Lecture “The Contemporary Tendencies of Turkish Foreign Policy in the Global Interactions”

1 November 2018, 3:30 pm
Conference hall of the Institute of Philosophy, the Czech Academy of Sciences
Jilská 1, Prague 1

The lecture will explore the relations of Turkey as a regional power to the other powers and neighbour countries, and also to the conflict in Syria. The lecture will be presented by H. E. Ahmet Bigali, ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Prague, who is terminating his mandate in the Czech Republic and will summarize his experience of the last period.

Invitation (PDF)

International seminar “Malaysia in Transition: Towards a Better Future?”

31 October 2018, 2 pm
Akademic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1

The Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences cordially invites you to attend an international seminar entitled Malaysia in Transition: Towards a “Better Future”?, which will focus on the current political trends in this South-East Asian country, especially on the role of Islam in its political system.

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South Asian Platform seminar “Managing the ‘Others’: Governance and Control in Contemporary Xinjiang”

8 October 2018, 10 am
Main building of the Czech Academy of Sciences, room no. 206
Národní 3, Prague 1

The South Asian Platform organizes the seminar series on the topic “Government and rule: producing and engaging with authority since 19th-century in Central Asia” in order to contribute to a better knowledge of the strategically important region of Central Asia.

Program with abstracts (PDF)

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Conference “Remembering Across the Iron Curtain in the Cold War Era”

3–4 September 2018
Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past
University of York

How did the Cold War influence interpretations of the Holocaust? Conference Remembering Across the Iron Curtain in the Cold War Era. The Emergence of Holocaust Memory aims to find new ways to understand Holocaust commemoration and memory. We are interested in examining how different, and at times contradictory, narratives of the past shaped one another, how marginalized voices aimed to influence public understandings of the past, and how state and non-state actors negotiated cultural representations of the Holocaust. We are looking for comparative and transnational understandings that go beyond Cold War divisions. Bringing together scholars who work on different regions, and especially enabling conversations between scholars of Eastern and Western Europe, opens opportunities for new perspectives on Holocaust Memory as well as the cultural history of the Cold War.

Poster (PDF)
Programme (PDF)

International workshop “Development of democracy in Central Europe”

11–13 July 2018
Conference room of the Institute of Sociology CAS (2nd floor, room no. 207)
Jilská 1, Prague 1

Department of Political Sociology at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences invites you to the workshop Development of democracy in Central Europe: Central Europe and former Soviet Union at the Crossroads. The workshop aims at discussing the development in our region from the perspective of current democratic crises theories and introduce results of present findings.

Programme (PDF)

International conference “Africa in a Polycentric World: Cosmopolitanism and the Local”

18–19 June 2018
Conference Hall, Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences
Jilská 1, Prague 1, 1st floor

Photo: Kevin Gill | CC BY-SA 2.0

Cosmopolitanism is a concept with a variety of political, economic, moral, and cultural aspects and approaches, based on the basic premise that all human beings are, can be or should be citizens in a single community. The conference asks questions that cut across this spectrum of meanings. What is the role of language and culture in the expression of political identity? How is “world citizenship” defined in terms of race, language, gender, or socio-economic status? Is Afropolitanism a cosmopolitanism?

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.

Programme (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 launch will take place:
— in the Conference Hall in the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, on June 19, 2018 at 3 pm;
— at the PUCRS University in Porto Alegre, Brasil, on Thursday 28, 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.

New book “Contemporary African Social and Political Philosophy”

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

The book launch will take place in the Conference Hall in the Institute of Philosophy CAS on June 19, 2018 at 3 pm.

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.

International conference “The Prague Spring 50 Years After”

13–15 June 2018
Liechtenstein Palais
U Sovových mlýnů 4, Prague 1

The purpose and objective of the conference The Prague Spring 50 Years After: Great Crises of Communist Régimes in Central Europe in a Transnational Perspective held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring is to reflect on the importance and legacy of 1968, but also on the importance and legacy of other major crises within the Soviet Bloc (1953, 1956, 1980/1), using transnational and long-term perspectives viewing the relation between the past and the present from many different angles and in a truly broad international and domestic context.

Renowned researchers from a dozen or so countries have pledged to attend the event. The topics of the conference will include major social movements of 1968, both in the East and in the West, and international ramifications of the crises and Soviet interventions in the “allied countries”. The conference will examine the relevance for and, where applicable, the second life of concepts and ideas of 1968 and other years of the crisis in the actual transformation after 1989. Attention will also be paid to forms and significance of contemporary memory of those turning-point events, the role of mass media, etc.

As the conference will take place on the premises administrated by the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, those wishing to attend it are required to register not later than by June 10, 2018.

Programme (PDF)
Video footage from the conference on the Czech Radio homepage

‘Before 1968, we had nothing against Russia or the Soviet Union’ How Soviet invasion changed the Czechs forever – report in English on Meduza.io webpage
«До 1968 года у нас не было никаких претензий к России» Как советское вторжение навсегда изменило Чехию – report in Russian on Meduza.io webpage

Workshop and public debate “Forced Sterilizations of Romani Women“

5 June 2018, 9:30 pm
New York University in Prague
Richter House, Malé náměstí 11, Prague 1, 1st floor

An international workshop Forced Sterilization of Romani Women in the Czech(oslovak) and European Contexts: Past and Present will focus on analysing the reasoning behind the forced sterilization of Roma in the Czech(oslovak) Republic in the context of eugenics and the welfare state. We invited scholars who have dealt in their research with the forced sterilization of Roma in Communist Czechoslovakia, as well as scholars focused on sterilization practices in the Scandinavian context where forced sterilization was used as an official tool of the welfare state up to the 1970s. Another important topic of the workshop and of the roundtable will be the compensation of the victims, and we have therefore invited members of advocacy groups and representatives of the victims to participate as well.

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