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Robert P. Jameson

Graduate Student
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Summary

Russian/East Europe, History of Technology, Modern Europe, Urban History

Advised by Nathan Wood

Selected Presentations

- "Conformists or a Constituency for Change? Computer Technologist Politics in Late Socialist Czechoslovakia," a paper delivered at the May 16, 2018 regional history of computing workshop entitled 'Hardwired at Heart: The Everyday and Extraordinary in 20th Century Czechoslovak Computing,' organized in Prague by Dr. Helena Durnová of Masaryk University in Brno. 

- "Computer Beyond Capitalism: Eastern Europe, Post-Socialism and Our Digital Future," a paper given at the 13th annual conference 'České, Slovenské a Československé Dějiny 20. Století,' at the University of Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic from April 4-5, 2018. 

- "Comrade Computerists: Political Interdependence and Technological Reform in Late Socialist Czechoslovakia," a presentation for 17th annual Czech Studies Workshop at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, April 20-23, 2017.

- "Cities on the Edge of Forever: The Curious Persistence of Pre-War Urban Imaginaries," a talk given for the KU Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies in Lawrence, Kansas on April 12, 2016.

- "The Future that Was: Science Fiction and Late Socialist Reform Politics in Czechoslovakia, 1988-1989," a paper given at the 16th annual Czech Studies Workshop held at the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from March 31 - April 2, 2016. 

- "Stories and Smokestacks: The Effect of Socialism on Central European Urban Narratives, 1800-2000" given at the November 2015 annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies in Philadelphia, PA.

- "Contemporary Czech Republic: Political Problems in a Post-Communist Poster Child" delivered at KU's Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies on April 21st, 2015. 

- "Technoculture in Normalization Czechoslovakia: Hobbyist Computing, Video Games and Social Networks, 1970-1989" at the November 2014 Central Slavic Conference in St. Louis, MO.

- "Crimea as Kosovo and Sudetenland: The Peril of Historical Narratives in the 2014 Russo-Ukrainian Crisis," a talk delivered on May 6th, 2014 at KU's Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. 

Biography

Originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, Robert received a B.A. in History and International Studies from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, IA in 2010. He continued on to receive an M.A. in History from Iowa State University in Ames, IA in 2013 with a master's work entitled "Mapping the Mosaic: Travel Writers and the Construction of Urban Imaginaries of Prague and Breslau, 1700-1914."

Robert's two publication credits include collaboration with Dr Jiří Lach of Palacký University, Olomouc, CZ on a book examining the life of a Czechoslovak historian and archivist in the early 20th century. "Josef Borovička: Osudy Českého Historika ve 20. Století," trans. and ed. Robert Jameson, Praha: Academia, 2009: 348 pages, as well as an article examining the unintended consequences of ballistic missile development and deployment for strategic planning in the period 1945-1962. "Armageddon's Shortening Fuse: How Advances in Nuclear Weapons Technology Pushed Strategists to Mutually Assured Destruction, 1945-1962," Air Power History, 60, no. 1 (Spring 2013), Andrews Air Force Base, MD: Air Force Historical Foundation.

"Robert is writing a dissertation focused on the social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of the hobbyist and professional computing scene during the transition from late socialism to wider European market integration, 1975-1995. A year of Fulbright-funded research conducted in Prague, 2017-2018, underpins this work with two dozen oral interviews of Czech and Slovak computer practitioners, including Ivan Havel, Božena Mannová, Jozef Gruska, and František Fuka. Sources also include the popular and professional technological press -  Mikrobáze, Aktuality Výpočetní Techniky, Věda a Technika Mladeži - as well as fanzines, poetry, songs, and Czech television programs from the 1980s such as Logicky Vzato.   

 


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