Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Talk: "How We Remember (and What We Forget): Cold War Art Histories and the Czech Avant-Garde" by Derek Sayer

Mon, April 18, 2011 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Workshop by Professor of Cultural History Derek Sayer, Lancaster University, titled "How We Remember (and What We Forget): Cold War Art Histories and the Czech Avant-Garde." 

Professor Derek Sayer
Lancaster University
Lancashire, England

Professor Sayer (Ph.D. Sociology, Durham University, UK, 1975) specializes in social and cultural theory especially French poststructuralism, the history and sociology of "modernity," visual culture, modern art, architecture and photography, surrealist thought, and issues of historical "memory." He is the author of Going Down for Air: A Memoir in Search of a Subject (2004, Paradigm Publishers) and The Coasts of Bohemia: A Czech History (1998, Princeton University Press), which was selected by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries as an Outstanding Academic Book of the Year, 1998. 

Dr. Sayer recently completed a book for Princeton University Press entitled Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century: A Surrealist History, which will be published in late 2011. This is the second book in a proposed trilogy which re-examines the concept of "modernity" from the vantage-point of the historical experience of the city of Prague, the first volume of which was The Coasts of Bohemia (Princeton University Press, 1998). He has begun research on the third book in the trilogy, provisionally entitled "Postcards from Absurdistan," which will focus on the period from 1945 to the present. The research for this project has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Professor Sayer's faculty page

Professor Sayer's CV

RSVP required. To RSVP, reserve your lunch, and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email Courtney at by 9 a.m., Friday, April 15.

Sponsored by: Dept. of Slavic & Eurasian Studies,IHS, History Dept.

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