The German Historical Institute in Warsaw and the Collegium Carolinum
in collaboration with the Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences,
cordially invite you to the lecture
Prof. James Krapfl (McGill University / Faculty of Humanities, Charles University):
Mimetic Revisionism: Czech Historiography of Communism since 1989
Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 5.30 p.m.
Valentinská 91/1, 3rd Floor
The lecture will be streamed via Zoom as well:
With reference to Paul Ricoeur’s theory of “threefold mimesis,” James Krapfl identifies four waves of “revisionism” in Czech historiography since 1989, each of which has provided a new answer to the question of how the Communist experience should be characterized. In their social context these waves have necessarily tested the boundaries between history, fiction, and myth, yet they have followed a predictable progression in the history of consciousness, from which further development can cautiously be prognosticated.