Our research programme brings together people from various faculties and institutes of Charles University to study the history of natural sciences and humanities. Our endeavour might be described as history of human ideas and scientific theories in relationship to its cultural, social as well as political context.
While we believe that rich historical continuity of the Prague university is an important part of its institutional identity (and thus becomes one of our main goals), we also try to answer more general questions linked to the sometimes tenuous relationship between the society and the academia. Consequently, we deal with topics like history of food, religion and science, social and academic reaction to plague epidemics, or the way information was shared among early modern intellectuals. The historical research at our faculty is divided into three main spheres of interest: Paleopathology, medicine in late medieval and early modern period, and medicine from the Enlightenment to the World War II.
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