First Results Are Out!

The Anglo-American University’s Daniela Lenčéš Chalániová (School of International Relations and Diplomacy) recently took part in an international research project on Attitudes and Knowledge of the Youth towards Totalitarianism coordinated by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity and Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, co-funded by the International Visegrad Fund, and the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Last week a preliminary report was released.

The goal of the project is highly relevant for today’s turbulent times, just as the title suggests, it is to learn more about the next generation’s knowledge and recognition of undemocratic practices, and their positions on said political phenomena. Continuing a successful project from 2014 which quantitatively assessed youth attitudes in online communication/questionnaires, the current research is poised to include youth’s own ideas about totalitarian political phenomena, and find patterns across the Central European region. Scope of the research thus includes Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

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Doctor Lenčéš Chalániová has contributed methodologically in a workshop held in Warsaw in the beginning of 2016, she has then been responsible for the Czech section of the research, in line of which she conducted Focus Group Interviews in four major Czech cities to find out more about what does Czech youth think for example about the role of elites in shaping public views, about historical events including 1989 or 2004, how and whether young people perceive populism and demagoguery etc.

To learn more and see preliminary results, you can download the first report in PDF here.


Publication date: August 12, 2016