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Project information
Images of “the Other”: Czech-German relations in times of crisis

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Project Period
1/2023 - 12/2025
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
Czech Science Foundation
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Social Studies

Contemporary Czech-German relations have been repeatedly described as “the best in history” by political representatives on both sides of the border. When challenged by a major crisis, however, the alleged stability of Czech-German relations seems to be questionable. Using the case studies of the 2015-2016 migration crisis, the 2020-2021 COVID-19 crisis and the ongoing Ukraine crisis, we aim to understand in what ways these external shocks have affected the imagination of the Other as present in the mutual perceptions of these two countries. To achieve our goal, we will explore the domestic political discourse constructed by political elites in the Czech Republic and Germany, juxtaposing the regional and state levels of governance. Building on the tradition of qualitative research, we introduce an innovative interdisciplinary framework that combines perception theory, drawing on Foreign Policy Analysis, with theories of symbolic boundaries and boundary work based in Cultural Sociology.

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