Workshop „The Global Climate Crisis and Its Potential Solutions: A Comparison of Macro-regions“

4 December 2019, 4 pm
Lecture Room, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences
Jilská 1, Prague 1

Graham Parkes (Institute of Philosophy, the University of Vienna, Austria), Marek Hrubec and Jiří Krejčík (both from the Czech Academy of Sciences) will give papers on the theme of the global climate crisis and its possible solutions in various world macro-regions, from perspectives of philosophy and the social sciences. A discussion will take place afterwards.

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Worskhop “An Idea of Structural Democracy and Civilization”

19 November 2019, 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Czech Association of Science and Technology Societies
Novotného lávka 200/5, Prague 1

The workshop with the presentation of two new books will focus on the historical themes and their timeliness and limits, particularly in the fields of social and political justice and changes in civilization in a global framework.

  • Miloslav Pauza, An idea of structural democracy. The main ideas of the book, in which you will find analyzes of the work of T. G. Masaryk and other important authors, will be presented by its author: Miloslav Pauza.
  • Team of authors, Civilization on the crossroad after half a century. The book will be presented by its authors: Ladislav Hohoš, Peter Dinuš, Oleg Suša, Jiří Loudín.

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International workshop “Religion and State Ideology in the Middle East and Asia“

11 November 2019
Institute of Czech Literature CAS, Conference Room
Na Florenci 1420/3, Prague 1

The workshop, organised with the help of AV21, addresses the relationship between religion, state ideology, and governmental policies across space and time in the Middle East and parts of Asia. It aims to showcase the multi-faceted role that religion played, and continues to play, in the formation and re-formulation of the nation, whether physical or imagined, from the time of the emergence of nationalism in the nineteenth century until today. In looking at the interaction between religion and state ideology, the workshop intends to also analyse how states have responded (and respond) to perceived religious ‘intrusion’ in the official agenda, as well as whether this interaction plays a transformative role in how the constituency experiences faith.

The presentations cover the following political entities: India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Myanmar, the Ottoman Empire, the Philippines and Turkey, with international speakers coming both from Czech institutions as well as foreign universities and research centres.

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Conference on Science Diplomacy and European Research Infrastructures

30 and 31 October 2019
The Head Office of the CAS
Národní 3, Prague 1

Centre of Global Studies organises a part of the conference on science diplomacy and European research infrastructures. The Czech Academy of Sciences organizes it in cooperation with the European Academy of Sciences and Arts as the Danube Academies Conference. Detailed programme of the conference is available here.

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International conference “Geopolitics and Transnational Migration”

25 October 2019
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1

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Research on migration significantly contributes to the reflection on global justice as it concerns topical questions about changing global political economy and forms of precarity, geopolitical and structural inequalities, transnational gendered vulnerabilities, membership, political community and intercultural relations. The conference aims to discuss how the changing political economy of migration interacts with emerging global governance for migration. It will foreground transnationalizing claims stemming from distinct geopolitical perspective and the need to develop transnational norms and requirements addressing economic, political, social and cultural rights of migrants.

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International conference “Beyond Text: Anthropological Approaches to Literature in Europe and Middle East”

18–19 October 2019
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Praha 1

What is the role of literary imagination for social, political, and religious change? To answer this question, we need to expand our view beyond literary text, and include the practices of writing, publishing, reading, and literary socialisation. Anthropological and other social scientific study of literature is a small but emerging field that allows to understand the relationship between human subjectitivies and social processes in a way that text-based approaches alone cannot. Anthropologists, historians and scholars of literature working with fieldwork and archival methodologies had stressed the importance of non-literary objects in understanding literature, such as coffee houses, political movements and revolutionary contexts, the motivations and personal consequences of writing, the learning and teaching of techniques, the relationship of aesthetics, class, morals and gender, and exiles and migrations. Some of these topics have been studied historically but until recently, less so in the contemporary context.

The conference aims to explore the state of the art in the emerging study of literature as a social practice, and to push it forward in terms of both content and methodology. Importantly, it takes a decidedly trans-local approach, and gives special – but not exclusive – attention to literatures in and from the Middle East and Central Europe. An understanding of the role literature plays in these regions is especially important in the context of globalisation and migrations, whereby literature has proven to be an important medium to communicate experiences, hopes and fear across cultural divides.

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International conference “The Crisis in Xinjiang/East Turkestan: Latest Developments and International Implications”

17 October 2019
Conference Hall
Sněmovní 7, Prague 1

Mass arbitrary detention of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and individuals belonging to other, mostly Muslim nationalities in political reeducation camps in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region, also known as East Turkestan, is among the most controversial phenomena seen by the world in the 21st century. The Chinese policy in East Turkestan has also become an irritant of China’s relations with a part of the international community. This debate brings together activists and experts who will discuss latest developments in East Turkestan and their international implications.

The international conference is part of Festival of Democracy, the accompanying
programme of Forum 2000 Conference.

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International Conference “Trajectories of Romani Migrations and Mobilities in Europe and Beyond (1945 – present)”

16–18 September 2019
Vila Lanna
V Sadech 1, Prague 6

The conference aims to bring together various empirically grounded and historically informed studies exploring different kinds and multiple dimensions of Romani mobility and immobility in Europe and beyond since 1945. Locating these mobilities in the broader political, social, historical and cultural contexts and forces, contributors are invited to reflect on both voluntary and forced migration, patterns of seasonal mobility, and various forms of mobility (e.g. existential, physical, social) as a reaction to oppressive conditions as well as newly opened possibilities.

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New issue of the Gender and Research journal on “Contested Borders: Transnational Migration and Gender“

Gender and research, volume 20, number 1/2019: Contested Borders: Transnational Migration and Gender, edited by Zuzana Uhde a Petra Ezzeddine

This thematic issue on ‘Contested Borders: Transnational Migration and Gender’ includes articles that exemplify the various analytical lenses through which it is possible to conceptualise borders in their material, economic, political, and symbolic meanings and with which analysis can be enriched, by considering gendered structures and constructions of vulnerabilities in the broader context of bordered spaces built on a colonial and postcolonial past and redesigned by global capitalism. Borders represent not only a geographical dividing line separating ‘us’ from ‘others’, but are also symbolic and cultural dividing lines that reinforce the hegemonic interpretation of acceptable/unacceptable practices or identities.

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