Making and Re-Making Europe: The Czech and Slovak Contribution

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 – Friday, November 9th, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 20185:30PM - 9:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
Thursday, November 8, 20189:00AM - 8:30PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
Friday, November 9, 20189:00AM - 5:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
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Making and Re-Making Europe: The Czech and Slovak Contribution Draft Agenda

Conference Patron: The Cvachovec Foundation

7 – 9 November 2018

In honour of the celebration in 2018 of the founding of Czechoslovakia, remembering fifty years since the Warsaw Pact invasion in 1968, and the events of 1989 and after, the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES) at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy will hold a two-day conference to mark these important anniversaries and give visibility to the contribution of Czechs and Slovaks in Europe and North America. The conference combines academic panels, films and a graduate student conference.

November 7

Pre-conference events:

2:00-4:00 pm – Slovakia: Big Dreams and Fears of a Small Country – Milan Nič

4:00-5:15 pm – Czech Refugees in Cold War Canada – Jan Raska

Conference opening:

5:30 PM Evening Cultural Event
Havel and Underground Culture.
Michael Kilburn, Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts. Paul Wilson, Writer and Translator.
Michael Žantovský, Václav Havel Library, Prague, Czech Republic.

Dramatic Readings from Tom Stoppard’s “Rock and Roll” and Václav Havel’s “Protest”

Two Photo exhibits are open to the public in Cloister of the Munk School for viewing throughout the conference.

In cooperation with the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Toronto, we are pleased to present a photographic exhibit depicting protests against the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 within the struggle for freedom in the Communist states of Europe.

Introductory remarks by Ivan Počuch, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Toronto.

The Story of an Image: Bare-Chested Man in Front of a Tank
Photographs of August 1968 by Ladislav Bielik, Bratislava

This exhibit is sponsored by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Ottawa, Canada

November 8

9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks

Professor Randall Hansen, Interim Director, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, H.E. Pavel Hrnčíř, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Canada, H.E. Vit Koziak, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Canada.

9:15 – 11:00 Panel One: The Founding of Czechoslovakia: Was this a Harbinger of the Shaping of Twenty First Century Europe?

Hugh Agnew, George Washington University, Washington, DC.
‘Odrakouštět se’? Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938, and the Habsburg Legacy

Jiří Přibáň, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
In Search of Modern Czech History: on Real Statehood and Imagined Identity

Daniel Pratt, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.
Masaryk’s Philosophy and Its Legacy

Chaired by Robert C Austin, University of Toronto

11:00 – 12:30 – Panel Two: The Interwar Years: Moving Away From Multiculturalism?

Nadya Nedelsky, Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota.
Czechoslovakism and its Discontents

Melissa Feinberg, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Is it democracy if the husband makes decisions autocratically? The problem of gender equality in interwar Czechoslovakia

James Felak, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Slovaks, Czechoslovaks, and Non-Slavs: National Identity in Interwar Slovakia

Chaired by Alex Toshkov, University of Toronto

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30

1:30-3:15 Panel Three: The Legacy of Communism: Is it too Early to Assess?

Muriel Blaive, EURIAS Senior Fellow, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna, Austria.
What Have We Found in the Archives? Ten Years of Access to Secret Police Files

James Krapfl, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.
Collective Effervescence in Postwar Czech and Slovak History: 1948, 1968, 1989, and Beyond

Barbara J. Falk, Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario.
A Legacy of Communism’s Demise: Velvet Revolution(s) in Czechoslovakia and Beyond

Libor Žídek, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
The Czechoslovak economic reforms of the 1960s and their long-term impact

Chaired by Lucan Way, University of Toronto

3:15 – 3:30 Coffee Break

3:30 – 17:15 Panel Four: Czechs and Slovaks as a Diaspora – Their Impact on the Evolution of Czechoslovakia and/or the Countries Which They Adopted

Jan Raska, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Citizen Allies: Czech and Slovak Refugees in Cold War Canada

Veronika Ambros, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.
Migration, Exile and Diaspora in Czech Literature

Xavier Galmiche, Sorbonne University, Paris, France.
The « Dictionnary of Central-european Thinkers 1945 to our days » : the case of the Czechoslovak emigration

Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Vaclav Havel’s Aphorisms: a Mirror of the World?

Chaired by Georgina Steinsky, University of Toronto

17:30 – 19:00 Reception

19:00 – Film Screening. The Nagano Tapes.

November 9 – Student Conference and Roundtable on the Post-Communist Experience

9:15 – Welcoming Remarks, Georgina Steinsky, CERES Executive-in-Residence, University of Toronto

9:30 – 11:00 Panel One: Consolidation of States and Ideology
Panelists are asked to explore the factors that led to the emergence of Austro-Hungarian successor states, and the issues of transition faced by these newly formed states, as well as to the movements that promoted independence during World War I. Additionally, panelists will discuss how the success or failure of these states related to the larger European political scene in the inter-war period, particularly regarding the merits and failings of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the emergence and impact of fascist and communist ideologies.

Jovana Papović – Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
The Sokol Movement – Patriotic Gymnastics from the Czech Lands to Yugoslavia

Tess Megginson – University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Mapping Czechoslovakia: The Czechs and Slovaks at Versailles

Daniela Bouvier-Valenta – University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Establishing a Unique Presence: An Analysis of Czechoslovakia’s Self-Identification in Interwar Europe

Chaired by Jiří Přibáň, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45 Panel Two: The Evolution of the Nation-State in “Wilsonian” Central Europe
Panelists will discuss the impact of World War II and Nazi occupation and hegemony in Central Europe, and how the war altered Central European nationalism domestically and internationally into the post-war period.

Anna Herran – University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Not Carved in Stone: Building and Rebuilding Statues of T.G. Masaryk after 1938

Duncan Eaton – Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Transitive Democracy: Edvard Beneš In and After Exile, 1938-1945

Mira Markham – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, United States
Rural Partisans and Communists: Resistance and Revolution in Moravian Wallachia, 1945-1950

Chaired by Piotr Wrobel, University of Toronto.

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 15:45 Panel Three: Understanding Socialism and its Legacies
In regard to the failed revolts against socialist regimes in Hungary in 1956, Czechoslovakia in
1968, and Poland in 1956, 1968, and 1970, Milan Kundera wrote that each of these regimes “could not have defended itself for more than three hours if it had not been backed by Russia.” (Milan Kundera, “The Tragedy of Central Europe,” The New York Review of Books vol. 31 no. 7 (April 1984).) Panelists are asked to debate whether socialism truly could have been reformed
in Central Europe had the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union not intervened? How does this recent socialist past affect contemporary Central European politics?

Katja Perat – Washington University in St. Louis, United States
The Straw man of Communism

Petra Skarupsky – University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Exhibition Poland – Czechoslovakia: Centuries of neighbourhood and friendship (1978)

Réka Krizmanics – CEU, Budapest, Hungary
Where is the Left? The Revolution of 1956 in Hungarian Memory Politics 1960–2018

Alexandra Yao – University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
The Development of Populism in the Czech Republic

Chaired by James Krapfl, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 Panel 4: Central European Communities Abroad
Panelists will outline how Central and Eastern Central European immigrants and diasporas have influenced North America and North American culture, and how the new environment and reasons for emigrating, in turn, influenced their cultures.

Alex Langstaff – New York University, New York, United States
Émigré Networks and The Politics of Exile

Zsolt Máté- University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary
The reception of the 1956 Hungarian refugees in the United States and Canada

Chaired by Barbara J. Falk, Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario

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