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17th Annual Czech Studies Workshop
April 21, 2017-April 22, 2017
All sessions on both Friday 4/21 and Saturday 4/22 are open to the public. All sessions except the Keynote Lecture will take place in Davis Library Room 214.
Friday, April 21
10:30 Narratives of Injustice and Suffering
Karen Uslin, (Rowan University), “Culture Under the Gallows: Reflections on Music from Terezin”
Rachel Schaff, (University of Minnesota), “The Melodramatic Consciousness: Historicizing Pathos in Czech Holocaust Films”
Commentator: Karen Auerbach (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
1:00 Communist Night, Communist Aesthetics
Lucie Dušková, (Charles University), “Night in Czechoslovakia 1945-1960: Representations and Social Practices”
Michaela Appeltova, (University of Chicago), “Aesthetic Surgery for the Masses: Beauty and Kulturnost of the Body in “Normalized” Czechoslovakia”
Commentator: Silvia Tomašková (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
3:30 Keynote Lecture
Location: Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
Petr Roubal, (Ústav pro soudobé dějiny), “Central European Cities in Transition: The Case of Prague”
Saturday, April 22
10:00 Czech Language, Czech Peasants
Anastasia Tsylina, (Brown University), "Czech Revivalists and Russian Archaists: Expressing National Identity through Language Debates"
Chris Campo-Bowen, (UNC-Chapel Hill), “‘Exemplar and Gospel’: The Village Mode in Czech Opera and Smetana’s Prodaná nevěsta”
Commentator: Melissa Feinberg (Rutgers University)
11:30 Modernism and Its Uses
Erin Duzsa, (Indiana University) “Maximilian Pirner’s Decadence, and the Neo-Romanticist Road to Symbolism”
Meredith Miller (UNC-Chapel Hill), “The French Politicization of Czech Modern Art: 1910-1918”
Commentator: Cynthia Paces (The College of New Jersey)
2:00 Kundera and Hrabal: Post-Communist Perspectives
Holt Meyer, (Univerzität Erfurt), “Ne . . . Ten, kdo miluje, / nebude vdupán v prách” – How Julius Fučík was (not) Stomped and Joked into the Dust of Oblivion in Milan Kundera’s Writings between 1954 and 1965”
Petra James, (Université libre de Bruxelles), “Bohumil Hrabal (1914-1997): Eater of History”
Commentator: Jindřich Toman (University Michigan at Ann Arbor)
3:30 (Dis)information Technology
Robert Patrick Jameson, (University of Kansas) “Comrade Computerists: Political Interdependence and Technological Reform in Late Socialist Czechoslovakia”
Alexandra Blaha, (Indiana University), “Russian Active Measures in the Czech Republic: Politics, Corruption, and Disinformation”
Commentator: Petr Roubal (Ústav pro soudobé dějiny)
Funding for the Czech Studies Workshop has been provided by the Center for European Studies; the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies; the Department of History; the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Institute for Arts and Humanities; the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures; and the Czechoslovak Studies Association.
Questions: Contact Chad Bryant
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