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)

International Conference “Measuring Democracy: What are we measuring and how does Central and Eastern Europe fit in?”

22 September 2017, 8:30–17:00
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1


This international conference seeks to open a dialogue about the assessment of democracy and the ways in which democracies in Central and Eastern Europe can be integrated into a standard comparative framework. It brings together experts in various models of democracy assessments used in international comparative research on democracy and governance, to open up the discussion on the extent to which our conceptual and methodological approaches, as well as cases we study shape the outcomes. The aim is to ask the question, how CEE countries fit in the various comparative studies.


2nd Workshop on Ideology, Propaganda, and Political Discourse in Contemporary China

15 June 2017, 2 pm
Conference hall 206, The Czech Academy of Sciences
Národní 3, Prague 1

chinaWorkshop on ideology, propaganda, and political discourse in contemporary China focuses on the period of Xi Jinping’s chairmanship since 2012. Apart from dealing with specifically Chinese context, it also 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.

Programme (PDF)

Seminar „Violence and Conflicts“

6 June 2017, 4 pm
Gallery NTK
National Technical Library, Technická 6, Prague 6

  • Assoc. Prof. Marek Hrubec, PhD.: Violence with Regard to Interaction of Global Conflicts and Local Contexts
  • Assoc Prof. Michal Pullmann, PhD.: Violence in Czechoslovakia
Seminar is organized simultaneously with the exhibition “Angry Planet: Global conflicts and Local Interactions” which is held in the NTK Gallery until 17 June 2017.

Conference “New Approaches to the History of the Jews under Communism”

23–25 May 2017
Villa Lanna
V Sadech 1, Prague 6

Photo: Private Archive of Harry Farkaš
Photo: Private Archive of Harry Farkaš

The experience of the Jews under the Communist régimes of east-central and eastern Europe has been a hotly debated topic of historiography since the 1950s. Most works focused both on the relationship between the régime and the Jews living under it and on the role of the Jews in the Communist/Socialist movements and the political events connected with the rise of antisemitism and emigration. Only in the last ten years or so can we observe a turn towards more complex views of Jewish experience under Communist régimes. One of the aims of our conference is therefore to start a dialogue between scholars focused on the Jews of the Soviet Union and those working on Jewish history in the pro-Soviet regimes of east-central and eastern Europe, because there has been, for various reasons, little cooperation between these two groups of scholars, even though their topics are interconnected. Another aim of the conference is to provide junior scholars from Europe, especially those who come from east-central and eastern Europe, with a forum in which to discuss their research projects with top experts in the field.

Conference website

Conference “Africa of the Past, Africa of the Future”

2–3 May 2017
Academic Conference Centre
Czech Academy of Sciences, Husova 4a, Prague 1

africa_past_futureAfrica of the Past, Africa of the Future: The Dynamics of Global Conflicts, Peace and Development

Conference is jointly held by the Centre of Global Studies, Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. It is organised in the framework of the research programme “Global Conflicts and Local Interactions”, Strategy AV21.

Programme (PDF)

Exhibition “Angry Planet: Global Conflicts and Local Interactions”

21 April – 17 June 2017
opening 20 April 2017 at 6 pm
Gallery NTK
Technická 6, Prague 6
open Monday–Friday 10–18, Saturday 10–16
free entry

vystava_zahlaviInternational group exhibition, which is a conclusion of cooperation between National Library of Technology and Center of Global Studies of the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Exhibition is part of the research program “Global Conflicts and Local Interactions”, Strategy AV21, the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Martha Rosler, Atelier van Lieshout, Bjørn Melhus, Milan Kohout, Juraj Dudáš, Radovan Čerevka, Martin Zet, Alexej Klyuykov, Vasil Artamonov, Karíma Al-Mukhtarová, Jan Kadlec, Ivan Vosecký, Vladimír Turner and others

Milan Mikuláštík, Milan Kreuzzieger

Seminar “What is going on with citizenship in Brazil?”

18 May 2017, 5 p.m.
Academic Conference Centre
Czech Academy of Sciences, Husova 4a, Prague 1


Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences invite you to the Thursday Sociological Seminar of Prof. Dr. Emil A. Sobottka (President of the Brazilian Sociological Association, professor of sociology at the PUCRS University, Porto Alegre, co-editor of the Civitas Journal of Social Sciences) with a lecture “What is going on with citizenship in Brazil?”.

If citizenship is understood as a status that a political community gives its members, and we assume that the community can enrich this status in very different ways, investigating the development of citizenship of a country allows knowing a lot of its political and social life. In Brazil, authoritarian governments have usually increased social rights, but they have reduced civil and political rights. Because of this, the citizenship in this country had a different development from that classically described in the literature. The Constitution of 1988 finally brought a remarkable and balanced enrichment of citizenship status. After the parliamentary coup of 2016, however, a rapid emptying of citizenship began cutting social rights, without significantly affecting the other dimensions. The paper analyzes this trajectory.

Seminar “Making sense of Eurasia: Anglophone anthropologists discover world history”

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


Centre of Global Studies, Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences, invite you to a seminar “Making sense of Eurasia: Anglophone anthropologists discover world history”, with prof. Chris Hann (Max Planck Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Halle, Germany).

In the 19th century, anthropology developed as a holistic science concerned with the “Naturvölker” and was emphatically evolutionary. In the 20th, disciplinary specialization and the emphasis placed on fieldwork by the schools of Malinowski and Boas led most socio-cultural anthropologists to concentrate their efforts on synchronic investigations, with little or no historical depth. Gradually, the “Kulturvölker” of Asia and Europe were drawn into the purview of the discipline, and in the last decdaes of the century a few scholars sought to revive older agendas. For example, Eric Wolf was influenced by Marxism and world systems theory, Jack Goody was inspired by Childean archaeology, and Ernest Gellner wrote an elegant philosophical history that privileged cognition. In the 21st century, David Graeber has offered an anarchist’s perspective on “Debt: the first 5000 years”. Drawing on these examples, I shall argue that one way for anthropologists to renew their engagement with the “big picture” of global history is to emphasize the common features of the dominant Eurasian civilizations since the Bronze Age. In a further step, I shall argue that recognizing unity in this Eurasian civilizational diversity is anything but an antiquarian exercise.