Chad Bryant was a co-winner of the Radomír Luža Prize for his book, Prague: Belonging and the Modern City (Harvard University Press, 2021). This biennial prize is awarded by American Friends of the Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance and Center Austria and the Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies of the University of New Orleans, and it is bestowed by the German Studies Association. The award recognizes an outstanding scholarly book or dissertation in Austrian and/or Czechoslovak Studies, with an emphasis on works that address the 1930s and 1940s.
The laudatio for Dr. Bryant explains that, in his study, readers discover how modern Prague was a place where “the nation became imaginable.” The book follows a diverse array of individuals – “an aspiring Czech-language guidebook writer, a German-speaking journalist, a Bolshevik carpenter, an actress of mixed heritage living in the shadow of Communist terror, and a Czech-speaking Vietnamese blogger” – to emphasize Prague’s role as a global city from the 19th century to the present.
You can find out more about the prize and read additional praise for Dr. Bryant’s book at the GSA website here!
Congratulations, Dr. Bryant!