Friday, October 26, 2018
9:30AM – 6:00PM
With the political upheavals of 1848, independence in 1918, the Nazi occupation of 1938, the socialist coup in 1948, and the Warsaw Pact invasion of 1968, Czech, Slovak, and Czechoslovak history are often reduced to the narratives of these ‘8s’ and the changes in sovereignty and status they brought about. Through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the anniversaries of these events have become events in their own right, occasions for mourning, protest, celebration, or memorialization. At this conference—held on the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovak statehood—we turn our attention to these anniversaries and their place in Czech and Slovak culture and history. With a keynote lecture by David Cooper from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and speakers contributing perspectives from film, theater, Jewish studies, urban studies, and gender studies, Marking x8: Commemoration in Czech and Slovak History creates a space for interdisciplinary approaches to the idea of commemoration, memory, and the making and managing of Czech and Slovak history and identity.
Free and open to the public.
Presented by the International House Global Voices Program and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES).