13.4.2018

Cambridge Central European Conference: Prague Spring and its Legacies

This event commemorates the 50 years since the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia and the Warsaw Pact invasion in August 1968.



Prague Spring and its Legacies aims to bring attention to the way the cataclysmic events of 1968 have affected the social, cultural and political developments of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This event commemorates the 50 years since the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia and will include panel discussions with prominent speakers which are to be led in a friendly semi-formal atmosphere. After the discussions, the participants will be invited to a small reception, a showcase of the local food and our cultures.


28 April 2018

9 am - 6 pm

Webb Library, Jesus College, Cambridge CB5 8BL


The programme:

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

  • Keynote speech by Dr Pavel Seifter

  • Panel I: Biafra of the Spirit? Society Transformation since Prague Spring
    The panel aims to focus on Czechoslovak society’s aspirations during the Prague Spring period and on how these aspirations have developed since then. 
    Speakers: Prof Jan Kuklík, Dr Adam Hudek, Prof Miroslav Kusý

  • Presentation by Peter Bielik - The Story of Ladislav Bielik and his Photograph 'The Bare-chested Man in front of the Occupiers Tank'

  • One-on-one discussion with Mr Richard Bassett: International Perspectives of 1968

  • Panel II: Artists beyond Art: from Prague Spring to the Present
    The panel aspires to explore the role artists and art played in the Czechoslovak society 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

  • Closing speech by Prof Mikuláš Teich

  • Reception

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