Lecture on the East-European history of Structuralism by Patrick Flack (Prague)

The Society of Finnish Slavists (Suomen Slavistipiiri ry.) has a privilege to present Patrick Flack, a Researcher at the Charles University, Prague who will visit Helsinki to give a lecture

“Structuralism: French Myth and European History”

Time: Thursday, April 25th, 2013, at 4–6 p.m.
Venue: Seminary room 22, Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40B, 4th floor)

Abstract: Structuralism can be said to have begun its evolution at the latest at the turn of XX century, mostly in Central and Eastern Europe. The strength of the myth created by the success of French theory in the 1960s and 70s (Lévi-Strauss, Barthes, Lacan), however, has overshadowed this evolution and left a largely under-explored field. The talk will attempt to sketch out a broad panorama of structuralism's often dramatic but productive early history in Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany and Russia.

About the lecturer: Patrick Flack is a researcher in the Central European Institute of Philosophy at Charles University, Prague. He is working on his post-doc in Comparative Literature and Intellectual History, with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe and a strong background in semiotics, literary theory, philosophy and the history of linguistics. His current project is devoted to the history of structuralism during the interwar.

About the organizer: The Society of Finnish Slavists (Suomen Slavistipiiri ry.) is a scientific society devoted to advancing research of and knowledge about Slavic languages and cultures in Finland.  


Further information:

Dr. Kirsti Ekonen
Dept. of World Cultures (Russian Culture)

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