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Current Trends in Central European Cultural Studies

International Postgraduate Mini-Symposium entitled Current Trends in Central European Cultural Studies: Silences, Ruptures and Continuities will bring together five early career scholars from all over the Europe. At University of Lincoln in Brayford Pool they will examine a variety of topics related to Czech and European social and cultural history of the 19th and 20th century.

Jakub Machek (Charles University, Prague) is currently a visiting research fellow of the CECS supported by the Anglo-Czech Educational Fund and just completed his dissertation on the Fin-de- siècle Austrian and Czech penny-press and its common readers;

Susanne Sklepek-Hatton (PhD student at Nottingham) is now completing her PhD on gender and film from the “normalisation” period in Czechoslovakia and is a guest lecturer in the LSM;

Dr. Roar Lishaugen (postdoctoral fellow of the Norwegian Academy, University of Oslo) is affiliated with CECS from January till April 2012 in order to enhance the methodological grounds of his comparative work on Polish and Czech centrally controlled readership of the 1950s;

Dr. Jan Matonoha (researcher of the Czech Academy of Sciences/Newton Fellow to British Academy at the University of Sheffield) examines the formation and legitimisation of ‘gender silences’ within socio-cultural contexts of totalitarian societies;

Dr. Marcin Filipowicz (University of Warsaw/ University of Hradec Králové) works currently on discourses of masculinities in Central Europe.

Dr. Jiřina Šmejkalová of the CECS/LSM serves as a second supervisor of Susanne’s PhD, examined Jan’s MPhil at Glasgow in 2005, supervised Jan’s, Jakub’s and Roar’s postdoctoral grant applications and conducts regular visiting research seminars in Contemporary Cultural Studies alongside Marcin at the University of Hradec Králové.


The mini-Symposium will be held under the auspices of H.E. Mr. Michael Žantovský, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom, at University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool on Thursday, 29th March 29 2012 15.00-17.30.