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Call for Papers Plzeň 2022

Artworks, Ideas and Transformations in Thinking in 19th-Century Czech Culture

2–4 March 2022, Plzeň, Museum of West Bohemia in Plzeň (In case of anti-covid restrictions in hybrid or online form.)

The 42nd annual Plzeň symposium on 19th-century issues, organised by the Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the Museum of West Bohemia, the Gallery of West Bohemia in Plzeň, and the Plzeň Philharmonic Orchestra. Deadline for submitting abstracts: 30 November 2021.

Over the centuries, the Czech lands have been a place where the history of Europe has paused at key moments, but only rarely have they been given the opportunity to influence the direction taken by Europe through their economic, philosophical, cultural, or scientific contributions. According to the Czech philosopher Ladislav Hejdánek, the traditional model of thinking understands development only in that “lesser, less original, and less profound creators imitate a creator who is exceptional and greater than the others by imitating their work” (Dílo jako událost [A Work as an Event], 1970). As it follows from Hejdánek’s reflections, however, once a work is created it fundamentally changes the situation in which every succeeding creator finds themself. Inspiration often leads to a denial of what was its source.

The theme of the 42nd annual Plzeň symposium will be works (artistic, literary, scientific etc.) which fundamentally changed the Czech-German-Austrian political, social, and cultural situation, whether by being translated from their original language, or by starting to be interpreted and denied by other works without acknowledgement, in an attempt to bring about changes in society. We will also be interested in “unexpected about-turns” and changes of interpretation or intended direction, and likewise in transfers, the mediation of foreign works in the Czech lands via “other” culture.

The main language of the conference will be Czech; contributions in German and English are welcome. Please send annotations of your contributions to Pavla Machalíková (machalikova@udu.cas.cz) and Taťána Petrasová, (petrasova@udu.cas.cz) by November 30, 2021 at the latest.

18/10/2021

Proceedings from the 40th Pilsen Symposium have been published

In the Academia Publisher (Prague) has came out a new volume from the proceedings edition devoted to the Czech culture of the 19th century: Zdeněk Hojda and Eva Bendová (eds), Od práce k zábavě. Volný čas v české kultuře 19. století [From work to entertainment: Spare time in Czech culture of the 19th century].

Available at your favorite booksellers, in March 2021 for sale online.

 

The New Proceedings of Pilsen Sympozium "The Light, Schadows and the Darkness" have just come out

Academia publishes the new volume of Pilsen Sympozium "The Light, Schadows and Darkness" edited by Zdeněk Hojda, Marta Ottlová, and Roman Prahl. More information on our webside in Publications section.

26/2/2018

 

Understand a Second, 22.–24. February 2018

Dear Colleagues and Colleagues,

Do not forget the organizers of the Pilsen symposium "Understand a second", 22.-24. February 2018, Kateřina Piorecká (Institute of Czech Literature of the Czech Academy of Sciences) to fill-in and send the application form no later than 12th February 2018.
You will find the application form in the Contacts field.

We look forward to you!

2. 2. 2018

Man and Machine in the 19th Century Bohemian Culture

Proceedings of the 32th annual symposium on 19th-century issues has come out in the Academia publishing house. 

Unvisible Loyalty, Pilsen 2015

On 26-28 February 2015 an international conference will take place in Pilsen entitled “The Unvisible Loyalty”. This three-day meeting of specialists is the 35th year of interdisciplinary conferenc held in Pilsen, focusses on the problem of the fidelty, the oath and the loyalty in the Austrian-German-Czech society in the 19th century.

Venue: Západočeské muzeum (Westbohemian Museum), Kopeckého sady 2,  4A, Pilsen.

Plzeň 2015: Invisible Loyalty? Austrians, Germans and Czechs in 19th-Century Czech Culture

The organisers of the 35th Plzeň Symposium on 19th-Century Issues have announced that the theme for the Symposium on 26-28 February 2015 will be “Invisible Loyalty? Austrians, Germans and Czechs in 19th-Century Czech Culture”.

 The concept of loyalty is used by psychologists, sociologists, writers on religion, lawyers, cultural and social historians, political economists, and contemporary theorists on management, in connection with slightly ambivalent terms such as loyalty oaths, patriotism, professional loyalty, and personal integrity.

Since the classical description in the philosopher Josiah Royce’s book The Philosophy of Loyalty (1908), the interpretation of loyalty has developed as that of duty that places non-personal (or impersonal) duty above the feeling of personal responsibility. Loyalty, the manifestation of inner confidence and commitment, can be displayed towards an individual, a group, or society. The key question can be considered to be that of the forms in which it is displayed and the value ambivalence of its implementation. Recently this analytical category has been used, for example, as a productive concept in the historical works of German experts on Czech history (e.g. M. Schulze-Wessel (ed.), Loyalitäten in der Tschechoslowakischen Republik 1918-1938. Politische, nationale und kulturelle Zugehörigkeiten, 2004; Volker Zimmermann, Peter Haslinger and Tomáš Nigrin (edd.), Loyalitäten im Staatssozialismus: DDR, Tschechoslowakei, Polen, 2010), but it had already been developed earlier, for example in American sociolinguistic studies (e.g. Joshua Fishman, Language loyalty in the United States, 1966). The relevance of the issue of loyalty in Czech society today is testified to by the continuing debates on the relationships between the Czechs and the Habsburgs, the Catholic Church, the political institutions of the Austrian monarchy, and the aristocracy (and of course in the opposite direction as well). However, these debates do not work with the concept of loyalty at all, although an awareness of its existence would clarify the position of its adherents and opponents.

The 35th Plzeň Interdisciplinary Symposium which is being prepared will be devoted to the historical roots and development of the multinational Czech-German-Jewish society in the Austrian monarchy during the “long” 19th century. Questions will be raised about the motives and forms of action of both those who stabilised and supported, and those who disturbed and destroyed the political, confessional, military, social, and cultural system of the Czech lands in the “long” 19th century, processes that took place through the interventions of various actors in various contexts, defined by linguistic, local and time-related criteria. We intend to pay particular attention to an analysis of the loyalty of the inhabitants of the Czech lands towards the Habsburg dynasty, towards Czech culture (whether defined geographically or linguistically), and towards the “supranational” institutions of the Monarchy (the Church, the army, and the school system). We will of course also take an interest in the positions of those who for various reasons refused to maintain a position of loyalty.

This contentious theme, posing questions that are relevant to today’s global but by no means harmonious world, needs to be reflected on in a broader framework – both across individual disciplines, and in a debate with colleagues from other countries, especially the German-speaking ones. The date chosen for holding the symposium – in 2015, when Plzeň will be a European Capital of Culture – thus underlines the relevance and importance (not only for experts in the field) of the theme we have outlined.

The Symposium will be organised by the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and the Institute of Czech Literature, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

Papers together with a summary (100 characters) can be submitted up until 30 September 2014. The selection of papers for inclusion in the programme will be made by a broader organisational committee.

More information about the Symposium programme is available from:

 

Pavla Machalíková: machalikova@udu.cas.cz

Václav Petrbok: petrbok@ucl.cas.cz

Taťána Petrasová: petrasova@udu.cas.cz

 

25. 8. 2014

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