Cambridge Central European Conference 2018: Prague Spring and Its Legacies
28/04/2018 - 9:00 AM
Cambridge Central European Conference 2018
In August 1968 the armies of five Warsaw Pact countries entered Czechoslovakia. The ostensible reason was an invitation from members of the Czechoslovak Communist Party who feared ‘counter-revolution’. In actual fact it was an attempt to stop the creation of more liberal and successful society, one which would demonstrate that ‘socialism with a human face’ was a possible alternative.
The Cambridge Central European Conference 2018 – Prague Spring and its Legacies – brings together a number of participants in the events of 1968, some of whom had decided to stay in Czechoslovakia, and some who felt they could only function in the West. They are joined by members of the post-1968 generation, whose experiences have been very different. Together they will discuss the way in which the cataclysmic events of 1968 have affected the social, cultural and political developments of the Czech and Slovak Republics up to the present day.
|1||Registration||09.00 - 10.00|
|2||Opening of the conference||H.E. Ľubomír Rehák , H.E. Libor Sečka||10.00|
|3||Keynote speech||Dr Pavel Seifter||10.20|
|4||Panel I: Havel’s ‘Biafra of Spirit’? Social transformation in the Czech and Slovak world from the 1960’s to the present?||Mr Jan Kavan , Dr Adam Hudek , Prof Jan Kuklík||10.45||Dr Jana Howlett|
|5||The Story of Ladislav Bielik and his Photograph “The Bare-chested Man in front of the Occupiers Tank”||Mr Peter Bielik||12.15|
|7||Discussion with Mr Richard Bassett: International Perspective of the Legacies and Impact of 1968 on the Velvet Revolution||Mr Richard Bassett||14.00|
|8||Panel II: Artists beyond Art: from Prague Spring to the Present||Mr Patrik Lančarič , Mr Jan Maxa , Mr Jaroslav Veis||14.45||Dr Ján Čulík|
|9||Closing Speech||Prof Mikuláš Teich||16.15|
Cambridge Central and Eastern European Forum
The Cambridge Central and Eastern European Forum is a platform at the University of Cambridge that aims to combine a multi-disciplinary approach with area focus on the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The Forum aspires to raise interest in the region within the community of the University of Cambridge and beyond, to bring attention to historical and contemporary issues, and to encourage area studies research among staff and students of the university.
Cambridge University Czech and Slovak Society
The Cambridge University Czech & Slovak Society (CUCSS) is an association of Czech and Slovak students at the University of Cambridge. The main aims of the Society are to provide a forum for discussion and appreciation of the Czech and Slovak cultures and history, for Czechs, Slovaks, and enthusiasts alike. The society runs various educational, cultural and social events throughout the academic year and offers all students and members a friendly and supportive environment.
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