“Argonauts of the Eastern Bloc: Environmentalism in Slovakia after the Velvet Revolution”

A Talk by Edward Snajdr, John Jay College, CUNY

Saturday, November 5, 2:00 pm ET
This talk will take place in person and online.

IN PERSON: To reserve one of the limited number of seats at
The Embassy of the Slovak Republic
3523 International Court, NW, Washington, DC
please RSVP, by 6:00PM, Thursday, November 3, to rsvp@dcslovaks.org .

ONLINE:  To register for this event on Zoom, please visit:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUoc-2grD0oHdNL6qgaF5mu3vDU8UMcwGy6  .

In part two of the story of Slovakia’s nature activists, anthropologist Edward Snajdr continues his account of the rise and fall of environmentalism, based on his book Nature Protests: The End of Ecology in Slovakia (Washington University Press). Slovak greens transform from brave challengers of totalitarianism during the Velvet Revolution into intrepid proponents of ecology in a highly dynamic landscape of post-communist politics and society. Navigating through nationalism, consumerism, and democratic reforms, what it means to be ‘green’ becomes as much an experience of vulnerability as a defense of culture and a commitment to hope. 

Edward Snajdr is a professor of anthropology at John Jay College, City University of New York. He studies social justice movements, conflict, violence, policing, and gender in East Europe, Central Asia, and the U.S. 
His most recent book, co-authored with John Jay College sociolinguist Shonna Trinch,
is What the Signs Say: Language, Gentrification, and Place-making in Brooklyn (2020 Vanderbilt University Press).
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