History from Liberty to Liberation

How do revolutionary ideas form and leaders emerge? What strategies have people used to achieve change and how did they overcome backlash? All in all: what makes a revolution successful?

This course delves into the dynamic and complex landscape of resistance, spanning the period from the French Revolution to the contemporary Israel-Hamas conflict, including women’s rights and decolonisation movements.

Through engaging with first-hand accounts and other historical documents, discussions, and simulations we will learn more about the evolution of resistance strategies, the impact of global events, and the ongoing challenges faced by those striving for liberty and liberation. We will also examine the historical, political, and social contexts that have shaped these struggles.

Students will learn to analyse documents, distinguish facts from judgements, forge their own opinions, formulate and defend arguments, and use imagination academically. No prior knowledge is required and everyone is welcome.

This course is for everyone who is passionate about history (modern and contemporary), keen to learn how change happens and at what cost, but also to explore events and perspectives that rarely make it into schools‘ history manuals!

Emma Nabi-Bourgois

Emma has recently finished her PhD in environmental history at the University of Oxford. As part of her research on nineteenth-century Bohemia and Moravia, she explored the ways that landscape affects identities, economics, spirituality, and politics, and how human have tamed, colonised and protected natural environments. Born in a Franco-Algerian family, she left her native France for London after her high school graduation. She left the UK 3 year ago to come to Prague, where she currently works in the non-profit sector. Outside work, she spends most of her time reading on issues such as inclusive feminism and the decolonisation of knowledge and learning spaces. She enjoys dancing, knitting, and also sometimes dabbles in the visual arts.

Session D

Art Against the Mainstream

Štěpán Folget

Biological Psychiatry

Aleksa Petković

Categories of Political Science

Gosha Evlanov

Contagion: infectious disease and society

Jana Lohrova

Cross-cultural studies 101

Mwika Kiarie

Defending Human Rights

Mirek Crha

History from Liberty to Liberation

Emma Nabi-Bourgois


Soňa Feciskaninová

Neuronal Biophysics

Sara Banovska

Positive psychology

Laura Opletalová

Sound, music, and science

Sol Johansen

Surveillance capitalism

Vašek Šmatera

Sustainable design

Mariana Ochodková

Theory of General Relativity

Bohdan Glisevic