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

Seminar “Religion, pluralism and secularity: Europe and Brazil”

8 February 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1

Institiute of Sociology at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences and Institute of Sociological Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, invite you to the seminar Religion, pluralism and secularity: Europe and Brazil.

The papers will be presented by:

  • Emil A. Sobottka (Professor of sociology at PUCRS, Porto Allegre, President of the Brazilian Sociological Association) – The Religion Diversity in Brazil: Religion and Secularism
  • Tomáš Halík (Professor of sociology at the Charles University in Prague, President of the Czech Christian Academy) – Religion in Postsecular Age

The seminar will address the relations between religion, secularity and plurality, both in European and Brazilian contexts. The presentations and co-presentation by Ondřej Štěch will be followed by discussion.

International Colloquium “Consequences of Ethnography: Knowing Violence via the Self and Its Aftermath”

31 January 2018
Villa Lanna
V Sadech 1, Prague 6

As Sherry Ortner famously argued, ethnography in its minimal definition is “the attempt to understand another life world using the self — as much of it as possible — as the instrument of knowing.” It is hardly surprising that conducting ethnographic research among/with survivors of violence — be it military, community, domestic, sexual, self-inflicted or another form of violence — has a strong impact on the researcher. That impact, given the nature of ethnography, then directly translates into issues that are simultaneously personal and epistemological. Implications for the ethnographically knowing subject stretch well beyond feelings of empathy with research participants, as well as beyond the space-time of the fieldwork. In this colloquium, we want to address methodological questions connected to knowing violence ethnographically,
such as — but not limited to — the following:

  • When conducting ethnographic fieldwork, researchers are often confronted with survivors’ silence or with an urgent need to tell what survivors witnessed and endured. Does that translate into an equally polarised reaction on the side of the researcher? In other words, can we see increased academic productivity in some cases among ethnographers, but inhibition of speaking-writing in other cases?
  • How can we speak of trauma of research without inappropriately shifting attention from research subjects to the researcher him- or herself?
  • The needs of research subjects may significantly shape a researcher’s own trajectory in the field. Should the researcher let research subjects take control over the project?
  • Some ethnographers who publicly voice their research agendas are targeted by various actors, including authorities, hate groups or even the perpetrators behind the violence sufered by their research subjects. How can we methodologically conceptualise such encounters as part of ethnographic endeavour? What is the epistemic role of fear in such cases?

Please, register here by 19 January 2018.

Programme (PDF)

International Conference “Gender Aspects of Middle Eastern Conflicts”

8 December 2017, 9 am
The Czech Academy of Sciences, Room 205
Národní 3, Prague 1

How have the war conflicts in the Middle East transformed the lives of local women, including changes in their traditional gender roles? Besides the general analysis of war effects in terms of violence committed against women, the conference will look at new roles that women, as a consequence of war, had to accept and which had, until then, been the domain of men, such as the economic support of the family and/or direct participation in conflict, among others. Findings of the research should undermine the standard way the Middle Eastern women are looked upon as passive beings subordinate to men and uproot the prejudice that women in war conflicts are only victims of violence.

Poster (PDF)
Programme (PDF)

Interview with Cynthia Enloe for Česká pozice (in Czech)
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Seminar “The Idea of a Global History of Philosophy: Principles and Experience”

29. 11. 2017, 3 p.m.
Academic Conference Centre
Czech Academy of Sciences, Husova 4a, Prague 1

Photo: Hilde K. Kvalvaag

Department of Moral and Political Philosophy and Centre of Global Studies, Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences, invite you to a seminar The Idea of a Global History of Philosophy: Principles and experience by Prof. Gunnar Skirbekk, professor emeritus at the Department of Philosophy and the Center for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen.

The lecture will be followed by a discussion.

Workshop “Environmental problems in global and local contexts”

27 November, 9 am
Academic Conference Centre
Czech Academy of Sciences, Husova 4a, Prague 1

Global climate changes in the beginning of 21st century bring not only environmental problems, but also rising consciousness of the population and formation of various iniciatives trying to counter the environmental changes. How do the people in various regions of the world respond to the global environmental problems? Which individual and collective strategies do they develop? Can we draw inspiration from the developing countries and their traditional models of coexistence with the nature in answering the environmental crisis?

Interdisciplinary conference will focus on the topic of social and environmental movements, politics or communities both in Czechia and abroad. It will explore how the values and lifestyles, but also institutions and socio-economic orders are transforming due to the global changes. It will focus on the iniciatives, which interconnect global problems and put forward the methods how to solve them glocally with the help of both modern and traditional knowledge.

Conference programme including abstracts (in Czech)
Programe in print version (PDF, in Czech)
Abstracts (PDF, in Czech)

Colloquium “Security and its Price”

24 November 2017, 9:30 am
Boadroom of the Institute of Art History, the Czech Academy of Sciences
Husova 4, Prague 1

In contemporary societies, we are witnessing rapid growth of various threats (economic, environmental, security) and security risks (domestic and international terrorism, violent conflicts). The sources and consequences of these risks transcend national borders and whose solution or prevention, if at all possible, has resulted in measures restricting individual rights and freedoms (privacy, freedom of movement) and shifts in public spending. Therefore, with increasing urgency, the question arises – how much safety and security doe contemporary societies need and what cost (economic, societal). Governments are expected to be able to protect its citizens, to ensure security and safety, and to maintain a delicate equilibrium between security and freedom to the satisfaction of citizens. These expectations are related also to the perception of the role of the government by the individuals, which is influenced by various factors.
In addition to theoretical concepts, specific examples of the dilemmas between liberty and security will be also discussed.

Contact: Zdenka Mansfeldová (

Programme (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Conference “Sustainable Development, Sustainable Humanity? Development Goals in the Era of Global Conflicts”

14–15 October 2017 
United Nations Information Centre Prague
and Academic Conference Centre of the CAS

Conference about the sustainable development is organised by the Centre of Global Studies, Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the Department of Political Sociology, Institute of Sociology at the Czech Academy of Sciences, and the United Nations Information Centre Prague. The conference is organised under the auspices of UNESCO within the research programme “Global Conflicts and Local Interactions”, Strategy AV21. Papers will be presented by lecturers from the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.

Conference programme (PDF, in Czech)

Academic Diplomacy: seminar with ladies ambassadors

18 October 2017
Main building of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Národní 3, Prague 1

Photo: Pavlína Jáchimová, Division of External Relations, Centre for Administration and Operations of the ASCR

Centre of Global Studies, Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences, together with Prof. Eva Zažímalová, the President of the CAS , organized an event “Academic Diplomacy”, with an aim of comparative research of the diplomatic experiences of the ladies ambassadors from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Arab World. The speeches were given by ambassadors of Morocco, China, Romania, Portugal and Peru.

Report from the seminar (in Czech)

Conference “Communication on religion and secularism in the public sphere”

23 October 2017, 2 pm
Boardroom of the Institute of Philosophy, the Czech Academy of Sciences
Jilská 1, Prague 1

Interdisciplinary conference on the topic of “Religion and Secularism in the Public Sphere” is organized by the Department of Moral and Political Philosophy and Centre of the Global Studies of the Institute of Philosophy, the Czech Academy of Sciences. Conference will focus on the relations between secular, Christian, Muslim and Hindu perspectives. The event is organized on the occasion of publication of the new book „Religion and Secularity: Battle for the Public Space“, Ondřej Štěch (ed.).