Geirrøðr: The Paradigm of the Hero’s Journey to the Otherworld” [supervisor: PhDr. Jiří Starý, PhD.]
  • BA Thesis: “Kronos and the Golden Age” [supervisor: doc. Radek Chlup, PhD.]

Invited Lectures

  • “The Map of Contemporary Mythologies”, University of Edinburgh, Scotland 2023
  • “Odin on the Tree: The God’s Self-Sacrifice at the Crossroads of Cultures”, University of Tromsø, The Arctic University of Norway 2023 ( https://en.uit.no/tavla/artikkel?p_document_id=802723 )
  • “From Old Norse Myths to Conspiracy Theories: A Marie Curie Project at UiB and Its Follow-Up”, University of Bergen, Norway 2021
  • “Body Parts and Metaphors: The Logic of Transformations in Old Norse Mythology”, Miðaldastofa, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland 2019
  • “In the Beginning was a Murder”, Brown University, Providence RI, USA 2018
  • “The Sound of Creation”, University of Edinburgh, Traditional Cosmology Society, UK, 2017
  • “Sacrifice and Initiation in the Myths of Óðinn”, University of Bergen, Norway 2016

Papers Presented at International Conferences and Workshops

  • “Ódinova výprava za medovinou básnictví: alchymický proces vyjádřený jazykem mýtu” [“Odin’s Quest for the Mead of Poetry: Alchemical Process in Mythical Form”], Konference České asociace pro analytickou psychologii, Praha 2023
  • “The Types of Contemporary Mythology”, 15th Annual International Conference on Comparative Mythology: War in Heaven, War on Earth, Tulsk and Roscommon 2023
  • “Four Master Tropes in Mythology”, Old Norse Poetry and Prosimentrum, Praha 2023
  • “Fettered by Feathers: The Bird Transformation of Völundr and Odinn”, The 18th Saga Conference, Helsinki and Tallinn, 2022
  • “Monomyth: Hero’s Death and Rebirth as a Structural Crossover of Sacrifice and Initiation”, 14th Annual International Conference on Comparative Mythology: Death and Migration in World Mythology, Boston/Virtual, 2021
  • “Entheogens and Communitas”, Religious Drugs: I. International Worshop, Brno 2020
  • “Óðinn and the Mead: The Two-Faced Myth”, Mythology as a Branch of Learning in Medieval Scandinavia: International Workshop II, Berkeley 2020
  • “Þórr’s Visit to Geirrøðr: The Transformations of Myth after Christianisation”, Mythology as a Branch of Learning in Medieval Scandinavia: International Workshop, Bergen 2019
  • “Myth and Metaphor: The Untapped Potential of Semiotics and Cognitive Linguistics for the Study of Myth”, Methodology in Mythology: The Aarhus Mythology Conference, Bergen 2019
  • “Writing Strategies: Theses, Articles and Books” [round table], “Body Symbolism in ON Myth” [poster and slam presentation] Network of Early Career Researchers in Old Norse Workshop, Bergen 2019
  • “Studies in the Transmission of Kringilnefjukvæði”, International Medieval Congress, Leeds 2019
  • “A Cosmic ‘Prison Break’: Gnostic Cosmology in Hollywood”, Religion – Continuations and Disruptions: 17th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religion (EASR), Tartu 2019
  • “Eddic Poetry in Teaching: Mnemonic, Analytical and Pedagogic Applications”, Old Norse Poetry in Performance, Oxford 2019
  • “The Logic of Mythical Transformations”, 13th Annual International Conference on Comparative Mythology, Tartu 2019
  • “Body Symbolism in Old Norse Myth”, I Vesterled – Westward Bound, Bergen 2018 [poster]
  • “Encircled by Flames: Meeting the Other in Völsunga saga and Hervarar saga”, 17th International Saga Conference, Reykjavík 2018
  • “The Symbolism of Secular Rituals”, Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies, Oxford 2018
  • “První osadníci Islandu – historie, či mýtus?” [“The First Settlers of Iceland – History or Myth?”], The 11th Congress of Czech Historians, Olomouc 2017
  • “The Horrible Horse: Apotropaic Function of Horse’s Head in Pagan Scandinavia and Neighbouring Cultures”, 11th Annual International Conference on Comparative Mythology, Edinburgh 2017
  • “The Otherworldly Encounters at the Burial Mounds”, Encounters and Reimaginings: Medieval Scandinavia and the World, Berkeley 2017
  • “Ragnarök as a Cosmogony”, 10th Annual International Conference on Comparative Mythology, Brno 2016
  • “Burial Mound as a Projection Screen”, Ontology of Supernatural Encounters, Tartu 2015
  • “The Two Faces of Ritual: Óðinn and the Mead of Poetry”, 16th International Saga Conference, Zürich 2015
  • “The Dialectic of Seduction: Óðinn and Vǫlundr”, 15th International Saga Conference, Aarhus 2012
  • “Cosmos inside the Skull: The Metaphor of the Head as a Part of Microcosm-Macrocosm Analogy”, Head-Motif in Comparative Perspective, Bytów 2012
  • “Doubles and Twins: Meeting the Other in Burial Mounds”, Medieval Iceland, Aarhus 2010

Conference and Workshop Organizing

Courses taught at the University of Bergen

  • Body Symbolism in Old Norse Mythology

Courses taught at the Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University

  • Experimental Psychopharmacology (a lecture “Psychedelics and Religion” in a collective series)

Dissemination/Popularization in the Media and on Social Media

Interviews

Articles

Short Glosses and Summaries

Public Lectures

  • “Mýty a bohové Seveřanů”, Kultura v Městské knihovně, 2021
  • “Ódin: staroseverský bůh magie, run a války”, Kultura v Městské knihovně, 21.6. 2021 ( https://www.mlp.cz/cz/akce/e18029-odin-staroseversky-buh-magie-run-a-valky/ )
  • “Monstra, můry a metamorfózy: Proč jsou mýty tak divné?” [“Monsters, Nightmares and Metamorphoses: Why Are Myths So Weird?”], public lecture at the Municipial Library in Prague, 2020
  • Numerous public lectures on the Old Norse and Religious Studies topics, with the aim of raising the public’s awareness and addressing some common misunderstandings (Open Square Festival – FF CUNI in Prague; Scandinavian Days – Municipial Library in Prague; Festival of Fantasy in Chotěboř; TolkienCon in Prague; Pagan Festival – Housův mlýn in Tábor; Centrála in Prague )

Radio

Television

Podcasts

Youtube lectures, debates, and interviews

  • “Proč lidé věří mýtum: Mýtus dnes”, Městská knihovna v Praze, 2021 (online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KqbE5tuHy8 )
  • “Proč lidé věří mýtum: Mýtus jako zrcadlo”, Městská knihovna v Praze, 2021 (online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_EwQDq6QEo )
  • “Proč lidé věří mýtum: Mýtus jako hádanka”, Městská knihovna v Praze, 2021 (online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUy9mn5aj8A )
  • “Debata o konspiračních teoriích s religionisty”, debata v Městské knihovně Praha s Petrem Janečkem a Zuzanou Kostićovou ( https://youtu.be/xJpQDaPQsXs), 2021
  • “Sacrifice and Body Parts in Viking Myths” on YouTube Channel of Dr. Matthias Nordvig ( https://youtu.be/1ksKDrno3rc ), 2019

Other

Additional Education

  • Accredited Psychotherapy Training (4 years) provided by Czech Association for Analytical Psychology (started in 2020)
  • Arnamagnæan Summer School of Manuscript Studies (master, 2018) [preparation of an edition of a previously unedited primary text, transcription of manuscripts, xml coding, generating a manuscript stemma]
  • Arnamagnæan Summer School of Manuscript Studies (advanced, 2017)
  • Arnamagnæan Summer School of Manuscript Studies (basic, 2016)
  • University Centre of the Westfjords: Icelandic Language Certificate (B2, 2016)
  • University of Bergen: Norwegian Language Course (B2, 2019)
  • City & Guilds: Certificate in International ESOL, English Language (C2, 2006)

Research Teams, Memberships and Collaborations

  • The Conspiracy Theory Research Group (founder and coordinator; https://konspiritualita.ff.cuni.cz/en/home-2/ )
  • Advisory Board of International Saga Society (representative for the Czech Republic)
  • CEJCR: Central European Journal for Contemporary Religion (editorial board member)
  • CZEPS: Czech Psychedelic Society (academic section member)
  • The Tolkien Society (member)
  • IACM: International Association for Comparative Mythology (member)
  • ČSAP: Czech Society for Analytical Psychology (member)

Prizes

  • Awarded prize of ‘High Quality Monograph of the Charles University 2019’ for the title Óðinn: mýtus, oběť a iniciace [Óðinn: Myth, Sacrifice, and Initiation], 2018
  • Novinářská cena 2021, Nadace OSF, best written interview, Adéla Karásková Skoupá rozhovor s Janem A. Kozákem “Rohatý šaman z kapitolu…” ( https://osf.cz/2022/06/23/novinarska-cena-2021-zna-sve-viteze/ )

Other Interests and Activities

Tolkien Expert

  • Amazon’s The Rings of Power (2022, TV series; Tolkien Expert for Czech dubbing and subtitles)
  • Tympanum’s Pán Prstenů (2014, audiobook; Tolkien Expert for Czech translation)
  • Translations, conference papers, book reviews – see above

 Psychotherapist

European historical martial arts instructor

  • Founder and chief instructor of Barrandovská škola šermu [Barrandov Fencing School in Prague; https://www.savle-rapir-fleret.cz/en/ ] since 2014
  • instructor at AKA www.skolasermu.cz from 2008 to 2012
  • invited to teach at international fencing symposia: SWASH Leeds 2009, Verbania 2009 and Intersword Bremen 2017

Film stunt

  • Bojová umění a jednota osobnosti 2007, dir. Světlana Lazarová (documentary)
  • Bathory 2008, dir. Juraj Jakubisko (feature film)
  • & fight choreographer at Ordinace v Růžové zahradě 2018 (TV series)

Calligraphy, illustration and graphic design

  • book cover art: Manuův zákoník [The Laws of Manu], Praha: Bibliotheca gnostica 2012;
  • illustration: Psychedelika a psychonautika II. Rizika užívání, spiritualita, etika a právo, ed. Vojtěch Cink, Praha: dybbuk 2022

Board games design

Comic book co-author

  • Jan Dřevíkovský, Jan A. Kozák, “Klíčení oka”, in: Bunkr: Komixová Revue, 2008, ISBN 978-80-903988-5-6, 47-58

Fantasy world author ( http://www.siranie.net/en/welcome/ )

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