Františka Zezuláková Schormová: Research & CV

African American Poets Abroad: Black and Red Allegiances in Early Cold War Czechoslovakia

Research Area 1: Displacements, “Dépaysements” and Discrepancies: People Knowledge and Practices

Contact: (from September 1, 2019)

I just finished a PhD program at the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Charles University in Prague with a dissertation called “African American Poets Abroad: Black and Red Allegiances in Early Cold War Czechoslovakia.” I am now working on turning it into a book with the preliminary title Prague, Red and Black: Early Cold War Journeys, Networks, and Poems.

After being a PhD Fellow in 2019/2020, I am pleased to be able to stay in the CEFRES team as an Associated Fellow. In the future, I look forward to my stay at Northumbria University in Newcastle (Anglo-Czech Fund), FU Berlin (John F. Kennedy Library Research Grant), and, most recently, at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Jan Patočka Fellowship).



2016–2020 :PhD studies, English and American Literature, Faculty of Arts, Charles University Prague. Dissertation title: African American Poets Abroad: Black and Red Allegiances in Early Cold War Czechoslovakia.
Supervisor: Justin Quinn
Date of Defense: December 18, 2020
Opponents: prof. Penny Von Eschen, Stephen Delbos, PhD

2014-2016: Master’s Degree in Anglophone Literatures and cultures, Faculty of Arts, Charles University Prague. MA thesis title: Us and Them: Presenting America 1948-1956

2010-2014: BA program English and American Studies and German for International Communication

Professional Awards and Fellowships

  • 2017-2018: Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
  • Fellow, Fulbright-Masaryk Scholarship
  • 05/2017: Oxford University, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities Research stay and participation in Race and Resistance workshop, EUROPANEUM Scholarship
  • 2016: Mathesius Award for the MA thesis, Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Charles University Prague
  • 2016: Free University Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies Catholic Academic Exchange Service (KAAD) Scholarship, research stay


2017-2019 : Things in Poems – Poems of Things
Researcher, supported through Charles University grant (GAUK). Main outcome: international conference in January 2019

Journal articles

2021 – “Stalinův černý apoštol: Paul Robeson v Praze,” [Stalin’s Black Apostle: Paul Robeson in Prague], Soudobé dějiny  (accepted for publication, spring 2021)

Chapters in collective monographs

2020 – “Hlasy z Harlemu: Transkontinentální solidarita v poezii Noémie de Sousy” [Voices from Harlem: Transcontinental Solidarity in Noémia de Sousa’s Poetry], Zamyšlení nad africkými identitami zobrazenými v básnickém prostoru [Reconsidering African Identities in Poetry], Praha: FF UK, 2020.

2018 – “Pravidla hry: Zábranovy poznámky k detektivní próze” [Rules of the Game: Zábrana’s Translations of Detective Fiction] Jan Zábrana, Básník, překladatel, čtenář [Jan Zábrana: Poet, Translator, Reader], Praha: Karolinum, 2018

Selected academic reviews

2020 – “Kánon a já”[The Canon and I], Svět literatury 62, p. 183–187.

2019 – Half-Buried Books: Forgotten Anti-Imperialism of Popular Front Modernism”Historical Materialism, electronic version

2018 – “Forget English! Orientalism and World Literature” Twentieth Century Literature 64 (2): p. 259–264.

2017 – “Švéda, Josef. Země zaslíbená, země zlořečená: obrazy Ameriky v české literatuře a kultuře (Promised Land, Accursed Land. Images of America in Czech Literature and Culture)” Brno Studies in English, 42 (2): p. 179–184.


  • 09/2019 – Secrets: Biennial Conference & 22nd International Colloquium of American Studies, Czech and Slovak Association for American Studies & the Department of English and American Studies, Palacky University Olomouc
    “Cold War Secrets and African American Literature: The Story of Abraham Chapman”

  • 03/2019 – Bad Romance: The Ethics of Love, Sex, and Desire, Harvard University.
    “Me, Too, but What? Socialist Sex, Translatability, and Milan Kundera
  • 01/ 2019 – Things in Poems – Poems of Things, Charles University Prague
    “All those Pretty Things: Women and Their Objects in Anglophone Poetry”
    conference organizer – the conference was supported through a grant from Charles University (GAUK)
  • 11/2018 – Cesty translatologie, Charles University Prague “Konceptualizace rasy v českých překladech afroamerické literatury” [Concepts of Race in Czech Translations of African American Literature]
  • 10/2018 – New Pathways in American Studies, Masaryk University Brno “Black Bodies White Translations: Cold War Journeys of African American Poets”
  • 06/2017 – The Hermes Consortium for Literary and Cultural Studies Seminar, Aarhus University „Solidarity in Black and Red: Transnational Perspective on the Translation on Anti-colonial Poetry in Cold War Czechoslovakia”
  • 12/2015 – Prva Stran, International Student Conference in Comparative Literature, University of Ljubljana “‘The Other America’: Constructing American Literature 1948- 1956“
  • 11/2015 – Jan Zábrana: básník, překladatel, čtenář, Charles University Prague “Pravidla hry: Zábranovy překlady detektivní prózy” [Rules of the Game: Zábrana’s Translations of Detective Fiction]

Academic Seminars

10/2019–02/2020 : Charles University Prague, Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures: “Reading African American Literature Now (and from Europe)” Course Design; Lecturer