Blanka Maderová

BlankaDr. Maderová studied literature and philosophy at Charles University in Prague. Having received a PhD degree from Charles University in 2011, she continued her research in music and poetry as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University in Boston (2013-2014, Fulbright-Masaryk Fellowship).

She has taught literature and semiotics for the department of East and Central European Studies at the Philosophical Faculty (Charles University), and Czech cultural studies for the University of Washington (CHID in Prague, 2012-2014).

Dr. Maderová has traveled extensively and has lectured, conducted projects and research in the US (Harvard, Suffolk, UNO), Mexico, Spain (Universidad Autonoma), Czech Republic, and others. Together with Zuzana Jurková, she published a book called To Touch the World/Dotknout se Světa: Czech Musical Alternative 1968-2013 (Charles University, FHS UK,2013). Several of her articles and essays were published in international academic journals. She has also dedicated her time to grant writing and project management (EU projects fighting discrimination and supporting eco-activities – Erasmus Plus, Youth in Action).

Her recent research and teaching activities focus on the themes of identity construction, protest, and counter-culture under and after Communism in the Czech Republic. She makes use of literary theories of performativity, and social and political philosophy.


ENG 223: Contemporary World Literature I – Protest, Dissent, and Change