Article Alert: “Central to Europe: The Advance of the Visegrád Four”

By SSA member Kevin J. McNamara Click here to view the article in the July/August 2021 issue of The National Interest Pre-pandemic economic and social progress looked very good for Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, and troubling for Germany and France. If these trends resume—and there is no reason to think they won’t—the East will soon outshine the West. Have you published something recently that you’d like us to share? Send it to slovakstudies@gmail.com

Member Spotlight: Interview with Denisa Nešťáková

As a means of highlighting the recent publications and scholarly work of current members, the SSA will post ‘Member Spotlight’ interviews at regular intervals. Interested in sharing your current work? Please email us at slovakstudies@gmail.com. DENISA NEŠŤÁKOVÁ Denisa is a Research Associate at the Herder Institute in Marburg, Germany and a History faculty member at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia  Her work focuses on gender issues relating to Czech and Slovak history Email: denisa.nestakova@gmail.com  When/how did you first develop an interest in Slovak or Slovak-area studies?  As a Slovak and a historian… Read More

2021 Czech & Slovak Studies Workshop: Held Virtually at Univ. of Pittsburgh, March 18-21

Don’t miss these great opportunities. Register soon!The paper presentations are restricted to an academic audience, the keynote and the special events are open to the wider public.More information and registration: Virtual 20th CSSW The Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop aims to bring together researchers, scientists, faculty members and advanced graduate students to exchange their experiences, research results, and ideas. The Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop will be held virtually at the University of Pittsburgh on March 18-21, 2021. The program committee welcomes proposals for papers on Czech and Slovak topics,… Read More

Experts Discuss: Slovak Politics–Current Perspectives

For those who missed this panel at the 2020 ASEEES Convention, here’s your chance to catch up, courtesy of Friends of Slovakia, who hosted the discussion. Click here to: view ‘Slovak Politics’ discussion. Panelists – Tim John Haughton (University of Birmingham, UK), Kevin Deegan-Krause (Wayne State University, USA), Karen Henderson (University of Ss. Cyril & Methodius, Slovakia), and Carol Skalnik Leff (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) – discussed the lessons of the 2020 elections about the role of corruption and political campaigning. They also examined post-election shifts in party relations in… Read More

Member Spotlight: Interview with Kevin Deegan-Krause

As a means of highlighting the recent publications and scholarly work of current members, the SSA will post ‘Member Spotlight’ interviews at regular intervals. Interested in sharing your current work? Please email us at slovakstudies@gmail.com. Kevin Deegan-Krause Associate Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan His research focuses on political parties and democracy in Europe with an emphasis on Europe’s new democracies and its newer parties. His newest book, co-authored with Dr. Timothy Haughton of the University of Birmingham, is The New Party Challenge: Changing Cycles of Party… Read More

Join Dr. Leslie Waters’ Book Talk

Correction: Friday, February 5th, 2021 @ 1:00 – 2:30pm (MST) Hosted by the Department of History, University of Texas El Paso Borders on the Move: Territorial Change and Ethnic Cleansing in the Hungarian-Slovak Borderlands, 1938-1948 (University of Rochester Press, 2020) Dr. Waters currently serves on the Board of the Slovak Studies Association and as Vice President of the Hungarian Studies Association. Her book, Borders on the Move, examines the impact of border changes and migrations on this region between 1938 and 1948. It investigates the everyday consequences of geopolitical events that are well-known from… Read More

‘The Auschwitz Report’ (‘SPRÁVA’) Film–Free Viewing Jan. 28 only!

Register online at: The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance Free screening tomorrow only, Jan. 28, 2021, (Int’l. Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 76th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz)  Slovakia’s entry for Best International Feature Film for the 2021 Academy Awards and Golden Globes After more than a year of meticulous planning, Auschwitz prisoners Alfred “Freddy” Wetzler and Valér Vrba set forth an escape plan in hopes of sharing detailed evidence about the deadly operations of the Nazis in the Camp. With the resilient aid of their fellow inmates, the pair… Read More

‘Ransacking Democracy’

The Slovak Studies Association, as well as our affiliate organization ASEEES (the Association for Slavic, E. European and Eurasian Studies), support the American Historical Association in their statement regarding the events of January 6, 2021 on Capitol Hill. From the American Historical Association website: The AHA issued a statement condemning “the actions of those who, on January 6, stormed the United States Capitol, the seat of the nation’s legislature, the heart of its democratic form of governance.” The AHA deplores the “inflammatory rhetoric of all the political leaders who have refused to accept the… Read More

Krúžok: Upcoming Presentations Online

Our new member Orel Beilinson, a doctoral candidate at Yale University, announces the program of Krúžok, a working group for early-career scholars studying the modern history of Central and Eastern Europe.  Presentation themes range across Central and Eastern Europe but include Czech/Slovak topics among them.  Krúžok aims to… Encourage scholarly work on the history of the Habsburg Empire, the post-Ottoman Balkans, and the successor states. Provide a forum for presenting research in progress and receiving constructive feedback. Facilitate meaningful conversations about the state of the field. Develop a network of peers working on… Read More

Member Spotlight: Interview with Kevin McNamara

As a means of highlighting the recent publications and scholarly work of current members, the SSA will post ‘Member Spotlight’ interviews at regular intervals. Kevin McNamara I am an Associate Scholar of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA, and currently serve as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts & Sciences, Washington, DC.  I am a former journalist and congressional aide. Website: http://www.kevinjmcnamara.com Email: kjmcnamara57@gmail.com <p class="has-medium-font-size" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong><em>What is your current research/work project?</em>  (Please include a link to any new publication.)<br><br></strong>I continue to write… Read More