„Dissent 2020“ Student Conference - Call for Student Participants


Time: Friday, May 15, 2020

Place: Prague Creative Center, Staroměstské náměstí 4, Prague 1

Main topic: Dissent around us: sexy, cool or dangerous?

For whom? Open to university as well as senior high school students both from Czech Republic and from abroad.



Morning individual brief student presentations addressing the main topic of the student conference: „Dissent around us: sexy, cool or dangerous?” Contributions of individual students shall be organized into thematic panels. Preferred presentation format is “pecha-kucha”, i.e. direct focus on main claims supported by relevant visuals.

Afternoon roundtable discussion on the topic “Dissent as opportunity, dissent as risk”.

If you are interested in participating either as an individual presenter or participant at the roundtable, send one paragraph about yourself and your main claim to: american.studies@fsv.cuni.cz by February 15th, 2020. 

The afternoon will conclude with a roundtable composed of notable self-labelled dissidents on the following two questions: Why do I consider myself a dissident? What is the true nature of the system that I oppose?



Both roundtables shall use the #HonestDebate format. It means that the most important ideas shall be presented first and the right of others to their honest opinions shall be respected.


Evening program

Evening program will feature various cultural forms with the overarching topic “Culture of dissent yesterday, today and tomorrow”.


Why should you apply?

You will perfect your presentation and debating skills at a high-profile, yet open and welcoming event
You will visit new interesting locations in Prague that are open to new participants and ideas (Prague Creative Center, Kampus Hybernská)
You will meet other peers interested in similar topics and have ample opportunity to talk to each other
You will gain new relevant insights into pressing issues of the day
You will have the opportunity to participate in the #HonestDebate format, which they can then replicate in other settings