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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Czech Studies Workshop

The Thirteenth Annual Czech Studies Workshop, The University of Texas at Austin

The 13th Annual Czech Studies Workshop will take place on April 27-28, 2012, at the University of Texas at Austin. The Czech Studies Workshop was begun by Jindřich Toman at the University of Michigan in 1999 to bring together graduate students, younger scholars, and more established scholars in the field of Czech studies. Since then, the workshop has grown to become one of the most prominent scholarly gatherings in our field each year.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Michal Kopeček,on Friday evening from 7-9 pm.  His talk is entitled:  “From Politics of History to Memory as Political Language: Czech Dealings with the Communist Past after 1989.” (Please see further details below)

The Czech Studies Workshop is sponsored by the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies/Czech Chair; the Department of History; the Center for European Studies; the Center for the Study of Modernism; the Department of American Studies; the Department of Theatre and Dance; and the Czechoslovak Studies Association.           

The 2012 Czech Studies Workshop Committee: Mary Neuburger, Veronika Tuckerová. Zachary Doleshal, Tatjana Lichtenstein


Program April 27 – 28, 2012

*The workshop will be held in Garrison Hall (GAR) 4th floor

*Friday evening’s keynote address will be held in MEZ B0.306

Friday April 27

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Panel 1: Health, Housing and Property Rights

Bradley Moore, University of Wisconsin-Madison: “The Dialectics of Health: Ideology, Environment, and Hygienic Science in Czechoslovakia, 1952-1962”

Kimberly E. Zarecor, Iowa State University: “Ordinary Modernism: Ostrava and Socialist Urbanism after 1960”

Jeremy King, Mount Holyoke College: “Post-Communist Property Rights”

Discussant: Veronika Tuckerová, University of Texas at Austin


11:30 am - 12:30 pm             Lunch Break


12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Panel 2: Photography, Puppet Theater, and Musical Memory

Eva Čermanová, University of Aberdeen & Princeton University: “Josef Sudek and the Inanimate”

Adam Siegel, University of California, Davis: “Říše Loutek: The Czech Puppet Theater and Interwar Avantgarde”

Ulrike Präger, Boston University: “Musical Relations between Czechs and Germans in the Sudetenland: Deciphering ‘Czech-German Biculturalism”

Discussant: Jindřích Toman, University of Michigan


2:30 pm – 3:00 pm             Coffee Break


3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Panel 3: Stalinism in Czechoslovakia: Deportations and the Effects of Repression

Milada Polišenská, Anglo-American University: “Deportation of Civilians from Czechoslovakia to the Gulag: Current Research Issues and Discourse”

Klára Pinerová, Charles University & University of Alberta: “Rehabilitation and the Life after Release of non-Communist Victims of Stalinist Repression in Czechoslovakia”

Discussant: Tatjana Lichtenstein, University of Texas


5:00 pm – 6:30 pm            Dinner at Littlefield Home


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (MEZ B0.306)

Keynote address

Michal Kopeček, Institute for Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences: From Politics of History to Memory as Political Language: Czech Dealings with the Communist Past after 1989”

Saturday April 28

9:00 am – 11:00 am           

Panel 4: Writers and Censors

Michal Chvojka, University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava: “School of Public morality or Instrument of Political Repression: Censorship between Vienna, Brno, and Opava, 1780s-1840s”

Abigail Weil, University of Texas at Austin: “Transitional Fiction: Cibulka’s Dramatic Personae”

Andrea Orzoff, New Mexico State University: “Writing through the Curtain: West German PEN and Czech Dissidents, 1968-1980”

Discussant: Libuše Heczková, Charles University


11:00 am – 11:30 am             Coffee Break


11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Panel 5: Czechs in America

David Chroust, Texas A&M University: “Good Conductors of their Affairs: The Hospodař Newspaper and Czech America, 1891-1989”

Marek Vlha, Masaryk University: “The Bohemian National Cemetery of Chicago: An Analysis of the Czech-American Freethinker Movement”

Discussant: Zach Doleshal, University of Texas at Austin


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm            Lunch


2:30 pm             Field Trip Texas Hill Country – farewell dinner at Sengelman Hall, Schulenberg (6 pm)

Workshop Sponsors:

UT Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies/Czech Chair                                   

UT Department of History            

UT Center for European Studies                                                                          

UT Center for the Study of Modernism                                               

UT Department of American Studies                                                                       

UT Department of Theatre and Dance                                                           

Czechoslovak Studies Association            

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