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Kaprálová Dora

Period of stay: Oktober/November/2021

Evaluation sheet for departing Fellows

  1. What would you consider to be the major benefits of your stay at IWM?

The biggest benefit was undoubtedly the possibility of daily meetings and the perfect organization of the whole institute, including the library and various services.

  1. Was the event programme of the IWM attractive and interesting for you?

For me as an author and journalist, it was not only the literary debates that were interesting, but also the political ones, in which I was a passive but grateful listener.

  1. Do you have any criticisms of any aspect of the Institute’s program and operations?
    Please include any suggestions for improvement.

  1. Is there anything else you would like to let us know regarding your stay at the IWM?

I firmly believe that IWM can survive the turbulent times of the pandemic and postpandemic. I see this place as a concentrated island of European thought and a unique meeting and discussion place.

Final Report sheet for departing Fellows

As mentioned in the “Terms of Award” agreement, we would kindly ask you to submit your final report on your activities, travels, talks and accomplishments during your research stay. Please be as specific and concise as possible!

In particular, we may ask you to list books or essays that have been written or worked on at the IWM, that have either been published or accepted for publication or that you wish to submit for publication. Describe briefly the nature of the work and give names of publishers or publications, dates and other relevant facts.

We would be very grateful if you could provide us with a copy of your publication(s) for our library or, if this is not possible, contact our librarian with the publication details. We would also like to ask you to list any prizes or awards you have received or will receive, as well as any scholarships and grants you have received or will receive.


The surprising silence about the Spanish flu in Milena Jesenská’s work inspired me to turn it into the central theme of my proposed project in Vienna, 2021. The project was related to Milena Jesenská and her journalistic work, but it aims to address broader questions about fake news, censorship, denialism, and journalistic ethics. My guiding questions were the following: How did censorship, denial, fake news, and conspiracy theories work a century ago and how do they work now? 
What were the social implications of the Spanish flu and what implications does Covid-19 have today?
How are strategies for writing fake news different from other writing strategies?
What audience did fake news target a century ago and what audience does it target today?

I intended to produce a draft of a short book on the topic of “non-reporting” on the Spanish flu pandemic in the journalistic work of Milena Jesenská. In October and November at the IWM, I was working on an essay which is to be published in Czech monthly magazine Host 2022.

During my stay in Vienna, I also wrote a short-story Ztráty a nálezy for literature online magazine iliteratura.cz http://www.iliteratura.cz/Clanek/44915/kapralova-dora-ztraty-a-nalezy?fbclid=IwAR0haBZ10wKVhxtlxo9QIBVYav-kYQWMWmRnUaVRvAujkpb39ywr-Sj8tgM and a short-story Korostán for the Host magazine (to be published in December 2021)

In the framework of my research in Vienna, I was also planning to conduct a series of interviews. Unfortunately, I could not work so intensively as I wanted, but still I made an interview with Haradl Salfellner and Reiner Stach and several short interviews with Vienna citizens from various social classes (at the railway station, at a bank, at a watchmaking shop).

I was also invited to the Buch-Messe Wien on 12.12.2021 in Donau Lounge where I presented my last book in the German translation, Inseln. It was a great honor for me to mention my two-month fellowship at the IWM there. https://www.ahojleipzig2019.de/cs/buch-wien-dora-kapralova-ostrovy?fbclid=IwAR3CyErgpCgxK_LGGYAmZyhpHRB4qcYuXrxk4Qj7JZCe91P3mEzEB7z1sSQ

I gladly presented a copy of Inseln to the IWM library.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemics, a planned reading of mine at the Czech Centre in Vienna on December 1 did not take place. I hope, however, that the reading will take place in the spring and that I will be able to read some part of the German translation of a text I worked on at the IWM.

Despite the complicated times, these two months of research at the IWM allowed me to collect sufficient material to write a factual and stylistically sophisticated text.