15th International Colloquium of American Studies
Olomouc, September 7-10, 2008
Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic


The symposium is sponsored and organized by the Palacky University, Czech and Slovak Association for American Studies in cooperation with the Embassy of the U.S.A. in Prague.


The symposium is held in a highly attractive, historical city of Olomouc with a well-preserved Renaissance and Baroque historical centre, second largest to Prague. Palacky University is situated in the center of the old town. It is the second oldest university in the Czech lands.
Olomouc is easily accessible by express trains from Prague (ca 3 hours), Vienna or Ostrava.


A map of Olomouc city centre with few important places is available here.


The format of the Colloquium gives space to one longer plenary paper in the morning (60 minutes) followed by two or three shorter presentations (20-minute paper and 10-minute discussion). The afternoon session consists of two 90-minute sessions each having three speakers. The lecturers are encouraged to take a wider and more general perspective in order to address a larger audience, consisting of university teachers of American Studies, American Literature, or English language, and postgraduate and graduate students. The evening program consists of films, concerts, poetry readings, city tours and other activities.


Accommodation & Costs

Accommodation is provided for in a decent student dormitory near the city centre. The price varies according to number of beds (single/twin room), the average price is 10€/5€ pppn. You can make your selection when filling out the application form. Olomouc offers countless opportunities for accommodation in case you are looking for a private place to stay.

Unfortunately, we are unable to cover your travel costs.


Deadline for participants' accommodation reservation is June 16, 2008.


Registration fee
- 650 CZK (25 EUR) for early registration (before May 23)
- 750 CZK (30 EUR) for late registration



It is advisable to ask the aid of the American embassy in your countries.



The symposium opens with a welcome dinner on Sunday, the lectures are through Monday to Wednesday.


A selection of revised papers presented at the symposium will be included in a volume to be edited by the organizers and published by the Palacky University.

For further information please contact the program coordinator Lukáš Merz: <colloquium@centrum.cz>