Re:Views Magazine is a result of mutual effort of several students from the Department of English and American Studies, Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic). We started in September 2014 with an aim to create a platform through which our readers could find out what is happening at the Department as well as in the English-speaking world. Every issue brings our readers interviews with lecturers and students from our Department, book and film reviews, conference reports, letters from abroad, articles by foreign correspondents, and much more. We also aim to reflect current issues in the English-speaking world in the field of politics, literature, culture, translation, and last but not least linguistics, and therefore each issue is dedicated to one of the aforementioned disciplines.
Published by Re:Views Magazine, z.s.
published twice a year (once per academic semester) in Brno
Address: Arne Nováka 1/1, 60200 Brno
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Blanka Šustrová, editor in chief
Tereza Walsbergerová, chief of staff
Barbara Ocsovayová, PR & editor
Martina Krénová, finances and web
Anna Formánková, editor
Anna Jílková, editor
Michaela Medveďová, editor
Pavel Peléšek, editor
Natália Poláková, editor
Markéta Šonková, editor
Pavla Wernerová, PR & editor
Helena Brunnerová, photographer
Peter Docherty, proofreader
Katarína Gažíková, editing and quality check
Martin Boček, graphic design
PhDr. Kateřina Tomková, PhD, editing & course supervision
Helena has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Anthropology and English Language and Literature. She’s currently working on her MA in English Language Translation. As a teenager, she once borrowed her brother’s camera for a weekend and did not give it back until she got her own. Her favorite activity is crawling outdoors with her camera, however, the realization that animals usually run away from it faster than humans, who sometimes even seem to enjoy having their pictures taken, led her into portrait photography. When she is not hiding behind the camera, she is probably hiding behind a book or escaping into another country to participate in a volunteer project. Besides that, she enjoys destroying the gender binary, which is also one of her academic interests.
Martina is a proper bookworm and an MA student of English Language and Literature. When she is not spending her time writing the thesis on Death in Children’s and Juvenile Literature she is taking dance lessons with SwingWings Studio. Some of her addictions are good Swiss chocolate and coffee; she really can’t live without a nice hot cup of coffee. If she isn’t reading books or attending theatres, she is desperately searching for Neal Caffrey to go on an adventure with (which basically means she would love to experience the thrill of stealing some priceless piece of art).
Anna joined Re:Views as a second-year BA student of English Language and Literature combined with Media Studies and Journalism. But not even two majors are enough for her so she actively participates on many after-school activities. She teaches small children English, is a member of an international student organization, spends time with seniors and every week she has her own talk show on a student radio station. And of course, she writes for the Re:Views Magazine. Apart from all those apparent hobbies as literature and languages – as those are the subjects of her studies – she is also very much into sports and travelling. She loves both friends and Friends – she just can’t decide which of them more.
She doesn’t like those getting-to-know activities when you tell others your characteristics based on the letters of your first name. The fact that her name consists basically of two letters only may be the reason. But if/since you are asking, she is attractive and admirable.
Michaela is a second-year BA student of English Language and Literature and Media Studies and Journalism. She is passionate about watching and discussing films of various genres and quality – except for horror movies, for which she is too much a coward. She always roots for the villain – especially an attractive one.
Reading books wherever possible, her favourite reading spot is her bed. Her love for Harry Potter began at the age of 5, and she will never let go. She considers herself an expert in fan theories and celebrity gossip, enjoys philosophical debates and discussions about politics, and is always ready to give a speech about supporting the LGBT+ community. If she believed in hell she would definitely end up there because of her dark sense of humour. In her opinion napping and eating are the biggest pleasures one can experience in life. Her love for pandas is unconditional.
Barbara is a BA student of English Language and Literature whose interests lie in the fields of literature, American culture, and arts. Her drawers are therefore full of half-used artistic supplies, literary experiments, and loads of books just waiting to be read. She hopes to travel a lot via volunteering and/or saved up money from her part-time job, while her three cats eagerly expect her to return home soon. Her current goals are to successfully finish her studies whilst writing the greatest BA thesis based on current issues in the US that will surely redeem the world one day.
Pavel is an MA student of English Language Translation, a science-fiction and fantasy reader, and an avid computer game enthusiast. Ever since he started playing games he knew that one day he would like to work in the games industry, and for this purpose he intends to make use of his studies and join a famous game developer to help with localization of games. Right now, however, he is drowning in fear of the upcoming Erasmus and the imminent threat of having to come up with a diploma thesis topic.
Natália is an MA student of English Language and Literature as well as Economic Policy. She loves getting lost in the world and looking for new adventures and challenges. She prefers alternative ways of travelling including hitchhiking, camping or couchsurfing. She speaks multiple foreign languages and plans to learn ten more to avoid a language barrier in exotic places. In her free time she works as an English teacher and occasionally as an entertainer in a kids club. Apart from British politics, she is interested in the Middle East region, Latin American economic development and ideology of liberalism. During her long journeys she reads magic realism, Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Marquéz being her favourite writers.
MA student of English Language and Literature & Literature and Intercultural Communication at Faculty of Arts, Masaryk Uni. Interested in translation of fiction, film, adaptation studies, intermediality, new media, postmodernism and transgressive fiction. Avid fan of British comedy and political satire, electronic music, independent comics, short haircuts and coffee. She is a good violin player, a rather poor ukulele player and absolutely horrible accordion player. Her biggest dream is to have a job.
Tereza has got a Bachelor’s Degree in Theory of Interactive Media and a Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature. Currently a PhD student of Literatures in English at DEAS, she is researching humour in American paranoid fiction (Vonnegut, Pynchon, Fink & Cranor, etc.). Her scholarly interests also include American folklore and pop culture, urban legends and conspiracy theories, queer culture, and fan culture and fanfiction. In her free time she translates things for money, writes weird poetry, listens to podcasts, and participates in strenuous creative writing challenges. If she’s not at home drinking buckets of tea and coffee, you will find her in cafés furiously typing on her laptop or in the streets of Brno taking pictures of dogs.
Pavla is a student of English Language and Literature and also of Regional Development and Tourism, currently enjoying her Erasmus exchange in Finland. She is a low-budget traveller who loves spending her time hiking, camping, and couchsurfing. She also loves tasting exotic meals during her travels. She has already visited three continents and she is hoping to visit another one soon. When she is not abroad, she spends most of her time reading good books, especially English classics. During her studies, she became interested in British and American politics, which she now considers to be very entertaining (especially with Trump being a part of that). She is also a passionate animal lover.
Markéta Šonková is a former editor-in-chief of Re:Views and currently serves on the board as an editor. She is a graduate of both BA and MA programs in English Language and Literature at DEAS; she is a graduate student of International Relations at the Faculty of Social Studies, MU. In the course of her studies, Markéta participated in a semester-long Erasmus exchange at Keele University, UK, summer school at University College Cork, Ireland, Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program at Prague Security Studies Institute, and international security-oriented summer schools in the Czech Republic.
Markéta is interested in international security, namely in connection to the area of the Middle East, American domestic as well as foreign policy, and US-Israeli relations. She previously cooperated on several projects at Masaryk University and also externally worked for OSCE on a temporary position. She currently works as a PR coordinator for the Prague-based think-tank Association for International Affairs (AMO).
Peter Docherty is Australian and is at Masaryk University studying for a BA in English language and literature at the department of English and American Studies. He also teaches English at the department language school. Pete came to Brno after finishing his career as a ski instructor at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, Germany and Thredbo in New South Wales, Australia. His interests include photography, weightlifting and snow sports.