Perspectives on Ethnicity
and the Environment
in American Studies

24th International Colloquium of American Studies
& Biennial Conference of the Czech and Slovak Association for American Studies

October 5-6, 2023 | University of Ostrava, Czechia

Conference program

The conference program is now available for download: Conference program American Colloquium 2023


Book of abstracts is available for download here: Book of abstracts American Colloquium 2023

Keynote speakers

Sarah D. Wald (Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and English at University of Oregon)
Jay Fiskio (Director of Environmental Studies and Comparative American Studies at Oberlin College)

Conference papers publication

Extended versions of the conference papers will be peer-reviewed and their selection will be published in the peer-reviewed, SCOPUS-indexed Ostrava Journal of English Philology, published by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ostrava. See website.

Deadlines &
important dates


Registration deadline: July 7, 2023

Conference dates: October 5-6, 2023


Register to the conference by filling and submitting the form below:

Conference fees:

CSAAS members: 1500 CZK*
Non-members: 1800 CZK
Students: 1000 CZK*

Conference fee payment instructions:

The fee has to be paid by bank transfer by July 14 to the CSAAS bank account. See details below:

Account number: 2701141104/2010 (FIO banka)
Address: Fio banka, a.s., V Celnici 1028/10, 117 21 Praha 1
IBAN: CZ1320100000002701141104

Important: When making the payment, make sure to write your full name and institution into the message for the recipient (e.g. “Jon Snow, University Dragstone”).

* Your eligibility for the discounted conference fee (students, CSAAS members) will be verified on the spot at the conference registration desk.

Practical Info:



The conference will take place in the building of the Faculty of Social Studies at
Českobratrská 16, Ostrava.
The University of Ostrava is a dynamic university consisting of six faculties. Encompassing a wide range of scientific fields from medicine and natural sciences to humanities and fine arts, it represents a reputable research and educational institution, which plays an essential role for the region. Being only thirty-two years old, the university keeps growing and expanding its reach locally as well as internationally. The faculties are spread throughout the historical city center, and the recently-opened City Campus has become Ostrava’s newest health and cultural center as well as an integral part of the city’s social life. Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic, situated in the heart of the Moravian-Silesian region. Located close to the Slovak and Polish borders, it is just a few hours by train, bus or car from Prague, Krakow, Žilina and Vienna. Ostrava is a developing and vibrant city with rich industrial heritage and also lots of green spaces, such as public parks and walking and cycling paths along the Ostravice river.

Travelling to Ostrava

By train
Ostrava is easily accessible by train. You can check your train connection and purchase your train ticket online via the following websites: České dráhy (state-run railway operator), Regiojet and Leo Express. International trains most often stop at the main train station in Ostrava; the Czech word for “main train station” is Hlavní nádraží, which is often abbreviated as hl.n. Your train ticket to Ostrava should thus state “Ostrava MS” or “Ostrava hl.n.” (there are more stations in Ostrava).

By bus
Travelling by bus is in some cases cheaper and faster than by train. You can check your bus connection and purchase tickets online via the following websites: IDOS, Regiojet or Flixbus (all available in English).

By plane
From the Prague airport
From the Prague airport you can take a bus to the Prague main train station (Praha hlavní nádraží). There are two options:
▪ The Airport Express bus (AE Bus) takes you directly to the Prague main train station. You can buy the ticket at the DPP sales point at the airport by card or from the bus driver in cash.
▪ If you intend to stay in Prague before leaving for Ostrava, bus 119 will take you to the
nearest metro station and from there you can get just about anywhere in Prague.
From Prague main train station take a train to Ostrava Hlavní nádraží (Ostrava main train station).

From the Vienna Airport
From the Vienna airport you can take a train to the Vienna main train station and then change for a train to Ostrava Hlavní nádraží (Ostrava main train station). Alternatively, there is a direct bus connection from the Vienna airport to the Ostrava main bus station with Flixbus.

From the Katowice Airport
From the Katowice airport you can take a shuttle or a taxi/Uber to the Katowice train station. The bus from the airport only takes cash in PLN. If you want to pay by card you have to buy a ticket at a ticket machine. Then you can take a train to Ostrava Hlavní nádraží (Ostrava main train station), which takes approximately 2 hours. You can book a ticket at Another option is to take the bus to Ostrava from Katowice-Sadowa with Flixbus or check

From the Krakow Airport
You can take a direct bus with Flixbus from the airport to Ostrava main bus station. The ride takes approximately 3 hours. Another option is to take a train from the airport to the main train station and from there a bus (Flixbus or Regiojet) to Ostrava.

Transportation in Ostrava
Once you arrive in Ostrava, you can make use of the public transport system to get to the conference venue or your hotel. There are trolleybuses with regular departures just outside the Main train station. To get to the conference venue, you can board trolleybuses number 102 or 108 (located right outside the train station) and get off at the Husův sad stop (the ride takes about 10, or 22 minutes). To get to the conference venue from the main bus station, you can board a direct bus number 99. You can find detailed timetables at You must purchase a ticket once you get on. The easiest way to buy a ticket is to pay with your contactless bank card on board. Paper tickets are not used anymore. Another, pricier, option to reach the city center is to take either a taxi or an Uber/Bolt.



Ostrava offers a wide range of temporary accommodation options, ranging from hostels and guesthouses to 4-star hotels. We recommend the following options close to the city center and the conference venue:

  • University dormitories Jan Opletal (
  • Hotel Maria
  • Kampus Palace (private dormitories)
  • Mercure Ostrava Center Hotel
  • Imperial Hotel Ostrava
  • Golden Apartments Rezidence Nova Karolina
  • Sting Boutique Apartments

For a more comprehensive and thorough list of accommodation options visit: section Enjoy Ostrava – Accommodation, or check the offer on Booking or Airbnb.


Contact information:

Contact email |

Jan Beneš | Main organizer |
Department of English and American Studies

Faculty of Arts
University of Ostrava
Reální 5
701 03 Ostrava, Czech Republic