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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, language planning in post-soviet countries
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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, national emancipation and historical memory.

Other fields of research: Soviet Union and post-soviet (-socialist) transformation, transition and their aspects (social, political, cultural and others), language planning and language policy in post-soviet countries, experience of totalitarianism, socialism and post-socialism, national identity and state ideology, socialism and history of everyday life under socialism, communism, totalitarian regimes and propaganda.

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 deals with the processes of national emancipation in post-soviet Belarus of 1990s, especially focusing on the processes of promotion of the national (Belarusian) language and creating a new model of post-Soviet national identity.

I’m an Associate Editor of The Journal of Belarusian Studies (BRILL Publisher), double-blind peer-reviewed periodical on Belarusian studies indexed by SCOPUS and other databases.

Awards: The best historical monograph of the year 2016 award in Belarusian studies for the monograph “Šliach da savieckaj nacyji. Palityka bielarusizacyji, 1924-1929” [The Road Toward Soviet Nation. Nationality Policy of Belarussization, 1924-1929], 16 September 2017, Warsaw, the Seventh International Congress of Belarusian Studies: http://icbs.palityka.org/en/news-eng/winners-of-the-congress-award-2017/

Recent Publications

Monographs:

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)

Selected Publications:

Marková, A., “Institutional Historical Memory and History in Post-Soviet Belarus”, in: The Journal of Belarusian Studies, Vol. 9, Issue 1, 2019 [SCOPUS], pp. 51-73. https://brill.com/view/journals/bela/9/1/article-p51_4.xml?fbclid=IwAR08jfBwOPaqyIrHoDhD5d9brsE1DK_nA_5020jC-xUJLo19G2r7BphnyPM

Marková, A., “Language, Identity, and Nation: Special Case of Belarusian State- and Nation Formation”, in: The Journal of Belarusian Studies, Vol. 8, Issue 3, 2018 [SCOPUS], pp. 25-39. http://belarusjournal.com/article/language-identity-and-nation-special-case-belarusian-state-and-nation-formation-297

Marková, A., „Bielaruskaja mova, lingua non grata. Ahitacyja za bielaruskuju movu na viescy padčas bielarusizacyji“ [Belarusian Language as a Lingua Non Grata. Promotion of Belarusian Language in the Belarusian Countryside during the Nationality Policy of Belarussization], in: Rossijskie i slavianskije issledovania, Vol. 11, November, 2016, s. 350-358.

Marková, A., “Pakarać śmierccju nieĺha zlitavacca: bielaruski nacyjanalizm u dasliedvanni Pera Andersa Rudlinga” [Critical Notes on Belarusian Nationalism in the Study of Per Anders Rudling], in: Bielaruski histaryčny ahliad, Vol. 23, part 1-2 (44-45), 2016, s. 167-190. http://www.belhistory.eu/alena-markova-pakarac-smercyu-nelga-zlitavacca-belaruski-nacyyanalizm-u-dasledavanni-pera-andersa-rudlinga/

Marková, A., „Histaryčnaja śviadomaść jak pradmiet samareflieksii ŭ češskaj histaryjahrafii“ [Historical Consciousness in the Mirror of Czech Historiography: Reflections], in: Bielaruski histaryčny ahliad, Vol. 19, part 1-2 (36-37), 2012, s. 180-211.              http://www.belhistory.eu/alena-markava-gistarychnaya-svyadomasc-yak-pradmet-samarefleksii-y-cheshskaj-gistariyagrafii/

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. http://palityka.org/pdf/Congress-2011/04_section.pdf

Marková, A., „Škoĺnaja asnova vychavannia nacyjanaĺnaj samaśviadomaści ŭ BSSR. Pytannie nacyjanaĺnaj 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: Bielaruski histaryčny ahliad, Vol. 17, part 1-2 (32-33), 2010, s. 155-193. http://www.belhistory.eu/alena-markava-shkolnaya-asnova-vyhavannya-nacyyanalnaj-samasvyadomasci-%D1%9E-bssr/ )

Media Coverage
I regularly collaborate with media (expert opinion, public talks, interviews and commentaries on history): Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL), Belsat TV, Český rozhlas (Czech Radio) and others.
Country Focus
Central and Eastern Europe (Belarus, Russia, Czech Republic)
Expertise by Geography
Eastern Europe, Russia
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Emancipation, Government, Higher Ed, Libraries & Archives, Politics, Public History, Science