Publication details

Mosty blízké i vzdálené. Století Ústavu germanistiky, nordistiky a nederlandistiky

Title in English Bridges near and far. One hundred years of the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Netherlands Studies


Year of publication 2019
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description One hundred years of Germanic Studies in Brno equates to a hundred years of attempting to define the profile of a philological discipline situated very close, in a historical and geographical sense, to the identity of the university, the city and the whole country. After World War II, the Department of Germanic Studies began to build bridges towards the more distant cultures of Scandinavia and the Netherlands. The text focuses on the search for new and appropriate methods of learning as well as sharing competences as long-term objectives in the developmental process, as captured in the mirror of changing societal conditions during the century. The publication presents portraits of those scientific and pedagogical personalities directly or indirectly connected to Germanic Studies, such as the life and work of Professor Antonín Beer and his successors, the work of Professor Josef B. Michl who opened up perspectives toward the north, and the work of Emmy Máčelová which has had an influence on contemporary Dutch and which is firmly anchored in the European branch of the discipline. The photographs used in the publication document the activities of foreign lecturers and our contacts with outstanding experts from the world of Germanic Studies.