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Twenty-Second Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop

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Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; European Union Center; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Czechoslovak Studies Association; Slovak Studies Association
2090B Foreign Languages Building (707 S Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801)
Mar 31, 2023 - Apr 1, 2023   All Day
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Russian, E. European & Eurasian Center: Conference & Workshops

Twenty-second Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
March 31–April 1, 2023

Friday, March 31
2090B Foreign Languages Building

9:00 am            Bagels, doughnuts, coffee

9:30-11             Panel 1            The Jewish Experience in Fiction

Chair:              Laura Davies-Brenier

Jonathan Parker, “‘You Mean the Goyim Are Our Equals?’ Postcolonial Readings of Ivan Olbracht’s Writings on Subcarpathian Ruthenia, 1931–1937”

Lena Franke, “Jiří Weil's Novel Life with a Star and Its Reception in the Context of Early Czech Shoah Literature”

Discussant:      Jindřich Toman

Lunch break


1-3 pm             Panel 2            Czech and Slovak Studies in Popular Culture

Chair:              Anke Pinkert 

Cullan Bendig, “Hussite Video Games and Czech Digital Nationalism”

Tanya Silverman, “FAMU and Film-Pravda: Věra Chytilová and Documentarian Genesis”

Discussant:     Hana Waisserová

Coffee break


Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1st floor, Foreign Languages Building

4:30 pm            Keynote lecture: Karla Huebner, “Considering Czechoslovak Studies through a Periodical Studies Lens”

6:30 pm           Workshop dinner


Saturday, April 1

Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building

8:30 am            Bagels, doughnuts, coffee

9:00-10:30        Panel 3          Turning Points in Czech and Slovak Politics

Chair:               Marco Jaimes 

Pavel Krejčí, “Czechoslovak Realpolitik and World War II”

Marty Manor Mullins, “The 1998 Slovak Election as Turning Point in Slovak Politics”

Discussant:      Carol Leff


10:45-12          Roundtable: “Teaching Czech and Slovak Studies: Strategies and Discoveries for the Place of Small Nations and Regions in Area Studies”


Lunch break


1:30-3 pm        Panel 4          Imagining the Homeland at Home and Abroad

Chair:             Zsuzsa Gille

Deborah L. Michaels, “Below the Tatra Mountains: Land and the narration of Slovak national identity in school textbooks, 1939-1945”

Anna Herran, “‘Do you remember, dear, President Masaryk?’ Remembering Masaryk in Toronto and the Yugoslav Connection”

Discussant:      Marty Manor Mullins


4:30                 Event at The Literary, downtown Champaign, Karla Huebner reading (2 new novels: In Search of the Magic Theater and Too Early to Know Who's Winning)


Many thanks to the event's sponsors!

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

European Union Center

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics

Czechoslovak Studies Association

Slovak Studies Association

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