Transformation of Silesia 1945-1948

Transformation of Silesia 1945-1948

Standardní projekt 2022, Grantová agentura České republiky

22-05263S; 2022–2024

Principal Investigator: Slezské zemské muzeum – Dr. Ondřej Kolář

Partners: Etnologický ústav AV ČR
Project participants from the Institute: Dr. Johana WyssMgr. Anežka Brožová

This interdisciplinary project focuses on social transformations and their impact in the region of Czech Silesia and the surrounding North Moravian territories (within the purview of the Provincial National Committee located in Ostrava) during the period between the end of World War II in Europe and the rise of communist regime in Czechoslovakia in February 1948. During the stated period, officially dubbed the Third Republic, the region was affected by the forced expulsion of the majority of German population, as well as by massive industrialisation. This period was also significant due to the re-shaping of Czech-Polish relations and ongoing debates about the role of Silesia in the Czech Lands. Demographic, economic, administrative, and social changes were also accompanied by policies of "czechisation" regarding cultural and academic life. This project focuses on four research themes: Administration, Identity, Migration, and Urbanism. To satisfactorily cover these multidisciplinary topics, the research team is comprised of historians, art historians, and social anthropologists.