International conference “Geopolitics and Transnational Migration”

25 October 2019
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1

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Research on migration significantly contributes to the reflection on global justice as it concerns topical questions about changing global political economy and forms of precarity, geopolitical and structural inequalities, transnational gendered vulnerabilities, membership, political community and intercultural relations. Receiving developed countries seek to control cross-border mobility while they also benefit from migrant labour and the forms of precarity, especially in some areas, such as low-skilled production and care work. Despite a larger share of intracontinental migration, a surveillance-industrial complex makes use of migration from developing countries as a bargaining counter to enforce regulatory regimes of managed migration and military accumulation. Critical migration studies show how migrant’s precarity is anchored in today´s form of capitalist globalisation and geopolitical power relations. Feminist scholarship has highlighted the processes of transnational social reproduction and gendered gaps in territorialisation of social rights.

The conference aims to discuss how the changing political economy of migration interacts with emerging global governance for migration. It will foreground transnationalizing claims stemming from distinct geopolitical perspective and the need to develop transnational norms and requirements addressing economic, political, social and cultural rights of migrants.

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International conference “Beyond Text: Anthropological Approaches to Literature in Europe and Middle East”

18–19 October 2019
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Praha 1

What is the role of literary imagination for social, political, and religious change? To answer this question, we need to expand our view beyond literary text, and include the practices of writing, publishing, reading, and literary socialisation. Anthropological and other social scientific study of literature is a small but emerging field that allows to understand the relationship between human subjectitivies and social processes in a way that text-based approaches alone cannot. Anthropologists, historians and scholars of literature working with fieldwork and archival methodologies had stressed the importance of non-literary objects in understanding literature, such as coffee houses, political movements and revolutionary contexts, the motivations and personal consequences of writing, the learning and teaching of techniques, the relationship of aesthetics, class, morals and gender, and exiles and migrations. Some of these topics have been studied historically but until recently, less so in the contemporary context.

The conference aims to explore the state of the art in the emerging study of literature as a social practice, and to push it forward in terms of both content and methodology. Importantly, it takes a decidedly trans-local approach, and gives special – but not exclusive – attention to literatures in and from the Middle East and Central Europe. An understanding of the role literature plays in these regions is especially important in the context of globalisation and migrations, whereby literature has proven to be an important medium to communicate experiences, hopes and fear across cultural divides.

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International conference “The Crisis in Xinjiang/East Turkestan: Latest Developments and International Implications”

17 October 2019
Conference Hall
Sněmovní 7, Prague 1

Mass arbitrary detention of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and individuals belonging to other, mostly Muslim nationalities in political reeducation camps in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region, also known as East Turkestan, is among the most controversial phenomena seen by the world in the 21st century. The Chinese policy in East Turkestan has also become an irritant of China’s relations with a part of the international community. This debate brings together activists and experts who will discuss latest developments in East Turkestan and their international implications.

The international conference is part of Festival of Democracy, the accompanying
programme of Forum 2000 Conference.

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International Conference “Trajectories of Romani Migrations and Mobilities in Europe and Beyond (1945 – present)”

16–18 September 2019
Vila Lanna
V Sadech 1, Prague 6

The conference aims to bring together various empirically grounded and historically informed studies exploring different kinds and multiple dimensions of Romani mobility and immobility in Europe and beyond since 1945. Locating these mobilities in the broader political, social, historical and cultural contexts and forces, contributors are invited to reflect on both voluntary and forced migration, patterns of seasonal mobility, and various forms of mobility (e.g. existential, physical, social) as a reaction to oppressive conditions as well as newly opened possibilities.

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New issue of the Gender and Research journal on “Contested Borders: Transnational Migration and Gender“

Gender and research, volume 20, number 1/2019: Contested Borders: Transnational Migration and Gender, edited by Zuzana Uhde a Petra Ezzeddine

This thematic issue on ‘Contested Borders: Transnational Migration and Gender’ includes articles that exemplify the various analytical lenses through which it is possible to conceptualise borders in their material, economic, political, and symbolic meanings and with which analysis can be enriched, by considering gendered structures and constructions of vulnerabilities in the broader context of bordered spaces built on a colonial and postcolonial past and redesigned by global capitalism. Borders represent not only a geographical dividing line separating ‘us’ from ‘others’, but are also symbolic and cultural dividing lines that reinforce the hegemonic interpretation of acceptable/unacceptable practices or identities.

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Workshop “Emigrating Animals and Migratory Humans“

10–11 September 2019
Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Lower Hall
Na Florenci 3, Prague 1

Noting the unfolding conceptual exchange between mobility studies and animal studies, the objective of the international workshop Emigrating Animals and Migratory Humans: Belonging, Prosperity and Security in More-Than-Human World is to further the dialogue and bring together scholars of human migration and non-human animal migration. At the intersection of these two fields of study we expect a range of engaging questions to emerge. Migration often involves the destabilisation of established orders of belonging and the triggering of processes of othering and protectionism. What are the potential empirical and analytical synergies between studying the movement of people and that of non-human animals across geophysical, symbolic and biopolitical borders? In many contexts, human migrants are derogatively described with the use of animal metaphors (e.g. as cockroaches) while animals, often equally derogatively, are described with the human qualifiers (e.g. as invaders). What should we make out of those analogies? Can we still speak about the flow of “metaphors” between accounts of human and non-human migration if we refuse to see the two as belonging to ontologically disparate domains (one exclusively human, the other exclusively non-human)?

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Conference “Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and Europe: Partners, Rivals or Foes?”

11 September 2019, 9 a.m.
Vila Lanna
V Sadech 1, Prague 6

In the course of the last decades, Europe has been witnessing a significant economic rise of
East Asia, where China has become the dominant actor. Chinese economic reforms have been accompanied by power expansion which led to the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, a flagship project of the president Xi Jinping. A development path of its own is also pursued by Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin who in 2015 launched the project of the Eurasian Economic Union in conjunction with four other post-Soviet states‘ representatives.

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International conference “Africa in a Polycentric World: The African Youth and Civil Society”

17–18 June 2019
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Praha 1

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The international conference addresses the topic of the African youth engaged in the civil society activities, with regard to the fact that young people constitute 60% of African population. It will focus on the place and role of the youth in the African society, particularly on their relation to power and politics.

The conference is another series of the “Asixoxe: Conference on African Philosophy” which is organized together by Centre of Global Studies at the Institute of Philosophy CAS in Prague and SOAS, London University.

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Conference “Democracy and non-democratic alternatives in the globalized world”

21 June 2019
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1

This international workshop seeks to contribute to the ongoing debate about the de-consolidation of democracy. It will explore the contemporary disappointment with the ways how democracy is functioning, manifested in the falling confidence in democratic institutions. Worldwide, traditional political parties are losing their electoral base and are unable to reflect the growing contradictions and inequality in society adequately. Polarization of society and marginalization of some groups lead to the support of new populist-oriented political actors around the world. We bring together a set of experts from around the world. We will focus on similarities and differences between three key regions: Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia. During the workshop, two recently monographs will be presented – Communists and Their Victims: The Quest for Justice in the Czech Republic (2018, by Roman David) and Democracy under Stress: Changing Perspectives on Democracy, Governance and Their Measurement (edited by Petra Guasti and Zdenka Mansfeldova).

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International conference “Shi‘ite Islam and the Challenges of the Present Time”

14 May 2019
Conference room 206, main building of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Národní 3, Prague 1, Czech Republic

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Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Faculty of Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen together with Centre of Global Studies, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences are pleased to invite you to an academic conference Shi‘ite Islam and the Challenges of the Present Time.

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