Dr. Darina Volf


Dr. Darina Volf (née Majernikova)
LMU München
Maria-Theresia-Str. 21

D-81675 München

Tel.: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 1375

PhD Project

Czechoslovak images of America and Russia between 1948 and 1992 [completed]

Project Description

The aim of this PhD project is to analyze images of America and Russia/Soviet Union in Czechoslovak discourses from 1948 to 1992. The study will focus on images that played an important role on the political debates in Czechoslovakia. These images were used for the purposes of the legitimization of the political system and the country’s foreign policy, mobilization, identity building, or they were misused against political enemies. Since the images of “the others” say more about those who created them than about the actual others, I will also analyze the Czech and Slovak self-images during this period. This study attempts to show how images of the Soviet Union and of the US were created, transmitted, spread and how they changed over time. Assuming that these processes are closely related to the power relations in the respective society, one important goal of the study is to highlight the political conditions and interests of social actors that had a crucial impact on the construction of these images.


Born in Poprad (Slovakia). 2007-2012 Studies in Political Science, East European History and Slavic Studies in Munich (2012 M.A., thesis on Civil society in Poland and Slovakia). 2007-2012 DAAD-scholarship Holder, 2010-2012 Max Weber Programme Scholarship Holder, 2010-2012 Assistant Librarian at the Academic Library at the Sudetendeutsche Haus, since December 2012 PhD candidate at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, March-April 2014 research visitor at the Charles University in Prague.