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17th Annual Czech Studies Workshop

April 21, 2017 - April 23, 2017


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 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 PM • Keynote Lecture

Location: Toy Lounge, Dey Hall

Petr Roubal, (Ústav pro soudobé dějiny), “Central European Cities in Transition: The Case of Prague”


Location: Davis Library, Room 214

10:00 AM • 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 AM • 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 PM • 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 PM •  (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.

Co-organizers: Chad Bryant, Hana Pichová, Kirill Tolpygo, Kevin Hoeper, Kristina Juergensmeyer, Allison Somogyi, Leah Valtin-Erwin •  Questions: Contact Chad Bryant at


April 21, 2017
April 23, 2017




Davis Library, Room 214
208 Raleigh St
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