[Vortrag München] Filip Herza (Prag): "Body, Dis/ability and Czech Nationalism in the 19th and 20th Century"

15.06.2016 (17:00 - 18:30)

Am 15. Juni lädt das Collegium Carolinum zum Werkstattgespräch mit Mgr. Filip Herza (Prag) ein. Er hält einen Vortrag mit dem Titel "Body, Dis/ability and Czech Nationalism in the 19th and 20th Century".

Sharon Snyder and David Mitchell recently suggested that there is a convergence between nationalism and able-ism leading to what they term "ablenationalism". Such understanding of an intimate bond between nationalism and a conception of bodily ab/normality rests on the assumption, that the formation of modern national states entailed not only standardization and homogenization of national languages – but also normalization of bodies and bodily practices. According to this approach, national discourses should be analyzed as certain forms of biopolitical reasoning and as a form of governance of the individual as well as collective national body. This presentation demonstrates the usefulness of thinking nationalism through body and disability which will be demonstrated on a few examples from the history of Czech nationalism at the turn of the 19th century.

Filip Herza is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague. He is approaching the social and cultural history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from the vantage point of the dis/ability and gender history. His dissertation project focuses on the culture of exhibiting "abnormal" bodies in the entertainment industry of the turn-of-the-19th-century Prague. Parts of his research were published in "Exploring the Cultural History of Continental European Freak Shows" and elsewhere. He is recently preparing a publication entitled "Anthropologists and their Monsters. Ethnicity, Nation and Able-bodiedness in the Early (Czech) Anthropology".

Zeit: Mittwoch, 15.06.2016, 17:00-18:30 Uhr

Ort: München, Collegium Carolinum, Hochstraße 8, 81669 München, Seminarraum (2. Stock)