Centre for Study of Popular Culture (CSPK)

is a non-profit organization established in 2009. Its typical projects are seminars, conferences, workshops and other public events, such as alternative city walks, university classes and exhibitions. 

CSPK is interested in the topics of popular culture as an important factor for societal imagination and representations as well as in subcultures embedding the life-style promoted by leisure time activities.

CSPK structures its activities in three pillars

  1. academia (research and education),

  2. popularization,

  3. activism.

Main results (Important events, Key activities):

  • International conference “Listening to the Wind of Change: Popular Culture and Post-Socialist Societies
    in East-Central Europe, held in Prague, October 18-19, 2013
    (Prague, 18 – 19 October 2013)

  • Multidisciplinary conference on Czech Cultural studies held in Moravská Třebová, May 27-28, 2011
    (Moravská Třebová, 27 – 28 May 2011)

  • Undergraduate and doctoral courses at Charles University in Prague (2012-2015)

  • Annual thematic series of audio-visual performances

    • 2010/2011 – Representations of Post-Communist Transition in Popular Culture,

    • 2011/2012 – Popular Culture and Its Celebrities,

    • 2012/2013 – Xenophobia, Racism and Stereotypes in Czech Popular Culture

    • 2013/2014 – Popular Culture and Violence,

    • 2014/2015 – Rurality and Urbanity in Popular Culture

  • Transregional (Cross-Border) workshop (Moravia and Saxony, spring 2011)

  • Public lectures and visits of major Czech university centres (Brno, Olomouc, Plzeň, Hradec Králové, Liberec) and Slovak capital Bratislava

  • Alternative city walks and guided tours of Brno and Prague

  • Publication of a volume “Popular culture in Czech space” (September 2013).

Research projects, published articles and presented talks on:

  • brass band music and urban-rural acculturation,

  • pop star kids and their managers,

  • subcultures, violence and moral panics,

  • nationalism and xenophobia,

  • early popular culture,

  • other topics related to popular culture in particular during the state socialism and post-socialism in East Central Europe.

Major partnerships:

  • Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism (CKPIS), Juraj Dobrila University, Pula (HR),

  • Department of Czech and Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague (CZ),

  • Department of Literary and Artistic Communication, Faculty of Arts, University of Constantine Philosopher, Nitra (SK),

  • Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb (HR),

  • Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava (SK),

  • Institute of Political History, Budapest (HU),

  • Institute of Western and Southern Slavonic Studies, University of Warsaw (PL),

  • National Museum of Czech Republic, Prague (CZ).

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