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Date(s) - 09/29/2016
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Burdine Hall (BUR) 214



Mapping the Paths of Cold War Czechoslovak Émigrés

Mapping the Paths of Cold War Czechoslovak Émigrés

At the end of the Second World War, the entire European continent was on the move. Among the estimated 20+ million migrants were Jewish survivors, political refugees, forced laborers, former concentration camp inmates, former prisoners of war, war refugees, and various ethnicities endangered by ethnic cleansing in their former homelands.

This talk focuses on a subset of these Displaced Persons (DPs): Czechoslovak political opponents to the communist government in Czechoslovakia. This highly educated elite attempted to navigate their new status in the face of the Cold War- given the promise of being political useful and future leadership in a non-communist Czechoslovakia, yet without any formally recognized power or authority to represent the nation. Yet they were not just pawns in a political game, but also agents in their own fate. Starting in DP camps, Czechs and Slovaks formed various political organizations and honed diplomatic skills, while trying to sort out a new personal and political future that could not rely on normal polictial avenues, such as majority voting, debates, or easy information exchange in or with the homeland.

Dr. Martin Nekola will untangle the difficulties of practicing statescraft in exile at a point in time where the whole world was invested in the outcome of rebuilding a new global future. Dr. Nekola received his PhD from the Department of Political Science at the Charles University, Prague. At the moment he is an independent researcher. Dr. Nekola is a member of the “Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences.”

 Thursday, September 29 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

 Burdine Hall (BUR), BUR 214
2505 UNIVERSITY AVE , Austin, Texas 78712