Urban Czech Walk // MTV & Yugoslav Rock (ASEEES 2019 Conference)

December 20th, 2019 · 31 mins 6 secs

About this Episode

From the ASEEES Conference in San Francisco, Professor Chad Bryant of UNC Chapel Hill speaks with us about Czech cultures and in the second half of the episode, Professor Laura Todd of the University of Nottingham lets us in on her research on early 1980s MTV and the Yugoslavian rock scene.



Chad Bryant is Associate Professor of History at UNC Chapel Hill. He studies the social and cultural history of Central and Eastern Europe from the eighteenth century to the present. His research focuses on the Bohemian Lands, most of which now constitute the Czech Republic. His first book, Prague in Black, examined the ways in which Nazi rule radically transformed nationality politics and national identities in the Bohemian Lands. Amongst other works, he has published, with Paul Readman and Cynthia Radding, a collection of essays entitled Borderlands in World History, 1700-1914 that emerged from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s ongoing collaboration with King’s College London.

LAURA TODD (University of Nottingham)

After studying for a BA (Hons) in Russian with Serbian/Croatian at the University of Nottingham, Laura Todd received her MA from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL) in Politics, Security and Integration, with a focus on memory politics in Russia and South-East Europe. She was awarded her PhD in Russian and Slavonic Studies from the University of Nottingham in 2016 for her thesis 'Youth Film in Russia and Serbia Since the 1990s'. She has taught in Russian and Slavonic Studies and History at the University of Nottingham and De Montfort University in the areas of Russian, Soviet, Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav history and culture, as well as teaching Russian and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian language. Her main areas of current research are into the histories of childhood and youth in Russia, the Soviet Union, the Western Balkans (specifically Serbia and Bosnia-Hercegovina), and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Within this, she focuses primarily on visual culture (photography and film), the representation of childhood and youth, memory, and educational practices in these states. In addition to this, she has research interests in nationalism, memory and commemoration, propaganda and political culture, and heritage in post-conflict and post-socialist states.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Episode recorded during the 2019 ASEEES Conference in San Francisco, California.

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