Conference schedule

Monday June 29 2015

14:30 – 15:00 Opening remarks
  Vladimír Bartovic (EUROPEUM)

Břetislav Dančák (Faculty of Social Sciences Masaryk University)

Karla Wursterová (International Visegrad Fund)

15:00 – 16:30 Panel I: Factors driving nation building processes after 1918 and their implications

Ivo Budil (Westbohemian University Plzeň)
Political struggle and imagination as mimetic rivalry

Michal Šimečka (Institute of International Relations, Prague)
Heroes and enemies: Worldview as the main determining factor in the emergence of Central and Eastern European identities after WWI.

Miklos Zeidler (Hungarian Academy of Science)
A Heritage of Historic Hungary — Remembrance and Revisionism as an approach to Hungarian Nation Building in the Inter-war Period

Dorota Pietrzyk-Reeves (Jagellonian University Krakow)
Civic and ethnic nationalism and the identity formation of Central European societies in the interwar period

Moderator: Magdalena M Baran

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17:00 – 18:00 Key note speech
  Petr Pithart, former prime minister of Czechoslovakia
A vain dream about a clean table
19:00 Dinner

Tuesday June 30 2015

9:30 – 11:00 Case studies I: How the experience of the 1918-1948 period influences national ideologies
  Michal Vašečka (Masaryk University)
Fusion of paranoia or systemic functionality of hatred? Functions of anti-Semitism in Central Europe in 20th century

Tamás Stark (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
National traumas and their consequences

Joanna Mysona Byrska (Pontifical University of John Paul II)
My enemy - the best opportunity to build one's own identity. Carl Schmitt again

Jan Adamec (V4revue)
Different paths to democracy in the post-communist states of Central Europe

Moderator: Nadège Ragaru (Science-Po)

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11:30 – 13:00 Case studies II: Persons who became myths
  Michal Kšinan (Slovak Academy of Science)
Štefánik’s Death and the Czecho(Slovak) Identity

Gábor Egry (Institute of Polical History)
Entangled heroes: minority figures caught between national histories

Michel Henri Kowalewicz (Jagellonian University Krakow)
Heroes and enemies: Worldview as the main determining factor in the emergence of Central and Eastern European identities after WWI.

Jiří Němec (Masaryk University)
The Czechoslovak reconstruction of identity: Kamil Krofta between Czechs, Slovaks, Germans and others in 1920s and 1930s

Moderator: Paul Gradvohl (University of Warsaw)

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13:00 – 14:30 NGO Market and Lunch
  Presentation of non-governmental organizations attending the conference
14:30 – 15:30 Working group I: What is the role of history in contemporary political discourses?
  Ana Raluca Bigu (University of Bucharest)
Ágnes Tamás (University of Szeged)
Dominika Kasprowicz (Pedagogical University Krakow)
Łukasz Jasina (Polish History Museum)
Peter Bugge (Aarhus University)

Moderator: Louisa Slavkova (Sofia Platform)

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15:45 – 16:45 Working group III: How to ask about the V4 identity from historical and contemporary point of view? 
  Weronika Grzebalska (Polish Academy of Sciences)
Ákos Bartha (University of Debrecen)
Bulcsú Hunyadi (Political Capital)
Tereza Vávrová (Antikomplex)
Wojciech Przybylski (Res Publica Nowa/Eurozine)

Moderator: Michal  Vít (EUROPEUM)

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17:00 – 18:15 Working group II: How to teach history today? How to use innovative teaching practices (memory walks, digital platforms etc.) in history of V4 countries?
  Martin Šmok (Shoa Foudation)
Benjamin Tallis (Institute for International Relations)
Štěpán Černoušek (
Fedor Blaščák
Karina Hoření (Institute for Study of Totaliarn Regimes)
Martón Liska 

Moderator: Andrea Petö (Central European University)

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18:30 – 19:15 Working groups closing speech
  Milan Hauner
The Legacies of Central Europe
19:15 Dinner

Wednesday July 1 2015

8:30 – 9:45 How to develop an effective tool for modern education of history?
  Working breakfast in Café Atlas, Žerotínovo nám. 6, Brno)
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