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Schormová Františka

Period of stay: 1.9.2021-31.12.2021

Evaluation sheet for departing Fellows

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

There were intellectual and practical. Thanks to the nature of the Institute (especially the fact that most fellows are visiting fellows) I led countless debates on my and other people’s research during lunch, coffee breaks, pub visits, and after-lecture discussions. I received so much advice, feedback, recommendations for people and sources. For us as junior fellows, often in this weird post-PhD transition period, this kind of advice and contact is crucial and irreplaceable. I also hope that I have contributed to the intellectual life of the Institute in my own small way.
The IWM was also a good start to approach other scholars from the Viennese intellectual community. I was able to consult with a scholar at the University of Vienna (in hindsight, this is the only thing I wish I did a bit more, reaching out to these scholars outside of the IWM).
For the practical benefits, I really appreciated the support of the Institute in many aspects (the scholarship, of course, and the intellectual atmosphere, but also the social and culinary support, help with finding an accommodation, and many, many other things). It allowed me to carry out my project, and also gather inspiration and advice for a new one.

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

I appreciated the balance between events oriented more at politics and social sciences, and humanities. I especially enjoyed the fellows’ colloquiums and the junior fellows conference. These were excellent platforms to find out about other people’s research in a more intimate circle and lead truly interesting interdisciplinary debates (which is a tricky genre). More specifically, I was also thrilled there were several events dedicated to translation and also several occasions organized by the fellows themselves, for example the poetry reading Sergij, Dimiter, and Igor gave.

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

My stay took place in times when the rules kept changing. Given the situation, it was admirable and greatly appreciated by everyone how the Institute tried to keep the programme running and enable us to come to our offices. As for the events, I was sometimes wondering if, for all the talk of Eurochronologies and Eurocentrism, the program was not, well, a bit Eurocentric, a bit too (post-)Cold War. This is a tricky subject, given the Institute’s place, history, funding, the fellows it has (myself included), etc. It is not a point of criticism, rather something I noticed and that also came out of conversations with other scholars on the nature of the collective identity of the Institute, what kind of “we” it is that serves as a referent in debates.

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

Just to thank everyone.

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.



Prague, Red and Black: Early Cold War Networks, Journeys, and Poems (monograph in progress): my project here at IWM was to finish a part of the rewriting process from my PhD thesis into a monograph and to write a book proposal. I finish the parts I was planning on rewriting here and I also put together and sent out the book proposal to selected US academic publishers. I hope for the monograph to be published in 2023.

Cold War Whiteness and Czechoslovak Exile Authors: as a part of preparation for Junior Fellows Conference, I came up with a new project on Cold War whiteness that I was also able to consult with a scholar at the University of Vienna and scholars here at the IWM who were generous with their feedback and advice for future post-doc applications.

“Tractors and Translators: The Poetry of Langston Hughes in Early Cold War Czechoslovakia:” in the last stage of my fellowship, I was working on revising an article for PMLA journal and that would hopefully be included in their special Translation issue in 2022.


During my time at IWM, I took part in one conference that took place at Jihoceska Universita in Ceske Budejovice between Oct 6 and 7, 2021. The conference was called “World Literature in Czechia – Czech Literature in the World,” the title of my paper was “On Their Journey to Czechoslovakia: African American Authors, Transnationalism, and the Cold War.”

Other, less formal talks I gave during this time was a panel discussion on current Native American fiction (Prague, Oct 25) and an online lecture on African American visitors to Prague in a seminar for History students at Charles University in Prague on November 30.

I took part in the Junior Fellow’s conference with a talk titled “Invisible Whiteness: Cold War Race in Czechoslovak Exile Literature,” my commentator was Stefan Segi from the Czech Literature Department at the Academy of Sciences, Prague.


09/2019–08/2021 PhD Fellow; Researcher (Platform Scholarship)
French Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences Prague
10/2017–05/2018 Fulbright Masaryk Fellow (Fulbright Scholarship)
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Harvard University
05/2017–06/2017 Visiting Researcher (EUROPAEUM Scholarship)
The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities
Oxford University
04/2016–08/2016 Visiting Researcher (KAAD Scholarship)
John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies
Free University Berlin
02/2022–05/2022 Visiting Researcher (Anglo-Czech Fund Scholarship)
Northumbria University


2021 Jan Palach Prize for Outstanding Research (PhD thesis) Faculty of Arts, Charles University

2021 Martin Hilský Prize for Outstanding PhD Thesis, Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Charles University

2016 Mathesius Award for Outstanding MA Thesis Faculty of Arts, Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Charles University