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April 2017

17th Annual Czech Studies Workshop

April 21 - April 23
Davis Library, Room 214, 208 Raleigh St
Chapel Hill ,
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FRIDAY • APRIL 21 Location: Davis Library, Room 214 10:30 AM • 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 PM •  Communist Night, Communist Aesthetics Lucie Dušková, (Charles University), “Night in Czechoslovakia 1945-1960: Representations and Social Practices” Michaela Appeltova, (University of Chicago), “Aesthetic…

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Central European Cities in Transition: The Case of Prague • Petr Roubal (Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague)

April 21 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This talk will examine the deep and often troubling change of Central European cities after the fall of state socialism by using Prague as its case. It will look specifically at following transformations: a collapse of traditional Prague-based manufacturing and relocation of labour force, the lack of socially affordable housing, the massive increase in automobile transport to the detriment of public transport, the radical change in the patterns of consumption and leisure activities, and the change in discourse about the…

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Boldness of Spirit, Submission to Necessity: Russian State and Society during the First Cholera Pandemic, 1829-1832

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Over fifty years ago, Asa Briggs encouraged scholars to consider the history of cholera and how it might contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between state and society. The first cholera pandemic originated in Bengal in 1817, with Russia the first European state to be affected by cholera, with a limited incidence in 1823 followed by a much more significant outbreak beginning in 1829. Russia would experience the first six pandemics, and these repeated outbreaks provide an opportunity…

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May 2017

Exhibit: “Keep Out of Reach of Children”

May 1 - May 30
Alumni Building, 207 E. Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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This exhibition is part of the U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, which supports collaborative projects between Russian and American professionals in order to raise awareness about common social issues in Russia and the United States. Prepared by Professor Michele Rivkin-Fish (Anthropology) and her undergraduate class, the exhibition will address four areas of inequality in children's lives: immigration, poverty, violence, and the effects of consumer society.  Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, School of Social…

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September 2017

The Future of the EU: A View from Central Europe

September 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Recent series of economic, security, and political crises culminating in the UK decision to exit the European Union have sparked a new round of discussions on the EU’s future. This talk will examine the stakes in the most recent attempts to reform the European Union. It will review both the agenda for and means toward a more resilient EU against the backdrop of latest political changes across Europe and rising multitude of political preferences within Central European EU member states.…

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The Logic of Post-Communist Regimes: Towards a New Terminology

September 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
1005 Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill , NC
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Based upon his research of ideological framework and organization of political power in today's Hungary, Magyar will compare the characteristics of three ideal-type political regimes: communist, liberal democracy, and post-communist autocracy. His analysis will focus on the main actors, the nature of property rights, and patterns of corruption. Particular attention is given to the relationship between state and organized crime, the role of law and legality, re-nationalization, and ideology and media. Bálint Magyar is a sociologist and a former Minister…

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Opening reception: Image of Ukraine (Образ України)

September 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A free public reception celebrating the "Image of Ukraine (Образ України): Exploring Ukrainian Culture through Embroidery and Painting” exhibition will feature a keynote lecture by Natalie Kononenko on "Ukrainian Folk Art: Magic and Meaning" and will be followed by demonstrations and Ukrainian food. Dr. Kononenko is Professor and Kule Chair in Ukrainian Ethnography in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta in Canada. Formerly she served as Assistant Dean and Chair of the Slavic Department…

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Lunch&Learn • Lost and Found in Prague, 1847

September 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

This presentation focuses on Prague’s first Czech-language guidebook and its author, Karel Vladislav Zap, to explore various forms of belonging in early nineteenth-century Prague. It asks how writing helped Zap to establish a place among the city’s emerging Czech-speaking elites. It also asks how this Prague native relied upon local history and the practice of strolling to establish for his readers a sense of belonging within a German-dominated, modernizing city. Chad Bryant is an associate professor in the UNC History…

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Stonewall Never Happened: Conceptualizing Queer History and Rights in Russia and Eastern Europe

September 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

For the LGBTQ+ community in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, 1989 held out the promise of new freedoms and opportunities. As communist regimes collapsed across Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union disintegrated, emerging liberal democratic regimes seemed to herald a bright future to LGBTQ individuals. 1989 was supposed to be for queer East Europeans what 1969 and Stonewall symbolized for LGBTQ Americans: a year of sexual liberation and political emancipation. This talk explores how LGBTQ rights in Eastern…

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Being A Father Is Not a Sissy Business: The Cult of Soviet Fatherhood After Stalin

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This presentation examines a fundamental shift in how Soviet cinematographers reconfigured the notion and practice of fatherhood. After Stalin’s death in 1953, Soviet directors made active and emotive paternity central to what it means to be a Soviet man. This shift was significant because men’s identities were “domesticated” and their lives more firmly tied to the home rather than the public sphere. The “drama” of men’s lives—as depicted in post-Stalinist film—occurred around the family hearth rather than the blast furnace or…

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