Themes for the Czech Essayists
|•||The essays will be used as empirical material for my doctoral thesis. The working title of the thesis is ‘Utopia after the Revolutions of 1989. An analysis of Eastern European change based on studies in the Czech Republic, Eastern Germany and Estonia’.|
|•||In your essay you may try to discuss all the themes introduced below or you may choose just one or any number of them. The optimal length of your essay should be five pages of printed text, but less will of course do as well, if you can express your ideas economically.|
|•||Naturally you can write in Czech, but please do not use the most poetic expressions that come to your mind.|
|•||I don’t expect to receive any sort of scientific analyses concerning these themes. I am very interested in your personal experiences and personal opinions; small delicate stories that shed light on the themes would be valuable to me. For example, your parents’ interpretation of the change may have been significantly different from yours.|
|•||It would be helpful if you could also briefly describe what kind of person you are, e.g. if you are/have been politically active, if you are a businessman/woman etc; i.e. I should know if your views are connected to a specific context.|
|•||At the end of your essay, try to give a personal account or some concluding remarks about life and politics in post-communist Czechoslovakia. Have developments since 1989 signified the end of utopia (the Velvet Revolution was a utopia in many ways) from your point of view and in your country? Is there a future utopia for the country?|
|•||The official deadline for your essay is 1.3.1998.|
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Publication information: Book title: Between Utopia and Disillusionment: A Narrative of the Political Transformation in Eastern Europe. Contributors: Henri Vogt - Author. Publisher: Berghahn Books. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2004. Page number: 275.
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