5th Panel: “The Second Life of the Prague Spring in 1989”

Through an exploration of the generation of “sixty-eighters,” this panel is intended to trace the changing function of the “Prague Spring” in Czech, Slovak, and international debates about the disintegration of the Soviet bloc. The panel will map the intellectual, political, and organizational attempts to return to the project of “socialist democracy”—including attempts to “complete” the work that was begun in 1968, as well as other attempts to oppose such endeavors. What are main dividing lines that run through these competing projects—Czech-Slovak, generational, communist vs. anti-communist, socialist vs. liberal capitalist?

Keynote speakers: Alessandro Catalano, James Krapfl
Interventions: Juraj Marušiak, Tomáš Zahradníček, Kacper Szulecki