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15 Mar 2015 - 16 Mar 2015

Kafka after Kafka

In mid-March, Beer Sheva will host an international conference Kafka after Kafka. Renowned experts from Israel, Czech Republic, Germany, USA, Canada and the Netherlands will discuss the international impact of the work of the famous writer born in Prague. On this occasion, the Czech artist Jiří Slíva will refer about the humorous and absurd in Kafka illustrations and drawings. Partners: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, The Abrahams-Curiel Department for Foreign Literatures & Linguistics, Hesherim Research Center for Jewish & Israeli Literature, The Center for Austrian and German Studies, Leo Baeck Institute.

Jiří Slíva was born in 1947 in Plzen and has been a resident of Prague since 1966. After finishing his studies in economics, he worked as a sociologist for 8 years. Slíva's first published drawings appeared in 1972. Since 1979, he has been working full time in cartooning, graphic art, illustration and painting. He created 15 cartoon books, which were published in the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, France and the USA. His drawings appeared in over 150 books, numerous Czech newspapers and in international journals such as Die Zeit, Stern, New York Times, Nebelspalter, Die Welt, Los Angeles Times, Le Monde Diplomatique. Awarded at many cartoon festivals, he has had solo exhibitions in Prague, Marienbad, Bratislava, Zurich, Lugano, Lucerne, Budapest, Sofia, Warsaw, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Brussels, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rome, Antwerp, Havana, Milan, Paris, New York, Vienna, Moscow, Ottawa and Tel Aviv.

As for renowned persons from the cultural and scientific world, Slíva's favourites include Franz Kafka, Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. He is one of the believers that “Kafka had fun for us,” exemplified through Kafka’s realism, humor, and irony. Sliva said there are many people who consider Franz Kafka to be a tragic writer who found it difficult to adapt to the world around him. On the other hand, another group, to which Sliva belongs, find in his work an "enjoyment of writing, black humour and absurdity." Through illustrating his words, Sliva hopes to persuade people of his version of Kafka and to get them to join the "enjoyers" side, as he called it, who believes that "Kafka enjoyed writing and hoped that we would enjoy it too."


Conference Program


Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva

From: 15 Mar 2015
To: 16 Mar 2015


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