America - Home of the Brave
11th International Colloquium of American Studies, Olomouc, August 29 - September 3, 2004
It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in our annual Colloquium on American Studies, which will take place at Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic from August 29- September 3, 2004. The title of this year's Colloquium is America - Home of the Brave and the key themes we will be discussing are following:
* Tales of Brave Conquests and the Conquests of the Braves
* Whose home? - the Roots of American Cultural and National Identity
* Besieged Homes, Beleaguered Cities
* American Patriotism, Local Patriotism
The papers should address the values of braveness, defense and conquest; structural principles informing and shaping those values such as antagonism, binarism, and complementarism.
The Colloquium is co-sponsored by the Center for Comparative
Cultural Studies at Palacky University, the Czech and Slovak Association
for American Studies, and the U.S. Embassy. The Colloquium will consist
of morning and afternoon lectures led by both American and European
scholars in the field of American Studies. The lecturers are encouraged
to take a wider and more general perspective in order to address a larger
audience, consisting of mainly postgraduate and graduate students and
university teachers of American Studies, American Literature, or English
language. More space is given to discussions, than it is usual at conferences.
In addition, there will be regular evening program involving film projections,
concerts, poetry readings, city tours and other activities.
Palacky University is the second oldest university in the Czech lands, and the Philosophical Faculty has the privilege of having been donated two special book collections - the special collection of Nathan Huggins, and the special collection of Ye Gerbish (donation of Eddie & Anna Bishop).
Olomouc, "the jewel of Moravia" boasts an almost completely Renaissance town center, the second largest after Prague, surrounded by lovely parks and botanical gardens. Augmented by splendid churches and palaces and numerous beer gardens, the town itself is worth a visit.
Applications and deadlines:
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We would like to acknowledge our
gratitude to the Embassy of the U.S.A. for all the support and aid we
got from the Embassy, and to Mrs Marketa Kolarova, our long-term indispensible
link, efficient aid and contact.