Dissent in Transatlantic Perspective

Friday 15 May 2020

VENUE: Prague Creative Center (Staroměstské nám. 4/1, Prague 1)







Official Opening

Prof. Lenka Rovná, Vice-Rector of Charles University (to be confirmed)


Her Excellency Barbara Richardson, Ambassador of Canada (to be confirmed)






Keynote Lecture I

Professor Ralph Young (Temple University):









Opening Reception

Hosted under the auspices of the Canadian Embassy in Prague





Saturday 16 May 2020

VENUE: Prague Creative Center (Staroměstské nám. 4/1, Prague 1)






Session A

Chair: Jiří Pondělíček


Derek Charles Catsam (University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Rhodes University, South Africa):

Dissent on the Streets: Global Bus Boycotts and Transatlantic Implications, 1940-1960


Brittany Bounds (Texas A&M Quatar):

The Balance of Dissent: Lessons Learned from 1960s U.S. Protests


Antoni Gorny (University of Warsaw)

The Lumpen and the Subaltern: Revisiting Gramsci with “brothers on the rooftop” and some cherry pie




Coffee break (Courtyard)




Session B

Chair: Kryštof Kozák

Jan Géryk (Charles University) :

Dissent’s origin of transnational human rights and its contemporary limits


Elizabeth DeFeis (Hall University Law School), Norma Hervey (Luther College):

Dissent in the United States Supreme Court


Lindsey Churchill (University of Northern Oklahoma)

Period Products and Access in Oklahoma: A History of Resistance


Lunch (Courtyard)





Keynote Lecture II

Erica Violet Lee (Saskatchewan University)


Coffee break (Courtyard)




Session C

Chair: Magdalena Fiřtová


Ayman Al Sharafat (Eötvos Loránd University):

Dissent choices in the Arab countries


Tomasz Soroka (Jagiellonian University):

Western Alienantion: The Dissent in Canadian Prairies on the Rise


Alexei Anisin (Anglo-American University):

Dissent after Mass Shootings in the United States


Garry Robson (Jagiellonian University):

Dissent from left-progressive orthodoxy: Scruton, Orwell and the crisis in the UK




Sunday 17 May 2020

VENUE: Prague Creative Center (Staroměstské nám. 4/1, Prague 1)


9:15 – 10:15





10:30 – 11:45

Session D

Chair: Jan Hornát

Keynote Lecture III

Timothy Petete (University of Central Oklahoma)

Repeat Offenders: The Artistry of Indigenous Dissent


Coffee break


Francis D. Raska (Charles University):

The French Left and Czechoslovak Dissent in the 1970s and 1980s


Jade McGlynn (University College)

The Last Bastion of Dissent? (Self-)Depictions of Dissent in Russian Media and Political Discourse


Patrick Vaughan (Jagellonial University)

Dissent in Poland: 1975-1980


Yury Sigov (Russian Economic Academy)

Post-Soviet dissent: What to do and where to go?


Session E

Chair: Lucie Kýrová

Jodi Childers (University of Massachusetts in Amherst):

Performances of Dissent: Artists Before the House Un-American activities Committee


Gyorgy Toth (University of Stirling)

It’s Just Like a Vietnam Battlefield Out There”: Native American Dissent, Activism and the Vietnam War


David McCartney (University of Iowa):

Burning Dissent: Stephen Smith, Draft Cart Burning and the Students for a Democratic Society in Middle America


John R. de Jong (King’s College London):

George MacDonald- the case of a dissenting dissenter


Daphne Orlandi (Sapienza – Università di Roma)

R.W.Emerson: A political and cultural dissenter




13:00 – 14:00

End of Conference and Lunch