The Prague Spring 50 Years After: Great Crises of Communist Régimes in Central Europe in a Transnational Perspective

Prague, June 13–15, 2018

Venue: Liechtenstein Palais (U Sovových mlýnů 4, Praha 1 – Malá Strana)

Organizers: Ústav pro soudobé dějiny Akademie věd ČR, Úřad vlády ČR

Partners: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů, Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur, Český rozhlas, Instytut Polski w Pradze, Ústav pamäti národa

The conference is held under the auspices of Professor Eva Zažímalová, President of the Czech Academy of Sciences.


The purpose and objective of the conference held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring is to reflect on the importance and legacy of 1968, but also on the importance and legacy of other major crises within the Soviet Bloc (1953, 1956, 1980/1), using transnational and long-term perspectives viewing the relation between the past and the present from many different angles and in a truly broad international and domestic context.

Renowned researchers from a dozen or so countries have pledged to attend the event. The topics of the conference will include major social movements of 1968, both in the East and in the West, and international ramifications of the crises and Soviet interventions in the “allied countries”. The conference will examine the relevance for and, where applicable, the second life of concepts and ideas of 1968 and other years of the crisis in the actual transformation after 1989. Attention will also be paid to forms and significance of contemporary memory of those turning-point events, the role of mass media, etc.

The video recordings of the conference are available on the Czech Radio YouTube channel.



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