New book “Contemporary African Social and Political Philosophy”

Albert Kasanda, Contemporary African Social and Political Philosophy: Trends, Debates and Challenges. Abingdon: Routledge, 2018.

The book explores what constitutes contemporary African social and political philosophy with regard to its meaning, aims, sources, and relevance for today’s Africa. Kasanda defines contemporary African social and political philosophy as an inclusive reflection of African communities with regard to power and equitable modes of social and political organization. The book sheds new light on debates concerning topics such as ethnophilosophy, negritude, pan-Africanism, democracy, African civil society, African cultures, and globalization.

The book will be published also in the Czech language in the publishing house Filosofia in autumn 2018.

Roundtable “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor”

24 May 2018, 3 pm
Main building of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 1st floor, room no. 108
Národní 3, Prague 1

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Centre of Global Studies at the Czech Academy of Sciences invites you to the seminar (roundtable) on the topic of  the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor with the presentation of dr. Kiran Hassan (London University). The China-Pakistan economic linkage is a part of China’s One Belt One Road initiative, which aims at shrinking the distance of the global trade routes and reduce the shipping times from China to Europe.

Programme (PDF)

International conference “Transnational Migration: Borders and Global Justice”

30 May 2018
Vila Lanna
V Sadech 1, Prague 6

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We invite you to the international conference that opens up a space for transdisciplinary discussion of migration, particularly across social anthropology, sociology, political and legal theories and/or philosophy.

The conference is organised by Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, within the Research Programme “Global Conflicts and Local Interactions”, Strategy AV21, The Czech Academy of Sciences.

Confirmed key note speakers:

  • Nicholas De Genova
  • Ayse Caglar
  • Alex Sager
  • MariaCaterina La Barbera

Please register to the conference here.

Programme (PDF)
Abstracts (PDF)

Exhibition by Zdeněk Daniel: “My Black-and-White Shadows – Memento Mori”

9 May 2018, 6 p.m.
Kampus Hybernská
Hybernská 4, Prague 1

“My Black-and-White Shadows: Memento Mori” is an exhibition of paintings by Zdeněk Daniel (born 1970), an architect and artist from Jablonec nad Nisou. His father, Zdeněk Daniel, Senior (born 1929), was saved from the transport of Roma from Moravia to Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 1943, but the rest of the family perished during the war. The family’s wartime history was a difficult topic for Zdeněk Daniel, Jr. It was only in 2016 that he decided to put his struggle to reconcile himself to it on paper, delivering eight paintings on the topic of the Holocaust that are dramatically different from the rest of his artwork. The planned exhibition, hosted by the Hyb Gallery at the newly-opened campus site of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in the center of Prague, will present these Holocaust paintings in the context of Daniel’s previous artwork.

The opening of the exhibition will mark the 75th anniversary of the transport of Roma from the Protectorate to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

A public workshop “Historical Contexts of the Memorial in Lety“ about future research into the Holocaust of Roma and the Lety site, featuring local and international Romani and non-Romani speakers, will be organized as an accompanying program in cooperation with Romea, o.p.s. (21 May 2018).

Invitation (PDF)

New book “From Social to Cyber Justice”

Nythamar de Oliveira, Marek Hrubec, Emil Sobottka (eds.), From Social to Cyber Justice: Critical Views on Justice, Law and Ethics. Porto Alegre: PUCRS and Prague: Filosofia, 2018.
The book contains critical analyses of injustice in connection to law and ethics, and develops normative alternatives linked to justice. It covers the relevant issues from social justice to cyber justice. The chapters address issues and concepts which guideline on social innovations, transformations inherent in democratizing processes, global conflicts and other interactions, including the ultimate danger of escalation to war conflicts, be they conventional wars or new cyberwars.

International conference “Could the contradictions between Russia and Europe be overcome?”

24 April 2018, 9 a.m.
Vila Lanna
V Sadech 1, Prague 6

Relations between Russia and Europe over the past centuries up to the present day have undergone considerable turbulent changes. During the 19th century Western countries and Russia encountered intensively, mutual knowledge and understanding, however, was still very low. Only at the beginning of the 20th century things commenced to gradually change in this regard. One of the important scholarly works on this topic was published by T. G. Masaryk (“Russia and Europe”). In consequence of the October Revolution new contradictions emerged. After the USSR had broken up many people believed that relations between the West and Russia would normalized. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. What can bring a desirable change? And could the contradictions between Russia and Europe be overcome? At the conference answers to these complex questions will be sought by scholars from both Russia and Europe.

Keynote speakers:

  • Oxana Gaman-Golutvina, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
  • Lyudmila Ilicheva, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

The number of attendants is limited. For registration please send us an e-mail until 20/04/2018:

Programme (PDF)
Abstracts (PDF)

Seminar “After Soeharto: Twenty Years of Indonesia’s Democratic Transformation”

16 April 2018, 1:30 pm
Main building of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 1st floor, room no. 108
Národní 3, Prague 1

Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences cordially invites you to attend an international seminar entitled After Soeharto: Twenty Years of Indonesia’s Democratic Transformation, which will focus on the development of democracy in Indonesia during 20 years after the resignation of president Soeharto in May 1998.

Free entry. Please register at:

Programme (PDF)

Lecture “Mexican Political Philosophy in the Latin American Philosophical Context”

12 April 2018, 3 pm
Boardroom of the Insitute of Philosophy, the Czech Academy of Sciences
Jilská 1, Praha 1, 1st floor

Centre of Global Studies, Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences, invites you to a lecture of Prof. Isaias Rivera (Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, Ciudad de Mexico; Corvinus Egyetem, Budapest). The lecture will be followed by a discussion.

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Lecture “Islamic Law in Modern Muslim states: The Situation in Pakistan”

10 April 2018, 3:30 pm
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1

In Islamic Republic of Pakistan, as the name of the country suggests, Islamic law plays a significant role in every sphere of life. Why Islamic law is so significant in Pakistan? Is Pakistani law, which is based on Islamic law, compatible with modern notions of human rights? How does Pakistan implement obligations stipulated in modern international instruments? These are some of the questions that will be discussed by Syed Imad-ud-Din Asad, founding director of the UMT School of Law and Policy in Lahore.

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Seminar “Idea of the Czechoslovak statehood“

19 February 2018, 4 pm
Main building of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 1st floor, room no. 108
Národní 3, Prague 1

Seminar Idea of the Czechoslovak statehood: Historical conflicts, principles of the foundation of Czechoslovakia and its international legacy is organized at the occasion of 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. Papers will be presented by the leading experts on the topic, Miroslav Pauza and Miloslav Bednář. The opening speech will be given by H. E. Peter Weiss, the ambassador of Slovakia to the Czech Republic, Pavel Baran, the vicepresident of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and Marek Hrubec, the coordinator of the research programme “Global Conflicts and Local Interactions”.

Invitation (PDF, in Czech)
Video from the seminar on YouTube