Projects & Grants

Internal Grant Competition DGC
START-UP grant

The transformation and social activation of rural areas in Moravia and Austrian Silesia 1861-1914
Project IdGA17-02986S
Main solverprof. PhDr. Pavel Kladiwa, Ph.D.
Period1/2017 - 12/2019
ProviderStandardní projekt GA ČR
AnotationThe aim of the project is to analyze how modernization processes connected with the principles of civil society and national ideology developed in rural areas of Moravia and Austrian Silesia, and to what extent these processes became established during the period under investigation. The research will be based on a representative sample of villages and rural towns, chosen in order to cover Czech-speaking, German-speaking, Polish-speaking and linguistically mixed districts and to encompass various socio-economic environments (more fertile areas, mountain areas). The research will analyze the composition and activities of local "elites", the activities of associations and clubs, municipal elections, modernizing impulses, as wel as conducting a discourse analysis of the print media. A key aspect of the project will be research into the structures of communication and organization which enabled civil (modernizing) and national discourse to become established in rural areas, as wel as how this discourse was perceived or modified in the context of these peripheral regions.