12-13 October 2012 NATIONAL IDENTITY IN THE CONTEMPORARY CULTURE OF THE VISEGRÁD COUNTRIES
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. In the last one and a half centuries in Eastern and Central Europe the history of the changes of cultural canons has been fundamentally defined by the question of national identity. In more than four decades of Soviet-type dictatorship the problem of identity could only be raised in the context of ideology. It was partly in consequence of this that in the newly independent countries of the ex-Eastern Bloc the issue of identity was often connected with the idea of the nation. This characteristic connection between personal and national identity appeared with elemental force in numerous fields of culture. Joining the EU and its most recent transformation served with a new, significant context to this history. In the meantime, certain simplified theories that rephrase the question of identity in socially divisive ways became popular in and through political discourse. The aim of our project is to work against these simplifying tendencies and represent subtle and authentic expressions of the vast topic of national identity in such influential fields of culture as philosophy, fine arts and music. We would like to emphasize those points that connect the contemporary culture of the four countries in this area.
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