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Cambridge Central European Conference: Prague Spring and its Legacies

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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.

  1. Opening of the conference by H.E. Libor Sečka and H.E. Ľubomír Rehák

  2. Keynote Speech by Dr Pavel Seifter

  3. Panel I: Havel’s ‘Biafra of Spirit’? Social transformation in the Czech and Slovak world from the 1960’s to the present?
    The panel aims to focus on Czechoslovak society’s aspirations during the Prague Spring period and on how these aspirations have developed since then. The aim of the panel discussion will be also to reflect on how the Prague Spring period is perceived and referred to in the retrospect by the present-day societies in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
    Speakers: Prof Jan Kuklík, Dr Adam Hudek

  4. Presentation by Peter Bielik - The Story of Ladislav Bielik and his Photograph “The Bare-chested Man in front of the Occupiers Tank”

  5. Discussion with Mr Richard Bassett: International Perspective of the Legacies and Impact of 1968 on the Velvet Revolution

  6. Panel II: Artists beyond Art: from Prague Spring to the Present
    The panel aspires to explore the role artists, art and intellectuals played in the Czechoslovak society before and during the Prague Spring period and how this has changed. Another important question the panel discussion will aim to tackle is how Prague Spring has been portrayed through art and by artists.
    Speakers: Mr Jaroslav Veis, Mr Jan Maxa, Mr Patrik Lančarič

  7. Closing Speech by Prof Mikuláš Teich

  8. Reception

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