Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop

March 19-21, 2020

REEES and the Slovak Studies Program in collaboration with the Czechoslovak Studies Association and the Slovak Studies Association will host the Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop at the University of Pittsburgh on March 19-21, 2020. As in previous years, CSSW will bring together researchers, scientists, faculty members and advanced graduate students to exchange their experiences, research results, and ideas from a number of disciplines. 


The Evolution and Dilemmas of Transatlantic Relations
Pavol Demeš, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Friday, March 20
4 p.m. | 4130 Posvar Hall 

This year’s keynote speaker will be Pavol Demeš, an internationally recognized NGO leader who opened German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States office in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, in 2000 in order to oversee GMF’s activities in Central and Eastern Europe. Before joining GMF, Demeš was executive director of the Slovak Academic Information Agency – Service Center for the Third Sector, a Slovak NGO committed to enhancing civil society. Previously, he served his country as foreign policy advisor to the president of the Slovak Republic (1993-1997), minister of international relations (1991-1992), and director of the Department of Foreign Relations in the Ministry of Education (1990-1991).


4130 Posvar Hall

Thursday, March 19

1:30 – 2:30 pm


2:30 pm

Opening Remarks

2:40 pm

Alanna Ropchock Tierno

Hymns, Martyrs, and Prophets: Czech Reformation Identity in Polytextual Mass Ordinaries from the Brno Choirbooks

3:20 pm

Armin Langer

Herz Homberg: A Bohemian Jewish Educator on His Mission to "Civilize" the Jews of Eastern Europe

4:00 – 4:30 pm

Coffee break

4:30 pm

Anastasia Tsylina

Czech Nationalism and Russophilia in the 19th Century: The Case of Václav Hanka

5:10 pm

Marco Jaimes

Continuity and Modernity? The Cult of Franz Joseph in the Bohemian Crownlands

Friday, March 20

8:30 am­

Michael Kopanic

A Star Milan Rastislav Štefánik

9:10 am

Lucian Frederick George

Comparing Rural Political Cultures in Interwar Poland and Czechoslovakia

9:50 am

Anna Herran

A Century Together...Yet Divided: The Musealization of Interwar Czechoslovakia and Interwar Yugoslavia

10:30 - 11:00 am

Coffee break

11:00 am

Jesse Siegel

The Greater Sudeten German World: Otto Kletzl, German Expressionism, and the Making of Sudeten German Nationalism

11:40 am

Alena Mikulášová

Life Against the Backdrop of Totalitarianism: Slovakia 1939-1945

12:20 – 1:30 pm


1:30 pm

Mira Louise Markham

"The Best Representatives of the Liberated People": Partisans and Local Politics in Postwar Czechoslovakia

2:10 pm

Lisa Peschel

Holocaust Survivors and Surviving Political Prisoners in the Czechoslovak Public Sphere after 1989

2:50 pm

Carol Hochman

Engaging Youth in Czech Culture and Philanthropy

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Coffee Break

4:00 pm


The Evolution and Dilemmas of Transatlantic Relations Since 1989

Saturday, March 21

9:00 am

Joseph W. Nakpil

An Uncanny Inheritance: Juraj Herz and the Czech Tradition of Gothic Surrealism

9:40 am

Soňa Rešovská

Dictionary of Slovak Neologisms (Lexicographic, Lexicological and Comparative Slavic Research) - Neological Research at the University of Prešov

10:20 – 10:50 am

Coffee break

10:50 am

Hana Staňková

"More American Than the Most American American": When Russian and East European Avant-Garde Artists Discovered the New World

11:30 am

Marcin Lukasz Filipowicz

Representation of Adoption in Contemporary Czech Prose

12:50 pm

Closing remarks

12:20 – 1:30 pm



Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Czechoslovak Studies Association
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
European Studies Center
Humanities Center
National Slovak Society
Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security
Ph.D. Program in Critical European Culture Studies
Slovak Studies Association


Maxine Bruhns, Director Emerita, Nationality Rooms
Joe Senko, Honorary Consul of Slovakia for Pennsylvania
Carol Hochman, Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic for Ohio and Pennsylvania



Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center 
The University of Pittsburgh has designated Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center as the recommended conference hotel. Located within easy walking distance from the university campus and CSSW venue.

Make your room reservation online for the conference. Group rate available only for reservations made by February 22, 2020.

Additional lodging is also available at nearby hotels.

Stay dates: March 19 - March 22, 2020
Group Code: 03196841CZ
Reservation method: Individual call-in
Group Rate: $148/night rate available until February 22, 2020.
Cancellation:  Cancel 24 hours prior to 4pm day of arrival.
Additional Information: $15 parking with in and out access

Contact Wyndham for in-house reservations Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm
Nour Moufid 412-682-6251 |
Gabby Gassman 412-682-6200 ext. 6131 |

Join the Facebook group CSSW@PItt to coordinate accommodations.


Pittsburgh International Airport to the University of Pittsburgh
The nearest airport to the University of Pittsburgh is the Pittsburgh International Airport. It is a 30-40-minute drive to the University from the airport. Rental cars, taxis, and public transportation are readily available at the airport. The cost of a taxi from Pittsburgh International Airport to the University of Pittsburgh is approximately $60. Both Uber and Lyft also operate in Pittsburgh.

The 28X Airport Express (Port Authority Transit bus) (412-442-2000) is very reliable and inexpensive, just several dollars. The bus runs each 20-30 minutes from the ground transportation area of the airport. The driver does not carry change, so have small bills and change on hand. The bus stops in Oakland at the Corner of Fifth Ave. and Bigelow Blvd, directly opposite the Cathedral of Learning.

If you drive, please try to arrive to campus at least 30 minutes before your scheduled visit to allow time to park and find your way to your destination. Hourly visitor parking and maps are available.

Getting around Pittsburgh
Navigating Pittsburgh can be quite difficult for someone who is not used to the roads. Downtown is triangular rather than on a square grid, highways are built on top of highways, and there are many road oddities all throughout the city.  But there are many options to get around Pittsburgh for those looking to visit the city. View a selection of the best recommendations.

There are an abundance of things to do on campus in Oakland or find attractions in other neighborhoods.

Places to Eat
Find restaurants on the Pitt campus in Oakland or see a listing of neighborhood eateries to see why Pittsburgh ranked #4 Best City for Foodies.


At Pitt
Campus Maps

Printing Services on Campus
To print on the Oakland campus, please visit the UPS Store or the Fedex Print and Ship Center on Forbes Avenue, each a 5-minute walk from Wesley W. Posvar Hall.

Conference Venue
The 2020 CSSW will take place at the Wesley W. Posvar Hall in Oakland.

Visit Pittsburgh
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