Reportage against terrorism: a discussion with Gellert Tamas and Ivana Svobodová

Journey to the soil where xenophobia and fear have their roots

The Scandinavian House in Prague in cooperation with Absynt publishing house and DOX Centre for Contemporary Art are inviting you to a discussion with the Swedish author Gellert Tamas and Ivana Svobodová, an editor of Respekt magazine.

European society is outraged, xenophobia is rising and right-wing politicians in Sweden are gaining popularity. It seems that once a peaceful country is undergoing a brutal change. 

These images are questioned by Gellert Tamas in his book The Laser Man – A story about Sweden, which has just come out in its Czech translation. The author presents the train of thought of John Ausonius, a man who terrorized Stockholm at the beginning of the 1990s. Even though he was an immigrant himself, his attacks were motivated by racial hatred. Gellert Tamas presents not only the attacker but also the broader motives of hatred, and fear in Swedish society.

The second guest of the evening is a Czech publicist Ivana Svobodová, who is currently a political specialist for Respekt magazine. As the case of Jaromír Balda has proved, even the Czech society can be threatened by terrorism from within…

Moderator: Tomáš Novotný
In Czech and Swedish, interpreted

Entrance fee: 60 CZK (40 CZK for students and seniors)
Space limited, reservation via recommended

The event is organized by The Scandinavian House in Prague in cooperation with DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Absynt publishing house, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Prague Municipality and the Embassy of Sweden in Prague.