Appendix 4


country report – Czech Republic


April 2003 – October 2003


1. New courses and new centres  


         Masaryk University, Brno


            - Canadian Politics (Roman Chytilek, Department of Political Science, in Czech)

            - Introduction to Canadian Arts (Karel Foustka, in English)


2. Conferences, conference participation


International American Studies Association First World Congress, 22-24 May, 2003,

   Leiden, The Netherlands

- Kateřina Prajznerová (Masaryk University, Brno), “The Speaking Landscape of Haida

   Gwaii: ‘Emotional Memory’ and Personal Transformation in Amanda Hale’s

   Sounding the Blood


11th European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies, Barcelona, Spain,

   10-12 October

- Markéta Kmuničková (Masaryk University, Brno), “Michael Ondaatje’s (His)story



“Other Language: Otherness in Canadian Culture” – 1st International Conference

   of Canadian Studies, 18-20 October, Belgrade, Serbia

- Don Sparling (Masaryk University, Brno), “The Future as Other”

- Petr Vurm (Masaryk University, Brno),  “Ces autres écrires


3. Academic publications


Petr Kyloušek, „Figures et images identitaires dans Les Gtrands Soleils et La Tête du Roi de Jacques Ferron, in: Codifications et symboles des cultures nationales. Actes du colloque, Brno,  Masarykova univerzita 2003, pp. 141-154.


4. Visiting lecturers


Masaryk University


- Canadian author Madeleine Thien – lectures in April

- Joel Martineau, University of British Columbia, course on Cultural Moments on  

                 Canada’s Pacific Coast, 1774-2003”,  22 April – 20 May


5. Grants


Masaryk University


- grant from the Czech Grant Agency (GAČR): French Canadian Literature

- grant from the J.F. Kennedy Institute, Berlin, for Roman  Chytilek to do research on

     the Canadian electoral landscape

- FEP grant for Tomáš Pospíšil to prepare a new course on Canadian film

         - grant from the Canadian Embassy in Prague for the publication of a collection of Native (Canadian and American) short stories translated into Czech by students of the English Department (the book will be published by a well-known Brno publishing firm)


6. Young Canadianists


Masaryk University, Brno


- MA thesis by Markéta Kmuničková on History- and story-telling  in the works of  Michael Ondaatje defended in September 2003

-  MA thesis by Simona Entrová on Community, Hope and Despair: A Fragile Equilibrium in Rohinton Mistry’s Fiction defended in September 2003

- MA thesis by Roman Chytilek on Micro-system Analysis  of the Canadian Party System defended in May 2003


- MA theses in progress: French Canadian literature (4), English Canadian literature (3),


- PhDs in progress: Francophone literature (2), political science (1), theatre (1), Native

   literature (2), philosophy (1)


Charles University, Prague


- PhDs in progress: Anglophone literature (1), political science (1)


Palacky University, Olomouc


- MA in progress:  Anglophone literature (1)

- PhD in progress: Anglophone literature (1)



7. Cultural activities related to Canada


- Exhibition of Inuit prints at Naprstek Museum in Prague

- Canadian dance and threatre season in Prague (May, October)

- Presentation of the anthology by Eva Le Grand - Gaëtan Lévesque, Hledání Ameriky.

Antologie současného qubeckého románu (1980-2000) at the French Institute in Prague

(Café littéraire)

- Yann Martel, 2002 Booker Prize winner, at the Prague Writer’s Festival.



8. Translations and special issues of journals


Alice Munro, Selected Stories, trans. Alena Jindrová-Špilarová

Mordecai Richler, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz , trans. Petr Palenský