National Projects

Researchers from the Faculty of Arts are successful with their applications for funding from the Slovak Research and Development Agency, the largest grant agency in Slovakia. Here you can read information about the recently approved projects which have been currently implemented by the members of academic staff.

2017 – 2020: PODATA: Politics of Personal Data: Transparency, Accountability and Legitimacy in Digital Era

Project Director: Doc. Erik Láštic, PhD., Department of Political Science
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency (APVV-16-0389)

In an age of increased speed of turnover of information between a variety of actors and institutions within the society and economy, personal data has become a valuable commodity. Drawing from theoretical concept of surveillance societies, to which attention to personal data is endemic, the project explores ways how personal data is collected in order to influence, manage, entitle or control people. Through series of in-depth case studies that use mixed method research design, the PODATA project analyzes how, by whom and for what purposes are the surveillance mechanisms introduced, implemented and communicated (transparency); identifies and evaluates available instruments available for their control and oversight (accountability) and investigates to what extent they are recognized and accepted by the people (legitimacy). Based on this, the project aims to develop a better understanding of constraining and enabling effects of surveillance and to contribute to theoretical debates on the watchers and the watched in post-communist countries. At the same time, the project will provide practical insights useful in the formulation of public policies and awareness campaigns.

2017 – 2021: PamMap: Comprehensive memory portal and historic towns atlas of Slovakia (Bratislava a Košice)

Project Director: doc. Juraj Šedivý, PhD., Department of Archiving and Auxiliary Sciences in history
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency (APVV-16-0383

The aim of this interdisciplinary team of historians, archaeologists, monument preservationists, and human geographers is the creation of a new platform for urban history – an online accessible and multilingual COMPREHENSIVE MEMORY PORTAL on town history (in first phase dealing with Bratislava and Košice). This applied digital output innovatively connects three approaches: (1) cartography, (2) encyclopaedia, and (3) database (a test version has already been created by the principal investigator: www.PamMap.sk). However, without the support of APVV funding it cannot be technically completed and filled with a supercritical amount of sources (in 2021 we guarantee GIS-located digital items with metadata for 100.000 memory units!) Two research sub-teams will work also on creating classical HISTORICAL ATLASES of Bratislava and Košice. These are among the principal outputs of European urban historiography (e.g. Germany nearly 300 such atlases, Austria nearly 100, there are such atlases in all of Slovakia’s neighbouring countries). Despite its traditions, Slovak urban historiography has become a “lonely island”. But we can make up for lost time by using digitization and a unique innovative approach – we will incorporate the results of historical topography into the form of classical atlases (in a modern digitized form in Slovak/English/German), and create a comprehensive memory portal (CMP) and significantly fill it with content. This joint objective will require 2 research teams (in Bratislava and in Košice); each team will create the materials for an online accessible historical town atlas with maps and 3D visualizations, which have been prepared by a joint technical team, who will also add this material to the PamMap application. In addition to the PORTAL with incorporated historical ATLASES, the project outputs will include a methodological handbook, several monographs (on historical topography), and scientific studies published both domestically and abroad.

2017 – 2021: SUHKPHU: Slovacikal documents from the former Hungarian kingdom : the example of the Upper Hungary(1500 - 1780)

Project Director: Prof. Martin Homza,PhD., Department of Slovak History
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency (APVV-16-0374)

A unique research project aimed at written Slovacikal documents located in archival institutions in Slovakia and both in Budapest, centre of the former Hungarian Kingdom, and Vienna, centre of the Habsburg Monarchy. The research is intertwined with publishing of the analysed written sources both in the form of academic editions and unified electronic database available to general public on the Internet. It continues a similar older project that concentrated on the analysis of the linguistically Slovak documents from the 15th century. However, that initiative ended in 1960s and was carried out mainly on the basis of towns in the western parts of modern Slovakia. Main emphasis of current research is put on the written sources of the ensuing period, i.e. Early Modern Period (according to the traditional Hungarian chronology), starting with the 16th century. Geographically, the emphasis will be placed on the historical area of Upper Hungary that is understood in its early modern administrative meaning, i.e. comprising mostly the eastern part of modern Slovakia. The region provides a very good field for a research of this type - especially thanks to its heterogeneity (ethnical, confessional, rich urban traditions). The project is conceived as a comprehensive scientific undertaking on interdisciplinary basis (historical, archival, linguistic, literary) that does not exclude any genre of written sources from its scope (e.g. testaments, oaths, sermons, legal and administrative texts, correspondence, occasional literature). It represents a valuable opportunity to deepen our knowledge of spiritual, cultural, legal as well as everyday aspects of our ancestors' lives. Thanks to modern technology, the findings will be accessible on the Internet to anyone interested in the topic.

2017-2021: ENERGIES: Priorities of the Central and Eastern European Countries in the Context of the Energy Union

Project Director: Mgr. Matúš Mišík, PhD., Department of Political Science
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency (APVV-16-0062)

Project ENERGIES (Energy Priorities) studies positions of Central and Eastern European EU member states toward the Energy Union proposal, the European Commission's project aiming to unite currently fragmented EU energy policy. Member countries have a key position when it comes to further development of energy policy at the EU level as they decide about support of individual proposals presented within the Energy Union. The main research question studies the determinants of member states´ support of the Energy Union. ENERGIES project has three main aims: a) to analyse the development of integration in energy policy area at the EU level in connection to Energy Union proposal; b) to examine positions of Central and Eastern European countries in this area and c) to study the sources of these countries’ preferences (support or opposition) towards Energy Union.

The project will analyse issues connected to the Energy Union that are crucial for the Central and Eastern European countries. In order to fulfil the objectives of the project primary empirical research will be conducted. Semi-structured expert interviews will be conducted with representatives of member states at the domestic level as well as at the level of permanent representations in Brussels and with the representatives of EU institutions,

especially the European Commission, but also the Council of the EU and the European Parliament). The project will aim to publish its result in high-impact peer review international journals, but will also focus on policy-relevant outputs. The knowledge in energy policy area gained during the execution of the project will be used in the mid-term period as the EU faces several energy-related challenges connected to changes in supply of energy sources to the EU (termination of transit through Ukraine and Brotherhood pipeline, building of Nord Stream 2 and/or Turkish stream pipeline) as well as in connection with further development of renewable sources of energy and so-called smart grid.

2016 – 2020: EURECOR European Union´s Recognition Order and the Small Member States

Project Director: Prof. Jozef Bátora, PhD., Department of Political Science
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency (APVV-15-0732)

The EU is a community sharing norms, values and rules facilitating cooperation across societies of the member states. As such the EU operates as a specific form of recognition order – a system of norms and expectations characterizing relations among member states, forming their identities and differentiating them from non-members. Yet, we know relatively little about what provides recognition, under what circumstances and how the EU member states gain recognition within the EU framework. The aim of the current project is to analyse the nature of the EU´s recognition order and establish its characteristics, especially with a view to analyse the role of small member states like Slovakia. We seek to figure out what, how and under what circumstances is likely to generate recognition to member states by fellow member states. We do this by empirically exploring two interconnected dimensions:


a)     - public and media discourses on member states´ behaviour in relation to particular EU policies

b)     - formation of “thought communities” sharing understandings of the EU as a political project in and across member state boundaries.

These two dimensions are explored using a combination of methods anchored in critical discourse analysis and relation class analysis. Based on this, we seek to develop a thicker understanding of the EU´s recognition order and thereby contribute to the development of theoretical debates on recognition processes and identity formation as well as on the character of the EU as a political entity. At the same time, the project will provide practical insights useful in the formulation of public diplomacy and branding strategies of Slovakia and other small EU member states.

2016 – 2019: NEUROPSY Standardization of neuropsychological battery NEUROPSY in Slovak population

Project Director: Prof. Anton Heretik, CSc., Department of Psychology
Donor: Slovak Research and Development  Agency (APVV-15-0686)

Project NEUROPSY contributes to a development of neuropsychological diagnostics in Slovakia, where standardized and unified neuropsychological test battery is missing. Project creates and verifies the neuropsychological battery focused on diagnostics of wide range of cognitive function impairment, with specific emphasis on diagnostics of mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Main contribution is the improved quality of diagnostic process and enabling early diagnostics of diseases with cognitive symptomatics, with the usability of results in interdisciplinary cooperation. Thanks to detailed mapping of cognitive profile it enables more specific intervention targeting and also identification of changes in cognitive functions, what makes it usable in further research projects. It provides also other specific outcomes for research and practice – publications and manuals with recommendations for diagnostic process in dementia, database of anonymous data for researchers to develop control tests and an electronic application of chosen tests.

2015–2019: Music in Bratislava

Project Director: Assoc. Prof. Jana Bartová, Ph.D., Department of Musicology
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency

Project abstract: The project is focused on research of music and musical life in Bratislava from the Middle Ages until today. It is based on assumption, that Bratislava as a music-cultural centre occupied within the network of Central-European urban communities unique position, which had arisen from its specific geographical location, special social and political position and multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The main objective of this project is to contribute to knowledge about the musical history of Bratislava through new information acquired by source research in those thematic areas which have not yet been sufficiently researched, and to provide a picture of the city’s musical past in an integral, systematically outlined and updated form in terms of knowledge and methodology.

2015–2019: Natura et cultura. The coevolution of mankind and nature between 6th and 2nd millennium BC in the area north of the middle Danube studied on the basis of archaeological and environmental sources

Project Director: Prof. Jozef Bátora, DrSc., Department of Archaeology
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency

Project abstract: Projects focuses on technological and environmental changes, which took place in the area of middle Danube from the transition to agriculture till the influence of Mediterranean urban civilizations on Early Bronze Age cultures. A key point of the project is the area of northern tributaries of middle Danube, which offers not only exceptional archaeological record but also many sites suitable for paleo-environmental research. Landscape of Central Europe is an outcome of long coevolution of nature and human activities. It is almost impossible to follow the evolution of environment and landscape without previous understanding of history of human activities. Events in the evolution of environment in Pleistocene and older Holocene are made of natural factors such as climatic oscillations, paedogenesis. During the Holocene, impact of human on landscape is more notable. An important part of the project is the realization of archaeological excavations and prospections on selected sites from the Neolithic till the Early Bronze Age. Special stress is placed on fortified settlements and their economical hinterland to see changes of settlement structure. An important part is the usage of non-destructive methods, such as aerial survey, prospection and geophysical measurements. Very important will be paleo-ecological research, which will bring another methods and opportunities to identify the impact of humans on landscape. The overall goal is to understand the complex changes which led to shaping of modern landscape.

2015–2019: Social Stratification and Social Mobility in Slovak Society

Project Director: Prof. Ján Sopóci, Ph.D., Department of Sociology
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency

Project abstract: The project analyses the recent development and current state of social stratification and mobility, as well as the context and consequences of social inequalities existing in Slovak society. This analysis is based on the findings of empirical research and on the latest theoretical knowledge and methodological approaches applied in the current sociology. The research team investigates more closely following topics and issues: the current state of social inequality and social stratification; the economic, social and cultural characteristics of the main social classes and status groups as essential components of stratification system; the life chances of members of the classes and status groups; intergenerational social mobility and mechanisms of mobility; opinions and action of individual members of social classes and status groups and their mutual relations; the most important social implications of social inequality, opinions of the population on social inequality, social cohesion and trust, social tensions and social anomie; the latest developments related to social stratification, mobility and social inequality in Slovakia in the context of development of these phenomena in neighbouring countries.

2015–2019: Science, Society, Values: A Philosophical Analysis of their Mutual Interconnectedness and Interactions

Project Director: Assoc. Prof. Mariana Szapuová, Ph.D., Department of Philosophy and History of Philosophy
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency

Project abstract: The research project builds on a number of current initiatives developed in contemporary philosophy of science that emphasize the social and value dimension of scientific knowledge as well as the issues related to the development of science and its social importance and impact. The project has the ambition to respond to a number of current issues, which can be identified in the mutual interactions between science and its social environment. The project consists in a multidimensional philosophical research on current dynamics of relations between scientific knowledge and its value-laden social context, social and ethical implications of certain areas of scientific investigation, in particular biomedicine and biotechnology, power techniques operating on science and in science, and the role of science in determining social values. This complex of interrelated issues are analysed in the research project with the help of epistemological, the social-philosophical as well as the ethical perspective.

2013–2017: Cognitive, personal and psychophysiological factors of the stress in the context of the relationship between anxiety and allergies and their optimalisation

Project Director: Assoc. Prof. Igor Brezina, Ph.D., Department of Psychology
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency

Project abstract: The project solves actual extraordinary interdisciplinary issues. We plan to do analyses and confront psychological and psychophysiological factors of stress reaction in allergic and anxious individuals in relation to their similarities in the change of stress reactivity and particular parallels in cognitive processes, personality dispositions and emotional states. An important goal of the research is to describe biomarkers, which will reflect the intensity of psychoneuroendocrinological responses of allergic and highly anxious individuals induced stress situations. The project is designed in collaboration with the Institute of Experimental Endocrinology SAV and the Department of Electronics and Photonics FEI STU. More information about the project is published on the website: www.dlhodobymonitoring.sk
Preliminary results of the project have been made public in many forms of mass media (television, radio, newspapers).

2013–2017: The Slovak Language in the Context of Multilingual Communities in Slovakia

Project Director: Assoc. Prof. Jozef Tancer, Ph.D., Department of German, Dutch and Scandinavian Studies
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency

Project abstract: Communication needs connected with development of culture and knowledge and heterogeneity as a reflection of differentiation of the language society and communication, which is based on the coexistence of varieties of the national language as well as the existence of differentiated bilingualism/ multilingualism, are generally considered to be the basic sources of language dynamics. The interest of the project team is focused on the problem of language contacts as one of the significant sources of language dynamics- the dynamics of the Slovak language as a dominant language as well as the dynamics of other languages creating a language situation in Slovakia with some historical tradition. The goal of the project is to acquire a complex sociolinguistic picture about interference phenomena and structural changes as well as about motivations of change in the languages functioning in the range of mutual language contacts.  Therefore the research will include these particular topics: problem of relationship between the Slovak and Czech languages; the question of minority languages in Slovakia and study of multi-language areas; the question of how the studied problems could be analysed using a range of language management theories for the later development of strategies aimed at their solution, and the role of language ideologies.

2013–2017: TransIus – From Conventions to NOrms of the Translation in the Legal Discourse

Project Director: Prof. Jana Rakšányiová, Ph.D., Department of German, Dutch and Scandinavian Studies
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency

Project abstract: The project is directed at forming a previously absent complex theory of legal translation aimed at legal translation from and into less frequent languages with respect to Slovak as source and target language as well as translation in multilingual legal systems and the function of language in various legal systems. At the same time, it´s aimed at establishing a scientific team of experts from reputed translatology departments in the field of legal translation in European and global context. The team prepares the bibliography of book and electronic sources of legal translation in European and relevant language technology, applicable in the process of legal translation, subsequently analyzing some selected translatological aspects of legal translation such as application of language technology in language translation, stabilizing standards and conventions, professionalization of legal translation, interpretation and translation of legal terminology without equivalents and legal terminology in specific contexts. The above indicates an interdisciplinary character of research combining knowledge from the field of legal linguistics, theory of legal translation and ethical and pragmatic aspects of legal translation process which offers concrete stimuli for making the work of experts in teaching translation and translators more effective and professional.

2013–2017:  Analytical Methods in Social Sciences and Humanities

Project Director: Prof. Marián Zouhar, Ph.D., Department of Logic and the Methodology of Sciences
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency

Project abstract: Many scientists and philosophers of science take for granted the thesis that there is a vast difference between the natural sciences on the one hand, and the social sciences and humanities (SSHs) on the other. Sometimes it is even claimed that SSHs are not sciences proper, as their subject-matter, methods and procedures are not as strictly defined as those of the natural-scientific disciplines. The project shall test the thesis that SSHs are in some respects just as scientific as the natural sciences, because they use the same or very similar analytical (conceptual) methods. The objective is to find out whether the manner, the extent and the form of application of analytical methods in SSHs are similar to the manner, extent and form of their application in the natural-scientific disciplines.

2013–2017: Historical Atlas of the population of Slovakia (18th – 1st half of 20th century)

Project Director: Assoc. Prof. Pavol Tišliar, Ph.D., Department of Ethnology and Museology
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency

Project abstract: Project aims to dispose repository work focused on special structures of population and particular issues of population development of Slovakia in the period of 18th until first half of 20th century. This work includes three components: atlas, lexicon and scientific monograph.

2012–2015: Medieval Inscriptions from the Territory of Slovakia

Project Director: Assoc. Prof. Juraj Šedivý, Ph.D., M.A., Department of Archiving and Auxiliary Sciences in History
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency

Project abstract: The project is focused on currently marginalized body of historical repositories – inscriptions from Slovak territory (from 9th/12th till 16th century). The aim of the project is to compile edition based on historical regions and to publish analytical studies on epigraphic culture of given regions (focusing at purchasers’ structure, use of national languages, development of calligraphy aiming to find out which are the decisive characteristics for dating of chronologically unknown relics and others).

2012–2015: Institutional Performance in the New Europe

Project Director: Prof. Darina Malová, Ph.D., Department of Political Science
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency

Project abstract: Research focuses on the analysis of institutional performance in democratic countries. Currently, there is no agreement on the ways and results of interactions between state institutions and political actors. This ambiguity can be caused not only by different data and samples of countries but also – and perhaps mostly – by shortcomings in theoretical perception of detailed interactions among institutions, actors and specific characteristics of individual countries. The INPERNE research project has several empirical, theoretical and conceptual objectives with the potential to contribute to better understanding of institutional performance of different democratic institutions and different political actors. Project combines quantitative and qualitative methods to better understand, which configurations of institutions and political actors cause expected systematic consequences.

2011–2014: Archeological Chronometry in Slovakia

Project Director: Peter Barta, Ph.D., Department of Archeology
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency

Project abstract: The aim of the project is to promote application of novel chronometric methods in Slovakian and Czech archaeology by means of research, lecturing programs, and dissemination of knowledge through internet and printed media. These activities are to support the cross-border scholarly cooperation in Visegrad countries and strengthen interdisciplinarity of the regional archaeology. The project has three intertwined research areas:
1. Systematic collection of published radiocarbon dates measured on archaeological samples from Slovakia, Czech Republic, and the neighboring regions of Austria, Poland, and Hungary.
2. Mapping, collection, storage, and chronometric research of endangered archaeological and historic-architectural wood from Slovakian sites.
3. Radiocarbon dating of exceptional archaeological finds with high information potential from Slovakian sites. Web: www.c14.sk

2011–2014: Changing Patterns of the EU Foreign Policy Making System and the Small Member States (EUFORPOL)

Project Directors: Assoc. Prof. Jozef Bátora, Ph.D., Vladimír Bilčík, Ph.D., Department of Political Science
Donor: Slovak Research and Development Agency

Project abstract: The project EUFROPOL explores the emerging EU foreign policy making system and the role of small EU Member States in this system based on the combination of methodological approaches from political science, international relations, organization studies, law and social anthropology.