Two Lectures on Historicism on Friday, October 25
On Friday, October 25, two lectures by prominent Czech historians, Doc. PhDr. Ivan Klimeš and PhDr. Jiří Rak, Ph.D., dealing with historicism in the context of cinema, will be held within the lecture series. They represent two of the few lectures of Czech academic experts held within the project.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Film Hall - Art Centre of Palacký University (Konvikt)
10 am | Jiří Rak: Historicism
In the 19th century, historical reminiscences and historicizing argumentation represented an important part of emerging Czech nationalism. In the first half of the century, the Czech historical story was created, being spread not only through expert historiography but also popularized, to a large degree, through literature, drama and visual arts. Naturally, historical themes also penetrated Czechoslovak cinema. The lecture will focus on the development of this story throughout 20th century cinema.
PhDr. Jiří Rak, Ph.D. is a Czech historian dealing with myths in Czech history, especially in the context of the period of national consciousness. He deals with historical reflection, interpretation of history in the process of time, and people’s thinking and behaviour in period context. Presently he lectures at the Institute of International Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University in Prague.
12:30 pm | Ivan Klimeš: Images of the Past and Their Truth Value
The lecture will focus on the issue of historical genres seen from the perspective of fictional worlds and their perception acceptance. The main source will consist in Czech films, however, the theme will also be discussed in a broader context of the culture of art, including theatre, visual arts and music. Emphasis will be put on the aspects of genre and the period demands of the public both in terms of ideology and style conventions.
Doc. PhDr. Ivan Klimeš works in the National Film Archive (department of film theory and history) and as head of the Department of Film Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. In his scientific research, he deals with the history of cinema in the Czech lands.