Welcome to 2018/19 at the Centre for Modern and Contemporary History! This academic year we have a rich line up of events and seminars in prospect, many organised jointly with other research centres here at Birmingham. Keep an eye on our seminar calendar page and on our Twitter feed to stay updated! All are welcome and we are especially glad to see our MA, BA and PGR students at seminars!
On Thursday 5 July 2018, the Centre is co-sponsoring a one-day symposium, which considers the formation of modern Czech identity in the arts, politics and the media, focusing on key global events of the 20th century. It responds to various celebrations in the Czech Republic and the UK, including the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia in 1918 and fiftieth anniversary of the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
In addressing the relationship between the small nation and its global identity, the programme explores three themes: the mythic portrayal of interwar Czechoslovakia as a Western oriented state and of the Czech people as passive victims of global events; the cyclical gain and loss of state sovereignty, covering the separation of the Czech and Slovak Republics in 1993; the construction of Czechs identity in relation to ‘others’, including German, Slovak and Roma diasporas.
Organised by Dr. Marta Filipová and Prof. Matthew Rampley, University of Birmingham, the symposium includes an exhibition tour with Czech artist Vladimír Kokolia, curator Miroslav Ambroz and Ikon Director Jonathan Watkins. Leading historians and theorists participating at the symposium include
Small Nations and Global Identities: Czech Questionsis supported by Ikon, the Birmingham Centre for Modern and Contemporary History, the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures and Public Engagement Office, University of Birmingham, Czech Club Birmingham CIC and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London.
Thursday 5 July 2018
10-6pm – FREE
Ikon Gallery, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS
|Admin||9.30 – 10.10||Registration|
|Tour||10 – 10.45||Exhibition tour with artist Vladimir Kokolia, curator Miroslav Ambroz and Ikon Director Jonathan Watkins|
|Welcome||10.45 – 11.00||HE Libor Sečka, Embassy of the Czech Republic in London, Linzi Stauvers, Ikon Gallery and Marta Filipová, University of Birmingham|
|11.00 – 12.30
Chair: Matthew Rampley
|Jiří Přibáň, The history of Czech statehood and national identity|
|Mary Heimann, The State that Failed|
|Jakub Beneš, Populist nationalism between 1918 and 1948|
|Lunch||12.30 – 13.30||Own arrangements|
|13.30 – 15.30
Chair: Klaus Richter
|Rajendra Chitnis, The Czech Myth of Resistance: Silence as a Response to the German Occupation|
|Peter Zusi, On the Fringes of History: Richard Weiner Observes the Foundation of the Republic|
|Kelly Hignett, Constructing Czech Identity ‘From the Margins’|
|Tom Dickins, The influence of the past, as reflected in the slogans and counter slogans of the socialist era|
|Tea break||15.30 – 16.00||All welcome|
|16.00 – 17.30
|Mark Cornwall, Mapping a Queer Geography of Interwar Czechoslovakia in Europe|
|Celia Donert, The Rights of the Roma: The Struggle for Citizenship in Postwar Czechoslovakia|
|Monika Metyková, Brno 1918-2018: The City of Czechs, Germans and Jews|