UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


The life and legacy of Alexander Dubček (1921-1992): A roundtable discussion

30 November 2021, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

A photo of Alexander Dubcek

A roundtable discussion co-organised by the SSEES Study of Central Europe, the Embassy of Slovakia in London, and British, Czech & Slovak Association.

This event is free.

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27 November 2021 marks one hundred years since the birth of Alexander Dubček, icon of Czechoslovakia’s political reform movements in 1968 and 1989 and one of the most important figures in twentieth-century Slovak politics. To commemorate this anniversary, a roundtable discussion on Dubček’s legacy will take place on Tuesday, 30 November, both in person at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and online via Zoom. Participants include Dubček’s son Pavol and UK-based experts in the history and historical sources of his era. A reception hosted by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London will follow the event. The occasion is co-organised by the Study of Central Europe seminar series at UCL SSEES, the Slovak Embassy, and the British Czech and Slovak Association.

This event will be chaired by Dr Peter Zusi (SSEES UCL).

This will be a hybrid event. We have a limited number of in-person tickets available. 

Image credit: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic. Photographer: Vladimir Benko


About the Speakers

MUDr. Pavol Dubček

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MUDr. Pavol Dubček is the son of Alexander Dubček - the most prominent figure in modern Slovak history and icon of the Prague Spring (1968). Pavol Dubček studied medicine at the Comenius University in Bratislava. During communism he was not allowed to practice as a doctor. Today he works as a traumatologist in Bratislava. He is the president of the Alexander Dubček Association and still cherishes the message and ideals of his father.

Dr Wojciech Janik

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Dr Wojciech Janik is UCL SSEES Library's Area Liaison Coordinator and Area Liaison Librarian for Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Eurasia.

He is responsible for overseeing academic liaison and coordinates the work of the team of Area Liaison Librarians, providing support for teaching and research at the School.

Dr Thomas Lorman

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Dr Thomas Lorman is a historian of Central Europe. Since 2010 he has taught at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He has published widely on Hungarian and Slovak history and also serves as editor of the journal Central Europe. His last two books are The Making of the Slovak People’s Party. Religion, Nationalism and the Culture War in Early 20th-Century Europe and A History of the Hungarian Constitution: Law, Government and Political Culture in Central Europe, which he co-edited with Ferenc Hörcher.

Dr Celia Donert

Dr Celia Donert
Dr Celia Donert is Associate Professor of Central European History at the University of Cambridge. She previously taught at the University of Liverpool, and has held fellowships in Berlin, Bratislava, Paris, Potsdam, and Prague. Her first book was The Rights of the Roma: The Struggle for Citizenship in Postwar Czechoslovakia (Cambridge, 2017) which won the Czechoslovak Studies Association Book Prize. She is co-editor of Contemporary European History and a new book series published by Cambridge University Press, entitled European Histories of the Present. Her current project is a history of women’s rights in twentieth-century Central Europe.