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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International seminar “Modern Muslim Identities in Southeast Asia”

5 November 2021, 9.30pm–12.30pm
Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague
náměstí Jana Palacha 2, Prague 1

Islam is the religion with the largest number of believers in Southeast Asia, where Muslims make up 42 percent of the population. Their majority populations live in Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, but significant minorities can also be found in southern Thailand, the southern Philippines and other countries in the region. As a religion, Islam is characterized by enormous dynamism and influence on the culture, politics and overall character of local societies. The interaction of Muslim traditions with modernity, the connection of Islam with the political establishment, or the daily challenges of Muslims in a globalizing world will all be the topics of the international seminar Modern Muslim Identities in Southeast Asia, with presentations of anthropologists and orientalists from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary. The event is co-organized by the Platform for the Study of Southeast Asia of the Oriental Institute of the CAS and the Institute of Asian Studies of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, within the project Strategy AV21 Global Conflicts and Local Interactions.

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Video-conference “Containers and Waste: Ordering the Unruly”

25 October 2021, 4 pm
ZOOM (online)

The ‘container perspective’ charts a new territory for tracing the relations and effects containment might have in the world of discard. Being enclosed, concealed, protected and subsequently released, emptied, or just left open has a transformative potential both for the container and its content. Containment stretches across scales, modifies temporal regimes, transforms value, shapes entropy and order through classification. It offers a perspective on the relations and connections that were previously hidden or too obvious to be noticed.

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