Mgr. Michal Synek, Ph.D.

Michal Synek has studied religious studies and sociology. In the framework of his doctoral research project at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University he studied relations between various repertoires of caring and modes of ordering dis/ability. At the Centre for Theoretical Study he explores tensions between care for things and care for people in residential social services. He works as an advisor to self-advocates. He is interested in theoretical problems with practical impact at the crossroads of science and technology studies, disability studies and care studies.

Personal website:

Current grants (Researcher):

Vulnerable residents in fragile residences: An inquiry into tensions of residential care [detail]

2019 - 2021, Czech Science Foundation, 19-07724S board No. P404

Selected bibliography:

Hradcová, Dana; Synek, Michal (2020): Obdělávat svou zahradu: Spekulativní etika Maríi Puig de la Bellacasa

In: Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, roč. 56, č. 2, str. 259–275. doi:10.13060/csr.2020.009.

Hradcová, Dana; Synek, Michal; Holmerová, Iva; Zgola, Jitka (2020): Promoting the enjoyment of food in dementia care: The Bon Appetit intervention in care homes

In: Timely psychosocial interventions in dementia care: Evidence-based practice., London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 244–259.

Hradcová, Dana; Synek, Michal (2020): The rest is noise: on describing cognitive multiplicity

In: Qualitative Research. 2020, First Published Online. ISSN 1468-7941. doi:10.1177/1468794120975987.

Iliffe, Steve; Wilcock, Jane; Synek, Michal; Carboch, Radek; Hradcová, Dana; Holmerová, Iva (2019): Case management for people with dementia and its translations: A discussion paper

Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 951–969. doi:org/10.1177/1471301217697802.

Synek, Michal; Hradcová, Dana; Carboch, Radek; Jahodová, Dita (2019): Kritické gesto a záležitosti péče v souřadnicích ne/způsobilosti

In: Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, roč. 55, č. 5, str. 587–614. doi:10.13060/00380288.2019.55.5.478.

Synek, Michal (2018): Perfect etiquette: On diplomatically arguing with members

In: Medicine Anthropology Theory, Vol. 5, No. 5, pp. 25–49. doi:10.17157/mat.5.1.500.

Synek, Michal; Hradcová, Dana; Jahodová, Dita; Carboch, Radek (2017): O (ne)soudržnosti pečování: Mnohočetné ontologie života s demencí

Biograf č. 65–66, str. 5–52. Dostupné online:

Synek, Michal; Carboch, Radek (2014): Profesní slepota a režimy spěchu: Podpora soběstačnosti při jídle v institucionální péči o lidi s mentálním znevýhodněním

Biograf č. 60, str. 5–37. Dostupné online: