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Different Czechs? Cultural Representation of Czech Nationality Borders

Mgr. Eva Šlesingerová, Ph.D.

The fundamental research problem at which the project aims is an analysis of the „Czech national feeling“ concept, especially its representations referring to primordial characteristics, such as e.g. origin, habits, skin colour. The project is oriented to examine cultural representations, in the borders of which you can analytically distinguish categories of „Czechs“, „other Czechs“ but also „non-Czechs“, identified in terms of ethnicity category. I am interested in references to nature of borders between groups of people, between own people and others, as well as processes of creation or impairing of these borders. Remarkable and significant role here, on the borders (edge?), play such phenomena and participants, which can be marked as hybrid, „in-between“. By means of which purification, cleaning of thresholds and borders of solidarity sphere (presentation of e.g. African Czechs, German Czechs, etc.) happen.

I am interested in the analysis of stratification or concurrence of a number of discourses, in terms of which ethnocultural identities on the edge between „Czech national feeling“ and „non-Czech national feeling“ and analysis of representation of who is included in the represented community of the Czech nation, are created. And in this connection, I research what the ideas, cognitive categories that are offered as identificational framework for defining of Czech national feeling, such as categories of origin, belonging to national community, differences, etc., look like. It means which frames of distribution of differences and sameness between individual subjects offer various kinds of social statements. I am also interested in places of thematization of differences from the ethnically defined „Czech national feeling“, especially in the form of cognitive categories, by means of which Czech cultural policy, medial sphere, education policy, etc. „speak“ about differences.

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