International workshop “Dalit Politics at the Crossroads”

14 July 2022, 2 pm
Seminar room of the Institute of Philosophy CAS
Jilská 1, Prague 1

The results of the recent elections to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly raise several questions concerning the Dalit politics in India. Does the unprecedented defeat of the Bahujan Samaj Party indicate a failure of the Dalit electoral politics? Or has the idea of upliftment of the unprivileged entered the political mainstream by being effectively dissolved and co-opted by the mainstream political parties, especially by the BJP? How do the traditional caste hierarchies transform themselves, how do they manifest themselves in politics and how are they being accepted by various disadvantaged groups? And finally, what are the future prospects and opportunities of the movements aiming at the emancipation of the marginalized castes and classes in India, be it through politics or through social change?

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Crossroads podcast: Men without care responsibilities are on top in academia

Mariya Ivancheva is a British-Bulgarian anthropologist and sociologist, currently based at the University of Strathclyde. Her longterm research interest is the precarity in academic work. She is currently the president of European Association of Social Anthropologists and she co-founded the Precanthro iniative focused on working conditions of European anthropologists. In the new episode of the Crossroads podcast, she talks about precarity in British academia and elsewhere as well as about her career beginnings in post socialist Bulgaria and how it impacted her career.

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International Workshop “Parliaments in Pandemics”

26–27 May 2022
Academic Conference Centre / ZOOM
Husova 4a, Prague 1

Keynote speaker Sven T. Siefken will present first findings of the second wave of a global expert survey ‘Parliaments in Pandemics’.  Conducted in 2020, 2021, and 2022, the survey focused on how the pandemic changed the legislatures’ roles and, in particular, electoral, legislative, oversight, communication- and-representation functions.

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Crossroads podcast: India is inventing a de facto ethnic democracy

We welcome professor Christophe Jaffrelot, who is the guest of the new episode of the Crossroads podcast. Christophe Jaffrelot is a Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at King’s College London and Research Director at the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (CERI) at Sciences Po (Paris) and at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). He is also president of the French Association of Political Science. His research focuses on Hindu nationalism and the role of caste and religion in politics of contemporary South Asia. In 2021, he published a new book Modi’s India: Hindu Nationalism and the Rise of Ethnic Democracy (Princeton University Press).

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Crossroads podcast: „Neoliberalism limits our ability to cope with societal challenges“

In the podcast Crossroads, we welcome Dr. Alessandra Mezzadri. She is Associate Professor of Development Studies at SOAS University of London. In her research and teaching, she focuses mainly on inequalities and trade, global supply chains and production networks, informal work and work regimes, global labour standards, modern forms of slavery, feminism in development, gender and globalization, social reproduction and reproductive work, or political economy of India. Alessandra actively works with international non-profit organizations such as the ILO, Action Aid, Labor Behind the Label, and War on Want, which focus on gender issues, global labour standards, anti-sweat campaigns, and modern forms of slavery. In 2016, she published the book The Sweatshop Regime: Laboring Bodies, Exploitation and Garments Made in India (Cambridge University Press).

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Crossroads podcast: „Decolonization means re-creating the world“

The podcast Na rozcestí / Crossroad invites Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni who is currently one of the leading scholars in Decolonial Studies. He is Professor and Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South with a focus on Africa at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. Originally trained as a Historian in Zimbabwe he held various prestigious research positions and directorships at universities in South Africa. In this podcast he is speaking about the unfinished process of Decolonization, what is meant by the concepts of epistemic violence and of coloniality of power. He explains that it is important to question how and from where we acquire knowledge and how this is linked to our identities and also, how we can better grapple with the contested social construct of ‘race’.

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International conference “Borders, Mobility of Care and Translocal Social Reproduction”

2 December 2021
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1 + ZOOM (online)

The Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, in collaboration with Association for Integration and Migration invite you to the international symposium Borders, Mobility of Care and Translocal Social Reproduction.

Recent developments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the deficit of care and social inequalities within the EU that are linked to the provision of care. Closing the borders at the beginning of the pandemic has highlighted the fact that the care system in many European countries depends on cheap labour and the exploitation and abuse of care workers’ mobility. The symposium will focus on the regional perspective of Central Europe, where the cross-border care market is based on an institutionalized combination of inclusion (in the EU through access to the labour market) and exclusion of migrant workers from some aspects of labour and social rights.

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