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26 Jan 2017 19:30 - 20:30

Dr Jiřina Šiklová at Night of Ideas; Generations, Voice, Action

Marking the 40th anniversary of Charter 77, Dr Jirina Šiklová will share her experience with political activism from 1968 onwards and discuss an informal civic initiative in communist Czechoslovakia known as Charter 77 at the panel discussion exploring a development of political activism and its contemporary forms. With each new generation bringing in its wake new preferential modes of expression, is the political action of previous generations made irrelevant and obsolete? Are some generations outvoted? Do the younger generations, those on social media, those of the “Generation 89”, have a specific role to play?

Speakers include Michael Cottakis (LSE) and representatives of “Generation 89”, Bart Cammaerts (LSE) and Jiřina Šiklová (Charter 77).

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Night of Ideas
Hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science as part of a worldwide series of events coordinated by the Institut français, the Night of Ideas will bring together leading researchers from France, the UK and Europe to discuss changing ideas of democracy, citizenship, and truth. What conceptual frameworks can we apply to understand “post-truth politics”? What light can an exercise in comparison shed on the questions that have recently emerged in our different democratic contexts? Throughout the evening three parallel series of panels will address issues of post-truth politics, contemporary urban policies in Europe’s “open cities”, the intellectual history behind our European ideals, changing models of citizenship and transnationalism, questions raised by different constitutional models, generational difference and generational injustice, the philosophy of cosmopolitism, and the narrative and emotional aspects of contemporary politics.

Jiřina Šiklová
Jiřina Šiklová was born in Prague in 1935. She attended Charles University, where she studied history and philosophy. As a member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and advocate for reform, she was one of the catalysts for the events of the Prague Spring. After the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, she left the Party and became a member of the underground Czech dissident movement. She was an active campaigner for political reform in Communist Czechoslovakia and was a signatory of Charter 77. Šiklová was also a pioneer in the field of gender studies in the Czech Republic.





London School of Economics and Political Science, New Academic Building, 54 Lincolns Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ


26 Jan 2017 19:30 - 20:30


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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