International conference “Feminist Re-Interpretations of Islam”

23 November 2018
The Czech Academy of Sciences, room no. 205
Národní 3, Prague 1

The conference will focus on the complexity of Muslim feminist approaches to Islam, on discourses about gender equality in the Qur´an and on various expressions of Muslim women fighting for emancipation from patriarchy to show that Muslim women have both the power and agency to change patriarchal settings in their societies and organizations.

Please register at by 21 November 2018.

Poster (PDF)
Program (PDF)

Multimedia event “Commemorating the Kindertransports 80 Years on”

19 November 2018, 6 pm
Maisel Synagogue
Maiselova 10, Prague 1

The Institute of Contemporary History Czech Academy of Sciences,USC Shoah Foundation and the Jewish Museum in Prague cordially invite you to a special event to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransports. This multimedia event will combine talks from experts in the field as well as well as clips of testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, ncluding the testimony of Alfred Bader.


  • Laura Brade (Assistant Professor, Albion College),
  • Martin Šmok (USC Shoah Foundation and an independent researcher)
  • Yechiel Bar Chaim (currently an independent consultant on philanthropy who has worked with Dr. Alfred Bader for two decades)
  • Kateřina Čapková (Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences) will moderate the event.

The speeches will be in English with simultaneous translation. Free entry.

Invitation (PDF)

International conference “The Belt and Road Initiative Following China’s Opening Up”

12–13 November 2018
Academic Conference Centre, Prague
15–16 November 2018
University of Constantine the Philosopher, Nitra

The conference analyzes the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) following the 40 years of transformation and opening of China. It focuses on the current role of China in a global context and its relations with other regions and macro-regions of the world, since 1978 especially with the USA and Western Europe, later with other parts of Asia and Central and Eastern Europe as well as with Africa and Latin America. The first two days of the conference are held in Prague, the next two days in Nitra, Slovakia. The conference is organized by the Centre for Global Studies IP CAS in Prague, Faculty of Arts at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, and Institute of Political Science at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava.

Program in Prague

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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.