UK Czech and Slovak studies scholars meet in Sheffield

A presenter talking about Czech language acquisition at the UK Czech and Slovak studies day

The second UK Czech and Slovak Studies Day was held at Sheffield on 19 May. Thirty staff, postgrads and other participants from across the UK were joined by delegates from Charles University (Prague), the Czech Embassy and the Slovak Literary Centre for a day of presentations, discussions and cultural events.

Participants came from across the UK (Bristol, London, Oxford, York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Exeter) and two faculties of Charles University sent delegates to explore collaborative ventures, highlighting in particular Sheffield's new Memorandum of Agreement with their Faculty of Arts and the support provided by the Czech Embassy for our activities.

Panels during the day focused on postgraduate research in Czech and Slovak studies, from art history to literature, cinema and history, and highlighted innovations in the teaching of Czech ongoing at Sheffield, Bristol, Oxford, London and Glasgow.

A high point of the day was a rountable with two celebrated Slovak authors, Ivana Dobrakovová and Balla, and their translator Julia Sherwood.

An attendee discussing a topic at the UK Czech and Slovak studies day

Funding was provided by the Czech and Slovak Embassies, the Slovak Literary Centre, the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies and the School of Languages and Cultures.

More information

See the event programme for a detailed description of the day.

Tags: Czech, Slovak, higher education, Charles University