Short CV/Education and training

  • Jana Černá, Ph.D., currently a Marie Curie Fellow at the Instituto de Historia, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC Madrid – CEIICH, UNAM México (HISPANEMA project Hidden Spaces of American Natural History in Early Modern Central Europe.

  • Reconstruction of Memory and Experience Narrated by Things, supervisor Juan Pimentel). Completed doctoral studies in the Theory and History of Science and Technology at the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Philosophy of University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. Since 2006 worked at that department as assistant professor.

  • From 2015 – 2017, worked as a researcher at the Department of Philosophy and History of Natural Sciences of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Charles University in Prague. She focuses on the cultural history of science and philosophy, mainly during the Renaissance and Early Modern Period, with special emphasis on the Ibero-American environment and its relations to the Central European environment.

  • She published over twenty articles in Czech and international journals and two books and presented her research in lectures and at conferences both at home and abroad, in Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Great Britain, Croatia, etc.

  • She is the principal investigator or co-investigator of several national and international research projects and her research profited from a number of international internships, mainly in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Salamanca, Valencia, Sevilla) and Mexico (Mexico City).

Selected publications

  • Escribir las cartas, contar las historias naturales. Naturaleza novohispana en la correspondencia de los jesuitas de la Provincia de Bohemia (siglos XVII-XVIII). Nuevo Mundo. Mundos Nuevos, 2019.

  • A Powerful Antidote, a Strange Camel and Turkish Pepper: Iberian Science, Discovery of the New World and Early Modern Czech Lands. Early Science and Medicine, 2016.

  • Naked in the Old and the New World: Differences and Analogies in Descriptions of European and American herbae nudae in the Sixteenth Century. JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF BIOLOGY, 2017 (co-author, with Lucie Čermáková).

  • Curar, gozar, experimentar: materia medica novohispana y los jesuitas centroeuropeos, in print (chapter for a collective volume Los saberes jesuitas en un contexto de la globalización, siglos XVI-XVIII, UNAM)

  • Dál a dál za Herkulovy sloupy: přírodní tajemství Nového světa a španělská renesanční filosofie a věda [Further and Further, Beyond the Pillars of Hercules: Natural Secrets of the New World and Spanish Renaissance Philosophy and Science], 2016, book.

  • Očitá svědectví: Španělsko, Nový svět a změna vědeckého komunikačního paradigmatu [Eyewitness Accounts: Spain, the New World, and Change of the Communication Paradigm of Science], 2012, book.


Selected projects

  • HORIZON 2020, Excellent Science, MSCA, Global Fellowship: HISPANEMA – Hidden Spaces of American Natural History in Early Modern Central Europe. Reconstruction of Memory and Experience Narrated by Things, IH, CCHS, CSIC, Madrid, 2019 – 2021

  • PAPIIT UNAM, La invención del septentrión novohispano. Continuidades y rupturas en la escritura jesuita sobre el mundo natural de los siglos XVII-XIX (international project, team member), Mexico City, 2017 – 2019

  • Renaissance Philosophy and Science. (Project of The Czech Science Foundation, team member), Charles University, Prague, 2015 – 2017

  • Spanish Natural Philosophy and the Genesis of Early Modern Science. (Project of The Czech Science Foundation, leading project researcher), University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, 2013 – 2015

  • ESF OP, Education for Competitivenes: Research Center for Theory and History of Science. (EU international project, team member), 2012 – 2013

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Renaissance Society of America (RSA)

  • The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)

  • European Society For The History of Science (ESHS)

  • Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

  • Instituto de Estudios Medievales y Renacentistas (IEMYR)

  • Research Centre for Theory and History of Science (RCTHS)

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