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Dr Tereza Eva Valny
PhD, MRes, BA
Teaching Fellow in Modern European History
- Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2504
- Email: Tereza.Valny@ed.ac.uk
- 00M.22; William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Affiliated research centres
I finished my PhD at Lancaster University in 2014, after which I worked as an Associate Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy. In the summer of 2015 I moved to the Czech Republic, where I worked for Charles University and Anglo-American University as a lecturer in History. I also held an editorial position with New Perspectives, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Institute of International Relations in Prague. I began my teaching fellowship at Edinburgh in September 2017.
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Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Comparative & Global History
- Landscapes & Monuments
- Nineteenth Century
- Twentieth Century & After
My current research focuses on trans-, inter-, and multi- disciplinary approaches to the areas of landscape, collective memory, ethnic cleansing, genocide and commemoration. Since a significant portion of my teaching has focused on genocide, this has led to a relatively recent research interest in comparative genocide studies, particularly the themes of witnessing and reconciliation.
Going back to my doctoral thesis, the following areas continue to be a part of my research interests: landscape and memory in Eastern Europe, Pan-Slavism, Slavic identity, and the Munich Agreement.
Current research activities
I am in the process of working on a monograph which considers the collection and use of testimony in post-genocidal societies.
I am also currently finishing a series of articles based on my PhD, titled ‘Fragments of Slavdom: An Inventory of Language and Imagery’. These articles focus on Slavic identity in the following contexts: nineteenth-century anthropology, eugenics, phrenology, the history of scientific racism, Bolshevism, Pan-Slavism, human geography and constructs of post-Soviet spaces.
In the summer of 2019 I conducted some fieldwork on sites of mass murder associated with the Holocaust in Poland and the Czech Republic. I have currently started working on a long-term research project which considers the intersections of tourism, daily life and memory within and around these spaces.
For a longer period of time I have also been working on a project which explores, from a Czechoslovak/Czech perspective, the ways in which the expulsion of the Sudeten Germans is being remembered in the public sphere and in the landscape of the former Sudetenland (with a particular emphasis on northwest Bohemia).
- The Era of the Witness: Trauma in Contemporary History [HIST10444]
- The Holocaust [HIST10164]
- Historical Skills and Methods I [HIST10426]
- Historical Skills and Methods II [HIST10425]
- Themes in Modern European History [HIST08043]
- Historical Research: Skills and Sources [PGHC11334]
- Introduction to Contemporary History [PGHC11362]
- The Holocaust ODL [PGHC11466]
- Revolutions in Modern Europe [PGHC11434]