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)

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 interactions”

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 (

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.

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.).

Seminar “Contemporary Chinese Political Philosophy: Dialogue between European and Chinese Perspectives”

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

Department of the Moral and Political Philosophy and the Centre of Global Studies, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, are organizing a seminar “Contemporary Chinese Political Philosophy: Dialogue between European and Chinese Perspectives”. The papers will focus chiefly on the topics of economic transformation of China and contemporary philosophical concepts of Confucian system. The discussion will follow after the presentation.

3rd Workshop on Ideology, Propaganda, and Political Discourse in Contemporary China

27 October 2017, 9 am
Conference hall 206, The Czech Academy of Sciences
Národní 3, Prague 1

The Oriental Institute of the CAS organizes already the third workshop, this time focusing on ideological security, mass media and public discourse, and urban politics and democracy in Hong Kong. The workshop seeks to generate a broader theoretical and methodological contribution to research in ideology, propaganda, and political discourse in non-democratic regimes from the perspective of history, political science, media studies and communication, and linguistics.

Preliminary programme (subject to changes) can be found here.

Conference “Tracing the Legacies of the Roma Genocide”

20–21 September 2017
Vila Lanna
V Sadech 1, Praha 6

Foto: University of Liverpool Library
Foto: University of Liverpool Library

Understanding the genocide of the Roma during World War II seems crucial for understanding the post-war history of Romani families and communities across Europe. At least 130,000 Roma were killed as a direct result of racial policies pursued by the German state, its allies, and other European states between 1933 and 1945. Some activists and scholars claim that as many as half a million Roma were killed. Yet although the mechanisms and scope of the Roma Holocaust are now partly understood, the legacies of mass killing, ghettoization, sterilization, and slave labour for first-, second- and third-generation survivors are still unknown. It appears likely, however, that understanding the trauma of the mid-twentieth-century genocide, as well as its contested recognition by majority societies, is of paramount importance for understanding the persistent discrimination against European Roma today.

The conference is a joint event bringing together two recent academic initiatives focusing on the research on the history of the Roma and supporting new approaches in the field: the Prague Forum for Romani Histories and the Research network on ‘Legacies of the Roma Genocide in Europe since 1945’, which is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC, United Kingdom). Both initiatives aim at fostering a debate on the history of Roma as part of European history and contemporary European society.

The conference includes an exhibition opening and discussion with members of Czech and German Roma and Sinti genocide survivor’s families.

Conference programme (PDF)

Photos from the conference
Report on the website