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First Name
Alena
Last Name
Marková
Affiliation
Charles University, Prague
Website URL
https://hiso.fhs.cuni.cz/HISOENG-100.html
Keywords
nation and nationalism, nation-building, nation-formation, national identity, national emancipation, historical consciousness, historical memory, contemporary history of Central and Eastern Europe, history of SSSR, BSSR/Belarus, Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic, nationality policy, propaganda, communism, socialism, totalitarianism, everyday life under socialism, post-soviet history of the Soviet bloc, 1990s, statehood, language planning, identity formation
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About Me

I’m an Assistant Professor of the Department of Historical Sociology of the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University (Czech Republic).

My main research interests cover contemporary history of Central and Eastern Europe, nation-building, national identity formation, national movements, historical consciousness and historical memory. Other fields of research are Soviet nationality policy, history of USSR, contemporary history of countries of the former soviet and socialistic bloc, socialism and history of everyday life under socialism, communism, totalitarian regimes and propaganda.

During the 7th International Congress of Belarusian Studies in Warsaw (September 16, 2017) my latest book “Šliach da savieckaj nacyji. Nacyjanaľnaja palityka biełarusizacyji, 1924-1929“ [“The Road to a Soviet Nation. Nationalities Policy of Belarusization, 1924-1929”], Minsk: BHA, 2016 won the award for the best historical monograph in Belarusian studies of the year 2016,  http://icbs.palityka.org/en/news-eng/winners-of-the-congress-award-2017/

I was invited as the keynote speaker to the Third Annual Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century Conference held in London, Great Britain on March 23 2018 (lecture “Belarusian state- and nation-formation: from the Principality of Polatsk to Independent Belarus”).

My latest project Neo-Belarusization Processes in Post-soviet Belarus in the National Independence Era (1990-1995) was supported by the Czech Science Foundation (GA ČR), GAČR 18-18108S (2018-2020). The project will present a comprehensive analysis and interpretation of neo-Belarusization processes (i.e. processes of national emancipation) in post-soviet Belarus (1990-1995), especially focusing on the processes of introducing Belarusian into public discourse, education and state administration. The research will be complemented by analyses of political and public discussion and of history textbooks of the period.

I regularly collaborate with the media, giving interviews and commentaries in history (Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, IForum (Charles University), Český rozhlas (Czech Radio), and many others). (e.g.  https://www.svaboda.org/a/29231901.html and others)

Other Research Activities and Projects:

2012  Contemporary research topics of the Eurasian space from the viewpoint of historical sociology of politics, Specific Academic Research, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, co-researcher

2010  Patterns of Culture and Minority Social Practice in Modern Central European History, Specific Academic Research, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, co-researcher

2006  The Ways to National Revival: Belarusian and Czech Models, Transformation Cooperation Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, grantee and main researcher.

Scholarships:

2000-2007 Government stipendiary of the programme “Scholarship of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in support of foreign nationals studying at public higher educational institutions in the Czech Republic based on international agreements binding for the Czech Republic or within the Czech Republic Foreign Aid Programme“

Teaching and Educational Activities:

Series of Public lectures Theoretical and Methodological Framework of the National Policy of Belarussization, Faculty of History of Belarussian State University, Minsk, September 2016, 2017, and 2018

Series of Lectures Social and Cultural History of Communist Europe Told Through Communist Humor, CET Academic Programs, Praha, 2015/2016

Supervisor of bachelor, master and doctoral theses

Recent Publications

Monographs:

Marková, A., Sahanovič, H., Šybieka, Z., Dějiny Běloruska [History of Belarus], Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny – Chapters of the contemporary history of 20th and 21th century (to be published in 2018). (in Czech)

Marková, A., Šliach da savieckaj nacyji. Palityka biełarusizacyji, 1924-1929 [The Road toward Soviet Nation. Nationality Policy of Belarussization, 1924-1929], series Biblijateka časopisa „Biełaruski histaryčny ahliad“ [series Library of the Belarussian Historical Review], Minsk: Halijafy, 2016, -s. 324, ISBN 978-985-7140-36-7 (in Belarusian)

Marková, A., Sovětská bělorusizace jako cesta k národu: iluze nebo realita? [Soviet Belarussization as a way to a nation: illusion or reality?] Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2012, -s. 261, ISBN 978-80-7422-230-6 (in Czech)

Editions:

Ivanova, A. – Tuček, J. (eds.), Cesty k národnímu obrození: běloruský a český model [The Ways to National Revival: Belarussian and Czech Patterns], Praha: UK FHS, 2006, -s. 415, ISBN 80-239-8444-6 (in Czech, Russian, and Belarusian)

Chapters in Monograph:

Marková, А., “Biełaruskaja sialianska-rabočaja hramada vačyma polskich specsłužbaŭ” [Belarusian Political Organization “Hramada” in the Documents of the Polish Secret Service], in: S. Kawalou – R. Radzik – M. Sajewicz (eds.), Polsko-białoruskie związki kulturowe, literackie i językowe, Lublin: Wydawnictwo Universytetu Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej, 2010, s. 67-79. (in Belarusian)

Selected Publications:

Marková, A., „Biełaruskaja mova, lingua non grata. Ahitacyja za biełaruskuju movu na viescy padčas biełarusizacyji“ [Belarusian Language as Lingua Non Grata. Fighting for Belarussian Language in the Belarusian Countryside during the National Policy of Belarussization], in: Rossijskie i slavianskije issledovania, Vol. 11, 2016, s. 350-358. (in Belarusian)

Marková, A., “Pakarać śmierccju nielha zlitavacca: biełaruski nacyjanalizm u dasliedvanni Pera Andersa Rudlinga” [Critical Notes on Belarusian Nationalism in the Study of Per Anders Rudling], in: Biełaruski histaryčny ahliad, Vol. 23, part 1-2 (44-45), 2016, s. 167-190. (in Belarusian)

Marková, A., „Histaryčnaja śviadomaść jak pradmiet samarefleksii ŭ češskaj histaryjahrafii“ [Historical Consciousness in the Mirror of Czech Historiography: Reflections], in: Biełaruski histaryčny ahliad, Vol. 19, part 1-2 (36-37), 2012, s. 180-211. (in Belarusian)

Marková, A., „The Belarusians as a Nation? ‚The Belarussization Episode‘ of the 1920s and the Issue of National Identity“, in: Kazakievič, A. (eds.), The First International Congress of Belarusian Studies. Working Papers. Vol. 1(2012), Kaunas: Vytautas Magnus University Press, 2011, s. 171-175. (in Belarusian and English)

Marková, A., „Školnaja asnova vychavannia nacyjanalnaj samaśviadomaści ŭ BSSR. Pytannie nacyjanalnaj identyčnaści ŭ padručnikach 20-ch h. XX st.” [The Public Schools’ Groundwork of a National Identity in BSSR. The Model of a National Identity on Textbooks Pages in the 1920s.], in: Biełaruski histaryčny ahliad, Vol. 17, part 1-2 (32-33), 2010, s. 155-193. (in Belarusian)

Marková, A., „Stav zemědělství a postavení rolnictva na území západního Běloruska během 20. let 20. století“ [Agriculture and Social Situation of Peasantry on the Territory of the West Belarus in the 1920s], in: Lidé města, č. 3, 2009, s. 398-417. (in Czech)

Media Coverage
I regularly collaborate with the media, giving interviews and commentaries in history (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, IForum (Charles University), Český rozhlas (Czech Radio), and others
Country Focus
Central and Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Belarus, Russia)
Expertise by Geography
Eastern Europe, Russia
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Emancipation, Higher Ed, Politics, Public History, Science