František Šístek obtained his B. A. degree in area studies at the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague in 1999. He then graduated from the Central European University in Budapest, where he earned his M.A. degree in history in 2001. In 2007, he graduated from the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague with a Ph.D. degree in social and cultural anthropology. Since 2006, he has worked as a research fellow at the Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. Since 2010, he has been a lecturer at the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. He teaches the modern history of the Balkans as well as current affairs. He has mostly focused on the history of the former Yugoslavia and the Czech Republic’s relations with the South Slavic countries. His research interests have revolved around national identites, images and stereotypes of the ‘other’, competing interpretations of the past in Southeastern and Central Europe and intellectual history. He has published several monographs and co-edited varioius volumes, most recently Narativi o identitetu: izabrane studije o crnogorskoj istoriji (Podgorica: Matica crnogorska 2015). He is a member of the editorial board of Slovanský přehled (Slavonic Review), an academic journal for the history of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, published in Prague since 1898.