Stanislava Kuzmová

Postdoctoral researcher



Dr. Stanislava Kuzmová studied at the Comenius University in Bratislava and Central European University in Budapest. She wrote her doctoral dissertation at the Medieval Studies Department of the Central European University on the topic "Preaching Saint Stanislaus: Medieval Sermons on St. Stanislaus of Cracow and Their Role in the Construction of His Image and Cult." The dissertation presents the source corpus and discusses some aspects of the cult of St. Stanislaus of Cracow, a martyr-bishop. She currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Central European University. The main subjects of her research interest are the cults of saints, hagiography and sermon studies, and medieval religiosity.


Stanislava Kuzmová will continue her work on the image and cult of St. Stanislaus of Cracow. Her research would especially contribute to the discussion of the role of the memory and the cult of symbolic figures – saints in constituting smaller and larger communities. The figure of St. Stanislaus certainly played an important role in the fluctuating evolution or resurgence of local, territorial and national identities of Cracow, the principality of Cracow, the Polish Kingdom, and the Poles. His cult belonged to the important cults in the region. Besides that it was related to the dynastic ideology and propaganda of Polish rulers. Sermons, which certainly contributed to the construction of Stanislaus’ image, facilitated the cult’s proliferation and displayed its uses, have been largely neglected. In her dissertation she has gathered (catalogued and transcribed) eighty sermons preserved in manuscripts (mostly from the fifteenth century), most of which have not been researched or edited before. As her contribution to the project she wants to prepare an electronic searchable edition of the sermons on St. Stanislaus, thus joining the initiative of our group (with analogical enterprises of Edit Madas and Ottó Gecser). She also wants to prepare a publication of the dissertation (in form of a monograph and several related articles in English, Slovak and Polish). She will work on compiling a repertory of themes, motifs, and topoi from the discourse on St. Stanislaus, which would enable to compare the versions of the saint’s legend, identify their sources and development, analogies in other discourses on other saints.