June 18–19, 2015

Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic


Call for papers


The shaping of American national culture is a very complex process. No wonder, if we consider the continuous inflow of immigrants from all over the world. Theories and policies of understanding and even regulating the process have varied over time, from “melting pot” to cultural pluralism and multiculturalism, but we thought it might also be of use to have a look at and evaluate the results (both positive and negative) of assimilationism and the still very forceful trend of Anglo-conformity in modern and contemporary literature, culture and everyday life in the U.S.


Keynote speakers:

Berndt Ostendorf, Professor emeritus of North American Cultural History, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

Vincent N. Parrillo, Professor and Graduate Director at William Paterson University, Director of Paterson Metropolitan Region Research Center

Registration form can be downloaded here (.docx)


Deadline for paper proposals (ca 250 words): May 20, 2015


Address: colloquium.litfilm@upol.cz


Conference Proceedings


Extended versions of papers will be peer-reviewed and their selection published in a volume of conference proceedings to be submitted to the Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index.





The colloquium program is available here (.pdf).

The book of abstracts can be downloaded here (.pdf).



(Univerzitní street 234/20, 779 00 Olomouc)





The conference will be held at the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University in Olomouc.

The historical building is centrally located among other historic buildings atop the city walls. It overlooks a verdant park that separates the conference venue and the dormitory accommodations.


Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc

Address: Křížkovského 14, Olomouc, 771 80

Web: http://www.ff.upol.cz/en/



Traveling to the conference


From Prague to Olomouc: The easiest way to get from Václav Havel Airport Prague to the main train station (Praha, hlavní nádraží, sometimes abbreviated to Praha, hl. n.) is to take the Airport Express (AE) bus. It stops right in front of the arrival hall (a bit to the right, the last bus stop) and takes you directly to the main train station which is the terminus. You buy the ticket from the driver for Kč 60 (about EURO 2.5, but the driver does not accept foreign currencies, so you have to exchange money at the airport, try to have a 200 crown note or less). The ticket machines at the stop do not sell this ticket.

There are also coaches going directly from the Prague airport to Olomouc. More info at the Student Agency website, or call: +420 542 424 242 or +420 800 100 300.


From Vienna to Olomouc: We recommend to take the Student Agency coach which goes directly to Olomouc (3 times daily). See the company website, or call: +420 542 424 242 or +420 800 100 300.


Coming by train: Olomouc is easily accessible by express trains from Prague, Vienna, or Warsaw.


Coming by car or coach: All major roads are open. Online map of trafic in Central Europe.


General information: Olomouc is easily reached by express trains (2.5 hours from Prague, 3.5 hours form Vienna, 3 hours from Katowice).


The closest airports are in Ostrava (2 hours by bus and train), Brno (2 hours), Prague (3.5 hours), Bratislava (4 hours), Katowice (4 hours) and Vienna (4.5 hours).


More general information about traveling to Olomouc can be found here.





The colloquium is a part of the ESF project Interdisciplinary Innovation of Cultural Studies Teaching at Palacký University in Olomouc CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0137 and is funded by the European Social Fund and from the State Budget of the Czech Republic.

The colloquium is organized with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Prague.