The Second Annual Anglo-American Studies Roundtable

Room 2.07 or ONLINE

The Roundtable offers a forum in Prague for a range of scholars of the United States and the United Kingdom – as well as the myriad of connected states and societies across the globe – to present their research in a friendly yet critical setting.

This year’s theme: The UK and the World

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences together with the School of International Relations and Diplomacy will be holding their second annual roundtable focusing on Britain and the US in the world. This year’s focus will be on Britain, with panels on “The British Council in Prague at 75,” “Contemporary (Global) Britain,” and “Britain, Russia and Hard Power.” 

This will be a ‘hybrid’ event, taking place both in physical form at the AAU campus on Letenska street in Prague, or online via MS Teams. The event is entirely in English and is free for anyone interested, though places for those wishing to be physically present are limited so please register by September 17th to save your spot!

About the roundtables

This year the Roundtable will have a panel on the British Council in the Czech Republic. This is to mark the 75th anniversary of the British Council’s establishment in Prague. The British Council has had a long – and sometimes turbulent – association with Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic, surviving the Cold War, the explosion of demand for English Language Teaching after the fall of Communism and the advent of the internet. In the Roundtable, two distinguished speakers will reflect on the British Council’s foundation in Czechoslovakia in 1946. Denise Waddingham, director of the British Council in Prague, will talk about the personalities and circumstances involved in the establishment of the Council in 1946. AAU’s distinguished senior lecturer, Czech historian Milada Polisenska, will discuss the local political and social context in Czechoslovakia in 1946.

The annual Anglo-American Roundtable offers an eclectic and intimate platform for the sharing of academic research and ideas on the USA and Britain and their various domestic and global aspects. As always, an international cast of highly-esteemed experts with compelling presentation skills has been drawn together to offer fresh insight and to invite discussion and debate with other academics and the general public. This year the focus is ‘The UK and the World’. Highlights include a special panel on the British Council as it celebrates its 75th anniversary in the Czech Republic. Brexit-era British domestic and foreign affairs are also considered, including a presentation on UK-Czech relations by the Czech Republic’s leading expert on Brexit, Monika Brusenbauch-Meislová of Masaryk University, Brno. Finally, a set of talks will be given on British hard power in today’s world, including reflections on the Royal Navy and relations with Russia.

How to register

If you would like to attend, please email Gerald Power ( or George Hays II ( by September 17th to register and specify if attendance will be in person or via Microsoft Teams.