This presentation grows out of Dr. Iveta Jusova's 12 years of experience as Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe program at Carleton College. As part of her job, Jusova has taught transnational feminism/s to U.S. Women's and Gender Studies students on the WGSE study-abroad program, traveling to the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland.
Jusova has observed confusion on her students’ part about how to perceive Czechs and other East Central Europeans. In this presentation she tries to come to terms with these observed tendencies by endeavoring to address the question of the place of the Czech culture in the “Western” cultural imaginary, exploring the usefulness of the post-colonial framework for the task. Where does East Central Europe, and specifically the Czech Republic, stand in relation to the "West" on the one hand and the (post-colonial) “rest” on the other? Finding the post-colonial theoretical framework only partially useful and applicable to the Czech location’s specificity, Jusova develops the concept of the European dividend to explore this divergence.
January 17, 2017
ALUM-115 (Lincoln-Douglas Seminar Room)
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