International workshop “Politics, Religion and Modernities in India”

29 April 2019
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1

This international workshop will focus on the rise of caste and religious divisions and possible languages of secularity in contemporary India. It will explore the persistence of pre-modern identities and cleavages in contemporary Indian politics such as caste and community with special emphasis on Dalit assertion, and their consequences for the Lok Sabha general election which is taking place in April–May 2019.

Programme (PDF)
Abstracts (PDF)

Please register at by 25 April 2019.

The workshop is organized by the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Centre of Global Studies at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and Institut für die Wissenschaften in Vienna within the Research Programme “Global Conflicts and Local Interactions”, Strategy AV21.


Thursday sociology seminar on antipoverty programs in Brazil

28 March 2019, 5pm
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1

The lecture The largest antipoverty social program in the world: Effects of a conditional cash transfer program on its participants in Brazil will focus on the main ideas of Prof. Alessandro Pinzani’s new book “Money, Autonomy and Citizenship” (Springer 2018) which he wrote together with a Brazilian sociologist Prof. Walquiria Leao Rego. The book analyzes the impacts of the largest antipoverty social program in the world on peoples’ lives: the Brazilian Bolsa Família Program. Created by the government of former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, this program of civic inclusion has been the largest conditional cash transfer program in the world during that time period, serving more than 50 million Brazilians who had a monthly per capita income of less than USD 50. The program is regarded as one of the key factors behind the significant poverty reduction in Brazil experienced during the first decade of the 21st century.

Alessandro Pinzani is Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil (since 2004). This semester, he is a Guest Professor at the Centre of Global Studies in Prague. He earned his Ph.D. at the Universität Tübingen in Germany. He was Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York, at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, at the PUC-RS in Porto Alegre in Brazil, and at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, for example. He focuses on autonomy of individuals, poverty and social programs in Brazil and Latin America.

Seminar will be held in English. No registration is needed.

Invitation (PDF)

Workshop on Recession, Welfare and Money

11 March 2019, 3 pm
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1

Centre of Global Studies, Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences invites you to the workshop introducing the principal thoughts of two new books:

  • Prof. Stefan Olafsson: Welfare and the Great Recession (Oxford University Press, in print, March 2019)
  • Prof. Alessandro Pinzani: Money, Autonomy and Citizenship (Springer, October 2018)

Presentations will be followed by a discussion.

Presentation of three new books

7 February 2019, 3 pm
Charles University, Faculty of Arts, room no. 138
Celetná 20, Prague 1

Centre of Global Studies, Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences and Department of Adult Education and Personnel Management of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague invite you to the presentation of two new books and one Czech translation:

Books will be presented by Martin Kopecký, Marek Hrubec and Vlastimil Hála.

New book “Democracy Under Stress“

Petra Guasti, Zdenka Mansfeldová, Z. (eds.), Democracy Under Stress. Changing Perspectives on Democracy, Governance and Their Measurement. Changing Perspectives on Democracy, Governance and Their Measurement. Prague: Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 2018.

The book provides a range of perspectives on the study of democracy under stress. The authors, renown scholars of democratic theory and democracy in the Central and Eastern Europe, highlight the potential of different approaches – from comparative meta-assessment using indices and survey data, to case studies focused on understanding context and causal processes – for a better grasp of the loci of the stress.

Web version for download (PDF)
Printed version available on request at

New book “Lifelong Learning and Transnational Public Policies”

Martin Kopecký et al., Lifelong Learning and Transnational Public Policies. Human Development in (Post)Crisis Era. Prague: Faculty of Arts of the Charles University, 2018.

Interdisciplinary book addresses all readers interested in the position and transformation of education, especially education of adults, during the last phase of the globalization process, which is distinctive for encounter with different types of crises. The book is an outcome of the research activity Moral Responsibility: Human Development and Public Conflicts.

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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)

Seminar “Social Dimensions of Climate Change: Global Problem in Local Interactions”

19 November 2018
Akademic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1

What are the local impacts of the global climate change and how is it perceived? The conference will aim at social aspects of the climate change from the perspective of social sciences. We will discuss the attitudes of the public and various interests groups towards the climate change, a problem which becomes more palpable even in Czechia. The conference will introduce the scientific research of the Czech climate skepticism, roles of the civil society and experts in the adaptation of the Czech landscape, social movements addressing the climate change, and will focus on the global and local linkages – both in Czech and transcultural contexts.

Programme (PDF)


Video from the seminar

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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