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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.

Programme

#eventSessionSpeaker(s)TimeChair
1Registration09.00 - 10.00
2Opening of the conferenceH.E. Ľubomír Rehák , H.E. Libor Sečka 10.00
3Keynote speechDr Pavel Seifter 10.20
4Panel 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 10.45Dr Jana Howlett
5The Story of Ladislav Bielik and his Photograph “The Bare-chested Man in front of the Occupiers Tank”Mr Peter Bielik 12.15
6Lunch13.00
7Discussion with Mr Richard Bassett: International Perspective of the Legacies and Impact of 1968 on the Velvet RevolutionMr Richard Bassett 14.00
8Panel II: Artists beyond Art: from Prague Spring to the PresentMr Patrik Lančarič , Mr Jan Maxa , Mr Jaroslav Veis 14.45Dr Ján Čulík
9Closing SpeechProf Mikuláš Teich 16.15
10Reception16.30

Speakers

Mr Jan Kavan
Mr Jan Kavan
Jan Kavan, B.Sc., CH, IOM Born 17 October 1946 in London. A student leader of the 1960s, Mr.Kavan had to emigrate to England ...
Mr Patrik Lančarič
Mr Patrik Lančarič
Patrik Lančarič (1972) Theatre and film director. In 2000, he graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava ...
Dr Ján Čulík
Dr Ján Čulík
Jan Čulík is a journalist and academic who holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Czech Studies at the University of ...
Dr Jana Howlett
Dr Jana Howlett
Jana Howlett is Emeritus Lecturer in Slavonic Studies and Emeritus Fellow at Jesus College, University of Cambridge....
Mr Richard Bassett
Mr Richard Bassett
Richard Bassett is an expert on Central Europe. After graduating from Christ’s College and the Courtauld Institute of Art, he ...
Prof Mikuláš Teich
Prof Mikuláš Teich
Mikuláš Teich is Emeritus Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, and Honorary Professor, Technische Universität Wien. His ...
Mr Jan Maxa
Mr Jan Maxa
As Content Development Director of Czech TV, a public broadcaster, Jan oversees a group of 15+ creative producers and 500+ ...
Mr Jaroslav Veis
Mr Jaroslav Veis
Jaroslav Veis (b 1946) is a journalist, translator from English and writer. Educated at Charles University, Prague (grad. ...
Mr Peter Bielik
Mr Peter Bielik
He studied audio-visual journalism at the Faculty of Arts of the Comenius University in Bratislava. As a journalist he worked ...
Dr Adam Hudek
Dr Adam Hudek
Adam Hudek, PhD. (1979) has been a researcher at the Institute of History (Department of the History of Sciences and ...
Prof Jan Kuklík
Prof Jan Kuklík
Jan Kuklík, Prof., JUDr., DrSc., is the present Dean of the Law Faculty, Charles University in Prague. He graduated from the ...
Dr Pavel Seifter
Dr Pavel Seifter
Pavel Seifter was Czech Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2003. Until his recent retirement, he was a visiting ...

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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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