Zbynek Mucha is a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University, in History and Asia Studies, and focuses on the culture and history of the Indian Subcontinent. Specifically, he focuses on the region of Bengal and history of labour migration in the Bay of Bengal. As a graduate in South Asian Studies, he received a thorough linguistic training in Indian languages, particularly in Bengali language.
In his dissertation, titled ‘Asia to Europe Brokerage from Colonial Times to the Present: The Role of Native Migration Brokers in the Bangladeshi Migration to Central Europe’, he combines historical research with anthropological methods, including digital methods, and a critical reflection of policy-making and policy practice.
Besides his alma mater, as a Sylff fellow, Zbynek studied at leading European universities, including Oxford University (2020), the University of Bonn, Germany(2019-2020), and the University of Warsaw (2020-2021). He was also awarded a scholarship to study at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, in May 2022. Since March 2022, he has been a junior research fellow in the study unit Migration scenarios and social change at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento (Italy). Most recently, he was awarded a full-time fellowship at the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies in Edmonton, Canada, for the academic year 2022/2023.
In addition to research, Zbynek has been participating in diverse public outreach activities, namely popularisation of current issues related to migration, Bangladesh and Tibet via various online platforms (TV, edited websites, a blog on social media), public lectures and debates and public presentations of a student-led project Online Encyclopedia of Migration <https://www.encyclopediaofmigration.org/> . He also has four years of experience as a social media manager and online marketing specialist in numerous public organisations and private companies.
To contact this fellow, email the Sylff Association at sylff[a]tkfd.or.jp (replace [a] with @).