Deputy Head of Department

Doc. RNDr. Mgr. Alice Koubová PhD., PhD.studied mathematics at the Charles University in Prague and philosophy at the Université Paris X, Université de Geneve and the Charles University. As a senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences she focuses mainly on performance  and performativity, expression, (inter)corporeality, identity, sociality, ethics and methodology in the framework of performance philosophy, artistic research and appllied philosophy. She is a long-term lecturer at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and at other art schools in Czech republic and abroad as well. She is a member of the international Performance Philosophy Network. Also, she is a coordinator of the Strategy AV 21 research program: Forms and functions of communication which renders cooperation of twelve institutes of the Academy of Sciences on a common topic.
    She develops her research activities in cooperation with multiple czech and foreign institutions like Philosophy on Stage, Vídeň; Mbody. Research in Media, Somatics, Dance and Philosophy, Freiburg; Soundcheck Philosophy, Halle; TEAK, Helsinki; Zentrum für Performance Studies, Universität Bremen; Theatre Academy Malmö, Lund University; Janáčkova akademie múzických umění, Brno. She also takes part in various projects together with Czech theatres and artistic institutions (Národní Divadlo, Bazaar festival, TANTE HORSE, Palác Akropolis, Studio Alta, Alfréd ve Dvoře, Divadelní ústav, SNG Bratislava), mostly in the form preparation and hosting of public discussions on topics that cross over politics, art, and dramaturgy.
    Besides her activities that bounder between philosophy and art, she is also a member of project research teams: „Beyond phenomenology of sociality“ (GAČR) a „Measures for developing an ethical culture in Czech state administration.“ (TAČR) thus contributing to application of philosophy in public space and to finding solutions to contemporary social issues.
     She is an author of Myslet z druhého místa (NAMU, 2019), Self-Identity and Powerlessness (Brill, 2013), Mimo princip identity (Filosofia, 2007) as well as other books and numerous studies in international magazines and publishing houses. She also won prestigious awards: The Chairwoman of the Academy of Sciences Award for popularization (2019), Otto Wichterle Premium Award (2014), Libellus Primus Award (2008) a Josef Hlávka Award (2000).

 Curriculum Vitae:



Research Interests:

Performance philosophy, fenopraxis, post-phenomenology, empathy, embodiment, artistic research, ethics of play


Selected publications:

Koubová, A. 2016. Ludický princip v kontextu otázky po zdařilém životě, Československá psychologie 2016, vol. LX, Supplement 1.

Koubová, A. 2016. Percevoir la beauté du monde, in: Est-ce réel? Phénoménologies de l`imaginaire (Annabelle Dufourcq Ed) Leiden/Beston: Brill.

Koubová, A.  2016. Embodiment, Oikos and Sharing Life in the Pregnant Body. in: Kontexte des Leiblichen (Cathrin Nielsen, Karel Novotný, Thomas Nenon Eds) Nordhausen: T. Bautz.

Koubová, A. 2015.  Performance (in) Philosophy: Gnothi seauton, in: Formen der Wissensgenerierung, Practices in Performance Art (Manfred Blohm and Elke Mark Eds) Oberhausen: Athena.

Koubová, A. 2015. Gaston Bachelard’s Topology of the Image, in Nitche, M. (ed.). Image in Space. Contributions to a Topology of Images. Libri Nigri 49. Nordhausen: Bautz Verlag

Koubová, A. 2015. Pozoruj! Imituj? Buď sám/sama sebou! Seminář uměleckého výzkumu, Svět a divadlo 26. ročník, číslo 5/2015.

Koubová, A. 2015. Intencionálno a transformativní fenomenologiie. Nad rozpravou Martina Nitscheho a Martina Rittera o povaze fenomenologie, Filosofický časopis 2015/1, No. 5.

Koubová A. 2014. Invisible excess of sense in social interaction, Frontiers in Psychology. 

Koubová A., Lagaay A. 2014. Performing the Impossible in Philosophy, in: Encounters between Performance and Philosophy: Theatre, Performativity and the Practice of Theory, Cull L., Lagaay A. (Eds.), Palgrave.

Koubová, A. 2013. Self-Identity and Powerlessness. Leiden: Brill.

Koubová, A. 2013. Topologie vnějšku a vnitřku v autorském herectví. Filozofia. Roč. 68, Suppl. 1 (2013), s. 133-143.

Koubová, A. 2011. The double structure of experience. In Moran, D., Sepp, H. R. (eds.) 2011. Phenomenology 2010, Volume 4: Selected Essays from Northern Europe - Traditions, transitions and Challenges. Bucarest: ZETA Books, s. 326-356.

Koubová, A. 2010. The Non-signifying Gesture of the Living Body. Biosemiotics. Springer.

Kliková, A. 2007. Mimo princip identity. Filosofia: Praha, 2007.

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