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Mainstream! – a conference report

Here you can find a conference report.

Mainstream! – conference programme

Programme of the “Mainstream! Popular Culture in Central and Eastern Europe” conference to be found here.

Call for Papers “Mainstream! Popular Culture in Central and Eastern Europe”

Call for Papers “Mainstream! Popular Culture in Central and Eastern Europe”

5th conference of Centre for the Study of Popular Culture

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with the support of National museum of Czech Republic, Faculty of Arts of Charles University
and the German Historical Institute Warsaw

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29 October – 31 October 2020, Prague

Mainstream media representations of celebrities remain problematic, as excited discussions regarding the recent funeral of singer Karel Gott have demonstrated. The appraisal of his long-term career has been divided into two extreme positions: uncritical admiration for the idol who spread joy under different political regimes on one hand and condemnation of his kitschy art associated with his selling out under these regimes on the other. What the overall debate has confirmed, is that stars and celebrities of popular culture can become symbols of any given period. Continue reading

What was Goulash Socialism and what came next?

Gastronomy of Late State Socialism and Post Socialism in Hungary,
Gábor Egry, Institute of Political History, Budapest


The lecture covers the topic of gastronomy as an object of discourse and means of social mobilization for various aims in post-communist East Central Europe. Continue reading

From Tito’s Pioneers to Žižek’s Beard: Ethnology and Popular Culture of post-Yugoslav Space

Reana Senjković, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb

The lecture aims to provide an insight into ethnological/cultural anthropological research on popular culture and subcultures in late socialist and post-socialist (ex-) Yugoslavia.

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Beyond the Café/Pub Split: Interlocking Urbanity and Rurality in the Popular Culture of East Central European Societies

30 October – 31 October 2015, Prague

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In the summer semester of 2015 Centre for the Study of Popular Culture participates in the Patterns Lectures programme, organised by two CSPK members Ondřej Daniel and Tomáš Kavka in cooperation with the Charles University of Prague, Faculty of Arts. This programme is supported by Erste Stiftung.

Popular culture and subcultures in the post-socialist societies of Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe

The main aim of this course is to introduce master and doctoral students to a set of questions linked to popular culture and subcultures in different countries across Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe. It focuses on the context of late state socialism and post socialism and provides a platform for interdisciplinary, innovative teaching of the social sciences and humanities, involving critical readings of cultural and post-socialist studies based in contemporary social theory and critique.


Ondřej Daniel earned his PhD from the Institute of World History of the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague in 2012, where he specialised in post-socialism, nationalism, migration and popular culture. He currently works on topics related to subcultures and the urban-rural divide. His latest publication is Rock or Turbofolk: The Imagination of Migrants from the Former Yugoslavia (2013).
Tomáš Kavka earned his PhD from the Institute of Social and Economic History of the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague in 2013, where he specialised in belle époque elitist and popular culture. He currently studies gender and youth aspects of post-socialist popular culture. Together with Ondřej Daniel and Jakub Machek he co-authored a collective monograph entitled
Popular Culture in Czech Space (2013).

Guest lecturers:

  • Martin Škabraha (philosopher, Palacký University, Olomouc)
  • Martin Bastl (political scientist, Masaryk University, Brno)
  • Stanislav Holubec (historian and sociologist, Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena University)
  • Reana Senjković (senior researcher, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb)
  • Robert Kulmiński (researcher and lecturer, University of Warsaw)
  • Gábor Egry (political scientist, Institute of Political History, Budapest)
  • Karel Šima (historian and anthropologist, Centre for the Study of Popular Culture, Prague)


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. Continue reading

“Listening to the Wind of Change”: Popular Culture and Post-Socialist Societies in East-Central Europe, 18 – 19 October 2013, Prague

Multidisciplinary international conference


Popular Culture and Czech Identity, 27 – 28 May 2011, Moravská Třebová

The conference occured on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th 2011 in Moravian town Moravská Třebová. Ondřej Daniel in the opening speech pointed that the aim of this project was to open a critical discussion about Czech identity. Continue reading