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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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After Velvet: How to Interpret Czech History Since 1989?

Panel discussion / Czech language only


Can Czech society agree on how to interpret the events that have taken place in our country over the past thirty years? Are there fundamental differences in how different generations or different social groups view developments over the past several decades? How can we talk about and interpret the history of the 1990s and the first decade of the new millennium? Our guests will look at the fundamental moments, unjustly overlooked contexts, and nearly forgotten ideological movements of post-1989 politics. The discussion is a part of “After Velvet,” an educational series of reports and interviews organized by Radio Wave in the fall of 2019 looking at Czech history since 1989 through the eyes of the country’s youngest generations. 

In cooperation with Radio Wave.


Photo: Jakub Benda



Ondej Císa 

Sociologist and political scientist working at the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University. He studied at Masaryk University in Brno. He is the editor-in-chief of Sociological Review and the author of numerous publications. He focuses on issues relating to social movements and political mobilization in post-communist countries and the methodology of social sciences.


Adéla Gjuriová 

Professor at the Institute for Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences. She studies the political and social history of late socialism, the 1989 revolution, and the post-communist transformation. She focuses on the history of Czechoslovak parliamentarianism and psychiatry under socialism. Currently she leads a Czech team as part of the European project JPICH “European History Reloaded”, which addresses historical narratives in contemporary audiovisual culture.


Jií Pehe 

Political scientist, novelist, and commentator. He is a regular commentator on politics in the Czech Republic and abroad. From 1988 to 1994 he worked as the head of the analytical department for Central Europe at the Research Institute of Radio Free Europe in Munich. Between 1997 and 1999 he was the director of the political department of the Office of President Vaclav Havel. Since 1999, he has been the director of New York University in Prague.



Hana iicová 

Currently studying media. At Radio Wave, she works as a project manager and host of the morning program as well as the host of the program Volej [Call]. She is currently working on the projects Svatebky [Wedding Invitations] and Po sametu [After the Velvet].


Vítek Svoboda 


Editor, moderator and editor of Radio Wave social networking. He is one of the authors of a series of reports and interviews called Po Sametu [After the Velvet] which will be broadcast on Radio Wave and published on their website in fall 2019. The series maps post-communist Czech history through the eyes of today’s young generation. He likes leeks, reading, Lana Del Rey, and listening to the conversations of others in public transport.


Czech Language Only

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