UPDATED 24.1.2020



Dissent In Transatlantic Perspective: Then, Now, and in the Future 



Academic Symposium 



Hosted by: 



Department of North American Studies


Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University


in cooperation with 



International American Studies Association



Time: Friday, May 15th - Sunday, May 17th, 2020





Prague Creative Center, Staroměstské náměstí 4, Prague 1

Kampus Hybernská, Hybernská 4, Prague 1


The main goal of the symposium is to explore the concept of dissent from different disciplinary perspectives in order to assess its various meanings, uses and continued relevance. Transnational aspects of dissent are of special significance, as they provide valuable comparative perspectives for the ongoing debates related to the subject. Rise of populist and/or authoritarian regimes hostile to the very concept of dissent should serve as a frame of reference. 


The symposium shall address questions such as: When is dissent valuable, and when does it become a threat? When do dissenters become moral heroes, and when do they become villains? What is the nature of the “status quo” that various dissenters challenge? Is dissent a quintessential “American” idea? Who are the 21st century dissenters? What are the traits shared by both progressive and regressive dissent? What is the difference between American dissenters and European ones? Is it possible to analyze dissent from a neutral point of view? 


The symposium seeks to bring together scholars and thinkers from both sides of the Atlantic to explore these questions as they are rooted in different area contexts, yet share the same underlying premises. Special emphasis will be placed on transatlantic as well as transnational linkages, as these provide a unique perspective on the phenomenon and serve as examples of alternative international ties. 


Selected papers will be published in Studia Territorialia, a peer-reviewed journal of Area Studies of published by Charles University Press Karolinum Studia Territorialia


Keynote speakers: 


Ralph Young, Temple University, author of Dissent: History of an American Idea (New York University Press, 2015).


Timothy Petete, University of Central Oklahoma


We also welcome proposals for twenty-minute presentations or panels of 3 or 4 papers (ninety minutes) in the field of Canadian studies. We especially encourage contributions that present a range of interdisciplinary perspectives. We accept proposals in English and French.


An abstract of the proposal, maximum 250 words, with a brief CV of the author(s), should be submitted by February 15th, 2020 to american.studies@fsv.cuni.cz. The selected participants will be notified of their acceptance by February 28th, 2020. 


More information is available at the conference website https://dissent2020.fsv.cuni.cz/


Registration fee: 50 EUR


Registration fee will cover:


Friday welcome dinner

Coffee breaks

Lunch on Saturday

Lunch on Sunday

Conference materials