Mgr. Aleš Chalupa, Ph.D.

department head – Department for the Study of Religions


office: bud. J/J508
Jaselská 201/18
602 00 Brno

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Curriculum vitae

Name, first names, scientific degrees
  • Aleš Chalupa, Ph.D., born on 28th July 1973 in Dačice
Department/Faculty/University
  • Department for the Study of Religions, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Arne Novaka 1, Brno 602 00, Czech Republic
Function, current position
  • Department Head
Education and academic qualifications
  • 2008: Ph.D., Study of Religions; Ph.D. Thesis "Roman Religion and the Coming of Principate: Continuity or Change?".
  • 2005: Master's degree, Study of Religions and Latin Language and Literature; Master's thesis: "Hyeanas or Lionesses? Mithraism and Women in the Religious Life of the Late Antiquity".
Professional experience
  • 2011- : Department Head 2008- : Assistant Professor; Department for the Study of Religion, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
  • 2005-2008: doctoral study programme; full-time mode; Department for the Study of Religions.
  • 1999-2005: Master's degree programme; Study of Religions and Latin Language and Literature
Teaching activities
  • Current Theories in the Study of Religions (in Czech)
  • Divination in Ancient Religions (in Czech)
  • Reading of Religious Texts in Latin I-II (with PhDr. David Zbíral) (in Czech)
  • Mithraism (in Czech and English)
  • Magic in Graeco-Roman Antiquity (in Czech and English)
  • Roman Religion (in Czech)
  • Roman Emperor Worship (in Czech)
  • Introduction to the Study of Religion (in Czech)
  • Gnosticism (in Czech)
  • Manichaeism (in Czech)
  • Ancient Mystery Cults (in English)
  • Cognitive Science of Religion (in Czech and English)
  • Divination in Ancient religions (in Czech)
Research activities
  • Grants and Research Projects
  • Research Grants
  • 2011: grant of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, (MUNI/21/CHA/2011); "The Origin and Evolution of the Category Magic in the Roman World".
  • 2009-2011 three-years research grant of the Czech Science Foundation no. 401/09/P267; "Ancient Mystery Cults and Their Existence in the Religious World of the Roman Empire: Influences, Interactions and Conflicts". 2007: grant of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, no. 0381; "The Divinity of Roman Emperors: A Source of Religious Worship or A Tool of Politics?"
  • Other Grant Projects
  • 2011: Project OP VK CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0048 Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion (LEVYNA); člen realizačního týmu. 2011: Grant FRVŠ (1281/2011), "Preparation of the course Manichaeism.
  • Participation in Conferences:
  • 2012: Conference "Conversion and Initiation in Antiquity: Shifting Identities - Creating Change", Ebeltoft, Denmark, December 1-4,2012; conference paper "Why Would Anyone Become a Mithraist?"
  • 2012: Conference "ARTS AND CRAFTS OVER THE PASSAGE OF TIME (from the Bronze Age to the Late Antiquity)", Pezinok, Slovakia (October 19-21, 2012); Conference paper "Mithraic Tauroctony: Where Art and ReligiousnIdeology Meet".
  • 2012: EASR Conference, Stockholm, August 23-26,2012, Conference Themes "Ends and Beginnings"; Conference paper "Pythia and Inspired Divination in the Delphic Oracle: Cognitive Perspective".
  • 2011: EASR Conference, Budapešť, September 18-22, 2011, Conference Theme "New Movements in Religion: Theories and Trends"; panel convenor (together with Prof. Luther H. Martin) "Connecting History, Astrology and Cognition: Roger Becks The Religion of the Mithras Cult in the Roman Empire; Conference paper "Paradigm Lost, Paradigm Found? Larger Theoretical Assumptions Behind Roger Becks The Religion of the Mithras Cult in the Roman Empire".
  • 2010: Conference "The Phenomena of Cultural Border and Border Cultures Across the Passage of Time (from Bronze Age to the Late Antiquity)", (Trnava October 22-24, 2010), Conference paper "Mithraism in Ancient Syria: The Persian Cult on the Borders of the Roman Empire". 2010: Conference "Kognice 2010 Reprezentace významu" (Prague, September 16-18, 2010), Conference paper "Proč se Řekové a Římané modlili potichu? Kognitivní perspektiva".
  • 2010: 20th Conference of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) "Religion: A Human Phenomenon"(Toronto, Augut 15-21, 2010); Confere paper "Galloi in the Light of the Norm-Deviation Model: Too Narrow Mantinels?".
  • 2010: Spring School of Ancient Religions (Erfurt, March 14-18, 2010); Paper "Mantic Sessions at the Delphic Oracle: Can We Say Something New About It?
  • 2010: Koloqium Orientalia antiqua nova X (Plzeň, February 25-26, 2010); Conference paper "Taurobolium: jeden z orientálních rysů kultu bohyně Velké Matky?".
  • 2009: Workshop "Komparatívna metóda a študium náboženstiev", Bratislava December 9-10, 2009; Paper "Mithrova mystéria a hledání jejich perského předchůdce: Tragédie velkých schémat".
  • 2009: Workshop "Loose Ends in the Cognitive Study of Religion and Culture", Brno, November 6-7, 2009; příspěvek na téma "Is Retrospective Analysis of Mental States Possible? The Case of the Delphic Oracle".
  • 2009: 9th EASR Conference "Religion in the History of European Culture" (Messina, September 14-17, 2009); Conference paper "Seven Mithraic Grades: An Initiatory or Priestly Hierarchy?". 2008: Conference Šírenie náboženských a nadprirodzených predstáv, Bratislava 3.-4.12.2008,conference paper "Šíření věštných znamení v antickém Římě: prodigia publica a omina imperii".
  • 2008: 8th EASR Conference "Time of Decline, Time of Hope: Scientific, Cultural and Political Engagement of the Study of Religions" (Brno, September 7-11, 2008); Conference paper "Why Did Greeks and Romans Pray Aloud? A Cognitive Perspective".
  • 2008: Conference Religious Ritual, Cognition and Culture (University of Aarhus, 28.-30.5.2008); Conference paper "Can A Ritual Make You A God? The Role of Cognition in the Apotheosis of Roman Emperors".
  • 2008: Colloquium Orientalia Antiqua Nova VIII (Plzeň, 14.-15.2.2008); Conference paper: "Mithraic lion-headed Being: Identity and Meaning".
  • 2007: International Symposium "Cult and Sanctuary Through the Ages (from the Bronze Age to the Late Antiquity), Častá-Papiernička, Slovakia, November 16-19, paper "How Did Roman Emperors Become Gods? Various Concepts of Imperial Apotheosis".
  • 2007: Laetae Segetes Iterum (Telč, October 16-19), paper: "Magic in Pliny the Elder: Clear-cut Concept or No Concept At all?" (in English).
  • 2007: Various Interpretations of Religions: Methods and History - CERES 2007 (Pardubice, October 9-11), paper: "Religion from the Perspective of Cognitive Sciences: An Evolutionary Adaptation, By-Product, or Noise?" (in English).
  • 2007: Joint conference of the EASR (The European Association for the Study of Religions) and the DVRW (Deutsche Vereiningung für Religionswissenschaft): Plurality and Representation. Religion in Education, Culture and Society; Universität Bremen, September 23-27), conference paper: "Do Rodney Stark´s Theories Tell Us Anything About the Graeco-Roman Antiquity? Historical and Sociological Perspectives about Roman Empire Compared" (in English).
  • 2007: International Symposium: Symbolization in Religion, Cognition and Culture (University of Aarhus, Denmark, May 31 - June 2), paper: "Mithraic Grades of Initiation: Dead Symbols or Symbolization Alive?" (in English).
  • 2007: International Symposium: Past Minds: Evolution, Cognition, and History (Queen´s University Belfast and Institute of Cognition and Culture, Belfast, May 25-26., paper: "What Might Cognitive Science Contribute to Our Understanding of the Roman Cult of Mithras?" (in English).
  • 2007: Coloquium Orientalia Antiqua Nova VII (Plzeň, February 15-16), paper: "Origins of Mithraism: Oriental or "Oriental Mysteries?" (in Czech).
  • 2006: Religious Change - CERES 2006 (Bratislava, October 23-25, conference paper: "The Religio-Political Change In The Reign of Augustus: The Disappearance of Public Prodigies" (in English.)
  • 2006: Religion and Politics (Pardubice, October 3-4), conference paper "Roman Imperial Cult: Religious Policy or Political Religion?" (in Czech).
Professional stays abroad
  • 2010: Spring School "Construction and Control of Divine Others",Universität Erfurt, 14.-18.3.2010. 2009: Spring school, "Studying Ancient Religions:A Historiographical Perspective",Universität Erfurt, 31.3-4.4.2009.
  • 2008: Spring School "Tombs as Places of Cult and Imagination", Universität Erfurt, 9.-13.3.2008.
  • 2006: ERASMUS Intensive Programme ("Religiousness in a Changing World); University of Szeged, August 21 - September 1, 2006.
Non-university activities
  • 2006- : Member of the Czech Association for the Study of Religions
  • 2006-2008: Chief editor of the journal Sacra
  • 2008: Co-founder of the Czech Society for the Cognitive Study of Culture
  • 2008- : President of the Czech Society for the Cognitive Study of Culture
Most significant professional accomplishments
  • 2013- Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Cognitive Historiography
  • 2012- Member of the editorial board of the Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion
  • 2011- Member of the editorial board of the journal Pantheon: Religionistický časopis
  • 2011- Member of the editorial board of thejournal Religio: Revue pro religionistiku
  • 2010: Invitation (in the framework of CEEPUS) to teach the course "Ancient Mystery Cults" at the University of Vienna (Department for the Study of Religions, Catholic theological Faculty)
  • 2010: Invited to give a lecture at the Summer School of Religious Studies "Religious Transformations in the contemporary European Societies" (Szeged, August 16-30, 2010): lecture "The Origin of Religions from the Evolutionary and Cognitive Perspective: Old problems, New Answers?".
  • 2009: Invitation (in the framework of CEEPUS) to teach the course "Cognitive Science of Religion" at the University of Vienna (Department for the Study of Religions, Catholic theological Faculty)
  • 2009: Invitation (in the framework of CEEPUS) to teach the course "Cognitive Science of Religion" at the Jagellonian University in Cracow (Department for the Study of Religions)
  • 2008- : elected the president of the Czech Association for the Cognitive Study of Culture 2008: Invitation (in the framework of CEEPUS) to teach the course "Cognitive Science of Religion" at the University of Szeged (Department for the Study of Religions). 2007-2008: Member of the organizational committee of the 8th EASR conference (Brno, September 7-11, 2008).
  • 2006 - : Treasurer of the Czech Association for the Study of Religions
Major publications
  • CHALUPA, Aleš, Tomáš GLOMB, Dalibor PAPOUŠEK, Zdeněk POSPÍŠIL, Adam MERTEL a Zdeněk STACHOŇ. Modeling the spread of religion : The spread of Egyptian cults in the Agean Sea throughout the early Hellenistic period (323-167 BCE). In MERCURY workshop : Simulating Roman Economies, 3.-4.10.2018, Oxford, Velká Británie. 2018. URL info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš, Tomáš GLOMB, Dalibor PAPOUŠEK, Zdeněk POSPÍŠIL, Adam MERTEL a Zdeněk STACHOŇ. Generative Historiography of Ancient Religions : How to Model the Spread of Religions in the Ancient Mediterranean. In Historical Network Research Conference, 11.-13.9.2018, Brno, Czech Republic. 2018. URL info
  • FOUSEK, Jan, Vojtěch KAŠE, Adam MERTEL, Eva VÝTVAROVÁ a Aleš CHALUPA. Spatial constraints on the diffusion of religious innovations : The case of early Christianity in the Roman Empire. PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, 2018, roč. 13, č. 12, s. 1-14. ISSN 1932-6203. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0208744. URL info
  • HAMPEJS, Tomáš a Aleš CHALUPA. Formalizující modelování v neintencionální historii náboženství : Transdisciplinarita mezi přírodní vědou a historickou religionistikou? Religio : revue pro religionistiku, Brno: Česká společnost pro religionistiku, 2018, roč. 26, č. 2, s. 99-132. ISSN 1210-3640. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. The Origins of the Roman Cult of Mithras in the Light of New Evidence and Interpretations : The Current State of Affairs. Religio : revue pro religionistiku, Brno: Česká společnost pro religionistiku o.s., 2016, roč. 24, č. 1, s. 65-91. ISSN 1210-3640. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • FOUSEK, Jan, Eva VÝTVAROVÁ, Adam MERTEL, Aleš CHALUPA a Eva HLADKÁ. Agent-Based Modelling And Simulation For The Geospatial Network Model Of The Roman World. In International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2016. Taipei, Taiwan: Proceedings of Science, 2016. s. 1-9, 9 s. ISSN 1824-8039. URL info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Pythiai and Inspired Divination in the Delphic Oracle: Can Cognitive Sciences Provide Us with an Access to “Dead Minds”. Journal of Cognitive Historiography, London: Equinox Publishing, 2014, roč. 1, č. 1, s. 24-51. ISSN 2051-9672. doi:10.1558/jch.v1i1.24. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš a Tomáš HAMPEJS. Kognitivní věda o náboženství: Východiska, cíle a krátká historie. Pantheon : religionistický časopis, Pardubice: Univerzita Pardubice, 2014, roč. 9, č. 1, s. 10-43. ISSN 1803-2443. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš a Tomáš GLOMB. The Third Symbol of the Miles Grade on the Floor Mosaic of the Felicissimus Mithraeum in Ostia: A New Interpretation. Religio: revue pro religionistiku, Brno: Česká společnost pro studium náboženství Brno, 2013, roč. 21, č. 1, s. 9-32. ISSN 1210-3640. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Gnosticismus. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2013. 81 s. ISBN 978-80-210-6507-9. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • VÁCLAVÍK, David a Aleš CHALUPA. Náboženství v laboratoři. Sociální studia, Brno: FSS Masarykova univerzita, 2013, roč. 10, č. 2, s. 7-12. ISSN 1214-813X. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš a David VÁCLAVÍK. Sociální studia 9/2, 2013 - Náboženství v laboratoři. In Sociální studia. Brno: Katedra sociologie FSS MU, 2013. s. 7-114, 108 s. URL info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Paradigm lost, paradigm found? Larger theoretical assumptions behind Roger Beck’s The religion of  the Mithras cult  in  the Roman empire. Pantheon : religionistický časopis, Pardubice: Univerzita Pardubice, 2012, roč. 7, č. 1, s. 5-17. ISSN 1803-2443. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Vznik a vývoj konceptu magie v římském světě. Religio : revue pro religionistiku, Brno: Česká společnost pro religionistiku, 2012, roč. 20, č. 2, s. 253-275. ISSN 1210-3640. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. The Religio-Political Change in the Reign of Augustus: The Disappearance of Public Prodigies. Graeco-Latina Brunensia, Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2012, roč. 17, č. 2, s. 57-67. ISSN 1803-7402. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Franz Cumont a orientální náboženství: Koncept odsouzený k zániku? Religio: Revue pro religionistiku, Brno: Česká společnost pro religionistiku, 2011, roč. 19, č. 1, s. 107-122. ISSN 1210-3640. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. What Might Cognitive Science Contribute to Our Understanding of the Roman Cult of Mithras? In Luther H. Martin - Jesper Soerensen. Past Minds: Studies in Cognitive Historiography. London: Equinox Press, 2011. s. 107-123, 17 s. ISBN 978-1-84553-741-8. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Velká Matka a Attis na proklínacích tabulkách: Role orientálních božstev v antické magii a náboženství. Religio: Revue pro religionistiku, Brno: Česká společnost pro religionistiku, 2011, roč. 19, č. 2, s. 237-252. ISSN 1210-3640. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Pýthie a inspirovaná věštba v Delfské věštírně: Sociokulturní a kognitivní perspektiva. Religio. Revue pro religionistiku, Brno: Česká společnost pro religionistiku, 2010, roč. 18, č. 1, s. 59-84. ISSN 1210-3640. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Why Did Greeks and Romans Prayed Aloud? Anthropomorphism, Dumb Gods and Human Cognition. In Chasing Down Religion: In the Sights of History and the Cognitive Sciences. Thessaloniki: Barbounakis Publications, 2010. s. 81-95, 15 s. ISBN 978-960-267-153-5. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Mithraism in Ancient Syria: The Persian Cult on the Borders of the Roman Empire. In Maria Novotná et al.. Anodos: Studies of the Ancient World. Trnava: Trnavská univerzita v Trnave, 2010. s. 57-66, 10 s. ISBN 978-80-8082-500-3. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. How Did Roman Emperors Become Gods? Various Concepts of Imperial Apotheosis. In Anodos: Studies of the Ancient World 6-7/2006-2007. Trnava: Trnavská univerzita v Trnavě, 2009. s. 201-207, 7 s. ISBN 978-80-8082-228-6. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Mithraistická bytost se lví hlavou: hledání identity a významu. In PECHA, Lukáš. Orientalia Antiqua Nova VIII. Plzeň: ADELA, 2009. s. 137-153, 17 s. ISBN 978-80-87094-13-6. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Religious Change in Roman Religion from the Perspective of Whitehouses Theory of the Two Modes of Religiosity. In Imagistic Traditions in the Graeco-Roman World: A Cognitive Modeling of History of Religious Research. Acts of the Panel held during the XIX Congress of the IAHR. Tokoyo, Japan, March 2005. Thessaloniki: Editions Vanias, 2009. s. 113-135, 23 s. ISBN 978-960-288-242-9. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Jörg Rüpke, Náboženství Římanů (recenze). Religio: Revue pro religionistiku, 2008, roč. 16, č. 1, s. 144-146. ISSN 1210-3640. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Vznik mithraismu: orientální, nebo "orientální" náboženství? In PECHA, Lukáš. Orientalia Antiqua Nova VII. Plzeň: Dryada, 2008. s. 95-108, 14 s. ISBN 978-80-87025-13-0. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Seven Mithraic Grades: An Initiatory or Priestly Hierarchy? Religio: Revue pro religionistiku, 2008, roč. 16, č. 2, s. 177-201. ISSN 1210-3640. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Magic in Pliny the Elder: Clear-cut Concept or No Concept at all? In RADOVÁ, Irena. Latae Segetes Iterum. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2008. s. 212-217, 6 s. ISBN 978-80-210-4775-4. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Vzestup křesťanství a Boží města. Několik kritických poznámek k práci Rodneyho Starka. Religio. Revue pro religionistiku, 2007, roč. 15, č. 1, s. 69-86. ISSN 1210-3640. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Římský císařský kult: náboženská politika, nebo politické náboženství? In BUBÍK, Tomáš a Henryk HOFFMANN. Náboženství a politika I. Pardubice: Univerzita Pardubice, 2007. s. 154-163, 10 s. ISBN 978-80-7194-994-7. info
  • CHALUPA, Ales. Roman Emperors: Gods, Men, Something Between Or An Unnecessary Dilemma? Religio: Revue pro religionistiku, 2007, roč. 15, č. 2, s. 256-270. ISSN 1210-3640. info
  • HAVELKA, Rudolf a Aleš CHALUPA. Vladimír Podborský, Náboženství pravěkých Evropanů (recenze). Religio: Revue pro religionistiku, 2007, roč. 15, č. 2, s. 291-295. ISSN 1210-3640. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Venenum, nebo venenum? Tacitus, magie a větrné mlýny Dona Quijota. Několik poznámek k metodologii studia antické magie. Religio. Revue pro religionistiku, 2006, roč. 14, č. 1, s. 101-118. ISSN 1210-3640. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Četl Caesar Dumézila? "Ideologie tripartie" a její přínos pro studium římského náboženství I. Sacra aneb Rukověť religionisty, 2006, roč. 4, č. 1, s. 5-25. ISSN 1214-5351. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Mithraistické album z Viruna a jeho význam pro studium mithraismu. Religio. Revue pro religionistiku, 2006, roč. 14, č. 2, s. 243-258. ISSN 1210-3640. info
  • CHALUPA, Ales. Četl Caesar Dumézila? "Ideologie tripartie" a její přínos pro studium římského náboženství II. Sacra aneb Rukověť religionisty, 2006, roč. 4, č. 2, s. 5-17. ISSN 1214-5351. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Tichá modlitba v římském náboženství: antropomorfismus, "hloupí bohové" a lidská kognice. In BABYRÁDOVÁ, Hana a Jiří HAVLÍČEK. Spiritualita. Fenomén spirituality z pohledu filozofie, religionistiky, teologie, literatury, teorie a dějin umění, pedagogiky, sociologie, antropologie, psychologie a výtvarných umělců. Brno: Masarykova Univerzita, 2006. s. 73-81, 9 s. ISBN 80-210-4206-0. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Robert Turcan, Mithra a mithraismus (recenze). Religio. Revue pro religionistiku, 2005, roč. 13, č. 1, s. 165-169. ISSN 1210-3640. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Hyenas or Lionesses? Mithraism and Women in the Religious World of the Late Antiquity. Religio: Revue pro religionistiku, 2005, roč. 13, č. 2, s. 198-230. ISSN 1210-3640. info
  • CHALUPA, Aleš. Lynn E. Roller, In Search of God the Mother (recenze). Religio. Revue pro religionistiku, 2003, roč. 11, 1, s. 135-137. ISSN 1210-3640. info

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