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Michal Vašečka "Modernization processes and antisemitism in Czechoslovakia"

20.11.2018 18:00 - 20.11.2018 20:00 Spengergasse 30-32, 1050 Wien - Dokumentationsstelle für ost- und mitteleuropäische Literatur, www.doml.at

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Dienstag 20. November 2018, 18.00 Uhr
Michal Vašečka
Sprachen: Englisch/ Slowakisch
"Modernization processes and antisemitism in Czechoslovakia"


Proposed paper deals with the role and functions that Antisemitism played in rejection of intelligencia and open society activist of 1989 in Czechoslovakia. Author argues that Antisemitism in Czechoslovakia immediately after the revolutions of 1989 started to serve a function of exclusion and disqualification of intelligencia and liberal elites fostering liberal pluralism and
multicultural society, and plays a role in the political battle over open society and liberal-democratic regime.

In fact, in countries such as Slovakia and the Czech Republic one can draw a line and observe attempts to disqualify protagonists of open society - from the reform processes of 60 ́s through disqualification of Velvet revolution leaders up to putting a question mark on civil society leaders nowadays.

Author in his analysis also employs the theory of social construction of reality to explain the causes of anti-Semitism, the way it is replicated and spread in the society, and the way stereo-types and prejudices are formed. As part of his multi-faceted approach to the topic, the author employs two case studies of two authorities from Slovakia -
Martin Bútora and Fedor Gál in order to better illustrate how anti-Semitic sentiments can lead to exclusion of liberal elites from public life. Author points out at systemic overlap between anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories on one hand and anti-globalization, anti-Westernism, and anti-Americanism on the other.
Concluding author shows how Antisemitism in Central Europe is primarily not about Jews anymore; it plays a role in the political battle over open society and liberal-democratic regime. In this respect, ideas of changes of 1989 are far from becoming part of value orientations of citizens of Central European countries these days.

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