Under the influence of literature
31 October 3pm
1. Institutions – the export and import of national literature
By what means do cultural institutions look after “national” literature? What are the criteria determining its presentation abroad (translations, grants, scholarships)?
Guests: Viktor Debnár, Tomáš Dimter, Karol Chmel.
2. The creation of a canon – what is and is not national literature?
Does anything like a canon of national literature function these days? Who influences this canon and how? How do universities and research institutions participate in the creation of a canon?
Guests: Petr A. Bílek, J. Trávníček, Tomáš Kubíček, Marie Langero.
1 November 3pm
1. Post-communism as a factor in the formation of national identity
If we are talking of the concept of national identity, we cannot avoid the historical situation of post-communism. These days our communist past and affiliation to the Eastern Bloc is skirted over, suppressed, something we find difficult to admit to. However, this past is an undeniable part of our national identity. It was the result of previous social struggles that gave rise to a specific vision of a social regime.
Guests: Jaroslav Fiala, Václav Bělohradský, Boris Buden, Michal Pullmann
The End of postcomunism
Lecture of Borise Buden, NTK (Technická 6, Prague 6)
31 October to 1 November Under the influence of literature
Dittrichova 9/337, Prague 2