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Course, academic year 2016/2017
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History of Central European Culture II. - JMMZ262
Title: History of Central European Culture II.
Guaranteed by: Department of German and Austrian Studies (23-KNRS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2016 to 2016
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 9
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:4/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 5 / unknown (5)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: PhDr. David Emler, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): PhDr. David Emler, Ph.D.
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Annotation -
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the cultural developments in Central Europe in the 2nd half of the 20th century. Topics from the seminar cover widely understood the definition of culture as a social landscape, alternative to politics. From artistic point of view, the course aims at literature, to a smaller extent film, photography or architecture. On the example of cultural environment, students can investigate fundamental changes of the Central European society from the experience, reception, and reflexion of the WWII, through the "kidnapping" of Central Europe to the Soviet Union's sphere of influence to the events from 1989/1990. The course presents the topics in a non-descriptive manner on selected key topics from culture and arts.
Last update: Emler David, PhDr., Ph.D. (29.01.2018)
Aim of the course -

The aim of the seminar is to teach students the basic knowledge about the development of culture in Central Europe in the second half of the 20th century. The course understands culture as a widely defined social space, alternative to politics. Art styles covered by the course are literature but to some extent also film, photography or architecture.

Last update: Emler David, PhDr., Ph.D. (29.01.2018)
Literature -

BROWN, TIMOTHY S. „1968“ East and West – Divided Germany as a Case Study in Transnational History“, American Historical Review, February 2009, 69–96.

CUNNINGHAM, JOSEPH. “Praxis Exiled: Herbert Marcuse and the One Dimensional University”, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol. 47, No. 4, 2013, 537–547.

EBENSHADE, RICHARD S. “Remembering to Forget: Memory, History, National Identity in Postwar East-Central Europe”, Representations, Vol. 39, Winter 1995, 72–96.

EKMAN, J. and LINDE, J. "Communist Nostalgia and the Consolidation of Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe", Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2005, 354–374.

GANDY, MATTHEW. "Contradictory Modernities: Conceptions of Nature in the Art of Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter", Annals of the Association of American Geographers 87(4), 1997, 636–659.

HAYTON, JEFF. „Härte gegen Punk: Popular Music, Western Media and State Response in the German Democratic Republic”, German History, Vol. 31, No. 4, 523–549.

KUNDERA, MILAN. "The Tragedy of Central Europe", New York Review of Books, Volume 31, Number 7, April 26, 1984.

LITTLEJOHN, J. T. and PUTNAM, M. "Rammstein and Ostalgie: Longing for Yesteryear", Popular Music and Society, Vol. 33, No. 1, February 2010, 35–44.

PIOTROWSKI, PIOTR. “How to Write a History of Central-East European Art?,” Third text, Vol. 23, No. 1, January 2009, 5–14.

ROUBAL, PETR. “Politics of Gymnastics: Mass Gymnastic Displays under Communism in Central and Eastern Europe” Body & Society, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2003, 1–25.

WASILEWSKI, WITOLD. “The Birth and Persistence of the Katyn Lie”, Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 45, No. 1, Spring 2009, 671–693.

Last update: Emler David, PhDr., Ph.D. (29.01.2018)
Teaching methods -

Active participation in seminars based on reading and an oral exam based on a seminar paper.

Last update: Emler David, PhDr., Ph.D. (29.01.2018)
Requirements to the exam -

Regular and active participation of students in the seminar, which encompasses regular reading of the mandatory texts to the covered topics (approx. 180 pages) and active discussion based on this reader. An oral examination based on the defense of small seminar paper (15 pages).

Last update: Emler David, PhDr., Ph.D. (29.01.2018)
Syllabus -

List of Topics:


1.     Introduction - formal aspects, definition of culture, Central Europe and the studied time period 

2.     WWII and its cultural reflexion

3.     Collective memory and the WWII – example of Katyn massacre

4.     Cultural aspects of the postwar reconstruction of the society

5.     Philosophy in the 2nd half of the 20the century and its reception in culture

6.     Urbanism and architecture in the 2nd half of the 20th century

7.     New Wave – cultural phenomenon of the 1960s

8.     The year 1968 – Paris or Prague?

9.     Sport as a measure of organization of the society

10.   Protest (antisystem) movements in the West and in the East

11.   Remembering the communist regimes – example of "Ostalgie" in the GDR

12.  Wrap-up and conclusion

Last update: Emler David, PhDr., Ph.D. (29.01.2018)
Entry requirements -

Knowledge of English, basic knowledge of contemporary history at grammar school level. This course is mandatory for Central European Comparative Studies distance programme (CECSK), students of other programmes will be enrolled only with teachers permission.

Last update: Emler David, PhDr., Ph.D. (29.01.2018)
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