Zuzana Bártová, Ph.D.


Worked at the department until 2022

Academic Employment

February 2021-July 2022        Assistant-professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic (50%).

September 2020-July 2022   Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic (100%).

Non-academic Employment

March 2011-September 2021    Cataloguing Librarian, National University Library, Strasbourg, France (80%).


2019     PhD in Religious Studies, Doctoral School of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Strasbourg, France, supervisor: Frédéric Rognon.

Thesis Title: ʻBuddhism as an Organised Lifestyle for the Middle Class in Consumer Culture: An Analysis of the Religiosity of Buddhist Practitioners in France and the Czech Republicʼ (in French).

2010     Research MA Religious Studies, Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Strasbourg, France, specialisation: Sociology of Religion.

2009     1st year Master course, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

2008     BA in Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Charles University in Prague.

2007     Erasmus Scholarship (6 months), Charles de Gaulle University, Lille, France.

Fields of Specialisation

  • Buddhism in Europe
  • Religious lifestyles and organisations in consumer culture
  • Sociology of personal development
  • Sociology of consumer culture

Recent Publications

Forthcoming     Between strangeness and an alternative Buddhist lifestyle: an expression of religious non-conformity in consumer culture in France and the Czech Republic, Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe, ca. 29 pages.

2021                 The Buddhist style in consumer culture: from aesthetics to emotional patterns. Journal of Religion in Europe, 14(1), 28-54 (Q1).

2021                 L’authenticité comme valeur centrale de l’engagement religieux dans la culture de consommation : le cas des pratiquants bouddhistes en France et en République tchèque. Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses. 2021, 50(1), 141-162 (Q4).

Grants and Scholarships

2022-2023        Assessing the study of religious change in Central-Eastern Europe, Visegrad Fund (n. 22130096), co-investigator (24,335 €).

2011-2017        Doctoral School of Theology and Religious Studies Grant to attend conferences (300 € every other year).

2009                Dagmar a Václava Havlových Fund scholarship to carry out the project of Master 2 at the University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France (15,000 Kč).

2007                Erasmus scholarship at University Charles de Gaulle, Lille 3, Lille, France (2,100 €).

2006                Excellent study results scholarship (9,000 Kč).

Teaching Record

Since 2021   Courses in Sociology of Religion, Anthropology of Religion, Religion in Consumer Culture, Consumer Society, Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary World, Methodology for Religious Studies, Religion in the Public Sphere (bachelor students, University of Pardubice, Charles University in Prague).

2015 – 2016 Courses in Sociology of Religion (bachelor students, University of Strasbourg).

Recent Conferences (selection)

2021     ʻBetween Marginalisation and Alternative Lifestyle: A Case Study of Buddhist Practitioners in the Czech Republic and Franceʼ. Conference of International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association at Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic.

2021     ʽLa dimension religieuse du développement personnel au sein des entreprises slovaquesʼ. Conference of Maison des Sciences de lʼHomme Paris Nord and IRIS, EHESS, Paris, France.

2021     ʽManagerial Practices and Discourses in Slovakia as New Religious Forms in the Capitalist and Consumerist societyʼ. Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions, Pisa, Italy, convenor of the panel ʽRe-enchantment in Central-Eastern Europe? Religious Change in Former Socialist Countries revisitedʼ.

2021     ʻReligion in Consumer Culture as an Alternative to the Secularisation Paradigm: Example of Buddhist Values as an Expression of Consumerismʼ. Conference of Czech Society of Sociology at Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic.

2020     ʻLa méditation et la lecture bouddhiste comme les expressions de pratiques religieuses adaptées aux classes moyennesʼ. A daylong symposium of CéSor at School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris, France.

2019     ʻEsthetics in Religious Lifestyles: A Case Study of Buddhist Practitioners in France and in the Czech Republicʼ. Conference of the International Society of Sociology of Religion at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

2017     ʻMarketing in Buddhist Organizationsʼ. Conference of the International Society of Sociology of Religion at University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Organisation of Scientifical Meetings (selection)

4-5 July 2022        Conference ʽReligion, Cultural Heritage, and Social Change in Central-Eastern Europeʼ. Poland. (Co-organiser)

7-8 April 2022       Conference ʽNew Approaches to “Re-Enchantedˮ Central and Eastern Europeʼ. Hungary. (Co-organiser)

13 January 2021    Workshop ʽThinking with the Concept of “Re-Enchantment” in Central-Eastern Europeʼ. Institute of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Science, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. (Co-organiser)