Conference “Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and Europe: Partners, Rivals or Foes?”

11 September 2019, 9 a.m.
Vila Lanna
V Sadech 1, Prague 6

In the course of the last decades, Europe has been witnessing a significant economic rise of
East Asia, where China has become the dominant actor. Chinese economic reforms have been accompanied by power expansion which led to the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, a flagship project of the president Xi Jinping. A development path of its own is also pursued by Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin who in 2015 launched the project of the Eurasian Economic Union in conjunction with four other post-Soviet states‘ representatives.

Continue reading

International conference “Africa in a Polycentric World: The African Youth and Civil Society”

17–18 June 2019
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Praha 1

Photo: Kevin Gill | CC BY-SA 2.0

The international conference addresses the topic of the African youth engaged in the civil society activities, with regard to the fact that young people constitute 60% of African population. It will focus on the place and role of the youth in the African society, particularly on their relation to power and politics.

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.

Continue reading

Conference “Democracy and non-democratic alternatives in the globalized world”

21 June 2019
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1

This international workshop seeks to contribute to the ongoing debate about the de-consolidation of democracy. It will explore the contemporary disappointment with the ways how democracy is functioning, manifested in the falling confidence in democratic institutions. Worldwide, traditional political parties are losing their electoral base and are unable to reflect the growing contradictions and inequality in society adequately. Polarization of society and marginalization of some groups lead to the support of new populist-oriented political actors around the world. We bring together a set of experts from around the world. We will focus on similarities and differences between three key regions: Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia. During the workshop, two recently monographs will be presented – Communists and Their Victims: The Quest for Justice in the Czech Republic (2018, by Roman David) and Democracy under Stress: Changing Perspectives on Democracy, Governance and Their Measurement (edited by Petra Guasti and Zdenka Mansfeldova).

Program (PDF)

Continue reading

International conference “Shi‘ite Islam and the Challenges of the Present Time”

14 May 2019
Conference room 206, main building of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Národní 3, Prague 1, Czech Republic

Photo: Mostafa Meraji | CC BY-SA 4.0

Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Faculty of Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen together with Centre of Global Studies, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences are pleased to invite you to an academic conference Shi‘ite Islam and the Challenges of the Present Time.

Programme (PDF)

Continue reading

New edition of the book “Graffiti, Converts and Vigilantes”

Tomáš Petrů (ed.), Graffiti, Converts and Vigilantes. Islam Outside the Mainstream in Maritime Southeast Asia (2nd edition). Prague: Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 2018.

The socio-religio-political situation in Indonesia and other Muslim-majority countries of Southeast Asia is very complex. Official and societal pressures have pushed the mainstream Islamic discourse from moderation towards unprecedented orthodoxy. This edited volume seeks to cast some light on the general overall process of Islamization that actually started more than half a millennium ago, and aims in eight individual chapters to explore some forms of Islam that currently exist in Southeast Asia, putting a special focus on those that are mainly positioned on the fringe – outside the mainstream.

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)

Continue reading

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