Mgr. Olga Nešporová, Ph.D.

Olga NEŠPOROVÁ, assistant professor

Mgr. Olga Nešporová, Ph.D.

Department of Historical Studies

Research Areas

  • Burial and funeral rites in the present and the 20th century

  • Attitudes toward death, ideas about the afterlife

  • Critical heritage studies

  • Sociology of the family - parenting, intergenerational relations, the elderly

  • Family and social policy

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  • 2008: Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague, PhD. in anthropology

  • 2004: Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague, M. A. in social anthropology

  • 2001: Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague, B. A. in humanities Work Experience

  • 2024–present: Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, assistant professor

  • 2019–present: Institute of Ethnology of the CAS, researcher, head of Department of Critical Heritage Studies

  • 2004–present: Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs, researcher

  • 2003–2015: Institute of Sociology of the CAS, cooperation on research projects

Foreign Fellowship

2003 – 2004: J. W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main


  • Since 2023: Association of Critical Heritage Studies

  • Since 2023: International Society for Ethnology and Folklore

  • Since 2022: International Cemetery Research Group

  • 2015–2018: European Sociological Association

  • 2013–2017, again since 2023: Grant Agency of Czech Republic, member of panel 404 – Sociology, demography, social geography and media studies

  • Since 2012 TransPARENT - International research network for studies of the transition to parenthood

Selected Publications

  • Nešporová, O. – Tóth, H. 2023. Communist Funeral Reform in Central Europe (1948–1989): From Religious to Civil Funerals in Czechoslovakia and Hungary. OMEGA—Journal of Death and Dying, 87(2): 344–362.

  • Nešporová, O. 2023. A Century of Funeral Change in Burial Practices: From Church Burial to Cremation Without a Ceremony. Ethnological/Journal Český Lid, 110 (2): 127-156.

  • Nešporová, Olga. 2021. Funerary Practices in the Czech Republic. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited.

  • Nešporová, O. 2019. Hazy Transition to Fatherhood: The Experiences of Czech Fathers. Journal of Family Issues, 40 (2): 143-166.

  • Nešporová, O. 2019. Non-normative parents in the gender- traditional Czech Republic. In Grunow, D. – Evertsson, M. New parents in Europe. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 207-224.

  • Nešporová, O. – Janurová, K. 2018. Working Fathers and Childcare in the Czech Republic. In Musumeci, R. – Santero, A. Fathers, Childcare and Work: Cultures, Practices and Policies. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 103–128.

  • Nesporova, O. – Stuchla, R. 2016. Constructions of Parenthood in The Czech Republic: Maternal Care and Paternal Help. In Grunow, Daniela - Evertsson, Marie. Couples´ transitions to parenthood. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 243-265.

  • Nešporová, O. 2016. The Initial Years of Motherhood and Fatherhood as Perceived by Expectant Parents: The Division of Care and Paid Work. Social Studies, 13 (4): 9-25.

  • Nesporova, O. – Stahl, I. 2014. Roadside memorials in the Czech Republic and Romania: Memory versus religion in two European post-communist Countries. Mortality, 19 (1): 22-40.

  • Nešporová, O. 2013. O smrti a pohřbívání. [On Death and Burial.] Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury.

  • Nešporová, O. 2007. Believer Perspectives on Death and Funeral Practices in a Non-believing Country. Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 43 (6): 1175-1193.

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