Czech conference: The Visegrad point-of-view

Pardubice Birds eye view

The third My!Europe Conference will take place Thursday-Friday April 7-8, 2016, at the University of Pardubice, the Czech Republic. Foreign guests are invited to arrive on Wednesday April 6 and to stay through Saturday, when there will be a guided tour around the historical city.

The organizer is Jan Capek from the Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Arts of the University of Pardubice.
 
The conference, which will be in German and English with simultaneous interpretation between the two, will continue working on the My!Europe themes, emphasising the migration crisis and the situation of the Czech Republic in the EU, but also discussing the role of Europe in relation to the entire Visegrad group of countries, which also includes Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.

(The Visegrad group, or V4, was formed in 1991 in the Hungarian town of Vysegrad, near Budapest, as an alliance of the four countries mentioned above. If taken together they make up the fifth largest economy in Europe and the 12th in the world (Wikipedia)).

The Pardubice conference programme is expected to include the following topics:
- The migration crisis in Europe, as seen by the Visegrad countries (Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary vs Germany, France, Austria, Sweden)
- Czech companies between economic recession and migration crisis (Panasonic)
- An East European in the West – commentated readings by author Milena Oden.
- The Czech Republic as seen through the texts of a songwriter (Michael Mareda from the Vypsana fixa band (see https://www.youtube.com/user/vypsanafiXaTv).  
- The European migration crisis - positions, actions and cooperations of the Czech Republic, as seen by Tomas Smetanka, ambassador, and Martin Rozumek, head of the Organization for Aid to Refugees.

Also planned is a reception at the municipality of Pardubice, and a discussion with university students.

Conference fee: The conference, including lunches both Thursday and Friday, is free, and so is the guided tour on Saturday.

Places to stay:
Guest House of the University of Pardubice: Vysokoskolske koleje-pavilon D, Studentska 202, 530 09 Pardubice. Email: ubcentrum@upce.cz, Tel.: (+420) 466036624.
Prices range from 9,25 to 18,50 euro per night, excluding breakfast.
Some of the rooms are with toilet and kitchen facilities in the corridor.

Hotel Sport Pardubice: Sukova trida 1735, 530 02 Pardubice. Email: hotelsport­ pce@seznam.cz.
Prices from 26 euro, including breakfast.

For more details, please contact Dr. Jan Capek, Jenikovice 29, 535 01
Email: jan.capek@upce.cz, phone (if necessary): +420 724276029.

For formal invitation, follow this link.

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