Vít Zdrálek

Mgr. Vít Zdrálek, Ph.D.

  • (Agenda) - Institute of Musicology
Consulting hours
  • LS 2024: středa 9-10 a 14-15 (nejlépe po domluvě), Národní knihovna, místnost 226

Institute of Musicology
Místnost č. 404

Research interests

  • Ethnomusicology
  • South African popular and religious musical culture
  • Cultural study of music


2015, Ph.D., Musicology, Charles University

2005-2006, international exchange student, University of Pretoria

2004, Mgr., Music Education and History, University of Hradec Králové

Research and teaching

Vít Zdrálek graduated in secondary school teaching History and Music Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Hradec Králové. He received his PhD in Musicology at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University. He completed a one-year study at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where he also conducted a repeated music ethnographic research in both urban and rural areas. For his dissertation studying individual experience in the environment of religious and popular music culture between apartheid and post-apartheid, he was awarded the 2016 Bolzano Prize by the Charles University. He has contributed to Tíha a beztíže folklore: Folklorní hnutí druhé poloviny 20. století v českých zemích (The Weight and Weightlessness of Folklore: The Folklore Movement of the Second Half of the 20th Century in the Czech Lands, Daniela Stavělova et al., Academia 2021). In his teaching, he focuses on (South) African music and the area of ethnomusicology. To the development of ethnomusicology in the Czech environment he contributed, among others, by the Czech translation of Timothy Rice’s book Etnomuzikologie: Velmi krátký úvod (orig. Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction, Karolinum 2020) and editing (together with Zuzana Jurková) the Czech translation of Timothy Rommen’s, Bruno Nettl’s et al. Exkurze do světové hudby (orig. Excursions in World Music, the 8th edition, Karolinum, in the publication process). Long-term research work in the Seminar of Cultural Analysis of Music, which he teaches in the Department of Musicology with Tereza Havelková, has culminated in an edited (with Tereza Havelková) volume Zvuk, gender, identita: Studie ke kulturní analýze hudby (Sound, Gender, Identity: Studies in Cultural Analysis of Music, Karolinum 2024). He is a member of the African Studies Study Group at the Strategic Regions Centre, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, organizing both scholarly and public African Studies-related events. He occasionally writes and speaks on African music and other musicological topics in the media.


2016, Bolzano Award of the Charles University for the best dissertation in humanities and social sciences.

Recent conferences

2021, co-organizer of the conference Viva Africa 2021: Africa and (the Other) Europe: Imageries – Discourses – Exchanges, Charles University, online.

2021, co-convenor of the panel Ethnomusicology and music anthropology at the 6th biennial CASA conference 2021, Prague, online.

2020, Postcommunism, the African ‘outside’, and ‘the denial of coevalness’: The situation of African studies in the Czech Republic, Africa Knows! It is time to decolonise minds, Universiteit Leiden, online.

2018, „The dangerous supplement that takes-(the)-place: Derridean reading of the ’folklore movement’ in the Czech Republic“, BFE Annual Conference, University of Newcastle.

2017, “We all know that, don’t we?” Situating the scholarly knowledge about the Czech ‘folk music movement’ (preliminary thoughts), International Symposium Folklore Revival Movement of the Second Half of the 20th Century, Academy of Performing Arts, Prague.

2017, Filling the Void of Post-Apartheid: Miracles of the Zion Christian Church in the Life of South African Township Dweller, 7th European Conference on African Studies, ECAS7, University of Basel.

2017, What is in a Song? Performing Subjectivity and Performing the Nation in a South African Township, BFE Annual Conference, University of Sheffield.

Academic membership


Current teaching

Since 2012, I and my colleague Tereza Havelková have taught the bachelor’s and master’s research seminar combining perspectives of cultural analysis and ethnomusicology in the study of music.



  • Havelková T., Zdrálek V., Moravčíková D., Kaznacheeva A., Romanovska K., Jägerová M., Filippi L., Vacková Gillies B., Melicharová K., Hradecká A.: Zvuk, gender, identita : Studie ke kulturní analýze hudby. Praha, Karolinum, 2024. 378 s. • p. ISBN 978-80-246-5572-7.
  • Zdrálek V.: Etnomuzikologie: Velmi krátký úvod. Praha, Nakladatelství Karolinum, 2020. 150 s. • p. ISBN 978-80-246-4596-4.
  • Zdrálek V.: Steingo, Gavin. Kwaito's Promise: Music and the Aesthetics of Freedom in South Africa. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016. 320 pp. ISBN 978-0-226-36240-3 (hardback). Archiv Orientální, 2018, č. • no. 85, s. • p. 548-552. ISSN 0044-8699.
  • Zdrálek V.: Choir on the Suburban Train: Creating a Sense of Solidarity among Black South African Train Commuters. In Machalík T., Mildnerová M.: Tradition versus modernity in contemporary Africa. Praha, Česká asociace pro africká studia, 2014, s. • p. 115-130. ISBN 978-80-260-6370-4.
  • Zdrálek V.: Die Nicht-Politik der Musikforschung: Historische Kontexte einer Sammlung ethnographischer Phonograph-Aufnahmen. In Bajgarová J., Wehrmeyer A.: Zwischen Brücken und Gräben. Deutsch-tschechische Musikbeziehungen in der ČSR der Zwischenkriegszeit / Mosty a propasti. Česko-německé hudební vztahy v meziválečném Československu. Praha, Sudetendeutsches Musikinstitut Regensburg (Träger: Bezirk Oberpfalz) / Etnologický ústav Akademie..., 2014, s. • p. 335-356. ISBN 978-80-87112-89-2.
  • Zdrálek V.: Ne-politika hudebního výzkumu: Historické kontexty jedné sbírky fonografických etnografických nahrávek. In Bajgarová J., Wehrmeyer A.: Mosty a propasti. Česko-německé hudební vztahy v meziválečném Československu / Zwischen Brücken und Gräben. Deutsch-tschechische Musikbeziehungen in der ČSR der Zwischenkriegszeit. Praha, Etnologický ústav Akademie věd České republiky, v. v. i. / Sudetendeutsches Musikinstitut Regensb..., 2014, s. • p. 301-320. ISBN 978-80-87112-89-2.
  • Zdrálek V.: Martin Stokes: The Republic of Love. Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago a Londýn 2010, XVIII 219 s. Hudební věda, 2012, č. • no. 49, s. • p. 81-85. ISSN 0018-7003.
  • Zdrálek V.: Michael Largey: Vodou Nation. Haitian Art Music and Cultural Nationalism, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago a Londýn 2006, XVI 283 s. Hudební věda, 2012, č. • no. 49, s. • p. 85-89. ISSN 0018-7003.
  • Zdrálek V.: Mamelodi house: Hudební etnografie jednoho jihoafrického úniku. His Voice, 2011, č. • no. 10, s. • p. 40-44. ISSN 1213-2438.
  • Zdrálek V.: Mieczyslav Kolinski and German Musicology in Prague Between 1930 and 1945. In Ziegler S.: Historical Sources and Source Criticism. Stockholm, Svenskt visarkiv, 2010, s. • p. 59-68. ISBN 978-91-977013-7-2.

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