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Robert P. Jameson

Graduate Student
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Wescoe Hall
Room 2015

Modern European, Russian/East European, Urban.

Advised by Nathan Wood


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.

Current research is focused on the unique politics and culture of the community of technological practitioners surrounding computers, information technology and telecommunications in 1980's Czechoslovakia, an examination informed by consulting technologists' publications such as Mikrobáze, Amatérské Radio, ZX Magazín and Vesmír.

Scheduled to present recent work, "The Future that Was: Science Fiction and Late Socialist Reform Politics in Czechoslovakia, 1988-1989," at the 16th Czech Studies Workshop in Cedar Rapids, IA from March 31st to April 2nd, 2016. 

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

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