Communities of Dialogue Russian and Ukrainian Émigrés in Modernist Prague

Research Team

Patrick Flack

Principal Investigator

Senior Lecturer in history of ideas of Central and Eastern Europe at the University of Fribourg since 2021. He studied Russian, philosophy and history in Geneva, Berlin and Moscow, before obtaining a PhD from Charles University in Prague (2011). He was then a SNF post-doc researcher at the Central-European Institute of Philosophy (Prague), the Peter-Szondi Institute (Berlin) and the Husserl Archives (Leuven). In 2012, he founded sdvig press, an open access digital publishing platform, which runs the international project Open Commons of Phenomenology

Christian Zehnder


Christian Zehnder is professor of Slavic Literatures at the Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg. He studied Slavic studies and philosophy in Fribourg and Munich. He wrote his PhD on Boris Pasternak at the University of Fribourg. From 2016 to 2018 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Warsaw and at the University of Chicago with a scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. He habilitated in 2021 with a thesis on Romantic activism in Polish literature.

Christian Sternad

Christian Sternad is Faculty Member at the Institute of Philosophy at the RPTU, Landau (Germany) since 2019. He studied Philosophy and History at the University of Vienna before obtaining his PhD in Philosophy in 2013. After his PhD, he has held several postdoctoral positions at the universities of Vienna (Austria), Leuven (Belgium), Darmstadt (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic) and Landau (Germany). His research areas cover phenomenology and continental philosophy. He has a special interest in early German Phenomenology (Husserl, Scheler, Heidegger, a.o.) and its further development and critique in the so-called "French Theory“.

Emanuel Landolt

Emanuel Landolt is an independent researcher in Slavic studies and philosophy. He obtained his PhD in 2016 from the University of Saint Gallen. He is the editor of the volume Avant-gardes russes: Cent ans après la Révolution d’Octobre (Ligeia, Paris, 2017). His field of research includes Art theory in Russia, Moscow conceptualism, Russian philosophy.

Ivan Zhyhal