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

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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.

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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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