The celebrations of the end of the Second World War in the “most American” city in Europe

by Vladimír Naxera and Petr Krčál,

This article aims to provide an interpretation of the annual public event entitled the “Liberation Festival” in the City of Pilsen, Czech Republic. The Liberation Festival is a celebration of the city’s liberation by the American Army during the Second World War. Our paper is presented as a dramaturgical analysis of this event. The main finding of our paper is based on the fact that public ceremonies (such as the Liberation Festival) can fulfill the role of medium and serve to spread actual political discourse and to propagate the adoration of actual societal normative order and the positive portrait of state apparatuses. Our article thus can be viewed as a contribution to the debate concerning issues of political discourse and its reproduction through the eyes of the public.

published in Vol 19 - No 2 - 2019 // General issue
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