This project launches a major collaboration between ULB and Oxford to write a cultural history of Modernism in Bohemia that challenges the dominant center-periphery narratives by combining study of national contexts with tracing transnational networks. We shall co-author a monograph on attempts between Symbolism and the Avant-garde, which attract most attention, to synthesize rural cultural identities with cosmopolitan urban modernity and write a major grant bid. To refine our research questions and identify co-investigators from ULB, Oxford and beyond, we shall organize workshops at both institutions that will gather researchers who specialize in different aspects of various European modernisms. Our work will strengthen the status of ULB Slavic Studies in Belgium and the identity of East-Central European Studies at Oxford, allowing for sustained sharing of practice between the Czech sections, and establish the two institutions as a center for research into Central European modernism.


  • Petra James, Literary, Philological and Textual Studies (Philixte), ULB
  • Rajendra Anand Chitnis, Sub-Faculty of Russian and Slavonic Studies, University of Oxford