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17:15 20 January 2010

CSCE Seminar: What was normal about Normailization? Reflections on Late Communism in Czechoslovakia


433 | UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (link Map)
16 Taviton Street | London | WC1H 0BW |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Paulina Bren, Professor of History, Vassar College (New York), For 2009-2010, Paulina Bren is a Senior Fellow at the Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study. She has published numerous articles on the postwar period in Czechoslovakia and the Eastern bloc. Her book, The Greengrocer and His TV: The Culture of Communism after the 1968 Prague Spring, will be published by Cornell University Press in March 2010. She is now working on a co-edited volume entitled Consuming Communism: Consumption in Postwar Eastern Europe.

This seminar lecture will focus on attempting to rethink late communism not as a set of binaries (that is, official culture vs. unofficial culture, the state planned economy vs. the second economy, Party apparatchiks vs. political dissidents, and the politicized public sphere vs. the de-politicized private sphere) but as a distinct communist culture that shaped a generation. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which television mediated between state and citizens after 1968, and how television serials posited the parameters of everyday life.


Dr Philipp Mueller
020 7679 8758 | philipp.mueller@ucl.ac.uk


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