International workshop “Imaginary Worlds and Imperial Power: The Case of China”

19 December 2022, 9 am
Akademic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1

The participants of the workshop make use of the vocabulary of civilizational analysis, especially as developed in the work of Johann Arnason, to understand Chinese civilization in comparison with its Western counterpart(s), for instance in the discussion of a shared ‘Axial Age’, the continuities and paradoxes of tradition and modernity, the comparative studies of world empires, and the differing ‘social imaginaries’. The latter term refers to the role of our imagination in articulating our world and our place in it. In this way, society is seen as an institution with a network of imaginary meanings. An important question is what sort of meanings would apply to the Chinese context. To what extent do they differ from comparable Western meanings?

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Lecture “Political Apologies, their Content, and Protagonists”

14 December 2022, 4 pm
Institute of Philosophy CAS, room no. 124a
Jilská 1, Prague 1 / ZOOM (online)

Department of Political Sociology, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences invites you to the lecture of prof. Roman David (Lingnan University, Hong Kong) Political Apologies, their Content, and Protagonists: Experimental Evidence from Victims and Perpetrators Nations.

Political apologies are recognized as a feature of effective diplomacy, projections of soft power, and instances of transitional justice. They have been found to have a positive effect on justice, trust, and reconciliation. However, the efficacy of apologies has also been questioned. This talk examines the acceptance of political apologies, their content and the protagonists in the victim-nation, the perpetrator-nation, and their subgroups.

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International seminar “Indonesia – an Emerging Middle Power and Partner of the EU in the Indo-Pacific”

7 December 2022, 2 pm
Czech Academy of Sciences, lecture hall 108
Národní 3, Prague 1

The Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences & the Prague Platform for Southeast Asian Studies cordially invite you to an international seminar Indonesia – an Emerging Middle Power and Partner of the EU in the Indo-Pacific.

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The aim of this international seminar is to analyze Indonesia’s position as an emerging middle power in the Indo-Pacific and a major new actor on the global geopolitical scene in general. Indonesia has traditionally been considered – given its size and population – as a natural regional power, but has been perceived globally as a country ‘punching below its weight’. More recently, however, it has also increasingly been seen as a global middle power with influence comparable to the political and economic clout of some European countries. This recognition of Indonesia’s newfound status has been reflected, for example, in its G20 presidency in 2022, which the country’s diplomats and politicians have handled exceedingly well given the turbulent global situation. It is always tricky to predict how exactly Indonesia will succeed but one thing is certain – Indonesia is a country to watch.

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Presentation “Geopolitical momentum for WB-EU relations”

5 December 2022, 5 am
Institute of International Relations
Nerudova 3, Prague 1

Czech Academy of Sciences and Department of Political Philosophy and Globalization Research invite to a paper presentation Geopolitical momentum for WB-EU relations: chances and risks for Western Balkans in the context of the war in Ukraine. Three authors of the paper will assess the last six months of geopolitical upheaval in the Western Balkans and inquire into the possibilities of EU-Western Balkan relations in the current context. Will the war in Ukraine negatively affect the stagnating EU-Balkans relations or can it in fact bring some progress in terms of geopolitical alignment, security and energy cooperation and enlargement?

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International workshop “Plants as/and Humans”

21–22 November 2022
Seminar room of the Institute of Ethnology CAS (5th floor)
Na Florenci 3, Prague 1

Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and CEFRES – French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences cordially invites you to a workshop Plants as/and Humans: Southern Epistemologies and ‘Floral Turn’.

Symbiosis with the plant kingdom is not a possibility, but the very condition of human existence. The intensification of this symbiosis, usually called domestication or development of agriculture, has formed the world in which we live in a radical, hard to overestimate way. Reflecting on the world-making role of plants through the methods of the natural and social sciences reveals plants as mediators of intensifying political and economic transformations of social and ecological relationships in different regions of our planet. Human reflection on this historical agency of plants is just as diverse and dynamic and not limited to the so-called West.

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Seminar “Chance Collectors of Refugees”

1 November 2022, 5 pm
Zoom (online)

Institute for Contemporary History CAS, Masaryk Institute and Archives of the CAS and Prague Centre for Jewish History invite you to the seminar Chance Collectors of Refugees: Local and International Humanitarian Interventions in the Bohemian Lands, 1938–1939 with Laura Brade.

The seminar will be held in virtual form only, log in here.

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Crossroads podcast: Peace does not only concern security, it is also about economic and social rights

The podcast Crossroads invites Oksana Dutchak who is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Social and Labour Research (Kyiv) and a co-editor of Commons: Journal of Social Criticism. She is an activist of Essential Autonomous Struggles Transnational or E.A.S.T. and one of the initiators of the manifesto “The right to resist”: A feminist manifesto. She holds a PhD in sociology from the Department of Sociology in Ihor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (Kyiv) and an MA in sociology and social anthropology from the Central European University. She is now a Fellow at the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research. She has published extensively on labour issues, labour protests, gender inequality, socio-economic inequality.

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Debate “Transnational Feminist Solidarity with Ukraine’s Resistance and Recovery”

8 November 2022, 2 pm
Kampus Hybernská, building A, 3rd floor
Hybernská 4, Prague 1

How do Ukrainian feminists think about the afermath of the war? What are the immediate war-related and long-term gendered insecurities they prioritize? What international responses are crucial for Ukraine’s gender-responsive recovery in and outside of the country? The event will bring together speakers from Ukraine and the Czech Republic to discuss the gendered aspects of the post-war recovery of Ukraine as well as the impacts of the Russian invasion on refugees and the receiving countries.

Register here.

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Seminar “Half Profit, Half Loss – Negotiating Jewish Economic Law in Non-Jewish Courtrooms”

11 October 2022, 5 pm
ZOOM (online)

1785 Hebrew-German side-by-side translation of Jewish legal texts in a court case at the Imperial  Aulic Council, Austrian State Archive

It was common practice that Jewish men and women brought their conflicts before non-Jewish courts throughout the early modern period. This talk explores how, due to this ongoing litigation, the awareness and applicability of Jewish Law in non-Jewish courtrooms reached a peak by the second half of the eighteenth century. Using a case study from the Imperial Aulic Council (Reichshofrat) in Vienna, it introduces questions of cultural mediation, translation, and litigant strategies in the overlapping legal systems of the Holy Roman Empire.

Verena Kasper-Marienberg is Associate Professor at the Department of History at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on the intersection of Jewish and Christian communities in the early modern period in Central Europe. She is especially interested in questions of legal practice, gender relations, and socio-economic structures in early modern societies. She teaches a variety of classes in Early Modern History, Jewish Studies, and Museum Studies/Public History.

The seminar will be held in virtual form only, link here.

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International workshop “Dalit Politics at the Crossroads”

14 July 2022, 2 pm
Seminar room of the Institute of Philosophy CAS
Jilská 1, Prague 1

The results of the recent elections to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly raise several questions concerning the Dalit politics in India. Does the unprecedented defeat of the Bahujan Samaj Party indicate a failure of the Dalit electoral politics? Or has the idea of upliftment of the unprivileged entered the political mainstream by being effectively dissolved and co-opted by the mainstream political parties, especially by the BJP? How do the traditional caste hierarchies transform themselves, how do they manifest themselves in politics and how are they being accepted by various disadvantaged groups? And finally, what are the future prospects and opportunities of the movements aiming at the emancipation of the marginalized castes and classes in India, be it through politics or through social change?

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