Jan Vedral, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Emília Barna, University of Szeged, Hungary
Todd Nesbitt, University of New York in Prague, Czech Republic
Jiří Mertl, University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic
Jan Vedral dealt with subcultures in post totaliarian countries, precisely he concerned on subculture around rave (or free techno, to say it other way) in Czech Republic. "Spread of this kind of music may symbolize released conditions after 1989," thought Vedral. This music should express oposition to the dominant ideology, anticapitalism, nomadic lifestyle and so on. "Resistance of this subculture was most significant in 2005. Techno patry Czech Tek was back then brutally stopped by police and big media buzz followed. Sometimes the behavior of this subculture was compared to "barbarian invasion". The subculture exposed through media lost its authenticity and the secrets." Conclusion was that in this particular case, subculture managed to change main culture.
Big discussion about indie brought us presentation by Emília Barna. She concerned on new phenomenon of indie bands in Hungary in comparison to rock music and also what's its difference to alternative or underground music.
Jiří Mertl talked about freeganism and its representation in Czech media. "Freeganism is radical anti-consumerist stance, which includes dumpster diving and squatting." Media representation of Milada's eviction (Note: Milada was a house where squatters lived and considered it their home.) was another topic. "Media showed squatters as deviants who are threat to society because of their different lifestyle."