Video-conference “Research and its Evaluation: Experience and the Beginning of a New Era”

16 April 2020
ZOOM communication program (online)
Pavel Baran, Vice-President of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Emil Višňovský, former Vice-President of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and Professor of philosophy at the SAS, will present their papers in the event. Marek Hrubec will give an introductory paper and will chair the video-conference. The discussion will be opened afterwards. The video-conference is organized by the Centre of Global Studies IP CAS.
You can find the invitation here.

Overcoming global conflicts by local innovations in Nigeria

February 19, 2020
Abuja, Nigeria

In Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, on February 19, 2020, Marek Hrubec, Director of the Centre of Global Studies at the Institute of Philosophy of Czech Academy of Sciences, delivered a public lecture titled: “Development Resolution: Overcoming Global Conflicts and their Local Interactions”, which was organised by NGOs: Ubuntu Centre for African Peace Building in cooperation with West African Network for Peace Building (WANEP) and Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD). The lecture was chaired by a former Minister of External Affairs, Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari, the Special Adviser on the International compact with Iraq and other issues for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. On that occasion, the Ambassador proposed re-structuring policing by supporting federal police by specific activities of local and state police in the individual Nigerian states in order to face growing insecurity across the country, including transnational terrorist activities made by Boko Haram etc. Please see more here.

Workshop “Violence, Conflicts and History”

3 March 2020, 2 pm
Lecture room of the Institute of Philosophy CAS
Jilská 1, Prague 1

Centre of Global Studies, Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences invites you to the workshop “Violence, Conflicts and History”.

  • Prof. Wolfgang Knöbl (Director, Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung): How (not) to explain violence: Towards a processual perspective”
  • Prof. Johann P. Arnason (Faculty of Humanities at Charles University in Prague): Historical processes and their interpretations: A preliminary orientation

The lectures will be followed by a discussion.

Invitation (PDF)

Collective monograph “Between Prague and Mikulov” in German version

Kateřina Čapková, Hillel J. Kieval (eds.), Zwischen Prag und Nikolsburg: Jüdisches Leben in den böhmischen Ländern. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020. ISBN: 978-3-525-36427-7

The Jewish history and culture of the Bohemian countries have been enjoying growing interest for around two decades. Surprisingly, no innovative synthesis of this research has yet been available. This book, written by an international team of authors, is taking on the challenge of telling and analyzing the Jewish experience in the Bohemian countries as an integral and inseparable part of the development of Central Europe from the 16th century to the present day. It is just as much about contacts of the Jewish population with their non-Jewish neighbors as it is about the view of the province, i.e. the rural regions and communities away from the major urban centers of Prague, Brno and Ostrava. The German version of the collective monograph on the history of the Jews in the Czech lands from the early modern period examines selected Jewish communities and their demographic development over the last four centuries.

Review in Jüdische Algemeine
Interview with Kateřina Čapková and Martina Niedhammer on the Czech Radio (in German)
Interview with Kateřina Čapková on the ORF radio (in Czech)

Call for papers: International workshop “Post-Communist Party Systems”

11–12 May 2020
Academic Conference Centre
Jilská 4a, Prague 1

Event postponed to November, date will be specified.

Department of Political Sociology at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences opens a call for participation in an international workshop Post-Communist Party Systems: Revisiting Linkages between Citizens and Politicians in Contemporary Europe. You can send your abstract by 28 February 2020. Please see the details here.

Call for papers: Conference “Islamic traditions and the challenges of European modernity in the Balkans”

7 May 2020
Academic Conference Centre
Jilská 4a, Prague 1

Photo: Julian Nyča | CC BY-SA 3.0

Centre of Global Studies at the Philosophy Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences opens a call for participation in an international conference on tradition and modernity in the Balkans. You can send your abstract by March 1, 2020. Please see the details here.


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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Civilization and Structural Democracy

18–19 November 2019
Czech Association of Science and Technology Societies
Novotného lávka 200/5, Prague 1

Lectures and discussions focused on civilizational analyses and a concept of structural democracy. They dealt with updates of the historical themes and their limits, particularly in the fields of social and political justice and civilizational changes in a global framework. The main speakers were Oleg Suša, Jiří Loudín, Ladislav Hohoš, Peter Dinuš, and Miloslav Pauza. Workshops were a part of the 19th edition of the annual Czech and Slovak conference “Filosofie a sociální vědy”.

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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.

Programme (PDF)