Prague, June 23 (CTK) – Several dozen Czech studies scholars from prestigious universities in the world will participate in the congress entitled War and Conflict in Czech Literature to be held in Prague on June 29-July 4, its organiser have said.
The largest international congress of experts in Czech literature will be held in the Czech Republic after five years.
The event will be attended by 164 Czech studies scholars, including renowned literary scientists from Australia, the Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, the United States and other 17 countries.
The congress will focus primarily on literary history.
In view of the 100th anniversary of WWI and 70 years of the end of WWII, the delegates will focus on various forms of war descriptions and reflections of war experience in national literature and cultural memory.
The congress will also deal with rather general problems of wars and conflicts in which literature clashes with power and ideology.
Literary scientists will debate, for instance, war memories in literature, the post-war transfer of Sudeten Germans from the then Czechoslovakia, the fate of Jews and the conflict of literature and state power.
The event will also join the commemoration of the 600th anniversary of Czech church reformer John Huss’s burning at the stake in 1415 and the impact of the subsequent Hussite wars on culture in Central Europe.
The congress is organised by the Institute of Czech Literature of the Science Academy in cooperation with the Czech Studies Institute of the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague, the Institute of Slovak Literature of the Slovak Science Academy, the Institute of Czech Literature and Library Science of the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno and the Museum of Czech Literature.