Artistic Science and Research

Science and research

We do not just make art – we also reflect and research it.

Scientific and research activities have a long tradition at JAMU, and we further develop that tradition through our many activities.

Academic and research personnel of JAMU are engaged in research in the field of history and current forms of theatre, music, audiovisual and radio production or art pedagogy and they publish the results of their research in professional monographs, journal studies or papers at professional conferences. The results of our research can be searched in the Register of Information on Results database.

Publishing House JAMU annually prepares and publishes about twenty publications, including professional monographs as well as contemplative and essayistic books, proceedings of professional conferences, memoirs of important artistic personalities, translations of foreign publications or university textbooks and texts for studying. Publications produced by the Publishing House JAMU can be purchased in the JAMU e-shop.

To support its research activities, JAMU has set up project competitions, but our employees are also repeatedly successful in grant competitions of the main national agencies – the Czech Science Foundation and the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic. With the help of grants from the Czech Science Foundation, Monika Holá from the Faculty of Music is constantly researching Janáček’s melodies of speech and Marek Hlavica from the Faculty of Theatres researches the history of Czechoslovak television drama; the long-term support of the Czech Science Foundation also facilitated a unique project of analysis and documentation of the work of Brno studio theatres led by Professor Josef Kovalčuk.

Both faculties also organise professional conferences and symposia, which host important domestic and foreign experts. At the Faculty of Theatre, these are mainly biennial scientific symposia dedicated to theatre production and the related pedagogy, and a unique International Conference of Doctoral Studies at Theatre Schools. The International Conference JAMUsica organised by the Faculty of Music enjoys great international reputation.

At JAMU, the recent years also saw us intensively trying to develop the artistic research, a progressive concept of research into art carried out by artists themselves, who do not approach works of art and their artistic activities with traditional research methods, but rather reflect on and document their own works of art or their artistic interpretations.

All our researchers and students can rely on the Library JAMU, which currently holds more than 90,000 volumes; it is one of the most important Czech libraries in the field of theatre and music and it has a number of unique and otherwise unavailable publications.