Havířov: A New Socialist and Czechoslovak Town

Ana Kladnik, Dr. (Zentrum fuer Zeithistorische Forschung (ZZF) Potsdam, Oddeleni 1: Komunismus a spolecnost)


Havířov: A New Socialist and Czechoslovak Town The presentation discusses the utilization of public spaces in a town of Havířov, which was built in the 1950s as a new, industrial – mining and a new socialist and modern town in a nationally contested region of Těšínsko. The presentation discusses different identities of the new town: local, regional, national, socialist, professional as they emerged and were presented in the different decades of state socialism in Czechoslovakia. The presentation tries to define the identities that were important for the internalization of the socialist project. In order to do so, it examines the public sphere as a world where local, national, and utopian elements, codes, or symbols, went hand in hand to form a "socialist world". By using Havířov as an example, the presentation aims to recognize which identities and elements in the public space arose anew, which were prioritized, and which were transformed.