The Summer School will explore cultural interactions in the Czech Lands in the late 19th and 20th centuries, using it as a case study of Jewish-Christian relations. The programme will examine the influence of religion and nationality on the formation of Czech society. It will study the interaction between Judaism and Christianity, and between Jewish, Czech and German ethnic groups. It will look at the impact of these interactions on the formation of social traditions in the Czech Republic, and will examine their influence on the Czech position in European political and cultural integration today.
The subjects covered in the summer school programme will include the Czech Reformation, Masaryk's legacy and 20th century civil society thinkers, lessons for Jewish-Christian relations and for the civil society project taught by the tragic experiences of the 1940s and 1950s (there will also be lectures and talks covering the Holocaust directly), the experience of dissidents and the overthrow of Communism, religion and dialogue in Czech society today, the meaning of the New Europe for Czech civil society and religious thinkers, and the role of the media in shaping civil society since 1989. Lecturers will include leading Czech religious thinkers, writers and former dissidents, as well as academic specialists in the areas covered.
Lectures will be presented by British, Czech and Slovak academics, and religious and interfaith leaders in the Czech Republic, including:
Dr George Wilkes, CJCR Cambridge:
Introductory/overview [distinctive reasons to do this summer school here; key historical events, issues in the historiography of Czech Jewish-Christian relations; introduction to civil society thought, particularly outside CR].
Re-emergent Judaism, Zionism and new forms of Jewish engagement in pre-war Czech society and politics.
Civil, open religions: Jewish-Christian relations after the Hilsner Affair and the dangers of fragmenting society.
Wise and Reform, assimilation as a goal and fact, religious responses to WWI and to limits of acceptance in German and Czech society, Zionist youth, the interwar Jewish Party, German-Czech-Jewish relations, reflections on ethical/civil society.
And Czech & Slovak lecturers:
Dr Milan Lycka, Dept. of Religious Studies, Charles University, Prague:
Jewish-Christian relations and the reformation of Czech civil society: Tomas Garrigue-Masaryk's intellectual legacy
[Masaryk and Jewish-Christian relations; the University of Prague, antisemitism and Jewish-Christian relations; Communists and civil society; liberal Czech civil society thinkers and their relationship to Masaryk, with a particular eye to antisemitism and Jewish-Christian relations]
Dr Martin Prudky, Evangelical Theological Faculty, Charles University, Prague:
Religion and Dialogue in Czech Society
[the nature of inter-religious/intergroup dialogue, as viewed through Czech history and literature; with particular focus on Jewish-Christian dialogue, and comparison with the state of interdenominational dialogue; the history of the Czech CCJ and its relation to the experience of religious revival; the uses of Jewish-Christian and intergroup dialogue in today's freer society]
Professor Tomas Halik, Department of Sociology, Charles University, Prague: Organising a More Civil Society
[NGOs in civil society; organised responses and the difficulties or desirability of instilling new values in society; role of human rights in newly-organised civil society; dilemma of whether state pro-activity or limitation and passivity is better for civil society; media, freedom of expression and civil society]
Dr Ivan Kamenec, Department of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia:
The Holocaust / The Slovak State; and interpreting history
[Implications for building post-war coexistence between the two parts of Czechoslovakia]
Mr Robert Rehak, President, Czech Council of Christian and Jews, PhD Cand. - Evangelical Theological Faculty, Charles University, Prague:
History of Jews in the Czech Lands
Mr Ivan Klima, writer/novelist:
The role of writers in developing civil society
Fr Josef Blaha, SJ, Charles University, Prague:
Jewish-Christian Relations in unified Europe: the past and the future
Additional lectures to be confirmed.
Fee: 550 pounds sterling
Accommodation (2-single-bed rooms
a refurbished college in the centre of Prague)
Local transport to field trips
Entrance fees (museums etc.)
Lunches and dinners (kitchens with fridges and stoves are in the college)
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