Main topics

The scholarly programme of the Congress will be responsive to the pluralistic nature of  contemporary literary studies research as conceived to a decisive extent from below, using open panels, although sufficient space will also be devoted to independent contributions. The programme will have four programme frameworks: 

Czech literature in the Czech lands and in the world at large 
Based on the present-day situation and characteristic cases from the past, this programme framework will involve the following problem areas: is Czech literature in the broad sense of the word – whether perceived in terms of outstanding authors or sociocultural contexts and the like –  received differently in the Czech lands and elsewhere? Which ideological (e.g. ethnolinguistic, aesthetic and political) concepts influence its reception and which contexts do they place it in? What role is played in this process by the media, institutions and individuals involved in literature, and what are the mutual relations that they find themselves in? How can Czech literature's situation be seen through the prism of other literary cultures?   
Emphasis will be placed on the linkage between questions over the reception of Czech literature in the world and the current challenges and chances of its discussion abroad: What is the current state of, and relationship between, the tuition of Czech studies, Czech studies research, translation from Czech and other forms of presentation and discussion of Czech authors in the world? Which successful forms of Czech literary studies also appear worldwide outside institutionalized national philologies (whose existence is sometimes under threat)? How do their mutual communications work and what are the pitfalls involved? And what about communications with the public, both expatriate communities and those using a foreign language? What are the relevant activities supported by the Czech Republic, other states and the European Union, and what opportunities are offered by other entities? Can we make use of inspiration from other European literatures?  

A profusion of methods, a profusion of Czech studies 
This programme framework provides space to deal with the role and range of theoretical concepts adopted, practised and rejected by Czech studies in recent times. Within this framework it is hoped to assess their contribution to traditional Czech studies research and in contentious cases to raise the general question of the extent to which Czech studies have been generally open to new concepts. This framework also reflects the tension involved in Czech studies between national philology and transcultural literary studies, as well as literary studies open to other-language literatures within the region and their mutual enhancement. Where is the boundary of Czech studies topics located and how can it be defined? To what extent do  Czech studies in the Czech Republic and Czech studies abroad differ in methodological and thematic terms? 
The question also arises whether Czech-language literature as the material source of Czech literary studies guarantees the uniformity of the discipline, and if there is thus a single Czech studies (and if so, just how strong are the efforts being made to preserve these uniform Czech studies?) or if Czech studies are falling apart into a number of different Czech studies with various thematic and methodological identities. What form do these different Czech studies take? We shall also welcome the presentation of various domestic Czech studies centres. 

Czech literature / the literature of the Czech lands: question box
This framework reflects the current state of the encyclopedia of Czech studies knowledge, the aim and intention of its compilation and the way new information clarifies and transforms our knowledge in its entirety and its organization. When the Communist regime collapsed thirty years ago, this discipline faced the task of filling in a number of uncharted gaps in our knowledge, while some primary problem areas in Czech literature were ready for new treatments and the removal of old layers of misinterpretation. What discoveries were made? Which older works and questions were updated? Did filling in these blanks provide any input in the compilation of Czech studies information, e.g. involving the compilation of a new literary history? And where does the uncharted territory now lie from a present-day perspective?
In relation to all this, what is the current position of the ''classic'' literary studies disciplines within Czech studies? Is the subject returning to the study of poetics, genology, textology and the like? 
How do Czech studies in the Czech Republic and world Czech studies deal with the work of Czech authors abroad writing in languages other than Czech and with authors in the Czech lands writing in languages other than Czech, as well as the cultural plurality of the Czech lands and the Czech studies topics of foreign authors?  

Boundaries of Czech literary studies 
This programme framework focuses in general and in specific cases on methodological synergies with other disciplines. We are interested in which interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary contexts  Czech literary studies are involved in; how the range of subjects that literary studies can collaborate with has changed; if the traditional collaboration with linguistics, art history and folklore studies is continuing (and which transmedia and transdisciplinary topics resonate with contemporary Czech studies), and whether the current scholarly world is enticing other disciplines. How do Czech studies respond to the creation of new disciplines and schools (cognitive studies, media studies, memory studies and digital humanities)?  
We are no less interested in the field shared by Czech studies and other philologies. Which questions can bring together Czech, Romance, German and English studies – or Japanology, for example? What is the position of Czech studies within Slavonic studies?

The main languages of the proceedings will be Czech (Slovak) and English, while in exceptional cases we can accept papers in German and other languages.