Guest Lecture

PhD Libora Oates-Indruchová, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic gives a lecture on

"The Eye of Sauron or the Enemy Within? - Ideological Regulation of Social Sciences and Humanities in Czechoslovakia in 1969-1989"

Time: Thursday 29th November 2007, 10:15-11:45
Place: Aleksanteri Institute Meeting Room (Unioninkatu 33, 2nd floor)

Lecture charts out the efforts of the Communist Party to subsume research institutions, agendas and publication venues under its ideological control through a series of decrees, procedures and legislative changes after the Soviet-lead invasion of 1968 and the effects these efforts had.

Furthermore, the issues of methodology and written presentation which arose during a
research project conducted by the lecturer on state-socialist publishing and censorship in 2002 and 2004 will be discussed. The research consisted of interviews with academics who had been active in research and published between 1968 and 1989 within official structures and who continued to be respected by their peers also in the post-1989 times. The power hierarchy between the interviewer and the interviewees, the vested interests of the
interviewees in the research subject, and the different generational positioning of the researcher and the interviewees produced specific difficulties which had to be addressed during the interviews and, particularly, in the written output.

The lecturer concludes by proposing the construction of a polyphonic text with distinct narrative features as a way of preserving the tensions and ambiguities of the interview narratives and the different generational positions of the research participants. Such treatment of the research material will also foreground the research process itself, and thus achieve complex mapping out of research conditions and professional survival in post-1968 social
sciences.