Jan Kozák

Mgr. Jan Kozák, Ph.D.

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Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Místnost č. 225

Courses Taught This Semester

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Research Interests

  • Old Norse Religion (myth, ritual)
  • The principles of Comparative Linguistics and Semiotics applied to Religious Studies
  • Theory of Myth and the history of the interpretations of Myth, the Monomyth
  • J.R.R. Tolkien and Mythopoesis
  • The New Comparative Mythology of Georges Dumézil
  • Modern Mythology: Conspiracy theories, Conspirituality, Myth and Popular Culture

CV

  • 2020-present Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
  • 2018-2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Bergen
  • 2015-2018 Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
  • 2015 PhD. in Religious Studies at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University (specialization in Old Norse Religion)
  • 2009 M.A. in Religious Studies at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague (with Latin Philology as the second subject)
  • born 1979

Theses

  • Dissertation, 2015: “Sacrifice and Initiation in the Myths of Óðinn” [supervisor: doc. Radek Chlup, PhD.]
  • MA Thesis, 2009: “Þórr’s Journey to Geirrøðr: The Paradigm of the Hero’s Journey to the Otherworld” [supervisor: PhDr. Jiří Starý, PhD.]
  • BA Thesis, 2002: “Kronos and the Golden Age” [supervisor: doc. Radek Chlup, PhD.]

Research Experience – Grants

  • Snorri Sturluson Fellowship [awarded, planned for autumn 2022]
  • Progres Q14 excellence cluster, Rationality Crisis and Modern Thought [since 2020; junior researcher]
  • University Centre for the Study of Ancient and Medieval Tradition (UNCE) [since 2020; 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” [2018-2020; results: four articles]
  • GAČR 17-09663S (2017-2018): “Myth as a Constitutive Exception: Dynamics of Transgressive Reflexivity” [team member; results: one monograph]
  • FFUK 130193 (2011): “Initiatory Structure and the Paradox of Quaternity” [principal investigator; a development of new teaching methods; results: cycles of lectures and seminars on Old Norse Literature and Culture]
  • FFUK 224120 (2009): “Otherworld and Otherness in Myth and Religion” [team member; a second research stay at the Arnamagnæan Institute in Copenhagen; results: two articles in peer-reviewed journals]
  • FFUK 224115 (2008): “The Function of the Dead in the Burial Mounds in Old Norse Literature” [team member; research stay at Arnamagnæan Institute in Copenhagen; results: bilingual edition of Hervarar saga and a scholarly article in peer-reviewed journal]

Monographs

  • Monomyth: A Synthetic Treatise on the Theory of Myth [Monomýtus: Syntetické pojednání o teorii mýtu], Praha: Malvern 2021
  • Óðinn: mýtus, oběť a iniciace [Óðinn: Myth, Sacrifice, and Initiation], Praha: Herrmann a synové 2018 [a monograph on Óðinn; providing general overview followed by case studies]
  • Sága o Hervaře, II – Komentář, Praha: Herrmann a synové 2009 [a commentary volume to my bilingual edition of Hervarar saga]

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Collections

  • “The Dialectic of Seduction: Óðinn and Vǫlundr”, Scandinavian Studies [in review]
  • “Óðinn and the Mead: The Two-Faced Myth”, Viking and Medieval Scandinavia, 17 (2021), 135-164
  • “Rhetorical Tropes and Body Symbolism: The Semiotic Approach to Old Norse Myth”, [title of the collection t.b.a.], Viking Collection Series, Syddansk Universitetsforlag [accepted, to be published in 2021]
  • “The Echo of Creation: Parallels between Old Norse Cosmogony and Eschatology”, Temenos-Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion 57, no. 1 (2021): 103-26.
  • “Psychedelický rituál“ [Psychedelic ritual], in: Filip Tylš a kol. (eds.), Fenomén Psychedelie, Praha: dybbuk 2017, 21-28.
  • “The Dead and their Treasures: Functions of Burial Mounds According the Old Norse Sagas”, in: Archeologické rozhledy LX, 1/2008, 3-35 [co-author Kateřina Ratajová]
  • “Borders of the World: Old Norse Miðgarðr and Útgarðr in Structuralist and Poststructuralist Interpretations”, in: Religio 1/2010, 31-58 [co-author Jiří Starý]
  • “Óðinn and the Mead of Poetry”, in: Religio 2/2010, 191-213

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]
  • Sága o Hervaře, I – Hervarar saga, Praha: Herrmann a synové 2008 [Old Norse–Czech bilingual edition with critical apparatus, introduction and notes]

Editor

  • Jiří Dynda, Slovanské pohanství ve středověkých latinských pramenech, Praha: Scriptorium 2017 [editor]

Invited Lectures

  • “Body Parts and Metaphors: The Logic of Transformations in Old Norse Mythology”, Miðaldastofa, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland 2019
  • “Mystical Experience and the ‘Pensée Sauvage’”, The National Institute for Mental Health, Prague, Czechia 2019
  • “In the Beginning was a Murder”, Brown University, Providence, USA 2018
  • “The Sound of Creation”, Traditional Cosmology Society, Edinburgh, UK, 2017
  • “The Relationship of Sacrifice and Initiation in the Myths about the Mead of Poetry”, University of Bergen, Norway 2016

Papers Presented at International Conferences and Workshops

  • “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 I, 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

  • Mythology as a Branch of Learning in Medieval Scandinavia: International workshop of UC Berkeley (Peder Sather Center) and University of Bergen [co-organizing, supervising one of three strands]
  • Methodology in Mythology: Aarhus Mythology Conference, Bergen 2019 [co-organizing]
  • The International Workshop on Conceptual Metaphors and Body Symbolism, Bergen 2019 [main organizer]
  • The 13th Bergen International Postgraduate Symposium in Old Norse Studies, Bergen 2019 [co-organizing; session chairing]
  • Beyond Psychedelics, Prague, 2017 [peer-reviewing papers]

Courses taught at the University of Bergen

  • Body Symbolism in Old Norse Mythology

Dissemination/Popularization in the Media and on Social Media

Additional Education

  • 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)

Memberships and Collaborations

  • The Conspiracy Theory Research Group (founder and coordinator)
  • 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

Other Interests and Activities

  • European historical martial arts instructor (headmaster of Barrandovská škola šermu [Barrandov Fencing School in Prague; https://www.savle-rapir-fleret.cz] since 2014 and before that an 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 (documentary Bojová umění a jednota osobnosti 2007, dir. Světlana Lazarová; feature film Bathory 2008, dir. Juraj Jakubisko) and fight choreographer (Ordinace v Růžové zahradě 2018)
  • 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 )
  • Calligraphy and graphic design (book cover art: Manuův zákoník [The Laws of Manu], Praha: Bibliotheca gnostica 2012)
  • Board games design (Dorn: Beyond the Gate of Doom, Altar 2006; Dorn: Koshchei’s Eternal Return, Altar 2009; Ekopolis: Thinking About a City, Scio.cz/Albi 2009 https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/31841/jan-kozak )
  • Comic book co-author (“Klíčení oka”, in: Bunkr: Komixová Revue, 2008, ISBN 978-80-903988-5-6, 47-58)
  • Fantasy world author ( https://www.siranie.net )
  • Singing in a Choir (Choir Labyrint in Prague, 2001-2012)

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