In the summer of 2005, I propose traveling to the Czech Republic to conduct research on the reinvention of national identity in contemporary Czech cinema. My project will focus on the state of Czech cinema as well as the filmic representations of a changing European identity in the early stages of the Czech Republic?s membership in the European Union. The integration into the EU is a process attempting to reverse the long history of political and cultural demarcation of Central and Eastern Europe as essentially different, less sophisticated cultures than their Western European counterparts. The economic and political integration into the EU offers to countries like the Czech Republic the prospect of overcoming marginalization and becoming ?fully? European. The current era of globalization and trans-nationalism provides an exciting opportunity to observe the negotiations between the local narratives of national identity, history and culture, and the desired European identities and lifestyles.