‘1938’ and the Politics of Homogenization

Protecting the Nation in Europe on the Eve of World War II


October 10–12, 2018


Vlastenecký sál, Karolinum, Ovocný trh 5, Prague 1 (October 10)
Villa Lanna, V Sadech 1, Prague 6 (October 11–12)


Masaryk Institute and Archives of Czech Academy of Sciences
Institute of Contemporary History of Czech Academy of Sciences
Institute of the History and Archive of Charles University Prague

Programme (pdf)


Wednesday / Vlastenecký sál, Charles University, Ovocný trh 5, Prague 1

17.00 // Keynote Lecture (invitation)
Martin Conway (Oxford) / 1938: The Great Reordering

Thursday / Villa Lanna, V Sadech 1, Prague 6

9.00 – 9.30 // Welcome and Introduction

9.30 – 11.00 // I. Question of Homogenization and the Ethnic ‘Other’
Gábor Egry (Budapest) / Reunited – Nevermore? National Harmony and Unity, Social Reform and Exclusion in Pre- and Post-1938 Hungary
Pavel Baloun (Prague) / Getting Rid of the “Gypsy Scourge”: A Shift Towards the Repressive Assimilation of the “Gypsies” in the Czech Lands, 1938–1942
Berk Emek (Istanbul) / Nationalization and Homogenization Politics in Interwar Turkey and Romania: The Ethnicity Question in the Administration
Discussant: Jakub Rákosník (Prague)

11.15 – 12.45 // II. Nation-state, Citizenship and Ethnic Homogenization
Michal Frankl (Prague/Vienna) / Refugees and the Loss of Citizenship: The Czechoslovak Revision of Citizenship of 1939
Paulina Szeląg (Przemyśl) / The Citizenship and Politics of Homogenization: A Case of the Republic of Poland
Olena Humeniuk (Kyiv) / Status of Ukrainian Emigrants as the Example of State Policy Protecting the Nation in the Countries of Interwar Europe
Discussant: Milan Hauner (Wisconsin-Madison)

14.00 – 15.15 // III. International Politics and Minority Question in Times of National Homogenization
Philipp Müller (Göttingen) / Politics of Aid, Media and Foreign Affairs: Humanitarian Aid as Last Resort of British Appeasement Politics in Times of Homogenization Politics
Victoria Vasilenko (Belgorod) / The Homogenisation and Foreign Policy Nexus in the Soviet Union in the Late 1930s
Discussant: Vít Smetana (Prague)

15.30 – 17.00 // IV. Czechoslovakia’s Dilemmas: Nations, Minorities and Borders
Milan Hauner (Wisconsin-Madison) / What Did Edvard Beneš Understand Under NATION 1938-1948
Lubomír Nenička (Opava) / Regional Specifics of the Czech Nationalism in the Post-Munich Era (Case of Ostrava Region)
Viktoriia Serhiienko (Kyiv) / The Ruthenians/Ukrainians in the Context of Czechoslovak Policy of Ethnic Homogenization of the 1930s
Discussant: Gábor Egry (Budapest)

17.00 – 18.15 // V. Politics, Expertize, Propaganda
Jiří Němec (Brno) / Nazi Politics of Ethnocide. The Concept of “Umvolkung”
Olga Linkiewicz (Warsaw) / Social Sciences and National Mobilization in Interwar Poland: The Case of the Lviv’s Institute for the South-Eastern Lands (1938–1939)
Discussant: Jaromír Mrňka (Prague)

Friday / Villa Lanna, V Sadech 1, Prague 6

9.00 – 10.15 // VI. Space, Sound and Nation-Making
Courtney E. Cole (Weston) / Materiality, Discourse, and Ideology: The Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the Building of National Unity in Pre-World War II Germany and Beyond
Markus Helmut Lenhart (Graz) / The Republic of Austria in the Interwar Years: Using Music for Defining a National Identity
Discussant: Tomáš W. Pavlíček (Prague)

10.30 – 12.00 // VII. Conservative Right Towards Unitary Nation-State
Dirk Schuster (Potsdam) / 1938 as a Starting Point for the “De-Judaization”. The Plan for a National, “Aryan” Christianity in Germany
Róbert Arpáš (Bratislava/Nitra) / From Autonomism to “National Unity”. The HSLS´s Way to Capture Slovakia
Grzegorz Krzywiec (Warsaw) / The Right-Wing Subculture and the Transformations of Polish Politics of the Late 1930s. The Case Study of Fascist Regime from Above Towards an International Crisis
Discussant: Martin Conway (Oxford)

12.15 – 13.15 // Concluding Remarks and Final Discussion
Pavel Seifter (London/Prague)

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